Cooking & Eating

Mommy Makes a Cooking Show

Last week, we filmed Sam’s cooking show. It was so much fun that I decided to film my own.

This video is pretty long–almost a half an hour. It took me about two hours total to make the dish, which is a version of shepherd’s pie aimed at rescuing some freezer burned vegetables I found in my freezer and a few other things I found lying around. It was totally spur of the moment but it was a lot of fun and it certainly made making dinner a little more exciting. Still new to this food video thing–note the abrupt transitions and lack of planning (I totally forgot to show you the final product and the shot of us eating it never filmed because my camera ran out of battery)–but I’m learning!

This meal went over really well with my family–especially Sam. He ate almost a whole serving without complaint, which is rare for him, especially when it contains so many vegetables. Violet didn’t touch it, but I suspect that’s because I made the mistake of serving it with bread. So she only wanted bread. But the gravy on sourdough–yummy stuff.

Here’s the “recipe” promised on the video (I did this all off the cuff–forgive the approximations): Continue reading “Mommy Makes a Cooking Show”

Cooking & Eating, Friends & Family

White Chocolate Cutout Cookies

Decorations by the Boy (with Some Help from Mommy)

Every year, I bemoan the fact that I don’t like any of my sugar cookie cutout recipes. I have one drop sugar cookie I like, but as I get older it seems too sweet for me, and I’m really looking for something I can shape. Baking and decorating cookies can kill a good hour (or more) and in a house with wee ones, we’re always looking for ways to kill time. I mean–we’re always looking for educational activities. Yes–and baking cookies teaches counting, turn-taking, patience, and fine motor skills (scooping and leveling flour, pressing cookie cutters, pinching just the right amount of sprinkles). Plus the outcome is lovely. If you have a good cookie recipe.

I didn’t have one. So I decided to make one up. And after tinkering with over the last two years, I’m ready to share it with you. It stamps perfectly, holds its shape, doesn’t puff at all, and has a lovely texture and taste. I credit the white chocolate in the dough; maybe, scientifically, that’s wrong. Maybe it wouldn’t taste or bake any differently if I subbed the white chocolate/coconut oil mixture with another three tablespoons of butter and two of sugar. But I doubt it.

Either way, here’s the recipe. I know the cookie season has basically come to a close and the New Year’s diets begin soon, but keep this one in your pocket in case you need a really nice shaped cookie. Continue reading “White Chocolate Cutout Cookies”

Cooking & Eating

Carrot Puree

I’m mostly posting this so I don’t forget the recipe. Didn’t take a photo or anything, which is a shame, actually, because it was the prettiest plate of food I’ve eaten in a while. Served it with pork chops, green beans, and a beer-mustard pan sauce.


Carrot Puree

Steam: 3 carrots (peeled and chopped) and 2 red potatoes (peeled and chopped)

Puree these with: 2 tbsp butter, 5.3 oz container fat free Greek yogurt, salt and pepper


Super simple, but so good. The boy is extremely angry right now because we ran out. And now I will remember how I made it.