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


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

Irish Stout and Beef Pot Pie

Irish Stout Pot Pies {The Reluctant Hippie}

For St. Patrick’s Day this year, I wanted to make a Guinness-style beef stew with a soda farl topping. The Hippie Husband convinced me that there are much better stouts on the market than Guinness, so we chose Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout for the stew. It was just about perfect for this recipe – it brings a little sweetness and a lot of flavor.

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Make-Your-Own Panini Night


We re-discovered this family favorite a few weeks ago. Foreman grill. Bread. Fillings (cheeses, meats, veggies, condiments). Each person can choose what they like, slap together their sandwich, and press it on the grill. Serve soup on the side, and you’ve got yourself a meal that will be loved by even your pickiest eaters.  Continue reading

Hot Mess (Loaded Sweet Potatoes)

Hot Mess (Loaded Sweet Potato) {The Reluctant Hippie}

On a recent trip to Dallas, TX, we had lunch at Pecan Lodge BBQ in the Dallas Farmer’s Market. The Hippie Husband had to wait in line for 40 minutes (a very short wait, by Pecan Lodge standards), and it was so worth it. He pronounced his brisket to be “the best” he’s ever had, and Little Hippie adored her mac and cheese. I’m not a hug BBQ fan, but I was intrigued by one of the menu items. I’m so glad I ordered it. The Hot Mess was love at first sight.  Continue reading

Beef Stew

Beef Stew - The Reluctant Hippie

I love fall. For so many reasons – the colors, the cooler temperatures, the football, and the food. Time to move back into slow-cooked dishes, soups, casseroles, and hearty stews. I love this recipe because it stretches a pound of beef into a huge, filling meal. A bunch of  vegetables and grains simmer alongside the beef in a flavorful tomato gravy. So very delicious . . .

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