Dinner

My life runs more smoothly with pureed squash in the freezer. Even better, some of that squash should have been turned into soup last week, with the leftovers stored in dinner-size containers, just in case.

Ideally, I can find at least four hard boiled eggs in the fridge. Plus a few cooked sweet potatoes, a small container of vegetable broth, and the rest of last night’s Caesar dressing in a re-purposed jelly jar.

Life is too hectic to make dinner from scratch every night. Did I say every night? How about most nights? Or make that some nights. How about after soccer practice and piano lessons and running club? After running a business at home, till someone returns from school and needs help with a science project or a math assignment.

Fortunately, our kitchen is right next to the playroom, which is rapidly morphing into a homework room. I can simultaneously peel carrots and weigh in on questions like, “Did you know that in El Salvador, there is a volcano near the capital?”  (Answer: No. That’s why we don’t live there.) Or “What is the difference between transparent and translucent?” (Answer: look it up in your textbook)

I can seamlessly throw together a salad and make rice and sign a homework page and write a check for the soccer team.

Well … not seamlessly, but I can do all those things at the same time.

Did I mention that my favorite kitchen tool is the pressure cooker?

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