Family Tradition: “Big Breakfast”

Big Breakfast Time!

Big Breakfast Time!

It’s not easy for our family to sit down at dinner. Often times Kelli or I will have something going on in the evenings, or we are not hungry when the girls usually eat. Most nights the girls get their dinner earlier and Kelli and I will enjoy a dinner together later in the evening after the girls go to bed. There are rare occasions where we have tried to have a common dinner but often times the cuisine that Kelli and I enjoy is far from the more simple tastes the girls will eat.

There is one meal that we all agree on in regards to time and menu: breakfast. We’ve made it a tradition to – whenever possible – sit down to a breakfast together on the weekends. (more…)

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Tomato and Sausage Risotto

Image courtesy of Smitten Kitchen, from whom I adapted this gem of a recipe.

Image courtesy of Smitten Kitchen, from whom I adapted this gem of a recipe.

A new favorite of ours — the girls don’t like it so this is a mommy/daddy dinner! It’s hearty enough that it stands as a meal on its own. We’re big risotto fans so this became a favorite very quickly! We like to keep this meal simple: risotto, a nice crusty bread, and the left over wine to top it off. Remarkably, this risotto stands up pretty well as a leftover – something that other risottos struggle with. Let’s get cookin’, shall we? (more…)

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Taco Chili

One word: yum. This is a great soup/chili for a nice cool autumn evening. It’s simple to make and flexible enough to adapt to any palette. Regulars to this blog will know of my love of southwest flavors and this will be no exception. We haven’t tried this with the girls yet so this is kinda Kelli and I’s recipe for after the girls go to bed. With about a 20 minute prep/cook time, it’s great for a later meal when you don’t want to completely dirty the kitchen.

Be sure to check out the variation at the bottom if you like a little spice in your chili. But first, here’s the quick version: (more…)

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Tater-tot Casserole

And from the depths of the Higgins household’s deep repertoire of quick-n-easy culinary creations comes a hearty, homey recipe that can be whipped together in about an hour with less than $20 and feed a crew of 8.

This is great for a cool spring or autumn evening or as the “I-forgot-to-cook-something-for-the-pitch-in” dish for church. (more…)

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Pizza Casadia

This cheesy delight is a stupidly-simple, cheap, quick meal idea that the girls absolutely love. It’s a casadia, but with pizza toppings. That’s right – the unnatural combination of Southwest and Italian in one, easy to make package. Here’s the blueprint for this crazy deliciousness: (more…)

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