Sunday, July 19, 2009
My apologies for my absence, it has been a crazy summer so far! In the morning we have been getting as much as possible done around the house (which never amounts to much) and then after nap, head off to the beach until it is almost dinner time. This hasn't left me much time to cook, let alone post recipes or even check my email. I am just now starting to get over a nasty summertime cold and getting back into my regular routine. Having Jeff home from work for the summer (he is a teacher) has made for all play and no work around here. We are off to Maui on Tuesday and wont be returning until the first week of August. I have recipes backlogged and hope to get a few up before we go, if not, I will try to post while we are on vaca but I don't know how much patience I have for a dial up connection! Hope you are having as much fun this summer as we are here! Aloha for now...
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I feel like I have gotten a major victory, Hayden eats salad! The first time I gave Hayden lettuce, he took it, chewed it and then looked at me like he didn't know what to do with it next. He didn't believe me that it was food for the longest time! Each time I offered it, he did the same and then couldn't seem to convince himself that he should swallow it.
- Peanut products
- Egg whites
- Citrus (diaper rash)*
Sunday, June 14, 2009
This is a recipe from Giada De Laurentiis on Everyday Italian. When I saw it, I immediately wanted to recreate it, but what recipe from Food Network doesn't look delicious? There were three things I really liked about this recipe, there is so much spinach in it, you can use it in place of a salad, you don't have to cook the sauce and it exposed Hayden to unusual flavors like goat cheese without being too overpowering.
I am a big Jon and Kate Plus 8 fan, I have been watching ever since I learned about the show soon after Hayden was born. Whenever I thought my day was hard, I could watch the show and regain perspective. This past week, Emeril visited the show and made some amazing looking food for the fam. Since then, I have been recreating the recipes. I started with granola bars, because who doesn't love granola? I made a few changes to fit what I had in my kitchen and they were delicious! Emeril's recipe called for a combination of dates and raisins, I replaced those with dried unsweetened blueberries and then used almond extract instead of vanilla. They were delicious and a big hit with the kiddos at the park! (always a big compliment!)
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8- or 9- inch square baking pan and line with parchment. Lightly grease the parchment and set aside.
Place the oats and almonds on a large baking sheet and bake, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and reduce the temperature to 300 degrees F.
While the oats are toasting, combine honey and butter in a small saucepan and heat until butter is melted and honey is hot.
When oats come out of the oven, transfer to a large bowl and add hot honey, dates, raisins, brown sugar, salt, and almond extract and stir to thoroughly combine. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking pan.
Cut a piece of wax paper and place on top of the granola mixture. Using your hands, press the granola mixture very firmly into the pan. Remove wax paper and discard.
Bake the granola for 20 minutes, or until lightly golden around the edges. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely. Remove from the pan by pulling up on the edges of the parchment. Using a sharp knife, cut into 10 (or desired number) even bars.
Wrap in plastic wrap until ready to serve.
Yield: 10 to 20 servings, depending on the size of the bars
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I had a craving for Fettuccine Alfredo a few months ago and found this great recipe that is super easy because I don't have to cook the sauce. I added chicken and veggies to make it a complete and easy meal I can make with no planning and in a small amount of time.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
- Making Hayden's food myself
- Teaching Hayden sign language
Hayden started drinking water out of straw cups around 5 months, so I thought it would be no big deal to give up milk in a bottle. It ended up being a process that took months, but I wasn't in a hurry. He was trowing so many temper tantrums, I didn't want to bring on more with this battle. I held off and now I am happy to say, the sippy beat out the bottle.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
My recipe for spaghetti has evolved over many years and turned into something that combines elements from my grandmother, my mom and my dad. It has a lot of stuff in it and lots of flavor. Hayden loves it and cannot get enough. I have served it to him with many different types of pasta, I started with pasta rings and then graduated to mini cheese ravioli and pesto tortellini (all available at Trader Joes with the other dried pastas). Spaghetti is a once a week kind of meal in our house that provides lots of leftovers.
2 8oz cans of tomato sauce
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 can of tomato paste
1 pkg of Italian sausage
1 med onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 pkg mushrooms, sliced
1 cup of red wine
2 teaspoon of basil
1 teaspoon of oregano
½ teaspoon of rosemary
½ teaspoon of parsley
¼ teaspoon of thyme
¼ teaspoon of sage
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon of sugar
Salt and pepper
1. Remove sausage from casing and saute until pink is almost gone. Add onion, garlic and mushrooms. Cook until onion is translucent.
2. Add tomato sauce, tomatoes and tomato paste. Rinse cans with water and pour into sauce. Stir in red wine. While simmering sauce add spices and sugar.
3. Simmer, the longer, the better. (about 40 min)
4. Taste, add water if necessary.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
I rediscovered meatloaf during my pregnancy. I ate it around 24 weeks and couldn't get enough. I use the Quaker Oats recipe my mom used when I was young, with some variation. Sometimes I will add bell pepper, chopped celery or pureed carrots. Hayden loves it, once he ate it so fast he threw up! (not my goal but I guess it was a compliment). I like this because I mix it, throw it in the oven and then its done in an hour. Not to mention leftovers are delicious!
Friday, May 1, 2009
Aside from Thanksgiving, we didn't see sweet potatoes/yams in our house very often (one of the few veggies I can say that about). I learned about their "super food" status later and after Hayden was born, I knew I wanted them to become a regular part of our diet. But what's the difference? Which is better? I started buying sweet potatoes by the bag or in spears at Trader Joe's and then heard that those were actually yams, this person said sweet potatoes are white. Confusing huh? Especially when you see commercial baby sweet potatoes have the rich orange color you are used to seeing. So I consulted Food Lover's Companion, my go to guide about food.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Hayden is now 18 months old. Recipes I have posted so far, are the foods he has been eating more recently. When I started feeding Hayden solids at 6 months, I batch cooked purees and froze them. His first food after rice cereal was sweet potato, then banana, carrots, apple and other non-green veggies (a recommendation from my pediatrician).
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I started making these muffins for my husband to eat on the go in the morning. When Hayden asked to try some, I gave him a bite and they have become his favorite treat. This recipe makes about 30 muffins but the stay fresh for a while if you cover them with plastic wrap.
Talk about beautiful food!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
We had a rough start. Hayden was admitted to the NICU within the first hours of his life. This experience was something I could never have planned for. Bonding with my new baby and establishing breastfeeding had a whole new element added. I could not hold him.