Soy-braised tofu and vegetable udon noodle stir fry for a savory and simple weeknight meal.
Soy-Braised Tofu and Vegetable Udon Noodle Stir Fry

Welcome to this week’s edition of the infinite weeknight dinner saga. 

I KNOW, the audacity of these family members who keep needing to be fed every night. Even Nico is in on it now and to say that I feel betrayed is an understatement. 

Et tu, Brute?

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A sheet pan side dish of roasted sweet potatoes and spinach tossed with a pickled jalapeno dressing and feta cheese.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Spinach with Pickled Jalapeno Dressing

Now that I have two very mobile children, neither of whom seems to have any sense of fear or danger or impending doom, meal prep has become a bit of a nightmare. Gone are the days when I could plop Nico down in the kitchen next to me or strapped into his little chair and trust that I could turn around and he would still be where I’d left him.

Oh, no. Now if I look away for five seconds he is already well on his way to another room, undoubtedly plotting his next attempt to remove the child guards from the electrical outlets and stick his fingers in them. 

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A plush and luscious funfetti layer cake that is brimming with rainbow sprinkles and filled with a cream cheese frosting – nostalgia at its most delicious!
Funfetti Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Just before the holidays my husband, for reasons I can’t possibly fathom, decided to weigh himself for the first time since Nico was born. 

I don’t know exactly what he saw that day, but ever since then he looks at every plate I put in front of him with a whole lot of skepticism and asks “Does this fit with my diet?”.

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Sticky spicy green beans and farro with gochujang butter and topped with a fried egg.

Green Beans and Farro with Gochujang Butter

Here we go, here we go, here go now. First recipe of 2023 and it embodies everything I want food this year to look like!

Sticky spicy salty saucy sweet with a hint of wholesomeness and so much flavor that you can’t help but lick the plate clean. If this is any indication of how the rest of the year is going to go, then I know that we have good things headed our way.

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Top 10 Recipes of 2022

Happy new year! Only one week late, but once you have two kids that is basically on time.

2022 was a YEAR. We welcomed baby Nico into our lives and he continues to be a dream baby. Snuggly in all the best ways but also fiercely independent and headstrong about certain things (like, for instance, not crawling). He absolutely adores his big sister and lights up when she walks into the room or shows him even the tiniest bit of attention. He is also my partner in crime when it comes to spicy food love – this boy ADORES curries, chilli, basically anything with big flavor. Finally, someone in the house who understands me.

Remy, on the other hand, continues to eat a grand total of three things and rebuke any food with even the slightest hint of flavor as being “too spicy”. We are unsure where she gets this from, but we love her anyway. She started in a new, more academically challenging school this year and it has been so good for her. We have seen her love of math blossom and her vocabulary grow so much, and it has been so gratifying.

Not surprisingly with everything going on, the blog and recipe development has taken a bit of a back seat. Coupled with the fact that I have become increasingly particular about the recipes I do share with you, that has meant fewer (but higher caliber!) posts overall. I hope to get back into it and post with more regularity in 2023 as it is something I really love and am passionate about.

Despite all of this, this year was full of delicious food. The Top Ten Recipes of 2022 are filled with lots of great desserts, both complicated and more simple treats, and some of my favorite weeknight meals. Thank you for sticking with me during these constant seasons of change, and looking forward to more deliciousness in 2023!

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Green angel hair pasta with garlic butter is a vibrant dish made with a spinach, roasted garlic, and butter sauce. It’s an easy and family-friendly weeknight dinner.

Green Angel Hair with Garlic Butter

Yesterday I finally got around to making my holiday prep list, and let me just say this one thing: it’s long.

Like “how can a full time working human with two children possibly complete all of this in the next four days and still make dinner every night” long. There’s baking and cleaning and cooking and wrapping and DID I MENTION DINNER EVERY NIGHT.

It’s very unclear how all of this will get done, but with a little Christmas magic and the brute force of a mother unhinged (aka with a LOT of coffee and very little sleep), it will.

Oh. It. Will.

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