My best burger

Just in time for 4th of July and summertime, my contribution to the burger wars.  Yeah, I’m back from Holland.  I will post about that once I get over my jet lag, but in a nutshell, great trip and Rex was fine at home.

Here is a cooking vid my friend Michelle shot for me a billion  years ago.  Be wary of friends who move, they disappear for months!  Thankfully, it has emerged and it gives an inkling of the great things my sister Carole use to cook for me when I was a wee one.

Forgive the shots of my dirty garage in the window.  I’m firing that production designer! Like my hair? I know, I’m going to fire my hair and make up artist as well.  The important thing is the taste of this yummy burger!!  Husband Chef Mark Peel also adds his two cents.



Banana and child

This is a great collaboration. I was trolling Fiverr ( the site where people post what they will do for five dollars) Jessica Gottlieb had told me about it and I was looking for something practical like getting a video captioned when suddenly my eyes fell on one posting, ” I will make a 50 word movie for you in Bananish”.

So my food group.

I quickly penned a short rendering of what it’s like between me and Rex when he has a poopy diaper. It takes more than 50 words to get Rex to change his diaper sometime, so I shortened it. I couldn’t even stop to count the words I was so excited to have my own custom made banana movie. The artist who did the film is called “neatpuff”. Just in case you too would like your own custom banana film.
My question is: who wouldn’t?

Stinky Fridge

Funky smell, bring in the funk, bring in the smell. This is a condensed version of a real life event. It was HOURS before I could find the culprit. As we have an open kitchen the stink started to move out into the house…like the blob.

Every time someone opens the fridge the smell shoots out stronger.  But, sometimes it’s so hidden you can’t find the culprit. People can start to turn on each other.   “I looked, I don’t know where it is coming from!”.  The best part of this vid was Vivien’s brief part. I think I should have a t shirt made with this image:fridge
Stinky fridges are well discussed online. The worst smell I ever smelled in a fridge was when the power went out and the raw chicken smelled so rank I became a vegetarian for a few years.
This pic sums up how we all feel when a funk is upon us. ( not Rex, found this online)


This is why preservatives can be good. cuts down on the funk

Recessionista: Leftovers

How to make that dollar stretch further in your kitchen?  Repurpose the leftovers.  Full disclosure: I have learned to make this dish much better since I shot it a few weeks ago.. and no it’s not a frittata, it’s a scramble. My brains were scrambled. I’m no Sandra Lee or Paula Dean ( thank god), but I do have a great apron.

I pride myself on giving recession tips that aren’t fully helpful, because I’m not fully competent.  For more dysfunctional tips see:


At least I have the two cutest sous chefs in town!

Sippy Cup Hell

To borrow the old “where’s the beef?” line…

Where’s the lid?

A drink for your kids should be so simple, but the cups and the tops get separated quicker than new socks. My kitchen drawers look like a landfill full of things that will never decompose.

Are there sippy cups with lids that stay attached? That would be a good invention.

Teaching Kids About the Farmers Market

Hey, I posted this vid via a blog post awhile back; it was connected to a deal with Hillshire Farms. I felt it was good enough to tweak and run here as a feature. (Sidebar: we do buy Hillshire Farms deli meats and love the reusable containers.) I am hopeful my kids get a sense of what REAL food looks like. The bumps, the imperfections, the sweetness and full flavor.

How do you get your kids to connect with plant life? Nature? Or do you?

Do You Take Your Kids Grocery Shopping? (Ragu Sponsored)

Back with Sauce Talk!

When we shot this, I was struck by how kind, even and uncynical Christine is about her kids. When I watched the video, though, I just wanted to go put baffles in her dining room so the sound was better.

Look, most of the time going to the grocery store is a bore to me. Mostly because I do it ALL THE TIME. What’s with this eating thing around here? When they were tiny, a mashed banana and cheerios went a long way. Caroline Murphy is in the discussion as well.

So, if you have a choice… do you take the kids along for the ride?

My Food Dude

These are the people in my neighborhood…

Here is a story of one sweet man who has followed me from neighborhood to neighborhood. He has been with me through good times and hard times. He shows up with good food for me and wants to see me happy.

My husband?  No, I’m talking about The Food Dude. (since this posted the food dude asked me to leave his number in case any LA area folks wanted to check out his fine food and dear personality 562-746-5440)

Dinner on a Budget (Ragu Sponsored)

In the weeks since I shot this it seems even more relevant. Um, has anyone noticed that this non-recession is NOT letting up? Meanwhile, my kids seem to be eating more. While more costly, it does seem important to their growth to take in sustenance. I chat here with Caroline Murphy of Smarty Pants Mama and Christine Koh of Boston Mamas.  Just Mamas and the dinner issue.

So, eating on budget .. what’s your tip?

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