Favorite Family Recipes: Pork Tenderloin Lettuce Wraps

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One of the most pressing questions in many home kitchens is: “what should I do with my leftovers?” Whether you’re a new mom still preparing dinners for two or have a family of four or more to feed, there will inevitably nights where you have leftovers to repurpose into tasty new meals.

If you’re anything like Lisa Norris Riedl of the food blog Garnish with Lemon, it’s easy to whip up a new and unique recipe with fresh or leftover pork tenderloin when you have some of your favorite pre-made ingredients on hand. Her Pork Tenderloin Lettuce Wraps lend an exotic infusion to a simple recipe. Continue reading

Favorite Family Recipe: Diablo Eyeballs (Taco Meatballs) and Black Bean Pasta from Boulder Locavore

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Once you have kids, it’s hard not to become consumed with the spirit of Halloween. For Toni Dash of the food blog Boulder Locavore, it’s hard  to imagine not making food inspired by the seasonal colors of candy corn or the risk of a gory hand “rising from the depths of a bowl of dip.”

We agree with Toni: this is the perfect time of year to make cooking family dinners fun. Toni lets whimsy take over and delights her diners with the fright of Halloween.

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Favorite Family Recipes: Curried Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Soup

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Whether you’re shopping at fall farmer’s markets or making quick grocery store trips on the weekend, you’re going to find an abundance of squash in the produce aisle. In particular, butternut squash is plentiful in the fall and despite its bulbous shape and intimidatingly thick skin, it’s relatively simple to prepare.

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Favorite Family Recipes: Potato Leek Soup with Bacon from Sugar Dish Me

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No matter what the season, soup is delicious and comforting. In the fall and winter, soup takes on a whole new role in most menu plans. Soup can be a side to a fresh delicious salad or a main dish alongside a loaf of crunchy whole wheat bread. Continue reading

Favorite Family Recipes: Homemade Apple Pie Bars

Apple Pie Bars

Some occasions call for celebration…with pie. Or perhaps you’d like to whip up some homemade apple pie bars? If you haven’t mastered the art of rolling out your own pie crust (or if you prefer a dessert that you don’t need a fork to dive into), you can’t go wrong with Apple Pie Bars by Roxanna Yawgel at Roxanna’s Home Baking. 

Though apples are a year-round fruit, they’re most plentiful in the fall. Pile your apples into a buttery crust,  toss them with cinnamon, butter and sugar and make a delicious crumb topping to finish them off.

Whether you’re baking to satisfy a pregnancy-induced sweets craving or need a simple and easy treat to make for a new mom friend or relative, you’ll be glad that these bars are grab and go – you’ll want to take them with you everywhere.

Visit Roxanna’s Home Baking for more recipes like this one.

Photo Credit: Roxanna Yawgel, used with permission.


And to keep your little ones polite during dinner, here’s some advice about teaching table manners to them!

Make Ahead Meals from What’s Cookin’ Chicago?

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This is the time of year I absolutely love. Here in Chicago the foliage is changing colors with bright hues of orange, red, and gold. It’s also a great time to stock my freezer with meals in preparation of hectic time that comes with the fall season such as school and activity schedules, longer work days in the office, and for some friends of mine, adjusting to new additions in their families with babies!

For those who have busy schedules and long work days, along with the slight chaos of parenting, getting meals on the table can be a challenge. To remedy this, I aim to set one day aside to prepare in advance several meals that I can freeze for later. Continue reading

Favorite Family Recipes: Comforting Pot Roast

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Like it or not, fall weather – followed by winter weather – is headed our way. Even though it means we have to put away the summer clothes, it’s also the perfect time to make hearty meals that will keep us warm – such as this comforting pot roast by What’s Cooking, Chicago. 

For Joelen Tan from What’s Cooking, Chicago?, pot roast is a fall and winter go-to that is easy to prep with little effort but always hits the spot. Her Comforting Pot Roast is flavorful,  juicy and delicious as leftovers the next day. 

Visit What’s Cooking, Chicago? for more delicious recipes like this one.

Photo Credit: Joelen Tan, used with permission.


And to keep your little ones polite during dinner, here’s some advice about teaching table manners to them!

Favorite Family Recipes: Herbed Pull-Apart Rolls

Fall is finally here and that means one thing: it’s time to turn your ovens on to resume baking your favorite family recipes. Whether you’re a novice baker or a junior Joanne Chang, you’ll be hard-pressed not to love the scent of these cheesy, herb-laden rolls filling  your kitchen.

Cate O’Malley of Sweetnick Place served these Herbed Pull-Apart Rolls up for her family as part of Christmas dinner, but they’re just as festive on an ordinary weeknight.

Pair them with a hearty soup, stew or chili for your family dinner, or make a double batch and freeze them for when you have your hands full with a baby that’s just as delicious and squishy.

Visit Sweetnicks Place for more delicious recipes like this one.

Photo Credit: Cate O’Malley, used with permission.


And to keep your little ones polite during dinner, here’s some advice about teaching table manners to them!

Benefits of Safe Swaddling

Every new parent can relate to feeling sleep-deprived. A key solution for reducing fussing — and thus promoting safe, comfortable sleep — is swaddling. Swaddling is the art of wrapping a baby in a blanket for warmth, comfort and security.

Swaddling can keep your baby from disturbing himself with his startle reflex, plus it can help him stay warm and secure for the first few days of life. According to Dr. Harvey Karp, renown pediatrician and author of The Happiest Baby on the Block, you should combine swaddling with other infant calming techniques including swaddling, side or stomach, shushing, swing, and sucking. Continue reading

Favorite Family Recipes: Garlic Chicken Legs from Dine and Dish

Before the baby is born, most moms are all about stocking the freezer full of delicious and healthy meals to defrost and eat once your family has grown by one tiny person.

In the early days of parenthood, you’ll never go hungry. Between dinner drop-offs and surprise take-out from neighbors, you will probably have more food than you and your partner can reasonably consume. However, once the take-out offerings from friends and family begin to slow down and you’ve made your way through the casserole stockpile you amassed during your third trimester nesting phase, you’ll still have a family to feed. Continue reading