Have you ever cooked a meal--whether a multi-course feast or simple P, B & J --with less than joy, only to later hear your kids complaining about the very meal you slaved over? I grumble about making it. Then they grumble about eating it. Why am I surprised?Read More
What do you say when your kids ask you if they can help? That’s a daily dilemma for busy moms whose kids long to jump in with unskilled hands and clumsy feet. It's rarely, if ever, efficient to say yes. It’s so much easier to just do it yourself. It’s faster and more certain it will be done right. Or at least the way you like it. But if you always choose the efficient and effective way, you may miss out on some of the most vital windows of instruction.Read More
In one sense, table manners are simply the way we eat. But they're more than that. And without practice and reinforcement, it's easy to slip back into selfish manners, undermining the eternal potential of family mealtime.Read More
Have you ever asked yourself, "Why is my bread like a brick?" "What's the secret to getting the dough to rise?" or "Why is my bread so crumbly?" I've answered these questions in emails, Skype tutorials, and phone calls. The one-word solution to these common problems is practice. But there are some tricks and techniques that make all that practice more productive. If you've ever wanted to bake bread, or have been frustrated in your efforts, here’s a quick lesson.Read More
They were so excited to help and I was thrilled to realize four is old enough to wield a potato peeler! Taking turns alternately peeling carrots and potatoes for our harvest soup, their joy in being able to help make dinner made light work of it. It was a surprisingly cold day, but unexpectedly cozy in the kitchen. I almost hated to clean up all the peels; evidence of delight all over the countertops.
After hearing "What's This?" for the umpteenth time, it's easy to lose your creative spark in the kitchen. Recently mine was rekindled by my niece, a container of pesto, and a bag of marshmallows.Read More