Rose’s birthday

I’d be remiss if I didn’t post about my eldest’s 7th birthday. By request we had hamburgers for dinner and (gasp) a store-bought cake. I know it’s very unlike us to buy a cake, but have you seen the amazing creations from Party Favors? Rose_7_IMG_2720 Rose_7_IMG_2723 Cake_IMG_2728

There was a homemade cake too, of course. For her birthday party Shane made the now-famous-in-our-household Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake. But we didn’t stop there. Shane and half-brother-in-law Chris invented an amazing thing called the Cake n’ Cone, which is a slice of birthday cake and a scoop of ice cream in a waffle cone. Genius!
IMG_2821CakeNConeIMG_2825Happy Birthday Rose!



I hardly ever make dinner anymore

ChickPea_Feta_Salad_IMG_2707 Broccoli_Salmon_IMG_2709I don’t know how families with both parents working full time outside of the home get anything done, ever. Seriously folks, I don’t know how you even find time to brush your teeth, please send tips my way.

The sad truth of our new life is that I only cook dinner once every two weeks or so. Shane cooks sometimes, but more often it’s my mom or dad. Every Tuesday we get pizza from Upper Crust or Otto. Weird how things change.

For some reason, on October 19th, I managed to make dinner. I don’t recall the exact circumstances that made this possible, but it was great. We had Salmon Baked in Parchment (below), Roasted Broccoli and a made up salad with tomatoes, chick peas, lemon zest and creamy french feta. It was a treat for me to cook. Maybe I’ll do it again someday.

• Salmon and Leeks Baked in Parchment •
from Martha Stewart

4 salmon fillets, 6 to 8 ounces each
1 bunch leeks, sliced thin and well washed
Dry white wine
Olive oil
1 bunch chervil or other fresh herb, chopped (optional)
Unsalted butter, melted
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Fold a 24-inch sheet of parchment paper in half, and cut out a heart shape* about 3 inches larger than fish fillet. Place fillet near the fold, and place a handful of leeks next to it. Drizzle fish with wine and olive oil, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and chervil (or other herb. Brush edges of parchment paper with melted butter, fold paper to enclose fish, and make small overlapping folds to seal the edges, starting at curve of heart (or edge of paper). Be sure each fold overlaps the one before it so that there are no gaps. Brush the outside of the package with melted butter. Repeat with rest of fillets. Put packages on a baking sheet, and bake until paper is puffed and brown, about 10 to 15 minutes.
*This is a Valentines Day recipe, thus the heart-shaped paper, you can use a square just fine.

Still here

Hi friends,

Just a quick note to let you know we’re still here.

We’re still here, still eating dinner together every night, but not posting. This is probably because we’ve really turned our world completely upside down and are currently hovering with one tippy toe just barely on the ground.

We moved out of our own home and in with my parents, we changed jobs, primary wage earner roles, working hours, schools and childcare arrangements.

We went from MTA to MBTA, from car alarms to crickets, from ‘water bugs’ to wild turkeys, and from crowded playgrounds to empty ‘paahks.’

Like us, The Steady Table has still not settled into it’s new life here. But we’re working on it.

One day, hopefully soon, we’ll start to feel like we have a home again, and I’ll find a way to carve out some time for dinner blogging.

I hope you’ll still be here when I do.

Nina Max at The Steady Table