In The Kitchen For The Day

It is true that I have been slacking off in the meals department. Sure, it is easy enough to pull off Make Your Own Burrito Night, Pizza Night (this used to be easy until my kids named caramelized onions as a new favorite topping), Easy Pasta (great fresh ravioli from either Russo’s, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or Wilson Farms and purchased sauce) or Yummy Chicken (not a rotisserie chicken which I will also cop to, but Bell and Evans Patties and maybe some Alexia Sweet Potato Fries. We always have salad and a veggie or two. If I really can’t pull it off there is always take-out (we are actually tired of the prepared foods from Whole Foods – either they need to change things up or I have to start cooking more) an occasional Blue Ribbon BBQ run, a more frequent Tango Mango night…Well, you can see where this is going. Am I alone? Are other moms pulling off amazing dinners? I am determined to find out. Comment below about a regular dinner that you make – that your whole family likes – that can be made in less than an hour.Will you win a prize? Um, Yes. Yes, you will.

Please do not worry about my family, tonight I made Parmesan crusted pork chops, quinoa, warm lentil salad (Ina Garten), roasted cauliflower and a nice salad. Oh, and I started a simple sauce to have for tomorrow so I can just make the meatballs then (it is a busy week). I did not use veal, you can change this recipe in countless ways and it always comes out great. I also use less salt.I liked the cooking part – I decidedly did not care for the massive clean-up! I was in the kitchen from 3 pm to 7 pm (with time out for driving to and from an activity and 10 minutes on the couch with piles of magazines…The New Yorker, The Economist and Martha Stewart… truthfully, I read a little of one New Yorker and looked at Martha…more fun.

Prize? Yes, I did say prize. You can have a copy of the new book from Sarah PinneoJulia’s Child. I read it in a weekend and couldn’t put it down – loved it. Sarah Pinneo also wrote The Ski House Cookbook and will be have a guest post here on February 6 with a recipe – so stay tuned!

Winner will be chosen by the plug-in I use so no one calls foul – And The Winner Is…

This contest will run through February 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm. Winner will be contacted by email and listed here.

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