the last really warm day in nyc...

I used dried chickpeas...took the skins off the ones set aside for one of Jude’s snacks

portioned out: three without almonds or red pepper for Jude but with added peas (she likes to have at least one pea or chickpea in every spoonful), three as “to go” giveaways, and one for the house

this is “A Jude Approved Food”, but she preferred it mixed with a bit of soup as it was a little dry for her “palate”

risotto with winter squash...not great, but very decent and easy

“A Jude Approved Food” (without the addition of parsley)

orecchiette with spicy broccoli

does not make for great leftovers, but otherwise delicious (gave Jude a break on this one)

curried split-pea soup with squash and raisins

A Jude Approved Food (and Truman likes it too, after pureeing)

green risotto

not spectacular, but good

A Jude Approved Food

dilled broccoli soup

A Jude Approved Food

yeah, I know it ain’t pretty, but it’s good, stupid healthy, and

squash-aduki-corn chowder

at dinner Jude was too tired to eat this, but the next morning she gobbled it down (also froze the puree for both her and Truman)

A Jude Approved Food

Israeli couscous and chickpea salad with purslane (I used mache) and tahini dressing

I thought Jude would love this, but she only tolerated it

frittata with caramelized onions

I approved...Jude did not

hearts of palm and avocado salad  (I omitted the seafood)

Jude thought it was okay...

pasta with cauliflower, curry powder and coconut milk

no one seemed to like this except me - I thought it was excellent!  (did not give any to Jude)

bulgar and chickpea salad with parsley dressing - delicious

again, Jude thought this was okay...

A Jude Approved I have added sardines and some quinoa salad that I had in the freezer

“inscrutable quinoa pilaf” (I feel compelled to put what I consider to be silly names of recipes in quotes)...had no snow peas, so used frozen peas instead (I do not cook them, just thaw them out and they are delicious)

A Jude Approved Food

penne with broccoli and pumpkin seed-parsley pesto


A Jude Approved Food (after chopping)

soy glazed tofu with cabbage salad, kimchee style

minus the cabbage: a definite Jude Approved Food

have to find this recipe...

raspberry corn muffins

frozen raspberries are fine...I used one leftover from the summer

occasionally when the fruit I have lying around starts to get too ripe, I make a puree and freeze it for the kids...

here I just combined bananas, figs, berries from both the store and the garden and froze some in ice cube trays and some with some rolled barley flakes cereal I had made, added cashew butter and some raisins and currants as an easy base for a meal for Jude, usually accompanied by yogurt

cabbage, onion and millet kugel

I liked it and it was A Jude Approved Food

but everyone else seemed less than enthusiastic

roasted butternut squash and rutabaga puree

good stuff!

A Jude Approved Food

almond and apple muffins (I could not find my ground almonds and used hazelnut flour instead - they were delicious)

recipe from Home Made by Yvette Van Boven

winter vegetable stock from The Greens Cook Book by Deborah Madison

the root vegetables were quite tasty and ended up as finger food/snacks for Jude and Tru

acorn squash soup (of course I used vegetable broth, not chicken) - very good

A Jude Approved Food

(of course all of these pureed soups are great for babies - Tru is loving them)

warm white bean vinaigrette - FANTASTIC!

surprisingly: A Jude Approved Food...after pureeing in the Cusinart...the puree is the most beautiful lavender color!  Truman likes it too.

“Williamsburg Wrapples”

I used this pie dough recipe (ended up not adding any of the water)... the crust was amazing

and I had neither the time nor the patience to frost, so a dusting of powdered sugar had to suffice

had a free moment in the kitchen while something else was cooking and so boiled up some whole wheat orzo for Jude

lima bean vegetable soup

the recipe calls for fennel seeds, but I left them out

really good and A Jude Approved Food

heavenly carrot soup” again...I did not remember making it and so made it again and had a really confusing time figuring out what recipe I used for the soup in these it was either really, really good, forgettable, or both?

Jude’s dinner...with a few cubes of frozen pureed peas thrown in (yes, I thawed them before serving)

zucchini muffins

better than they look!

green couscous (Jude didn’t like it, but I think she was just cranky)

not that it should come as a surprise to anyone, but I have officially lost my mind:  here it is again...the “inscrutable quinoa pilaf”...the fact that I actually used snow peas in it this time and added tofu threw me off (just spent about 25 minutes trying to figure out what this dish was/what recipe I used)

roasted root vegetable stew (had no chickpeas on hand so simply left them out)

a highly Jude Approved Food

fusilli al telefono...been wanting to make this forever because the photo in the book was so appealing...just had to wait till I found the right pasta...

this is great, but makes crappy leftovers

the day before preparing “quinoa salpicon” I cleaned the scallions and squeezed the limes making the next day’s preparation time that much shorter...

I could not figure out why this soup was sooooooo tasty...then it dawned on me: white wine and butter...nothing wrong with that!!  (I am sure it would be at least half as good with only olive oil)

leek, potato and mushroom soup  (despite what this blog says, I used regular old veg. stock and the soup turned out just fine!)

“mom’s apple cake”

it was a hit, and two batches used up a ton of apples (and I was trying to “get rid” of them...)

getting the bum out of the bumbo

sporty spice

a few toys that both kids have really loved:  playschool busy gears, these stacking “bowls”, “poppin pals”, “hellophone”, the car/remote door opener with plastic keys that Tru is playing with above (don’t know where it came from), fisher price jumperoo, CAT ride on truck

even if they make noise they are somehow not annoying...(possibly VERY annoying if they are played with by children other than your own)

don’t get me wrong...there are LOTS of other toys (aka “nice wooden ones”) but I thought of these because both Truman and Jude like(d) them (and Jude still likes them if Tru is playing with them)

practicing for his teens

making sure everything is okay in the kitchen,

at the bakery,

and at the flower market

at the ballet

getting ready to practice ballet

mixing it up








read an interesting and disturbing article

read The Devil in Silver...did not “get it”...enjoyed the tiny bit about Van Gogh though

thought Tell the Wolves I’m Home was silly, This Bright River - eh...

really liked Salvage the Bones

and am listening to The Roundhouse...

    liking it despite the affect, or lack thereof, of the reader which is making it a little hard to listen to

loving Signs and Wonders and Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain

could not make it through Pam Houston’s latest

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