I live in Los Angeles with my husband, two children, and our English cocker spaniel. I love to read and I teach high school English. My students are fairly convinced that I am from Canada because of my accent; however, I, in actuality, grew up primarily in a suburb just outside of Chicago.

    When I was on child care leave with my first child, I spent a great deal of time cooking, though mostly for Eloise. Like many mothers, I made all of her organic baby food and obsessed over the supply of little plastic jars with green lids in my freezer. I cooked adult food from time to time too, but now that I am back at work I am sad to say that dinner is often a scramble for the easiest option. I am always on the lookout for easy and healthy family meals, but I might not get around to cooking them.

    I also love theme-related eating. I made my first Weiner schnitzel before my husband and I went to see our first Mozart opera, and my first mint julep when we watched the Marx Brothers' film A Day at the Races. This interest naturally extends to my love for literature and now food-related fun for my children.

    My actual table is currently accented with my favorite centerpiece: a baby chair. 

    During the week, I am all about delicious and nutritious family meals that are fast! When I get home from work, I want to spend time with my family, so I am always looking for easy weekday recipes. I am all for more elaborate cooking on the weekends, when I have more time!