The Meat

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019

Good afternoon, foodie friends, 

Is anyone else trying to figure out how we are already three weeks into the month of February?

When my children were younger, February was one of the months that made me anxious. It meant a full week of shuttling the kids to vacation camp and packing lunches and snacks. It was a struggle to provide a healthy and balanced meal that they would actually eat. And while I hate to admit it, they were never as creative as these fun bento box lunch ideas.

But looking back, I realize February vacation also could be pretty fulfilling, especially if I timed one of my vacation weeks with theirs. We had many fun times in the kitchen back then, which Robin Anish’s article about encouraging kids to make their own snacks reminded me of. I’ve always been a firm believer in having kids help out in the kitchen.

They’re both teenagers now, so the shared times in the kitchen are fewer, but I know I can persuade them to make certain dishes with me or on their own. My daughter prefers to whip up stacks of pancakes on our electric griddle, while my son has perfected his own version of chicken parmesan. And they’re both self-sufficient in the kitchen when we’re not around.

Now, I just have to find a way to convince one of them to make me one of these molten chocolate cakes.

Jennifer Huberdeau

UpCountry Magazine editor

The Sides

Try this chewy, herb-topped, deep-dish focaccia

Centuries ago, focaccia began as a by-product: When bakers needed to gauge the heat of the wood-fired oven — focaccia stems from focolare and means "fireplace"— they would tear off a … more

Robin Anish | The Table is Set: Grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup go hand-in-hand

My heart is in it, but I'm exhausted. It's been a fun week, but I'm not as young as I used to be. My exhaustion is reminiscent of running around after my children when they were toddlers. Yes, its … more

Molten chocolate cake is intense and buttery

Fallen chocolate cake, or molten chocolate cake, is an under-cooked-in-the-center mound of intense, buttery chocolate cake. We wanted to turn this restaurant-menu standard into a practical recipe for … more

Don't feel like cooking?

Bits & Bites: Library benefit, film and tea on tap this week

DINING EVENT TO AID LIBRARYThe Roeliff Jansen Community Library will partner with select area restaurants in the Sixth Annual "Community Dine Out." The program encourages "dining local" and raises … more

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