Q&A: Foodie With Family style.

I’ve gone back and forth on whether to do this post for a while, so let me put it in reverse for a bit and explain.  A friend of mine suggested that I run a regular Question and Answer post here on Foodie With Family.  She also told me I was like a 100 year old lady who knew everything.  This was meant as and accepted as a compliment.  I. love. old. ladies.

I’ve used state-of-the-art photo editing to give you an idea of what I’d look like at 100. To see the effects of my hours upon hours of work, scroll down after viewing what I look like now…

Are you ready?

This is what I will look like at the ripe old age of 100.

But there I go again.  I know that I have a un-curb-able tendency to go off on wild tangents.  And sometimes those tangents take me away from points that could do with some answering.  For instance, I’ve put ‘measure uncooked rice into a clean, dry container’ more than once.  Why?

Allow me to set the scene:

I’m standing in the kitchen measuring cups of dry rice into the rice cooker.

Talking to self: “One… Two… Three…”

Liam enters the room:  “Hey Mom!  What time will dinner be?”

Me: “Sixish.”  (Thinking to self “ACK!  Where was I?  Oh yes… Four…”)

Liam:  “How many pieces of fish can I have?  Please say two or three or four!”

Me: “Liam!  I’m trying to count!  I can’t remember how many cups of rice I had in here!”

Liam staring deep into my eyes and speaking hypnotically: “Forty five.  You had twenty three.  I believe you said twelve.”

I gave him the stink eye, dumped the rice back into my container, banished my son from the kitchen and started over.

Now, if I had added liquid to the rice first, I would’ve sat around the cooker biting my nails wondering whether I was going to end up with fluffy rice, glue or little pebbles.  Leaving aside the fact that it’s bad form to add water to the pot or cooker before you add rice (because there is a fool proof method for determining how much water should be added to any amount of rice) I don’t like to combine stress with my cooking.  It’s bad for the digestion.

I have to say, it’s not as though I don’t get questioned enough during the course of a day.  As a homeschooling mom of five little boys, believe you me I get the questions.  My boys’ questions, however, tend to stem from situations like me applying lipstick in the morning.

Leif: “MOM!  Is dat da kind of lipstick where you put your lips in your mouth and take them back out?”


Liam: “You’re putting on lipstick?  Are we going somewhere?”

Me: “We’re not going anywhere.”

Liam: “Then why are you putting on lipstick? Is someone coming over?”

Me: “No one is coming over and we’re not going anywhere.”

Liam: “Then why the lipstick?  Something’s fishy!”

Aidan: “Mom’s putting on lipstick?  Where are we going?”

Ty: “You’re not going to kiss me are you?”

Rowan: “I wanna kiss!”

Liam: “Something’s going to happen.  She put on lipstick.”

Ty: “I tell you she’s going to kiss us.”

Leif: “Did you take your lips back out yet?”


Aidan: “No.  That’s not her ‘going somewhere’ lipstick.  That’s the boring stuff. Are you almost done, Mom?  I hafta go to the bathroom.”

Ty: “She looks like she’s ready to kiss!  RUN!”


Rowan: “Hi Mommy.  Can I have a kiss now?”

I wouldn’t mind questions that a.) came from adults and b.) didn’t make me question my personal grooming habits.

So here’s the skinny.  Is there something I started to explain and didn’t finish that you’re itching to know?  Do you have a recipe you’ve been searching for high and low? Do you have a question about any of my recipes?  Do you want to know why I insist on saving the root end of onions?  Do you want to know what my all-time favorite food (favorite kitchen tool, favorite candy bar) is?  Do you want to know the simple, cheap, no-elbow-grease way I clean baked on crud from pans? Have at it!  Fire away!

And no.  I’m not going anywhere and I’m not going to kiss you.



  1. Elizabeth says

    I don’t have a question for you but can I tell you I love to hear about your boys! I too am a mother of 5 boys and I SO relate. Keep up with the super recipes!

  2. says

    i don’t have a question but I want to tell you the way i learned to cook rice from my mom was to basically boil it like pasta. No measuring of rice or water. It is way easier than steaming it I say.

  3. Jaime says

    Dumb question – but I believe that you can answer it. I just found your blog, and you’re like a foodie superhero. :)

    I ate a soup once, about 10 years ago, that was so good I could have died on the spot. The maker refused to share the recipe (don’t you hate it when people do that?), and I’ve been pining for it ever since. It definitely had butter, cabbage, and kielbasa (or maybe sausage, now I don’t remember) in it – but it wasn’t your regular cabbage soup. It was buttery and savory, and had a lot of broth in it. I know that it had butter in it, because the creator let that one slip.

    If you know of a recipe like this, I’d love to know about it!

    Thanks! :)

  4. Fiona says

    I loved this post – you have a great sense of humour, obviously a necessity when you have 5 boys! Here’s what I want to know: how do you find the time? (oh, and how DO you get the crud off the pans?

  5. says

    Foodie superhero! 😀 One for my arsenal.

    “Do you want to know what my all-time favorite food (favorite kitchen tool, favorite candy bar) is?”

    All of these.

    And also, I love this post so much. One of your funniest ever ever. And you DO know what Leif meant about your lips. Right?

  6. Andrea says

    A good healthy muffin recipe! One that isn’t loaded up on sugar, white flour and oil…. so many ‘healthy’ muffins have a terrible texture, and are quite bland…
    Is it possible to have a light, fluffy yummy muffin, that is still good for you?? Help!

    PS. I loved the frugal series… Keep that kind of thing coming! I love finding new ways to save in the kitchen… thanks for all of your awesome posts!

  7. Nina says

    …”because there is a fool proof method for determining how much water should be added to any amount of rice”
    What’s the method please, the one involving the finger?

    To Jaime – you might want to try Recipe #38296 on RecipeZaar for the Cabbage, kielbasa, butter soup.

    Love and good food, from my kitchen to yours!

  8. Jade says

    Thank you for the awesome posts. I’ve recently been recommended to your site by a friend, and I have to say, I’m hooked.

    Since you asked… I have been wondering why you save root ends.
    I’m not sure if you’ve already posted the answer somewhere else on here, but I haven’t found it yet.
    Thanks in advance!

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