Better Than a PB&J

peanut butter, banana, and jelly panini (PBB&J)

Many children dread this Monday morning. Classes begin again, and the school bus will shuttle them off to memorize more multiplication tables and write big book reports. The recess bell sounds too quickly, the lunch break ends too soon, and the drive back home drags on and on.


But they aren’t alone.   Continue reading for recipe.


January 6, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Midweek Meals. 31 comments.

Best Meals of 2012

I know, the logical order would have been to start with my favorite meals of the year and finish with desserts… But I love sweets so much that I couldn’t wait to share those with you! I promise I didn’t forget about my top breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes though: here they are!  Continue reading for recipes.

December 31, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Midweek Meals. 10 comments.

My Childhood Lunch, All Grown Up

When I was little, my mom always packed half of a bagel with cream cheese in my lunch every day. It was a special treat, getting that plain white-bread bagel instead of the usual whole-grain peanut butter sandwich. Plus, the cream cheese didn’t stick to the roof of my mouth half as bad as the peanut butter!   Continue reading for recipe.

September 30, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Midweek Meals. Leave a comment.

Frozen With Fear

4 months. A full third of a year. That’s how long it’s been since I last cooked meat in my kitchen. Yes, I can hear the vegetarians cheering in victory and the carnivores groaning in agony. But after my vegan challenge ended in early July, there was still something appealing about not worrying if raw meat juices oozed all over my countertops or if pesky little bacteria infected my sponges.


Then again, when I realized I had a frozen chicken breast in the freezer with more ice on it than meat, it was time to face my fears and thaw him out. But how to cook him?   Continue reading for recipe.

September 19, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Midweek Meals, Satisfying Sides. Leave a comment.

I Spy… A Tourist!

It’s easier to spot American tourists in Paris than fireworks on the Fourth of July. The expensive digital cameras, huge detailed maps, and shopping bags of souvenirs are all pretty good clues. But the dead give-away? Their shoes.   Continue reading for recipe.

July 31, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Midweek Meals. 2 comments.

Deli Dilemmas

BLT. Three simple letters, yet so much flavor. I know a few people who absolutely refuse to look at any deli menus and will only order this American classic. The smoky bacon, crisp lettuce, soft tomatoes, and toasted bread has them drooling before they even walk in the door.


I, on the other hand, enjoyed broadening my sandwich horizons. I poured over the menu, carefully considering all of my options. Ham, turkey, pastrami… Provolone, cheddar, mozzarella… Cucumbers, sun dried tomatoes, roasted bell peppers… Spinach, cabbage, iceberg lettuce… Sourdough, Dutch crunch, whole wheat…   Continue reading for recipe.

May 12, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Midweek Meals. 6 comments.

What Will You Press?

A few years ago, I visited my aunt in Arizona, both to see her and go to MLB Spring Training.  The baseball games were great, but the food was a huge disappointment.  Warm pretzels?  Yum.  Hot dog after hot dog after hot dog?  Not so great.  I started eating before the games, and I’d use my aunt’s panini press to make a quick, delicious sandwich to take in the car.  Even though I only stayed for a few days, I was spoiled by that panini press, and I had serious withdrawals when I got home.  A few months later, my parents surprised me with my own for Christmas, and I’ve been finding every excuse to turn my generic sandwiches into phenomenal paninis ever since. Continue reading for panini recipe.

November 9, 2010. Tags: , , , . Midweek Meals. Leave a comment.