Clams and Shells

The DamFam vacationed in the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a week this past July. It was a family reunion of sorts with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins of all ages, all under the roof of one ginormous ocean front house. Grownups took turns making dinner for the crowd each night and one of the best meals was the one my Aunt Vicki made, which featured the delicious Clams & Shells I’m sharing with you now.

Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous | October 2nd, 2013

Enjoy Sendik's All Week

Good morning and welcome to this week’s especially delicious edition of Enjoy Sendik’s All Week.  As usual I have three recipes to help you make good use of the ingredients that are featured in this week’s Sendik’s sale ad.  These are some of my favorite go-to dishes, so let’s get to it.

Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous, News | September 26th, 2013

Oven Toasted Ravioli

Sometimes the DamKids love what they order in a restaurant so much that they ask if I can duplicate the dish at home. Once in a while, I’m able to come close (this tortilla soup, for instance); other times (like when it comes to authentic Chinese food) … not so much. And I tell them simply that that’s why restaurants were invented in the first place.

Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous, News | September 25th, 2013

Enjoy Sendik's All Week

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of Enjoy Sendik’s All Week.  Here are three kid friendly, mom approved recipes that make good use of ingredients featured in this week’s Sendik’s sale ad.

Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous, News | September 18th, 2013

Classic Swedish Meatballs

A neighbor once told me when I was a little girl that I got my dimples from eating meatballs.  I bought in to this story hook, line and sinker until I was at least 10 years old.  This classic recipe comes from that same neighbor, and yes, it’s a bit of a throwback to the days of Read more

Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous, News | September 18th, 2013

"Rough Around the Edges" Sugar Cookies & Enjoy Sendik's All Week

I’m feeling a little rough around the edges this morning, and I’ll tell you why:  NTYB totaled his car yesterday afternoon.  Like, destroyed it.  And amazingly, he’s fine.  No one else was involved, and he’s extremely lucky to have walked away from the wreckage unscathed.  We’re making arrangements to junk poor Little Blue (the dearly departed Civic), Read more

Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous, News | September 11th, 2013

Chicken Tortilla Stack

You know by now that I have somewhat of a taco obsession. I would eat them two or three or seven times a week if I had my druthers, and if I didn’t think the DamFam would rise up in some sort of Ortega-fueled rebellion. Since I have no desire for that sort of scenario to play out around my kitchen table, I find ways get a taco fix without serving actual tacos by sneakily swapping in tostadas, salads, burrito bowls, quesadillas, and the like.

Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous, News | September 10th, 2013

Banana Streusel Muffins & Enjoy Sendik's All Week

We have several days of school under our belts by now and so far things are under control.  The drama and tears (mine) have been kept to a minimum, though I am terribly sad that the carefree days of summer are gone.   We’re down to the brass tacks of long practices after school and backpacks weighed down with loads Read more

Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous, News | September 5th, 2013

Oven Fried Shrimp with Spicy Aioli

In deciding on what sort of dish to discuss here today, I was torn between two major issues at hand: back-to-school-night dinner ideas, and Packer watching munchies. Don’t laugh. In my little world both rank right up there as “major issues” this week, so I went round in my head and then decided on a happy compromise. These crunchy little shrimp make a fantastic busy weeknight main course, but they are equally suited for football snacking. You can bet I’ll be making them twice this week.

Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous, News | September 3rd, 2013

Italian Sub Sandwiches

Let’s all plan to stay away from heat generating devices this week. I don’t know about you, but I am far too delicate (as I snort) to stand near an oven, or tend home fires, charcoal fires, bonfires, or any other manner of flame throughout the duration of this little hot spell we’re having here. Let’s build a nice, cool sandwich and call it a day.

Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous | August 27th, 2013