• appetite

    citrus: cranberry-lemon Morning Glory muffins

    One of our favorite gifts is shipments of lemons and grapefruits from my aunt- and uncle-in-law (who live in Indio, California). These enormous citrus shipments bring a touch of brightness to our cold Boston winters. Even the lemons themselves are enormous. I brought a few to school once when I was on an infused-water kick. My students were so fascinated by them that they drew faces on them and gave them names (beginning with L, of course). I saw this recipe for Morning Glory muffins on Sally’s Baking Addiction and decided to make them with the lemons from our latest shipment and use produce from our our Red Fire Farm Deep…

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    Snoop-Approved Meals: Bean & Hominy Chili

    My toddler (nicknamed snoop) loves to eat and now help me cook! He seems to prefer vegetarian meals (e.g., black bean soup, macaroni and cheese, chana masala) so I was happy that he enjoyed this Good Cheap Eats chili with ground beef. I figured that he enjoyed the flavors, so I used the recipe as a base to make a vegetarian version with hominy instead of beef. I also changed some of the spices and swapped black beans for kidney beans. Snoop liked helping me cook by dumping the canned ingredients and pre-measured spices into the slow cooker, then pushing the button to start the slow cooker. Ingredients ½ onion, chopped 6 cloves garlic,…

  • appetite,  fitness

    Cambridge Fall Classic 5K with Fit Flock

    Last Sunday, I ran the Cambridge Fall Classic 5K with the Fit Flock team of chefs and bloggers.The Fit Flock is a joint effort between the American Lamb Board and BostonChefs.com to celebrate lamb as a nutritional and flavorful protein option. Fit Flock provided us with race bibs, shirts, a team tent, and an after-party at the Smoke Shop. The Cambridge Fall Classic is part of a seasonal 5K series along with the Winter Classic, Spring Classic, and Summer Classic. It follows the same course as the An Ras Mor 5K and is easy to get to by T (Red Line to Central Square) or by car (because Cambridge parking permits aren’t…

  • appetite,  parenting,  restaurant outing

    Parents’ Night Out at Trade

    In the past 13 months of motherhood, nights out have become a scarce commodity. When Leah invited me to a Parents’ Night Out at Trade, I jumped at the chance to enjoy delicious food and drinks with Dave, Debbie, Leah (and her daughter), Kim, Kimberly, Nancy, Phyllis, and Sharon. Bonus: no one threw their food on the floor, shrieked at the top of their lungs, or played peekaboo–though a toy fish did appear in one of the beverages! Being out so late (7:30) on a school night made me feel like I did in the days before teaching and motherhood! So did the lively conversation, which was as full of sassiness as…

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    The Perfect Portion Cookbook

    I recently received a copy of The Perfect Portion Cookbook to review. The Perfect Portion Cookbook includes 150 healthy, easy-to-prepare recipes with a 100-calorie portion system for counting calories and managing portion sizes. The website also offers helpful tips and videos.  As a new mom, I’m not into the “must immediately get pre-baby body back” attitude, but I really appreciate the simple, healthy takes on comfort food in this cookbook. It’s so refreshing to see mostly real, unprocessed food versus something like “three-ingredient protein pancakes” or a healthified version of rich food that uses non-fat, sugar-free “diet” ingredients. The familiar comfort food nature of the recipes offers a good base for making small…

  • appetite,  instruction,  math in real life

    Atlas Coffee Club and Math Projects

    Disclaimer: I was sent a complimentary sample of Atlas Coffee in exchange for my thoughts on the product. I was not paid to write this post. All opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links in this post. I’ve written about coffee math before and recently got inspired again after learning about Atlas Coffee Club. After my beginning of semester poll on “what would help you do better in math?” some of the students in my math enrichment class said “real-world projects!” I love doing those anyway, so I got to thinking about topics that are relevant to them. My first period 9th grade class doesn’t seem to have…

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    Super Bowl Recipe Exchange

    Though the Pats won’t be playing in Super Bowl 50 and we’ll have to be home by 6:00 p.m. for baby’s bedtime, I’m still excited for Super Bowl food! I’m participating in a Super Bowl Recipe Exchange with fellow food bloggers, who’ve created the following delicious recipes: Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ from Eat.Live.Blog White Bean & Chorizo Stew from LivinLemon Buffalo Chicken Empanadas from yours truly DIY Snack Stadium from Wife in Progress Homemade Pimento Cheese Stuffed Sliders from Aimee Broussard Taco Dip from Anchors and Bows Corn “Tamale” with Black Beans and more from Good Cook Doris Not only am I sharing with you these great recipes, but I…

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    buffalo chicken empanadas

    I enjoy putting a twist on Filipino recipes such as my mom’s empanadas and pancit. Now that I’m a new mom, I’ve started to streamline my cooking by minimizing chopping and using my slow cooker more. Pulled chicken has become quite a staple in our household. For the Super Bowl, I’ve always loved eating buffalo wings or buffalo dip, so my Filipino mom adaptation will be…slow cooker buffalo chicken empanadas! This makes ~20 depending on how big you roll them. Dough (2 batches of my mom’s recipe) 6 cups all-purpose flour 0.5 cup sugar 1.5 cups water 1 cup butter (cut into small cubes) Chicken 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast…

  • appetite,  restaurant outing

    Beta Burger

    Some pregnant women crave odd combinations like pickles and ice cream. Because my regular food choices already included combinations like peanut butter and pickle sandwiches, I expected that I’d either be eating completely wacky foods or completely bland foods. My biggest pregnancy craving fell somewhere in the middle: for burgers. During my second trimester, I took a special education licensure course at Madison Park High School. That burger pregnancy craving got triggered by Beta Burger’s “opening summer 2015” sign every time I went to the neighboring Dunkin Donuts before class, so I was psyched to get invited to try out Beta Burger this past weekend! Customization + Technology = Beta…

  • appetite,  instruction,  parenting

    on math, date nights, and yummy food

    My husband’s boss gave us the following sage advice for new parenthood: go on a date night once a week. I didn’t realize how important and effective that advice was until last night’s date night (our first since September 1st). We’d gotten into more of a parenting routine over the past three months, including getting out and about with the baby to events such as a Halloween party or to a sushi restaurant for my birthday. However, we were always “on.” Watching one kid used to seem theoretically easier to me than watching 29 at a time in the classroom. Now, teaching a packed classroom would feel like relief from the…