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Thursday’s Dish: Creamy Polenta

September 30, 2010 5

LiveMom’s Catherine had a party for her husband’s 40th birthday last weekend where we made a five-course Italian dinner for 20. It was a lot of work and a lot of fun, fueled by really […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Healthier Cafeteria Food

September 23, 2010 1

I was happy to hear that changes are afoot in my daughter’s school cafeteria. Starting this week, Pflugerville ISD is converting all its schools to a “Gold Menu” that focuses on healthier foods. The changes […]

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Thursday’s Dish: End of Summer Gazpacho

September 16, 2010 2

I can’t tell you how badly I want to be writing about a chill in the air, cooking with pumpkin, drinking hot chocolate … but, no, it’s still in the mid to upper 90s every […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Salad Dressing

August 26, 2010 1

I’m kind of a salad-dressing junkie. I buy different kinds wherever I find them, hoping to find the magic, perfect one that I’ll love forever and ever. While I have found some store-bought dressings that […]

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Thursday’s Dish: The Breakfast Problem

August 19, 2010 7

I’m not a morning person. My husband is not a morning person. We seem to be raising another non-morning person. In less than a week, we face a schedule change that puts our wake-up time […]

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The REAL New Year

August 14, 2010 1

There’s that ordinary old New Year, with “Auld Lang Syne”, crispy-cool weather and kisses at midnight. There’s also the one that’s about to start: the New School Year. Before becoming a parent, I was sure […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Origami Japanese Cuisine

August 12, 2010 2

As a parent, I sometimes feel like families are the Untouchables of the restaurant world. Waiters sigh resignedly when they see us walk in the door with kids in tow; other diners look askance if […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Birthday Cake, Part II

August 5, 2010 0

I recently had one of those food experiences that transports you back to childhood. Hey Cupcake was nice enough to donate some cupcakes to the Austin Bloggin’ Mama Social, and when I bit into a […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Birthday Cake, Part I

July 29, 2010 3

This seems to be the season of birthdays. I must know 20 people whose birthdays are between now and mid-September, including my own. I guess all our parents did a lot of, um, snuggling during […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Lemonade Stand

July 22, 2010 2

My neighbor and her daughter recently set up a lemonade stand in front of their house. It was fun for us to cross the street and visit, meet some other neighbors as they stopped by, […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Weekday Pasta

July 15, 2010 1

I had so much fun meeting and talking to other mamas at the LiveMom Bloggin’ Mama Social! It was great to put faces with names and get feedback from readers. One mom told me that […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Let’s Move!

July 1, 2010 4

Do you remember in grade-school P.E. when you had to do a certain number of chin-ups and climb that rope to the ceiling, all because the President said so? Well, you do if you’re almost […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Daddy’s Pie

June 17, 2010 2

Whether you call it “Lemon Ice Box Pie” or “Lemon Meringue Pie”, this is a recipe you can find all over the Internet. It probably originally came from the back of a can of sweetened […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Corn OFF the Cob

June 10, 2010 3

Summertime … If your kids are at home, you probably look forward to the next three months with one part joy, one part trepidation and a dash of fear. How will you fill the days? […]

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Thursday’s Dish: So Much Squash!

June 3, 2010 4

We had a potluck-style barbecue this past weekend, and folks brought tons of good food. One friend brought a box of farm-grown produce with a bunch of potatoes and A LOT of squash. The idea […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Springtime Soup

May 6, 2010 3

This morning, my daughter and I got to watch a butterfly crawl from its cocoon, dry its wings, and prepare for flight. It was one of those things in life that is NOT overrated. It […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Kitchen Tips

April 29, 2010 1

I love those cooking magazines that have readers’ tips in the front. I always learn something new and handy, and if it helps me save time or money, all the better. Household tips are nothing […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Cooking with Kids

April 15, 2010 0

I have a few cookbooks that are specifically for kids and as I looked through them to see if there was a recipe I wanted to share in this post, I realized that we don’t […]

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Thursday’s Dish: CSAs and Cauliflower

March 18, 2010 0

Last year around this time, LiveMom posted about Finding a CSA. As my thoughts turn to fresh green beans and strawberries, and what part of my yard would be best to dig up (or not), […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Arroz Verde

February 18, 2010 0

Picking out cookbooks can be hit or miss, especially when you’re not going for a specific cuisine. I try to get one or two cookbooks every time I go to the library or used bookstore, […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Oatmeal

January 28, 2010 3

With the return of cooler weather, warm breakfasts become an incentive to get everyone out of bed and to the table. Oatmeal is one of my family’s favorite weekday breakfasts. The grownups like it with […]

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Thursday’s Dish: “Lighter” Coq au Vin

January 7, 2010 0

I’m hearing from friends, acquaintances and people I barely know in the grocery store how 2010 is the year they’re going to finally a) lose that weight; b) get more exercise; c) get organized; or […]

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Thursday’s Dish: French Toast Casserole

December 24, 2009 0

Just a quick note to wish you a Merry Christmas and share a good Christmas morning recipe, in case you need a last-minute idea. It’s quick to make if you prep everything the night before, […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Colonial Sugar Cookies

December 17, 2009 1

You’ll have to excuse me … I’m currently obsessed with holiday baking, so you’ve got another cookie recipe coming your way. However, this is a very useful one. It is the best sugar cookie recipe […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Turkey Mole Enchiladas

December 10, 2009 0

Hands up if you still have turkey in your freezer. Yep, me too. My husband made two birds, one roasted and one smoked, and the most of the smoked turkey is residing in the freezer, […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Cranberry Relish

November 26, 2009 0

Happy Thanksgiving! If you need one more thing for your Thankgiving table, check out the quick and easy Cranberry Relish below. It’s fresh and tangy, and with the addition of alcohol, a good adult alternative […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Date-Nut Pinwheel Cookies

November 19, 2009 0

I can’t wait for Cookie Day! At our house, we have one huge holiday baking day where my husband, daughter and I, plus other family and friends, make our favorite cookie recipes. We put on […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Stir-Fried Jasmine Rice

November 12, 2009 3

I recently had to throw dinner together after a particularly busy day with no preparation at all. All I had to start with was some leftover rice, so I grabbed a few cookbooks and searched […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Cranberry Bread

November 5, 2009 3

Okay, if stores can already have their Christmas decorations up, then I feel I can go ahead and post my favorite holiday bread recipe (another one from my mom). I made it this week to […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Recipes from the Past

October 29, 2009 1

I love old recipe books. I have a collection of pamphlet-like books from the ’40s and ’50s published by GE, Imperial Sugar, Sunbeam and other companies. The recipes and headnotes (description at the beginning of […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Heartbreak Posole

October 15, 2009 8

I made such good posole this weekend. So spicy, so savory, punched up by the tartness of fresh lime and cilantro. I served it with warm corn tortillas. Mmmmm. It was a big pot. I […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Chicken Noodle Soup

October 8, 2009 1

As fall settles in, I’m hearing of more and more people getting sick. I think about half of my daughter’s preschool was out with the flu, presumably H1N1, which, although virulent, has not been as […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Zucchini Lemon Bread

September 24, 2009 0

My family is enjoying this delightfully cool September, but because the temperatures spend a few days down and then head back up, I’m not quite ready to abandon summer cooking. Do I really want to […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Pesto

September 10, 2009 4

With the drought, and my fully negligent style of caring for plants, all but the heartiest herbs I planted this spring in a garden bed at the front of my house have died. There’s some […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Steelhead Trout

August 27, 2009 1

My almost 5-year-old loves salmon. Loves, loves, loves it. However, I’ve been concerned about giving it to her very often because of mercury content. I was saddened by the recent government study that showed 100 […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Roast v. Rotisserie

August 20, 2009 4

There’s been a lot of online discussion lately about the movie (based on the blog) “Julie and Julia”, which I haven’t seen yet. Foodies, it seems, are split on whether or not the blog’s author […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Popsicles

August 13, 2009 0

I went a week without mentioning the weather in Thursday’s Dish, but I find that’s about all I can manage these days. What are you doing to keep cool, especially in the kitchen? One thing […]

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