Instant Pot Refried Beans

Who doesn’t love refried beans? The better question is: why am I not making these every other week? Now that school/work/afterschool lessons have swung into beast mode, we’re back to careful meal planning and weekend food prep. Yesterday, we made whole wheat pizza dough, whole wheat pita, refried beans, spicy pork noodles, and chile rellenos…

Persimmon Cinnamon Rolls

In the middle of autumn, trees across the gulf south are laden with bright orange Fuyu persimmons, a fruit many find mysterious. I’m lucky to have a ton of great friends who give me their excess fruit, and that can often create the challenge of what to do with it. So far I’ve made a…

Meal Plan 10/21-10/31

Here’s my food plan for this upcoming week, including a shopping list. Admittedly, we’re committing ourselves to cleaning out the chest freezer in advance of Thanksgiving, which means our shopping list is way, way different than yours would be. I’ve tried to make allowances for that below. Another factor: we have a Costco membership, and…

Pretzels & Beer Cheese

Long work days and school stress pair to champion my strong desire to pursue cheesy carbs as a coping mechanism. Is it the healthiest choice? Nope. But sometimes you want to pretend that despite 93 degree October temperatures and 1000% percent New Orleans humidity, that it’s autumn, and that comfort carbs are the way to…

Because reasons.

Over the past couple of months, I’ve subsisted on a quixotic blend of coffee, wine, and chocolaty carbs, because work has been…well, intense. But each October, I make my husband a Germanpalooza menu – schnitzel, strudel, Kartoffelnsalat, and soft pretzels. I always throw in a little something extra, though, and it’s ALWAYS these chocolate caramel…

Copycat Egg Bites

Mornings. Ugh. Weekday mornings are the worst in our house – my husband and I both work full-time, and we have three kids to get fed, dressed, groomed and prepped for school/daycare. It’s a lot. I’m always in search of the holy grail of breakfasts, the sort of dish that doesn’t make me feel like a…

Thriving and coupon profiling: a mood

Warning: I am not the sort of person who extreme coupons. I don’t have 67 flea collars for a dog I don’t have because the deal was just that great. I tend to take a more moderate approach wherein I weigh coupons and deals by the following metrics: Does it make sense for me? For…

Crawfish Etouffee

Y’all. I’m sorry. The entire month of April was consumed by a flurry of 7-day work weeks and long nights. But in the sage words of the Backstreet Boys, “Backstreet’s back, all right.” And here I am, though I’m less blonde and substantially more female. I’m back to meal planning, too, or at least I…

Instant Pot Yogurt

Now that the benevolent dictator, our 6 year-old, is back to school, mornings are once again hectic and harried. Armed with only a half-gallon of 1% milk and a small container of plain Greek yogurt, here’s how I’m tackling breakfast this week.