Steeling Home: Family Meals That Don't Break the Bank

This is a special edition Super Bowl article written for a mom in Arlington looking for something that will score a field goal with the family without breaking the bank.  So in honour of the Pittsburgh Steelers we are steeling (sic) home for some good food at a low price.  A …

The Hottest Food Trend for 2009: Part I

We’re eating more Organic food, we’re starting to shop and eat locally, we’re thinking more about trans-fats and processed foods, and in the past decade our food knowledge and food availability has been greatly expanded. The trend in 2009 isn’t a local one.  It’sInternetional.  We can say goodbye to the …

Shop Like a Chef: Fish

When I shop for fish I have a couple things in mind when I head to the fish counter.  My requirements are: Must be fresh Must be local (we live on the coast for goodness sake) Must be under two digits a pound. Must be fish I like Must be …

Recipe: Pease Porridge Hot, Pease Porridge Cold

Pease porridge hotPease porridge cold Some like it hot Some like it cold Some like it in the pot Nine days old. –unknown It has come to my attention that among other things this month, such as President Obama’s inauguration, January is Oatmeal month.  Growing up, my mother would often make oatmeal …

Crescent Ridge Dairy: Knocking on the Milk Door

I’ve never been a milk drinker and we just were not brought up drinking milk.  That’s not to say that we are a “no dairy” family.  We have milk in the fridge that we use primarily for cereal, cooking, and coffee. There was one time when I remember drinking milk.  …

Start the Year Off With a Little Help From "Your Friends"

Perhaps you’re planning to organize your kitchen cabinets this year.  Maybe, you want to start your children’s scrapbooks this year.  You might be commiting yourself to a weekly workout at the gym with a personal trainer this year.  Whatever your plans are, you might need to take some time from …

The Winter Pantry: Surviving a New England Winter

I am not a weather junkie like my husband so I don’t usually plan for a snow storm or bad weather.  I try to check the weather periodically so my children are dressed properly for school/daycare, but even then I am not so consistent.  So what do I do to …

Kendall Square Ice Rink: All You Need is Hot Cocoa

The perfect winter day for me requires three main ingredients: snow an outdoor activity hot chocolate Well the snow has made a few appearances.  As my daughter says, “Jack Frost was here!”.  We have finally unearthed all the winter hats, scarves, mittens and under layers. There is not enough snow …

Girls' Night In…the Kitchen

We have yet to set one up, but to me girls’ night in involves some cocktails a few appetizers and chocolate of some sort.  Kicking back with our feet up, the children elsewhere, and a non-family related activity:  a movie, an art project, music, shopping from home, a book, or …

Repeal Day Celebration: The Roaring 20's Party at Eastern Standard

If you’re looking for something to celebrate…I think you can’t beat this one for fashion, drink and nibbles. The Eastern Standard, is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition tonight.  If you don’t have a sitter or the energy to go out, just take out some cheese from …