The Carnival to St. Pat’s Meal Plan

This year, the Carnival season is looooong and the king cakes are many. But there’s also tons of school events, board meetings, volunteer activities and late nights at work, so the taller half and I opted to create a master meal plan to get us through the Mardi Gras to St. Patrick’s Day arc. In…

Can we talk about biscuits?

My husband and I are readers/subscribers of Bitter Southerner, to the point that he proudly sports a Make More Biscuits tee fairly regularly. (I’m a big fan of the Collards and Cornbread t-shirt he bought me for Christmas, too.) The man loves buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy, so it’s not unusual for me to drag…

Because it’s hummus night, and the feeling’s right.

One of the rare meals upon which all five members of our family can agree is hummus, babaghanoush, and whole wheat pita. My husband and I like to add roasted red peppers, olives, and feta to our hummus, but our kids are content to eat hummus plain. The tricky bit, though, is that they prefer…

Chile Rellenos

The NFC Championship was an ugly experience for us, and it became evident we needed to eat our feelings… …after a four mile walk that also included a stop for beignets. Our garden is rife with poblanos, and we live in the south, so let’s get to frying, y’all.

Shirataki Noodles & Turning 40

Last week I turned 40, continuing my streak of being one day older than Drew Brees. And like a lot of people facing milestone birthdays or anniversaries, I did quite a bit of navel-gazing. I’m 40 lbs heavier than I was at 30, and my hair streaked with silver. The realization that I’m more than…

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…