Food Talk…

Sorry I’ve been so absent.  I have been racing around like a mad woman trying to get the house in order for our holiday guests, parties at the kids schools, adult holiday parties, holiday activities with the kids, lots of orders at Maddie G, continued work on my new website,   etc.  Plus, I have been sick since Wednesday and have officially lost my voice completely (kinda think the kids and husband are enjoying this….as I cannot tell them what to do!)

I’ve enjoyed a teeny bit of downtime this weekend….not wanting to turn on live TV this weekend with the kiddos around…..Maddie and I snuggled watching taped episodes of Ina Garten and Giada.  (I even found Maddie watching an episode when I was off doing something else).

But, given what’s been going on in the world and the tragedy faced by those in CT, I feel more grateful than ever that I have these mundane moments to share with my family.  I cannot stop thinking about, and praying for, those who have been touched by this tragedy. 

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I only cooked twice last week as we had plans out the other nights.  One meal was a tried-and-true and one is a definite repeater.  First, we had a cold spell early last week (today it was 75 here!) and I was craving some comfort food.  I have been making Cooking Light’s Italian Meatloaf with Fresh Basil and Provolone for about 10 years now.  I remember it being served at a cooking club I was in in DC way back and thinking….who the heck would serve meat loaf for a cooking club.  But, this meatloaf is so easy and so delish.  Sun-dried tomatoes (which I buy julienned so I don’t have to soak and cut per the recipe), smoked provolone and fresh basil make this such a great meatloaf.  I serve it with mashed potatoes, peas, gravy and rolls.  Also, I should note that we don’t even finish 1/2 of this so I freeze 1/2 of it for another meal when I am in a pinch.  (If you don’t have a foodsaver….I recommend one….I think my husband about had a heart attack when I asked for one for my birthday a few years ago…..but we love it!)

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The other meal I made was Ina Garten’s Winter Minestrone.  This was pretty easy to make, very filling and tasted even better for lunches later in the week!  It was good for the kids too because it was thick…..so I could just give them less broth to contain the mess!  I served with crusty bread and parmesan.

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This week will be a crazy one with family streaming in Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  My stepsons are visiting from Australia and we are looking forward to it.  The kids love their big brothers and the eldest’s girlfriend, Natalie.  So, please excuse me the next couple of weeks if my posting is sporadic (what’s new, right?)  If I can get some good photos I’ll try to share some new additions around our house….the hard press has been on to get furniture, rugs and accessories in place before everyone arrives.  And then in the new year…..I am so excited to share my new website with you.

Good luck to you all this week as you finish preparing for the holidays!

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