Better-than-takeout creamy tomato chickpea and cauliflower masala from Smitten Kitchen Keepers – a richly spiced curry that’s easy to make at home even on busy nights.
Creamy Tomato Chickpea and Cauliflower Masala

In today’s edition of The Winter That Never Ends, it is March 14th and we are getting our FIRST snow of the year.

As I say (literally) daily: I quit. (Usually screamed in a fit of rage after one or both of my children has done something so egregious that resigning as a parent feels like the only logical option.)

But then I’ll do what I always do, which is pick myself back up by my bootstraps and make dinner.

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A luscious lemon raspberry layer cake – a light white cake brushed with tart lemon syrup and filled with layers of lemony buttercream and homemade lemon curd – a lemon lover’s dream!
Lemon Raspberry Layer Cake with Lemon Buttercream

It was my birthday last weekend so I did what any totally sane newly 36 year old with a 10.5 month and a 6-going-on-16 year old would do – took on a multi-day, four component layer cake baking project for my birthday cake!

Normal, right?

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A zucchini kofta curry made with savory zucchini and chickpea flour dumplings that are served over rice with a richly spiced tomato and fenugreek sauce.

When life gives you a picky eater for your first child, you react totally appropriately and make curry every week to ensure your second child eats all the things (but especially the spicy, boldly flavored food that your first child rejects on sight).

That’s the saying, right?

In all seriousness, I know that so much of picky eating is a combination of normal development with influence from an individual child’s temperament and has absolutely nothing to do with how or what you feed them. Remy was exposed to plenty of different cuisines and flavors as a baby, yet subsists on cheese quesadillas, pizza, and PB&Js to this day. As a new parent I was probably overly concerned with whether or not she was eating and so I was quick to make her something I knew she would like when she rejected our meal, so that’s on me. But also she’s stubborn. 

Live and learn and show no mercy when serving food to your second child – you eat what mom makes or you can eat nothing.

I can be stubborn, too.

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Fettuccine with pistachio cream sauce is a rich and comforting meal that is dangerously easy to make – perfect for a weeknight or a special occasion.
Fettuccine with Pistachio Cream Sauce

I’m a simple gal.

I don’t need roses or chocolates or jewelry for Valentine’s Day, or really any presents at all for that matter. 

Though if anyone is offering, I’ll take a night of completely uninterrupted sleep with no one touching me, a day of unaccompanied trips to the bathroom (#momlife), and a lifetime supply of pistachios or at least enough to feed all of my current and future baking/dinner/snacking pursuits for the foreseeable future. 

Like I said. Simple.

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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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