The Mother of All Invention

May 12, 20124 Comments

Mothers (or mother figures, as the case may be) are the mortar that binds the bricks into place. They work hard to maintain an image of ease and effortlessness. Should any cracks develop, it’s mom that swoops in to patch up the damage and restore the facade.Somewhere deep inside, we wonder if we’re doing it right. Are we good enough? Are these children going to spend years in therapy unwinding the mess we’re unwittingly creating now? Are we going to be exposed for the frauds we’re sure we are? These insecurities creep in ever so quietly and lurk behind the polished exterior the rest of the world sees.

The crack in the wall here lately (or rather, one crack in the wall) is the weeknight meal routine. My approach to meal planning of late is to look into the refrigerator and stand there in hopes of something jumping out, taking me by the neck and saying “me me me!” That hasn’t happened yet. So I’ve relied on what’s already in there and what needs to be used before it goes bad. You may recall a few weeks back I whipped up a batch of green goddess dressing. Knowing it needed to be used soon, I created a spring chicken salad with a few of the items I had leftover from making the dressing itself. You know what they say, “Laziness is the mother of all invention.” I was pleased that my laziness had yielded a meal we all enjoyed.

It’s not always ideal, but most of the time it’s good enough. We are all doing the very best job we can do with the resources available to us. I am thankful for my own mom, my mother-in-law, my sisters-in-law (moms to my niece and nephews) and the women that came before them to make them who they are today. Each of those women did their best and despite their inevitable mistakes, their offspring have turned out more than just okay. Happy mother’s day to all the mamas out there and for the rest, remember to thank the women in your life who’ve made a difference to you (even if you don’t call them ‘mom’).

What’s in Season?

Asparagus | Artichokes | Arugula | Bok Choy | Fennel | Green Garlic | Leek  | Peas | Rhubarb | Strawberries

What’s for Dinner?

The List

Produce
1 bunch asparagus
1/4 pound green beans
1 red pepper
1 bunch green onions
Spinach or arugula
Cucumber
2 lemon
Garlic
2 avocados
Small bunch green garlic
Fresh dill
Fresh tarragon
Flat-leaf parsley

Pantry
Preserved lemon*
1 pound short pasta
4 whole grain pita pockets

Meat/Fish
1-1/4 pound skirt steak
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Dairy
Feta cheese
1 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
Pecorino Romano
1/2 cup buttermilk

*Preserved lemons can be found in near the olives in the grocery store. You can also make your own at home, but they take a while to cure so they need to be started well in advance.

4 responses to “The Mother of All Invention”

  1. Lynda says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to you, Alicia! I am eyeing that skirt steak recipe – love, love preserved lemons.

  2. Terinn says:

    LOVE this post and your blog! Happy Mother’s Day to you!

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