Learning to cook … one kid at a time

Baby Puke & Computers Don’t Mix November 29, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — gastromami @ 12:49 pm

Blogging from my phone today with some sad, sad news ….

While working on my computer yesterday with Fiona on my lap she projectile vomited all. over. my. computer.

And it is no longer working.

Hopefully the guy Reny dropped it to can fix the problem – without losing every picture I have of my kids!

Until then, or until I can figure out why my WordPress App won’t let me upload picture, it’s good-bye. Wish me luck!


NYC Wrap-Up November 27, 2011

Filed under: Things that make me smile — gastromami @ 6:22 pm

I didn’t blog every day this month

I did post 25 days in a row which, I believe, is more than I posted in the first 6 months of Fiona’s life!

My participation in National Blog Posting Month did help me get back on the writing-wagon so I will, I am promising myself!, be back more often!

Tonight, I am exhausted!

New York City is fabulous but after parades & eating & drinking & biking & the circus & playgrounds & the park & Chinatown & Little Italy & Vietnamese lunches & pie & euchre & wine & stroller napping I am one tired mama

Here are some highlights of the trip!





Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade



Dinner and post-dinner (pre-pie) walk in Central Park



The Big Apple Circus


Nursing and playing in Central Park


Sunrise … Sunset



Goofing around in Soho

Night y’all


I can’t post today …. November 25, 2011

Filed under: Things that make me smile — gastromami @ 7:47 pm

… because I’m playing Euchre and

“Gretchen!  You can’t blog while we are playing cards!”


A Review: Grimaldi’s Pizza (Brooklyn) November 24, 2011

Filed under: Restuarant Review — gastromami @ 7:05 pm

Thin crust

Crispy crispy crispy

It comes from a coal-burning oven

An oven that can no longer be built

I have heard of Grimaldi’s for the past 6 years, since I first met Reny

So we drove right through lower Manhattan and crossed over into Brooklyn



Tossing the dough … two thumbs up … Fiona watching the pizza being made


Olde Brooklyn Root Beer


The Food:  Delicious.  The crust was pretty much perfect.  Ample topping and fresh mozzarella.  Not enough sauce for me but don’t tell my husband, he is smitten with the place!

Drinks:  The Olde Brooklyn rootbeer was good, lightly carbonated and loved by both Renys.  I had a glass of house red ($5) and it was just as I expected a house red to be – it may have tasted even better because of the cold & rainy weather.

The Restrooms:  Clean but no changing table.  It was pretty crowded the day before Thanksgiving so there was a consistent line for the single restroom.

Service:  Quick but not friendly.  Classic New York.

Price:  just under $30 for 1 large pizza (pepperoni & mushrooms), 1 glass of wine, 1 rootbeer & 1 gingerale

(+ $12 for validated parking – it was pouring and we couldn’t find street parking close enough to justify hauling the kids through the rain)

Grimaldi’s Pizza

(Under the Brooklyn Bridge location)

19 Old Fulton St.

Brooklyn, NY 11201


Happy Thanksgiving!


Alfredo with Roasted Asparagus November 23, 2011

Filed under: "Fast Food",Recipes — gastromami @ 6:59 am

This quick and easy dish comes from my favorite magazine – Cooking Light!

Basically it tastes like rich, homemade macaroni & cheese and who doesn’t love that on a cold, rainy, late fall night?

2 cups 1% low-fat milk
1/3 cup (3 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces (about 2 cups)
16 ounces uncooked whole wheat spaghetti
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Pre-heat oven to 425˚ and coat a baking sheet with cooking spray

Cook pasta according to package directions

Trim asparagus and roast at 425˚ for 10 minutes until browned (stirring once)

In a blender (or mini-prep) combine the flour, milk, cream cheese & salt

Melt butter over medium-high heat

Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds

Whisk in milk and cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly

Remove sauce from heat and stir in cheese

Cover and set aside until ready to use

In a large bowl combine cheese sauce, drained pasta & asparagus

Ren (sorta) approved

He doesn’t really like Mac N Cheese so this dish was more for me!  He did eat he asparagus!


The Impossible Task of Capturing a Quality Christmas Picture November 22, 2011

Filed under: Parenting,Things that make me smile — gastromami @ 3:48 pm



s … i … g … h


Roasted Vegetable Pasta with Chicken Sausage November 21, 2011

Filed under: "Fast Food",Recipes — gastromami @ 9:13 pm

Pasta Pasta Pasta

with Roasted Veggies

There is something about roasted red peppers and broccoli that makes my mouth water

Roasting vegetables just gives basic pasta a whole new, hearty dimension and pairs so nicely with some garlicky sausage

This is the perfect “use what needs to be cooked in the fridge” recipe!

In a large bowl combine veggies (I used 1 crown of broccoli, 2 red peppers, 1 medium onion & 1 1/2 cups baby bella mushrooms) with a generous amount of olive oil, 1 tablespoon oregano and salt & pepper, to taste

Roast at 375˚ until the broccoli begins to brown, about 10 minutes

Add 1 pint of grape tomatoes

Roast 3 minutes and remove vegetables from oven

While vegetables are cooking brown some seasoned chicken sausage (I used 3 links of Garlic Chicken from Trader Joe’s)

Cook pasta according to package directions

In a large bowl toss vegetables, sausage & pasta

Plate and top with freshly grated parmesan cheese


Ren approved!

Fiona approves of the ciabatta