First Harvest

I’ve been waiting for the green beans to plump up enough that I could justify picking them. The last few weeks of rainy weather seemed designed toward that goal. Then, last night, it rained like crazy ....more

Cookbooks I Have Known and Loved

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Marinated Tuna Steaks

There are few things I love more than a meal that looks fancy but is practically effortless to make. These marinated tuna steaks definitely fall into that category. From start to finish, this recipe takes about 45 minutes–but 30 of those minutes are devoted to marinating the tuna steaks, and 8 of those minutes are spent letting the tuna steaks cook in the oven ....more

Planning a Weekly Menu

Confession time: menu planning has never been my forte. I’m more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants Foodie, and when dinnertime rolls around I’m often rummaging through the refrigerator and kitchen cabinets, trying to figure out what sounds good. But I’m trying to get more organized about this, because I know planning a weekly menu saves us money–not only because it cuts down on impulse purchases at the grocery store, but also because it prompts me to look at sale items each week ....more

The Grocery Challenge

*Yes, I skipped a day in my 30-day challenge yesterday. I also skipped one earlier this month, accidentally. Yesterday’s skip was intentional ....more

An Open Letter to People Who Hate Cooking

I know you’re probably uncomfortable being here, at The Family Foodie, where we celebrate food in all its glory, as well as the fun that preparing food can be. Perhaps you just stopped by because a friend forwarded you a link, and you wound up killing some time on my blog without planning to. Or perhaps you were looking for a recipe–because, let’s face it, most of us have to cook something, sometime, whether we like it or not–and you followed a link knowing full well what you were getting into ....more

Three Wishes for Families Everywhere

1. I wish you a spirit of adventure in the kitchen. Recipes are a good starting point, but you should never be afraid to head off in your own direction, based on what your family likes ....more

Casserole Basics: Dinner on the Fly

Have you ever found yourself facing a refrigerator full of only odds and ends when hungry people (including yourself) are anxious for dinner? The humble casserole was created for circumstances such as these. Warm, cozy and filling, it’s the saving grace of odds and ends in every kitchen ....more

Super Simple Oven Frittata

We love breakfast for dinner here at the Foodie household. Pretty much any combination of chopped vegetables and cheese (and, if you like, cooked meat) can be added to eggs and transformed into something tasty and nutritious, with very little effort involved. That’s especially true if you buy pre-chopped veggies at the grocery store–they’re a little more expensive, but sometimes convenience is worth the extra cost....more

An Update From the Garden

We’ve been getting some rain and a lot of sun here lately, so the garden is going gangbusters! When I went outside to check on things this morning, I found these teeny tiny beans just starting to emerge from the bean blossoms. I have four bean transplants and five bean plants grown from seed (to stagger their production), so I’m expecting a bountiful bean harvest that will continue all summer ....more