A capable mother

Ingredients on hand + Recipe Key (would) = Dinner and Wheelock Family Theatre Shines Again

capability mom goes to WFT The Little MermaidThere was a two day student competition event at Babson College (Celebrating Student Venturing) that finished today.  My husband attended – I was at The Little Mermaid* with children.  Anyway, here is a link to Bostinnovation where Kyle Psaty writes about the student showcase of best company ideas – not that my husband didn’t fill me in but I thought I’d give you a well-written link by a professional (Thanks for the info, honey).  While there were lots of great ideas, the one that works for me personally is Recipe Key (by Ben Saur).  It  is a recipe search web site that allows users to search for recipes based on ingredients that they already have on hand. How handy would that be? Pretty darn handy. In fact I could have used it tonight to save the 5:30 pm Whole Foods run. Am sending it over to litl webbook and bakespace – I bet they can do something great with this.

*We went to the  Wheelock Family Theatre and the production was as always wonderful.  The performers are always incredible and the sets are stunning. It looks like next year (their 30th) is going to be amazing, too.  Here is the line up for next year: Annie (October 22- November 21), The Secret Garden (January 28 – February 27)and Alladin (April 15 – May 15).  Also, WFT will be partnering with BalletRox with The Urban Nutcracker (in December) and with the Boston Lyric Opera for Hansel and Gretel March of 2011. If you get a subscription, you get 15% off and first choice of seats. It is a great theatre and there probably isn’t a bad seat in the house, but center orchestra always rocks.

Go read about The Whisk Kid’s experience on Martha Stewart Show


Really, so exciting and she writes so well. Congrats!  http://whisk-kid.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2010-01-01T00%3A00%3A00-05%3A00&updated-max=2011-01-01T00%3A00%3A00-05%3A00&max-results=21

Oh, and you will need a kitchen scale.



Where I am a cheap date or Sofra fits the bill for a Tuesday dinner (and breakfast the next day)

I just decided that I am vain…about my blog. I am writing this post about dinner last night – even before I have taken any photos – because that ugly double down is the first thing you see when you pull up my site.

So, dinner. A rare (really rare) dinner out with my husband (during the week! without the kids!) and I wanted…a fancy candlelit dinner? Wine? Table service?  Nope. I wanted… Sofra. I am all about the food. Fresh, beautifully prepared food. Fancy does not factor – well, sometimes it is nice but this is what I craved.  Sofra is open until 7  p.m. and we  made it there from our house in just 15 minutes (the ride may have seemed longer to my husband as I was starving and maybe more than once might have mentioned it).  I have been wanting to go back since my like-minded foodie friend brought me here. I may have mentioned that to him once or twice, too…grin.

So even though we got there around 6:30, fairly close to closing time, the staff was unfailingly polite and lovely. We didn’t feel rushed (any sense of urgency was self-imposed) and had a delicious chicken schwarma and a wonderful stuffed flatbread and a gorgeous salad platter with extra bread  – always opt for the extra bread!   Their herbal iced tea was sweet and light and refreshing (I need no caffeine at this hour – old, so old!  – but rarely like an herbal iced tea when out) but this was perfect.  We sat at a copper topped table and shared everything and talked. It was really relaxing and exactly right for a Tuesday night in the ‘burbs.

Dessert is never an afterthought – for me, anyway.  I peeked past a stunning crumb cake and saw…three earthquake cookies left! I asked for all the remaining and was told there were more! I only got four, one for me after dinner, one each for the children and one more for me sometime tomorrow?  I had to compare them to the Chocolate Cinnamon cookies that I just made….these are different (more cake-like, brownie-ish) and so so good.

I also picked up some of their perfect hummus and the pale pale eggs of slightly different colors (I think of these as Martha Stewart eggs because that’s where I first learned that eggs could be so gorgeous). The eggs will be a later breakfast, I got a lemon poppyseed cake to have with my tea this morning. Maybe that is why I am up so early.
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Rewards for Mom or Brownies for me – Dried fruit for you

This was first posted as a page reminder to write about the reward system I rigged up for myself when my little one were, well, little. I was soooo tired and really needed energy and an evil friend gave me a delicious and easy brownie recipe and also instructions to freeze them but first cut them into small squares – I think this was portion control on her part but it just made it really easy for me to have – oh, I don’t know, 40 or 50 a day? It went something like this: “Did you (Capability Mom)  just straighten that dish towel?  Good for you…have a brownie” or “Look at you (again, me) , walking by the freezer…time for a brownie reward”. When the children asked what I was eating, I said “Prunes”. Now they ask to smell my breath…for chocolate.


2 sticks butter

1 12-oz. bag semisweet chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups sugar

4 large eggs

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons vanilla

dash salt

Preheat oven to 300°. Grease a 9 x 13 pan. Melt butter and chocolate chips together in the microwave and add remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 45 minutes. Cut when still hot into small squares, but then let them cool for a few minutes before taking them out of the pan. Then you freeze some of them. You will probably eat a few of them still warm, not that I would…

From Verbatim blog

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