Blood Orange Pomegranate Screwdriver

Not harder to make than a regular screwdriver....but oh, the color!

No one minds that there are cocktails on a blog called The Mom 100, right? Without sliding into the kids=alcohol jokes, I think it’s safe to say that most of us with kids surely do enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail or a beer as much as the next child-free person. Possibly even a little earlier in the day (oh, see, I did dip down into kids-alcohol territory. Mea culpa). When I was a coming of age drinker, a Screwdriver was one of the first drinks one encountered. They were easy to make (vodka and oj), they didn’t …

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One-Skillet Cheesy Beef and Macaroni

Full on crowd-pleasing comfort food.

This is very possibly the least sophisticated recipe in The Mom 100 Cookbook, and very possibly the one that my husband in particular eats as though he will be fasting for the following week.  His eyes get kind of teary whenever I made this.  He’ll shows up for dinner early. It’s nothing new under the sun, but once you try it you will understand the deepest meaning of the word crowd-pleaser.  And (hold onto to the edge of the table) – IT ALL COOKS IN ONE SKILLET.  Even the pasta, which cooks right into sauce!  I know, I know!  It’s the little things. …

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Thai Chicken Thighs

With flavor to spare.

There are a number of keys to ongoing and regular happiness in the kitchen/cooking arena. Doing some prep work over the weekend, or whenever you have a spare hour to do yourself a favor is one key. Knowing how to make a pan sauce; another key. Having some favorite rubs and marinades in your arsenal – a very, very good key. Having the foresight to toss some chicken or a steak or some blocks of tofu or what have you into a marinade before you go to sleep, or head out the door in the morning to start your day, …

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Sweet Potato Fries with New Bay Seasoning

The unmistakable flavor of Old Bay seasoning is the key ingredient in so many seafood dishes, north and south, as well as west, of the Chesapeake Bay, particularly anything to do with crab and crayfish. But phooey for me, there are a few ingredients in this classic blend that I am allergic to, so because I knew that I wanted to get this amazing blend of seasonings into my kitchen, I came up with my own version. The first thing I did with it was to make the New Bay Sweet Potato Fries. It was a very good first thing …

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