Christina Chavez

I’m Mama and I’m high strung… sounds like an AA meeting. I guess I’ve always been a little neurotic, but it got worse when the same six people kept showing up every evening, expecting to get fed.

I’m pretty organized, but even that hasn’t saved me from the craziness of the Daily Dinner Dilemma. I don’t like ordering take out because it is so expensive… and I can usually do it better with a lot less sodium… and so can you. That’s what this site is all about: helping you get some delicious meals on the table in less than 30 minutes (hopefully), as well as making some other pretty good recipes. If you mess up like we all do, I might have some fixes or just some advice to help you avoid the same issues next time.

And, like a lot of mamas, I have a lot of opinions, which I share in The Kitchen Think. I’ve also thrown in some articles I’ve written, mostly about things with a Latino beat.

The 10 Worst Prom Dresses of 2014

Scrolling through some popular prom dress sites today, I witnessed crimes against fashion, not to mention propriety. I saw perfectly adorable trends like peplums, neons, ruffles, and pastels massacred in cold blood. I saw highly dubious trends like Dynasty-esque beading, cutouts, ruffles, and the inexplicable (to me, anyway) pageant-ish ballgown look cross the line from tasteless to felonious. And—oh, the humanity—THE COST. Yes, cold hard cash is the motive for these crimes. ...more
Completely age-inappropriate. What mother or father or caregiver would let their child walk out ...more

Blowout Party Menu for the 2014 Oscars

The Academy Awards is coming up once again on Sunday, March 2. And for many of us, that means throwing an Oscar-watching party. So break out the bubbly, put out some snacks, and get ready for you and your friends to shout over each other at the TV. Here’s a menu that’s red carpet-ready, with seven dishes inspired by the nominees. American Hustle: Homemade Doritos Image: Courtesy of Heather’s French Press ...more
We've always had Oscar parties, even when the kids were small. Everyone gets ballots and there's ...more

Dear Pecola and Claudia, Shirley Temple Is Dead

I just heard about Shirley Temple Black's death. I am an African-American woman who associates the child star with my childhood. Apparently she passed away last night, Monday, February 10, on my birthday. At age 85, she was almost 30 years older than I am now, born one year later than my mother. But in my mind, she's still around 6 years old, the symbol of a sweet little girl who can make it through any crisis. ...more
Beautifully written. As a Latina growing up in the south, I was exposed to the same sort of ...more

To the XOJane Writer of "There Are No Black People In My Yoga Class"

This is my my response to Jen Caron's post on yesterday, called "IT HAPPENED TO ME: THERE ARE NO BLACK PEOPLE IN MY YOGA CLASSES AND I’M SUDDENLY FEELING UNCOMFORTABLE WITH IT." Here is an excerpt of what she wrote: ...more
Beautifully said.more

How Is the Government Shutdown Affecting Food Safety

Here’s the good news: PulseNet, a government-run network of public health labs that spots and reports on foodborne illness outbreaks, is up and running again, albeit with a skeleton staff, as the government shutdown drags on. Image: Krista Kennell/ZUMA Press ...more
The frozen fish and seafood in the supermarkets RIGHT NOW were inspected and are presumably ...more

An App that Allows You to Set Up Your Tweets to Delete

People delete their tweets all the time, so Twitter is hardly a bastion of permanence.  But what if you could schedule your tweets to disappear?  Post them knowing that no one would be able to find them a set amount of time later?  A former Twitter engineer has created an app that does just that: allows you to post tweets that will disappear based on a hashtag. ...more
As you said, you can always take a screenshot of the tweet and use it as "evidence" if needed. ...more

Announcing: BlogHer ‘13 Newbie Networking Workshop & Conference Mentors

Each year, BlogHer welcomes newbies to the conference with a special breakfast and welcome to break the ice, get to know other people who are there for the first time, and to get acclimated before the hustle and bustle of the programming begins. This year we’ve got a few new additions to the newbie breakfast to help you get them most out of both that session, and the rest of the conference! ...more
I am so happy that y'all are doing this...more

Announcing: Birds of a Feather Lunch on Friday at BlogHer '13

BlogHer is just over a week away (GULP) and we know that your excitement is about as strong as your nerves right now. Meeting your online friends and collegaues IRL is both amazing and terrifying, and we'd like to help you get get by with a little help from your friends....more
@marocmama Food Bloggers would be great!more

BlogHer '13 Twitter and Blog ROLL CALL!

So you're going to BlogHer '13? Awesome! Get to know your fellow conference goers by jumping on the thread below and sharing your Twitter handle and/or blog URL. You can follow others, tweet your conference plans, and get to know your fellow attendees before arriving in Chicago. Mingle away!...more
Won't have far to go for this year's conference, I live just 11 miles north of Chicago. My blog ...more

To All the Gwyneth Paltrow Haters: Her New Cookbook Really Is 'All Good'

It's so easy for the Internets to hate on Gwyneth Paltrow. She's an easy target. The actress puts herself out there, with her forays into becoming a foodie, a lifestyle guru, her just-asking-for it-named website goop, her occasional transitions from acting to singing. ...more
Most of the criticism of Paltrow is leveled at her lifestyle, which includes being able to ...more