Archive for the The Other Half Category

Mama Likes Meatloaf

As the weather continues to chill me to the bone (50F is cold here in California!), I keep getting the urge to bake. I love the gentle hum of the oven, the warmth it brings to my kitchen, and the delicious food that emerges when

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Bacon-wrapped Dates

It’s holiday party time, and many people get stuck eating the same, sad appetizers and finger-foods. Crackers and cheese, crudités and dips, and lots of sweets. Why not spice up your appetizers with something simple and (gasp!) healthy? Bacon-wrapped dates to the rescue! Yes, I am actually

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Latkes (Potato Pancakes)

Hanukkah is almost here, bringing with it blue and white store displays with towers of candles, menorahs, dreidels, candies and cookies, and boxed potato pancakes. Latkes are traditional Hanukkah food (the oil they are fried in represents the lamp oil that miraculously lasted for eight

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A Half-Indian Thanksgiving (and Giveaway!)

First of all, Happy Diwali to all my Indian friends and family! B, the girls and I spent Diwali eating puri and a feast of vegetarian dishes with my in-laws (so delicious!). I hope you all had a wonderful Diwali this year. Now to the

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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

I know, I know, you’ve had Brussels sprouts and you don’t like them, right? They are possibly the world’s most reviled vegetable, but I think they have gotten a bad rap. I have served Brussels sprouts to several people who claimed that they didn’t like them,

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Rice Cooker Coconut Chicken and Kale

As a wife/mom of two girls/housekeeper/cook/part-time blogger/chauffeur, I sometimes find that I don’t have as much time as I would like to cook meals for my family. I have been using the slow cooker and the oven more this year to give me more “hands-free”

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Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes…Broth

Fall is approaching, school is back in session, and people are getting sniffly. Growing up, when I was sick my parents used to make me a bowl of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle soup, or if I was really lucky, my mom would make some chicken soup

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Dad’s Ribs

One of the best things about summer is barbequing and savoring all the yumminess that comes off a grill. I still haven’t done much actual grilling myself, but B has become quite good at it, and we enjoy all kinds of meats while the weather is warm.

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Tomatofest

When we bought our house and had the backyard landscaped, we included a raised vegetable bed so that we could grow some veggies and also have some outdoor seating. The first thing we grew was tomatoes. When H was two, she refused to eat tomatoes;

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Sweet Potatoes: Not Just a Super Food

My kids love sweet potatoes. I mean, they really, really love them. They would eat them multiple times a day, every day (but as a fan of variety, I limit their intake to about one a day).  I always have several varieties of this terrific

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