With school on the horizon, I’m looking forward to the weather cooling down a bit and my garden slowing down. I’ve loved sharing the gardening process with my kids. It’s been rewarding to work alongside them through planning, planting, watering, weeding, growing and harvesting. Our trips to the Farmers’ Market and grocery store have been more meaningful as my kids make the connections between what we’re growing and what the farmers around us are growing. It’s also reaffirmed how important it is for us to use the produce we’ve grown in our garden in our everyday cooking.
It is that time of year again…the dreaded back-to-school time. There is no getting around it, you'll need some time before it feels normal to get back on that rollercoaster. Over the course of your summer, you might have enjoyed the lazy days of takeout food and breakfast for dinner more often than probably appropriate. This might make it difficult to get back into your routine. To reset your chaotic schedule of grocery shopping for those back-to-school lunches and dinners, don’t wait until the last minute to return to your routine, take a few days to ease back into it. The kids don't want to go back to school any more than you want to face the chaos that ensues every morning trying to get out the door. One way to make your life a little easier is to plan ahead and have your first week of meals mapped out. The ability to have a healthy home-cooked meal while fitting in work, sports and back-to-school meetings always makes the transition of summer to school go a little more smoothly. We've created a week of back-to-school meals to make it a little easier to face the inevitable. Enjoy!
Like many of you, I abandoned the dream of finding one surefire method for making consistently perfect hard boiled eggs some time ago. After trying a few too many “foolproof” tricks with spotty results, I relegated easy-peel eggs to the same category as unicorns and cheap airfare: nice to fantasize about, but if they were truly real, you’d think we’d have heard about it by now. But that’s the thing about myths — just when you’ve thrown your hands in the air and walked away, something new comes along to rekindle your hope.
This week we are focusing on the wonderful options for summertime cold soups. While most think of soup as fall and winter seasonal dishes, summer is a great time for soup, especially cold soup. The great thing about summertime soups is that they can be sweet or savory. It’s a great way to take advantage of all the vegetables and produce from your garden or the local farmers market.
Our Balsamic Sausage and Gravy Biscuit Sandwich tastes great for breakfast, lunch or dinner--pretty much any time is the right time for biscuits.