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Come here to check out what our family is reading and eating, with step-by-step recipes inspired by our favorite children’s books.

Pantry Essentials

Pantry Essentials

Rex’s pre-kindergarten class just finished reading different versions of the story, Stone Soup. Their teacher, the wonderful Mrs. Smith, is teaching them about story- telling. She is also showing them the power of imagination, because each version of Stone Soup she read to the class had a different illustrator. The version of Stone Soup I grew up with is by Ann McGovern and illustrated by Nola Langner. Rex’s class hadn’t seen this version yet so I sent it in. At Rex’s request, I created a Stone Soup recipe to go with the story.

Mardi Gras Truffles

Mardi Gras Truffles

Inspired by the giant plastic beads on the prized throws we catch at parades during Carnival, these lemony truffles bring the love and spirit of Mardi Gras straight to your table. After experimenting with lemon cake, I just couldn’t top Sally’s version with fresh lemon juice, zest and buttermilk. Getting the cake just right is key

Kohlrabi Soup

Kohlrabi Soup

If you have never heard of kohlrabi, don’t feel embarrassed. Turns out, kohlrabi is a German Turnip, although it is more closely related to cabbage than it is to a root vegetable. Like cabbage it can be green or purple or pale. It has a mild flavor, meaty texture and is packed full of vitamins C and B6 as well as fiber and potassium. I tracked it down at my local Whole Foods Market and mixed it with homemade stock, fresh lemongrass and ginger, for a soup that felt life-affirming and tasted sufficiently posh.

PS I Love You Sugar Cookies

PS I Love You Sugar Cookies

One of our favorite and first books is I Love You Through and Through by Carolyn Jane Church. The simple rhyming story lists all the qualities that we love our children for — I love your happy side, sad side, silly side, mad side, and more! Even though we are now reading chapter books, I pull out this sweet board book about a boy and his teddy bear to remind my sons that I love them unconditionally – all of their qualities and feelings are precious to me. I love them through and through!

Apple, Celery and Fennel Mashed Potatoes

Apple, Celery and Fennel Mashed Potatoes

This twist on a classic side dish (mashed potatoes) is inspired by the new children’s book When Good Fruit Goes Bad by Vernon D. Gibbs II. This tongue in cheek tale teaches children not to judge a fruit (and we can even make a parallel here to a person) by their appearance. When Hank – the local fruit vendor – tosses a bruised apple into the trash bin, the apple leads a produce revolution. As author and illustrator Vernon puts it, “Despite some bumps and bruises that might keep you from looking and feeling ‘perfect,’ you have value!”

“Smac” and Cheese (Spaghetti Squash and Cheese)

“Smac” and Cheese (Spaghetti Squash and Cheese)

While the boys took their bath, I read them the story. We laughed (and splashed) as the girl in the story struggles to convince her pet wooly mammoth to the take a bath. The illustrations are SO brilliant! Later that evening, I was shredding spaghetti squash…and all I could think was, this looks just like wooly mammoth hair. While that may sound unappealing, I assure you that Axel and Rex thought it was hilarious that we were making pasta from wooly mammoth hair and gobbled it right up. 🤷🏻‍♀‍

Country “Stone” Soup

Country “Stone” Soup

Rex’s pre-kindergarten class just finished reading different versions of the story, Stone Soup. Their teacher, the wonderful Mrs. Smith, is teaching them about story- telling. She is also showing them the power of imagination, because each version of Stone Soup she read to the class had a different illustrator. The version of Stone Soup I grew up with is by Ann McGovern and illustrated by Nola Langner. Rex’s class hadn’t seen this version yet so I sent it in. At Rex’s request, I created a Stone Soup recipe to go with the story.

Winter Drink Collection

Winter Drink Collection

As we get into dark winter months, I’ve noticed how much I rely on luscious coffee drinks and a great book to keep me going. I live in Florida and it’s pretty warm still, but I’m seeing snow storms have frozen many of my friends in other parts of the country.

Thanksgiving Hash

Thanksgiving Hash

Try this disguise of traditional Thanksgiving stuffing made with sweet potatoes and butternut squash instead of bread. It’s flavorful, colorful and packed with antioxidants! Plus, it’s a one-skillet recipe so it doesn’t take up valuable space in your oven!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

If you haven’t been to your local coffee shop, you may have missed the memo that it’s Pumpkin Spice Season, y’all. This smoothie satisfies your need for fall flavor without the hefty coffee-shop price tag. Plus, since you can make it right at home, there’s no line!

Pear and Goat Cheese Quiche

Pear and Goat Cheese Quiche

The sweet and salty flavors of pears and goat cheese are always a crowd pleaser. But baking them into a quiche makes them oh so much better!

Cheese Salad

Cheese Salad

What do cheddar cheese and carrot have in common? They are both orange. Kids who are wary of vegetables will embrace this simple, crunchy salad. When coated in the dressing, it’s nearly impossible to tell the difference between the cheese and the vegetable.

Classic Rock Meatloaf

Classic Rock Meatloaf

2020 has me a little nostalgic for simpler times. I find myself tuning into the classic rock station on the radio and turning down today’s pop. (Except for Lady Gaga – LOVE HER!) I’m probably dating myself, but some of the rock on that classic station wasn’t classic when I was little. It was new.

Upside-Down Honey Cakes

Upside-Down Honey Cakes

Are you familiar with the Bear Books by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman? My kids and l love reading the adventures of Bear and his animal friends. These sweet, rhyming stories follow Bear through hibernation, sick days, Christmas and being scared. We find it’s easier to deal with and talk about our own emotions after reading about Bear.

Dirty Rice

Dirty Rice

I grew up in New Orleans. If you’ve never visited the Big Easy, you’re missing out – the music, food, art and culture there are rich and spiced with good times and colorful characters. We don’t live there anymore, and only get to visit every couple of years, but I want my kids to know my New Orleans.

Green Tomato Salsa

Green Tomato Salsa

Within months of purchasing our first home, the covid-19 crisis of 2020 gripped the world. We decided to plant a garden in our backyard and patio—tomatoes, summer squash, peppers and loads of herbs. It was both something to do with the kids and would (with luck) provide some fresh ingredients for me to cook with.

Pirate Sandwich

Pirate Sandwich

Ahoy, matey! When you be makin’ this sandwich be shurr to talk like a pirate. Aye, the sillier you sound the better it will taste. You’ll want all hands on deck to help assemble this simple breakfast sammy. They say the “X” marks the spot where the treasure is hidden. This sandwich hits the spot so you have the energy to find it!