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2010 in Review

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

It would be hard to out-do the highs and lows of 2010. Looking back, some of our most memorable meals weren’t even homemade — such as the pizza dinner in our new dining room the day we closed on the house, and the first sushi after the foodie bebe’s birth. Between the many firsts still in store for the baby, and the boy starting kindergarten in the fall (?!), 2011 is bound to be full of so many more memories. But before we forge forward, here are just a few favorite Foodie Tots moments of 2010:

3 favorite Sweet Treats

3 favorite Farmers Market Meals

And tooting my own horn for a minute, 3 notable honors:

And looking forward now … the foodie bebe ate her first solids on the first day of 2011:

Stay tuned for a few posts on baby food as we kick off 2011 with a renewed focus on good food for even the littlest eaters. Thanks for reading these past three years, and please drop me a note if there are topics you’d like to see more of in 2011. Cheers!

Love is Pasta. And Cream. And Garlic.

Monday, October 19th, 2009

So last week was our blogiversary here at Foodie Tots (2 years!), and my husband’s and my anniversary (7 years!) as well. Ironic, since this blog may just lead to the end of my marriage… Okay, I kid, but here’s a true quote from my husband just the other day: “Why do you have to keep trying new things? I don’t like new things. I like the same things.” Okay, so it’s safe to say he didn’t appreciate my chicken quinoa soup, but one of those same old recipes he does enjoy is penne alla vodka. It’s also the boy’s favorite at our neighborhood pasta place, but in typical three-year-old finickiness he declared mine was NOT the same. Oh well, more for his dad, who did appreciate this family anniversary meal.

Recipe: Penne Alla Vodka

  • 12 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 14.5-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 box penne

Instructions: Cook penne according to package instructions, subtracting 1 minute from cooking time. While pasta cooks, heat olive oil in large saucepan over medium low heat. Cook garlic until soft and translucent, being careful not to let it brown. Add vodka and cook 1 minute. Add cream and heat to medium, stirring frequently, until it just begins to boil. Boil 1 minute, until cream starts to thicken. Stir in tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer for several minutes. When pasta finishes, drain and fold into the sauce., cooking 1 additional minute. Serves 4. Enjoy!

Farms of Origin:

  • garlic & string beans, Potomac Vegetable Farms CSA (VA)
  • organic cream, Trickling Springs Creamery (PA)

this is our Meatless Monday recipe of the week. — another one of those “new ideas” the husband is skeptical about. follow along as I attempt to discover meatless meals that won’t make him groan. take the Meatless Monday pledge and you can get weekly e-mails with recipes and advice.

Best of 2008

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Your favorite recipes of 2008 …

10 …Sesame Beef Stir-Fry

9 … Watermelon Gazpacho

8 … Creamy Apple Celery Soup

7 … Rainier Cherry Glazed Pork Chops

6 … Organic Spiced Cranberry Sauce

5 … Zesty Green Beans Almondine

4 … Zucchini Tagliatelle Alfredo

3 … Pork Chops with Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce

2 … Cranberry Baked Brie

and #1 …

Squash Blossoms Rellena de Oyamel
(Thank you, Chef Raffa!)

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Twelve Treats of Christmas

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

I am officially working only one day of the next twelve, and am looking forward to quality time in the kitchen with the toddler. (Or alone while the toddler is distracted with all his new toys!) Here are the twelve treats, sweet and savory, on my “to do” list. Some are new, some are family traditions. I grew up having clam chowder on Christmas Eve, but the husband doesn’t like clams so we’re going with Shrimp & Crab Bisque this year. (With local Chesapeake blue crab.) Christmas morning, my dad got corned beef hash in his stocking and we’d cook it for breakfast before we could open the rest of our presents. I could never have Christmas without hash and my Italian panettone!

  1. Gingerbread Trains
  2. Painted Sugar Cookies
  3. Mantecaditos
  4. Snowball Cookies
  5. Strufoli
  6. Cheddar Cheese Ball
  7. Salted Caramels
  8. Shrimp & Crab Bisque
  9. Corned Beef Hash & Eggs
  10. Christmas Ham & Hoosier Corn Pudding
  11. Hot Apple Cider with Rum
  12. Marshmallows

Happy baking and eating to all!