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Mmmm: Homemade pasta and pomodoro sauce

Mmmm: Homemade pasta and pomodoro sauce

We celebrated Sarah’s birthday with our traditional dinner-of-your-choice last month, and her choice was homemade pasta and sauce. Eliza specializes in homemade pasta ever since Grandpa Morley taught her how. She said making it makes her feel “cheffy.” Here’s a tutorial on making homemade pasta 

Mmmm: Easy (Sunday) Dinners

Mmmm: Easy (Sunday) Dinners

We love having company for dinner, and Sunday is a great day for us to do that. Here are three meals we have had with friends and family or just by ourselves. Of course, they aren’t just for Sunday! (Photos posted another day!) Both the 

Mmmm: Refreshing Summer Dinners and Desserts

Mmmm: Refreshing Summer Dinners and Desserts

Red, white, blue fruit cup

Summer might be the best time of the year for eating. I love being able to eat the fresh fruit and vegetables that are so abundant this time of year! Tonight’s dinner was so yummy, I wish you could have been here to join us.

We had Cucumber Dill Salad; teriyaki chicken and jasmine rice; green beans with butter, lemon zest, and fresh nutmeg; and peas freshly shelled very reluctantly by Peter.  He really wanted to play a game on the computer, but much to his chagrin, it was his night to be my dinner helper. “See! I won’t have any time left to play before dinner [because of shelling peas],” he lamented. “It isn’t the end of your life,” I replied. “Practically!” he mourned. Ah, drama. Gotta love it, ’cause there’s plenty of it in our house!

The slices of white peach in the fruit cup shown above were SO sweet: if you haven’t had a white peach, you should try one if can! We had the fruit cup with cream drizzled over the top and a warm cinnamon roll for dessert. I am happy as a clam after a dinner like that. Fun place settings, yummy summer fare, family I love eating it with me. That’s my fave.

The other night we had another favorite meal: Thai Green Curry Shrimp, along with Mint Lemonade Freeze. (Recipe note: instead of almond milk, I used lactose-free milk, which I had on hand. It was good that way as well. So I am sure you could just use milk or almond milk or whatever you want in this freeze.) I would have served the drink as a dessert, but because we were heading off to see “The Sound of Music” musical and had to leave soon after dinner, I served it with the meal. This actually worked out well, the cool mint balancing the mildly spicy green curry.

Dinnertime can be such a great memory-making time. Even when I’m not in the mood to make dinner, and have to pray for an idea of what to make and the energy to make it, then a good idea comes and it all comes together. Then it’s so worth it!

Happy Summer Dining,

Liz 🙂

P.S. I’m grateful for the mentors I’ve had in helping me get better at creating yummy family dinners: my mom and my dad, both excellent cooks; my mother-in-law; my sister, Bex, who makes more amazing dinners on a daily basis than anyone I know; and The Food Nanny and Chef Brad, who have really been a source of encouragement via their cooking shows that I started watching a few winters ago while running on the treadmill. If you’re in a slump with cooking, watch one of their episodes and you’ll get some inspiration!

 

 

Mmmm…Bruschetta on the Brain

Mmmm…Bruschetta on the Brain

Ever had bruschetta? (I just learned that the “ch” is a “k” sound in Italian!) If not, think Italian toast with toppings. Not quite pizza. VERY yummy. It’s simple to make and good for you, and in my opinion, goes with pretty much any Italian