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Spaghetti Squash Puttanesca Bake

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Spaghetti Squash Puttanesca Bake | A Big Mouthful

It was one of those weekends I had a lot to get done. Working full-time during the week, weekends are time for my “other jobs”, i.e. freelance writing, blogging, cooking, cleaning and trying to be a decent friend, wife and family member.

Turns out, I can’t do it all. Inevitably, I only achieve half of what I need to cram into the two short days I’m not in the office. It comes down to a choice. Sometimes, I choose to spend quality time catching up with a dear friend, like I did Friday. Or saying screw my to-do list and watching garbage TV for three hours, completely zoned out, i.e. Saturday. I consider it a win that I managed to clean the kitchen, do some laundry and have a nice dinner with my brother. Today was best spent with my mom, aunt and Oma over a long lunch.

No, I did not get everything done I needed to. Yes, I feel a little guilty about it. But what I don’t feel bad about is sometimes pushing everything I HAVE to do to the side and doing things I WANT to do. It’s a tricky battle in my head, but I’m trying to be better about making my weekends more focused on me time and spending time with those I love rather than always working. Balance is coming, slowly.

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Lettuce Wraps

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I’ve been a lot busier the last couple of weeks.

Being busy is great. It really is. I love working, and now that I have extra reasons to write about food, I couldn’t be happier.

The quick and easy weeknight dinner has become essential for me. Actually, add to that cooking in bulk so there’s leftovers for Casey or I to eat when we’re on the run, and you can see the kind of cooking I’ve been doing lately.

Being busy doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still be able to eat healthy, home cooked meals. It just means that there has to be a bit more planning to get meals on the table…or in your lap, in the car, on your way out the door. Read More »

Mom’s Stuffed Cabbages

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My grandma loved cookbooks.  I mean, really loved them, more than anyone I know.  She had hundreds, all lining the bookshelves in her home.  There were stacks of Gourmet Magazine, and pages of torn-out recipes among the books.

Today, I too, love cookbooks.  My own collection is amassing and threatening to take over my bookshelf.  It seems my grandma’s love of the things is hereditary, although I would have never guessed it as a kid.

One of our favorite family dinners comes from a cookbook my grandma gave my mom before her passing, The Jewish Holiday Cookbook.  My grandma never actually made this dish, but my mom would make it for her on occasion, and it was one of her favorites as well. Read More »