I have a kid. That means that every recipe I make either comes with a helper (known as the Tiny Kitchen Assistant) or his alter ego, Captain Distracto, who wants me to play baseball or Legos or do anything other than cook as dinnertime approaches.

Most of the meals are kid-friendly and easy enough to make in 30-45 minutes on a weeknight. The rare, time-consuming “weekend recipes” will be noted accordingly. Believe me, if I can make dinner six nights a week, you can, too.

Where do my recipes come from? Many are things that I’ve made for ages. Some are modifications of a single recipe; I link to or reference the original recipe wherever possible. Others are a strange hybrid of recipes that I find online; if I want to find a good stew recipe, for example, I’ll look at half a dozen and pick and choose the elements and techniques that work best for us.

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Recent Recipes

Blackberry Port Jam

Market Berries I feel like all I need to do here is post the photo of the jam. Say it with me: blackberry port jam. Mmm. I went to the market today, and instead of buying my usual three-pack of berries (raspberry/strawberry/blackberry), I decided that I would just buy a single pack of raspberries. But […] Read More

Homemade Chinese Food

Potstickers and Noodles Many of The Assistant’s friends at school are Chinese, and he’s been suffering from a bad case of Lunchtime Potsticker Envy. At least twice a week, he begs me to make potstickers so he can take them to school for lunch. Today, on a rainy spring break day, we decided to make […] Read More

Pinwheel Appetizers

Created By The Assistant Last Sunday, we went hiking. During our excursion, The Assistant talked endlessly about his holiday plan: Experimental meals. And for his plan, he wanted to make pinwheel appetizers. His plan featured prosciutto, salami, manchego cheese and some sort of bread product to bake it in. At my suggestion, he decided to go […] Read More

Hello Fresh

What’s for Dinner? Hello Fresh I think we’ve probably established that the thing I hate most about cooking (aside from cleanup) is meal planning. I’m tired of being creative, tired of making decisions on everyone’s behalf. So at a friend’s suggestion, I signed up with a new meal program that she had been using: Hello […] Read More

Two Pounds of Bok Choy

Seriously, What Do You Do With Two Pounds of Bok Choy? Before the holidays, I signed up for a weekly farmer’s market box from Farm Fresh to You. And it’s great. Each week you customize your box from the seasonally available selections and it appears on your front step before you leave for work in […] Read More