8 Great Snacks to Serve Poolside This Summer

Most community pools have a snack bar, but rather than resorting to buying endless microwaved hot dogs and candy bars for your kids this summer, how about packing some delicious homemade snacks to keep them fueled between games of Marco Polo and Sharks and Minnows? Here are eight ideas for snacks—both savory and sweet—that will make a big splash when the lifeguard clears the pool for adult swim. Savory Snacks Ham and Dill Pickle Bites ...more

Life's Questions

In this country, football is as much a part of Thanksgiving as is the turkey. Since I always cared more about eating than playing sports, the televised games were always background noise to me. It was something that the “guys” would watch while my sister and I hung out with the ladies sneaking tastes of all the delicious food in the kitchen....more

Why I Teach My SON to Bake (Homemade Famous Chicken Pot Pie)

  Hanging in my kitchen, next to the accurate sign that says "I love hugs and I love kisses, but what I really love is help with the dishes", there is a framed photo collage of my little one baking with me as a baby....more

One Year Older - One Year Wiser

This week marks the one-year anniversary of House of Bedlam – hard to believe a whole year and 52 blog posts have gone by so fast. My goal when I started this little project was to get my kids to start eating better and enjoying real food. Looking back over all the new foods they have tasted I believe we made huge strides. Of course, we still have a long way to go but one thing is for sure, my kids have become a lot more fun to cook for. Okay, there are still days when someone screams at seeing a pea on his plate but at least it is not EVERY day anymore....more

Play Dates

A lot of times when the boys have friends over they want it to be a “dinner” play date. As I am cooking for three anyway, I usually don't mind, what is one or two more. But since all play dates are not created equal, there are times the night doesn’t always end as planned....more

Old Cookbooks

The other day I finally got around to unpacking the last boxes from our move. We have been living here four years so I guess it was time… In a box labeled Assorted I found my old “library” of cookbooks from my single days living on the Upper East Side. I had to laugh because it was such a strange and limited assortment – Rachel Ray’s 30 Minute Meals, CIA’s Breakfasts and Brunches, and the most uncharacteristic, Martha Stewart’s Healthy Quick Cook. I can only assume the last one was a gift? From whom I can’t recall....more

Hooked on Fishing With My Three Sons, and How to Cook Homemade Fish Sticks

Summer is here and so starts fishing season. There is a local watering hole nearby that is the perfect spot for our little gang. The water is shallow, the fish are small, and there is ample space for them to run around. It’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement, even though I don’t enjoy storing worms in my refrigerator!Image: Courtesy of House of Bedlam ...more
@gmrtranc They are very serious little fishermen - that is for sure. This tartar sauce is quick ...more

Dim Sum Yum

DIM SUM/ˈdim ˈsəm/ NounA Chinese dish of small steamed or fried savory dumplings containing various fillings, served as a snack or main course.Used to be one of my favorite things to do on a Sunday was head to Chinatown for dim sum. When Matthew was two we tried taking him. The only thing he would eat was the Jell-O because it came with a little umbrella. I was so grateful to that umbrella!...more

The Ninja Baker's Cookie Bento

“Think what a better world it would be if we all-the whole world-had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap.” So said Robert Fulghum, author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.Amen! Right? And we want to make sure these cookies are full of wholesome and delicious ingredients. Read more...  ...more

Grandma's Borscht

I live in a community with a high percentage of Ukrainians and beet borscht is their staple soup. I figured it was time I learned to make it. I never liked borscht growing up as a child. It wasn't until I tried my Mother-in-law's borscht that I became a convert. This recipe is based off of hers. Although, when I asked for it, it came more as a list of ingredients than a list of measurements. She's not necessarily a slave to exact amounts, but instead uses what she has on hand - something I definitely admire....more