Why Make Soup for the library?

Hi everyone!  I just bought my tickets for Grape Expectations, The Montclair, NJ Library Fundraiser, and I couldn’t be more excited. I have to confess, I love the library but I am extra excited about all the soups with a Dickens theme that we’ll be tasting. Three celebrity chefs in my town will be making […]

Kale Quinoa Crock Pot Stew and Coming Together to Help Our Community

Hi everyone!  As promised on my facebook page (have you “liked” the Take Back the Kitchen” facebook page yet?), I am telling you about the awareness and fundraising campaign for the various food programs for the hungry in the town of Montclair, NJ TBK and Parents Who Rock will be working very hard to get […]

Curried Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Soup and Please Vote!

Hi everyone. My friend Steven Greenberger was telling me about his curried soup and I remembered I had a buttrenut squash waiting for me at home. Ah, the power of suggestion. What dishes have your friends been talking about? Maybe they can suggest a particular method or ingredient. Let them help you! Enjoy the soup […]

Wendy Inspired Pea Soup and My Garden Constraints…

Hi everyone! I am psyched about my garden but am realizing we have some constraints. See what we have to contend with here: http://svldnj.com/blog/?p=360 Also, to see how we are planting our seeds indoors with the kids, check out the Take Back the Kitchen facebook fan page (and become a fan if you like!) O.K., […]

Squash Coconut Curry Soup over Shrimp and Rice and Oh! , Obama!

Hi everyone! I am off to see Miranda Cosgrove (i Carly), in concert with my ten year old. Before I go, I wanted to leave you with a cute story. Never underestimate the power of a woman and her skills, whether they be her ability to cook, her ability to manage a household or pump […]

Spanish Spiced Carrot Soup and Dogs and Kids-No Different

Hi everyone. Please check out my sister’s awesome new Dog Book (she illustrated it), I Didn’t Do It. She is a famous Guggenheim award winning painter if you didn’t know and she is also a phenomenal Dog painter if you are in need of an extra special Dog painting present for someone. Here’s her website: […]

Spicy Squash Soup and Jon Hamm on My Kids’ Heads

Hi everyone. It’s Sunday evening and I miss Jon Hamm already. It’s a good thing that I can be reminded of him and his five o’clock shadow when I look at my sons’ recently shaved heads. Like shaving kids’ heads at the beginning of the school year, it is also important to be proactive, plan […]

Ginger Lentil Soup and the Show (and Bookclub) Must Go On

Hi everyone. Even though it has been a trying week that really bugged me, I have been on the calendar for months to host my bookclub. Our bookclub, as you may know by now, is also usually a dinner party. Cooking and shopping for eight? I could sneak in moments to prep for the meal […]