What’s on your plate?

Burrata. Have you had it? If not, do yourself a favor and run and grab some from Maplebrook Farms. They sell at Wholefoods. 

This weekend, our friends hosted brunch, serving a droolworthy salad topped with creamy dollops of this type of mozzarella – the dried cranberries providing the perfect offsetting zing.

The salad stole the show. But quiche and pesto pasta rounded out the meal.

And the quintessential summer desert to cap it off – watermelon.

Thanks guys! It seems summer has finally arrived…

How do you breakfast?

Our 2yr old has been on a pretty impressive hunger strike. Im not sure what exactly she is striking for. And I’m not sure she does either, besides a vague sense of power and control.

We try to hold steadfast. Don’t give in and serve cheerios 24/7.

There are always frozen waffles and boxes of cereal on hand, but I strive to stay as creative and varied as possible – I read somewhere that kids fall so quickly into food ruts, that it’s important to try not to serve the same thing more than once or twice in row. Keep it varied to keep them open minded.

(Pancakes are on frequent rotation)

Ellyn Satter writes about the “division of responsibility”, a concept that I find so comforting.  

As she reminds us, we as parents are responsible for the what, when and where of eating, and children are responsible for the how much and whether of eating. 

We generally follow this rule – our kids don’t have to eat, but we won’t make them another option. Either they eat the healthy family meal, or they don’t eat. This often means that meals are skipped. Sometimes two meals in a row are skipped.

So that brings us back to breakfast – what are good options to start the day, besides cereal, cereal and more cereal?

Here are four of our recent attempts at thinking outside the (cereal) box:

1.) Smoothies, of all kinds. Sneak in some fresh spinach if you can.

2.) Hard boiled eggs with butter and sea salt.

3.) Avocado toast. A surprisingly HUGE hit.

4.) Sourdough toast with raw honey, orange slices.

So how do you breakfast? 

One friend suggested these muffins with carrots and zucchini baked in – they were awesome. Another friend has been known to serve homemade apple pie (brilliant – feels special, but is really just apples and bread).  

What’s on your plate?

Every time we make the trek to wholefoods, a container of Meredith Dairy goat and sheeps cheese makes its way into our cart.

This cheese is a true multi-tasker.  It works on crackers, spread on bread as part of a sandwich, and perhaps best of all, on pasta.

“What’s for dinner?”

It’s 5o clock, nothing has been made and nothing has been planned for. Grab a box of pasta, and whatever vegetables are in your fridge (or in a jar in your pantry for that matter), some garlic and this cheese.

Last week we made it with cherry tomatoes and chopped vine tomatoes, some leftover fennel, and garlic.

Roast the vegetables until they are soft. Add a pinch of parsley.

A green salad on the side.

Arugula, shaved Brussels sprouts, cranberries and cucumbers.


Looking back and forward.

It is fascinating to hear how people think about and picture the passage of time. 

When I think about the year ahead it resembles  an oval race track (I cringe at the word race – for I find more and more that I’m trying to slow the passage of time – but I’ll use it for descriptive sake.)

Picture the one at your old highschool that encircles the football field.  Perhaps like mine it was made of red cracked cement with white lines and markings to signal distance travelled. 

The straight stretch along the side would be the months of January, February, and March, the cold dark winter months without any major holidays to break them up. 

On the other side you would find July and August, the hot meandering muggy summer with unbridled possibility. 

The rounded corners are the shoulder months.

 April, where seemingly overnight the endless winter suddenly turns to spring. 

June, where the rush of finalizing school work, finishing spring cleaning and planning for July 4th weekend speeds it past in a blur.

Summer steals the Labor Day holiday as its own, leaving September abridged, with just 3 short weeks to adjust to back to school, back to reality. 

November and December, twirling by in a holiday haze.

As we whip around the December curve, heading down the straight stretch of winter, I’ll embrace the cold crisp air, the darker days meant to remind us all to take more time to rest. I’ll re-focus on the things that inspire and nourish me, both figuratively and literally.

Food. I’ve printed out 10 new recipes to try in January.

Creativity. I’ve purchased a new lense for my SLR camera, and I’ll finally take that out to play.

Family. I’ll pledge to leave my phone in my purse when I arrive home, taking a 2 hour break to play, focus, decompress. Seems so simple right? It’s not.

Fresh Air. Every day. Rain or shine. Light or dark.

But then, let’s not get too caught up in the future. For as Gandhi reminds us, “the future depends on what you do today.”