Ways to get rid of Halloween candy

5 Ways to Get Rid Of Halloween Candy

October 30, 2015 0

Depending on how many Halloween events your family attends, you will end up with anywhere from several fistfuls (highly unlikely) to an ungodly amount (more likely) of candy. Of course, you can choose to allow […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Texas Citrus

March 6, 2014 0

How often do you cook with fresh citrus? Until recently, I have not really incorporated the use of grapefruits and oranges into my meals. While citrus is a staple at my house, it’s been more […]

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Candy-Making with Kids

December 5, 2013 3

I have many fond memories of making Christmas candy with mom when I was a child. We’d block out a whole day and make all kinds of goodies — from the very simple to the […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Spiced Pumpkin Bread

October 17, 2013 3

Everyone has one. You know, that can of pumpkin in the back of the pantry that you’ve been meaning to do something with. Well, with that crisp chill in the air (finally!) and fall in […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Crock Pot Potato Soup

September 12, 2013 3

Can we pretend it’s soup weather, just for a minute? It’s around the corner, I just know it — and I want to be prepared. That, plus a glut of potatoes from our CSA, is […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Watermelon-Lime Agua Fresca

July 4, 2013 1

What’s more American than apple pie? Not much, but watermelon is a close second. And here in the heat of July, watermelon is much more appetizing (and hydrating!) as a treat… which is probably why […]

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Thursday’s Dish: in.gredients

June 27, 2013 2

How’s this for high concept? A grocery store with no packaging. No bags, no boxes, no jars — just bulk bins and loose produce. That’s pretty much the shopping experience at in.gredients, a unique East […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Cool Noodles for Hot Temps

June 13, 2013 2

We may have enjoyed a nice, cool spring, but make no mistake — summer is here. There’s no complaining from my corner (yet), but it’s getting hot. Yes, it’s approaching that time of year where […]

Creamy Mixed Berry Popsicles

Thursday’s Dish: Popsicles!

May 2, 2013 1

I’d love to cook with my daughter. I really would. But the two of us just can’t seem to figure it out. Maybe I’m just too much of a control freak in the kitchen… or […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Mocktails for Spring

April 25, 2013 1

We all need a drink now and then… especially us parents. But maybe you’re not a drinker. Maybe you’re pregnant, or maybe you just want to cut down on your alcohol intake. That’s no reason […]

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Cookbook Roundup: Feeding the Family

March 28, 2013 0

When things are going as planned at home, I cook five or six nights per week (all bets are off during baseball season!). Because I’m cooking a good 300 nights a year, roughly, I am […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Tequila!

March 21, 2013 1

Lucinda Hutson, well-known to Austinites for her delightful cookbook, “The Herb Garden Cookbook“, her purple house in the Rosedale neighborhood, and her reputation as a local bon vivant. She has a new cookbook , called […]

Crunchy roasted chickpeas

Thursday’s Dish: Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

February 28, 2013 4

As any parent knows, snacks are key. If you don’t have a good snack on hand when your kiddo’s tummy starts rumbling, you’re out of luck. If you’re out and about, prepare for a meltdown; […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Fried Tofu

February 21, 2013 2

From the title, you might assume that this post is about fried tofu, but it’s actually about the pan I use to fry my tofu. You see, before last week, I had never, ever successfully […]

Dark Chocolate Mousse for Two

Thursday’s Dish: Chocolate Mousse for Lovers

February 7, 2013 2

Valentine’s Day is coming! For many couples, Valentine’s Day means a romantic dinner out, or even a whirlwind getaway. Ah, young love. If you have children at home, though, that might not be quite the […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Ham-ageddon!

January 24, 2013 3

Never look a gift horse in the mouth. But what about a gift pig? For Christmas, a relative (who shall remain unnamed) gave us a full-size Virginia ham. That’s 18 pounds of pigginess, all cured […]

Slow Cooker Black Bean Ragout

Thursday’s Dish: Slow Cooker Black Bean Ragout

January 17, 2013 4

You know how I usually cook dinner? With a toddler strapped to my leg, yelling “MOMMY, PICK UP-EE!” while I limp around trying not to spill boiling liquids on her. Although my offspring is generally […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Empanadas

December 20, 2012 1

There is something about the holidays that brings out this desire in me to embark upon a group cooking project. Maybe it’s having grown up in Austin and nibbling on tamales during the holidays or […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Raspberry-Almond Rugelach

December 13, 2012 0

As of this writing, there are three more nights of Chanukah, which means there are three more opportunities to make latkes and sufganiyot (jelly donuts), both of which are popular traditional foods of the Jewish […]

Cauliflower mac and cheese

Thursday’s Dish: Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese

December 6, 2012 2

Who doesn’t love mac and cheese? I am an absolute devotee, and of course it’s a “kid food” staple. Although the bright-orange thoroughly-Krafted version is always an option, I prefer mine from scratch. The good […]

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Thursday’s Dish: Stuffed Acorn Squash

November 15, 2012 1

Can you believe Thanksgiving is only a week away? Thanksgiving is a holiday for family, friends and counting our blessings… and food, of course. With limited time left to plan, I’m here to save the […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Banana Baby Brain AND GIVEAWAY!

November 1, 2012 0

* This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered! Sometimes, when your parenting life gives you lemons, you make lemonade (mixed with your alcohol of choice). At least, that’s how Janet Frongillo, the […]


Thursday’s Dish: Halloween Cookie Decorating

October 25, 2012 3

I am really not much of a baker. Besides that, I lack the artistic talent you really need to decorate professional-looking cookies. So, how on earth did I end up hosting a Halloween cookie decorating […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Energy Bars and GIVEAWAY

October 4, 2012 1

I know the benefits of getting kids into the kitchen: if they are involved in preparing and making their food, they are more likely to eat it, especially if the ingredients might be new or […]

Butternut Squash Kugel

Thursday’s Dish: Butternut Squash Kugel

September 27, 2012 0

We seem to be right on the cusp of fall here in Central Texas. Although the stores have long stocked pants, jeans and sweaters, it’s hard to really embrace fall’s arrival until you go through […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Muffin Tin Meals

September 13, 2012 1

A little over two years ago, I experimented with making pizza cups in a muffin tin as part of my sustained school lunch counter-programming regimen (you can read about that experiment here; I’m not sure […]


Thursday’s Dish: Frappé coffee

August 23, 2012 2

Admittedly, this does not look quite like what I had in Greece, but it does the trick. For most of us in Central Texas, next week means a return to early bedtimes and the regular […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Reader Favorite

June 28, 2012 0

LiveMom is on vacation this week so we thought that we would share one of our most read posts while we spend some time with our families. Shannon’s Safe Fish post, originally published on June […]


Thursday’s Dish: A Simple Summer Picnic

June 21, 2012 0

One of our favorite ways to wind down a summer evening is to pack a picnic dinner and burn off the daylight at our favorite public pool. Because such an outing spans the dinner hour, […]

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Thursday’s Dish and a Giveaway: Pick Up Sticks

June 7, 2012 0

Kebabs make outdoor cooking easy, portable and downright tasty … yet they do have their challenges. The best skewer length is the 12-inch skewer because it fits all you would need for one entrée portion […]

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Thursday’s Dish: North Austin Trailer Yard

May 24, 2012 5

Meet the Little Kid (LK). She’s three and a half and her favorite food groups are sugar and grilled cheese (or, as she puts it, “girls cheese”) sandwiches. One recent weeknight, LK’s big brother, Big […]


Thursday’s Dish: Coq au Vin

February 9, 2012 0

With Valentine’s Day approaching, we thought we’d delve into the idea of food as aphrodisiac. Maybe you have a sensual memory around a certain food — I could actually wax poetic about a certain pasta […]


Thursday’s Dish: Tom Kha Gai

January 26, 2012 0

I bet you have a favorite dish made by your mother. Something comforting, maybe something you’d want when you’re feeling down or have a cold. Maybe you’ve even gotten the recipe from her, but it […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Soup Swapping 101

January 19, 2012 5

For the past few years, I have either hosted or attended a soup swap in the fall or early winter (there was one year I missed because I was in the hospital having a baby, […]


Thursday’s Dish: Gingery Brined Pork Loin

January 12, 2012 1

I was recently the recipient of a 9-pound pork loin. Being that we’re a family of three, one of whom weighs 50 pounds soaking wet, I decided I needed several ways to eat that sucker, […]

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