Sushi Night

We do lots of fun meals that can be customized for each member of the family – pizza and okonomiyaki are two of our faves.

We finally got the kids to try sushi by taking them to a rotary sushi bar, with the cool conveyor belt rolling tons of different types of sushi past our table. I hate to be the parent who uses gimmicks to get their kids to try new things, but honestly, I’m just so happy that we can all go out for sushi. I’m willing to own up to the bribe. They liked it so much that they wanted to have sushi more often, so we started to DIY. Continue reading

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No-Knead Bread

 

No-Knead Bread {The Reluctant Hippie}

I have tried a lot of bread recipes. A. LOT. They tend to be a ton of work, and the loaves have always turned out dense and tasteless.

Until this recipe.

You GUYS. I can bake bread. This is dangerous. Everyone loves it far more than we should, especially considering how easy it is to make.  Continue reading

Family Fun Night: Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki {The Reluctant Hippie}

The Hippie Husband has fond memories of cooking okonomiyaki tableside at bars when he interned in Japan. He described it to us as cabbage-bacon-omelet-pancakes. We made okonomiyaki a few times before we had kids, but we hadn’t had it in awhile.

Both kids love cooking and were happy to give this a shot. We set up the griddle, chopped the ingredients, and set out on an adventure. It was dinner and entertainment. We had a blast. Continue reading

Finger Foods for Parties

‘Tis the season for lots of parties. Here is a compilation of my favorite dishes and drinks to share!

Appetizers and Snacks:

Caramelized Onion Dip {The Reluctant Hippie}

 

Caramelized Onion Dip: Skip the packet of onion soup mix and make this real-food version instead.

 

Real Popcorn {The Reluctant Hippie}

 

Popcorn: This can be as healthy or as naughty as you like. A little popcorn salt, or add some butter and parmesan if you want it all to disappear within 10 minutes.

 

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Cookie Fair

Time to start the holiday baking!!!

Did those exclamation points sell you on how excited I am about baking? ‘Cause that’s a lie. Not a fan. Not even a little bit.

But I know that other people love it, and I also know that everyone expects sweet treats for parties and such. Here are links to the blog’s best cookie and sweet treat recipes: Continue reading

Chicken and Rice Soup (updated photo)

Chicken and Rice Soup {The Reluctant Hippie}

I updated the photo for this recipe, so I thought I’d post it again.

We hadn’t made this soup in a couple of years, and I forgot how good it was. It’s a bit more work than some of my easier recipes, but it’s well worth the time. It freezes well, so you might as well make a double batch and pop a few containers in the freezer for another great winter meal.

Enjoy!