I have always loved old school diners. There is just something about collapsing into those cozy booths with the torn upholstery, meeting your waiter or waitress, and then choosing from endless stained pages of every possible comfort food in the American repertoire. Alone or in a group, young and old, rich or poor, everyone feels … Continue reading Easy Beef Vegetable Soup
Back in the 90s when I was a teenager, hot nachos with some kind of yellow queso ladled over the top were a very cool snack at malls, fairs, football games, and late night. (Or perhaps they still are and I just don’t get out much?) To be honest I was never a huge fan … Continue reading Nacho Dinner
I have a little personal passion that I would like to share with you today, and that is the preservation and resurrection of native plants and foods. Over the course of the 20th century, many indigenous plants of various regions fell out of favor and have all but disappeared from our environment and food supply. … Continue reading Tasty Landscaping
In honor of Memorial Day, I’d like to post a simple vegetarian burger recipe. The recipe is an adaptation of a vegetarian meatball recipe I’ve seen circulating around the web, and that I’ve enjoyed making over the last few years. I have made more complicated veggie burgers that are also delicious, but this has got … Continue reading Quick Veggie Burger
Today I’ll share a quick and easy recipe for bread. Now I happen to be someone who loves to bake bread (although I would put my skill level in the fairly basic category), and I regularly make challah, pizza dough, and no-knead bread. I make these with granulated yeast and, while they are very easy, … Continue reading Beer Bread
This one is for those of you that have collapsed under the pressure to buy an air fryer, the latest gadget the cookware industry has thought up for us. There really are some fun things you can do with it and this is one of them. Instant homemade potato chips that the kids love. All … Continue reading Air Fryer Potato chips
Just a quick post to share with you a little experiment I did with eggs, in case you ever doubted that spending a bit more on food buys you anything different. I recently started buying heirloom eggs that my local Harris Teeter carries (which are not organic certified, by the way, but are certified humane- … Continue reading Heirloom eggs?
Don’t miss my latest podcast collaboration with the fantastic pediatric blogger Doc Smo from http://www.docsmo.com! The topic at hand: smart food shopping and improving your label literacy! Listen now, or read the transcript below! http://www.docsmo.com/smart-food-shopping-w-dr-charlotte-rouchouze-pedcast/ Introduction Doc Smo: Today’s pedcast features child food expert Dr. Charlotte Rouchouze. Long time listeners to Portable Practical Pediatrics will recognize … Continue reading New Podcast – Label Literacy!
I recently came across a charming book that I believe dates back to my mother’s preschool teaching years, in the early 1970s. It’s a book plucked straight out of the “Free to be” generation, called Kids are Natural Cooks, by the Parents’ Nursery School. It’s a book of recipes and ideas for how children can … Continue reading Book – Kids are Natural Cooks
Here in North Carolina, it is hot… These hot summer days get me thinking back on some of my favorite frozen desserts when I was a kid, and one thing that always comes to mind is the fruity/cream/vanilla combo. I think this combo is under sung in general, and today’s post is all about it. … Continue reading Summer Sweets – the fruity, creamy, vanilla-y trinity