Chicken Fesenjan

My son has an insatiable desire to learn everything he can about the world; mainly about other countries. Although he hasn’t formally taken a US History course, he’s already decided that US History is boring because “it’s too new.” He’s 9. At this point, he knows more than I do about world geography and facts (but he himself doesn’t know this thanks to the speed and accuracy of my secret Google searches when his back is turned). He reads the old-school atlas my father gave to him and he insisted he go off to sleep away camp with one of … [Read more...]

Asian Chicken Pasta

My mom was such a great cook, it felt like she was never in a bind to come up with something delicious for dinnertime.  Every dish that graced our table seemed labor-instensive, as if she struggled for the better part of the afternoon over the preparations.  At least, that's how I remember our meals.  On the contrary, mom was always working one job, and maybe one job plus a side business, so I know she was probably totally jammed after work and before dinner.  And, my dad was always home for meal time expecting a home-cooked meal so I'm certain … [Read more...]

Savory Chicken Crescent Roll Ups

I wrote an article a while back for Bush's Bean's Around the Table campaign where I expressed that "mealtime doesn’t have to be challenging, nor does it have to be boring. Sometimes, just making simple modifications to the meals kids already love helps open up a plethora of new dining options for everyone to enjoy."  Last night was one of those nights. … [Read more...]

Roast Chicken Soup with Vegetables

Of course Mom made her own chicken stock. She’d use leftover  bones and skin from a cooked or raw chicken carcass and add in celery, carrots, onions, parsley, salt and pepper to the old worn out stock pot.  The back freezers always had Tupperware “stocked” with her homemade soup base. I still haven’t mustered up the nerve to to make my own stock (yes, I know it looks and sounds easy).  However, I did make the most wonderful Chicken Soup with Roasted Vegetables yesterday to try to ward off another frigid day of sub-freezing temperatures. This … [Read more...]