May 2017 update: “Dinner with David” is now “Best for the Moment.” My priorities have changed and dinner is no longer the only area of my life where I’m juggling quality with speed. In the last five years since the bio below was updated, we moved from the Bay Area back to Sacramento, practiced parenting with a labradoodle, had a human baby whose appetite makes his parents’ pale in comparison, and moved to the burbs.
Getting healthy dinner on the table is still a challenge, but it’s one of many responsibilies now that I’m a working mama. Last year I got a crash course in managing one moment at a time, when I returned from maternity leave. Any notions of super mom or long term planning went right out the window while juggling sleep deprivation, pumping and business trips.
So from here on out, I will be featuring some of the things that help me find, create and do the best I can, moment by moment. I continue to rely on shortcuts like Amazon Prime and have designed a system to avoid running errands and cleaning all weekend long. Chasing a toddler around the house is strenous enough, thank you!
I’ve also been inspired by fellow mamas and parents that are figuring out their own way to carve out quality moments with family. So you will hear about some of the brands and “Mama Makers” that I’m featuring on AmericanMadeBabyBrands.com, my other passion project — the result of a desire to take my countless hours of research finding high quality, American Made baby products and share my discoveries with other parents.
Original blog bio, reflecting life from 2008-2012. A different era, but much of this still rings true!
Dinner with David is the result of cooking for about seven years for my husband, David, and learning some tricks along the way that I’d like to remember (in my old age, ha!) and share with others. I learned to cook after college with the likes of Rachael Ray 30 Minutes Meals and Everyday Food. At the time, I was a full-time professional working in food PR, so I learned to cook flavorful – somewhat healthy – meals, quickly but thoughtfully. Many times, our dinners were the result of taking creative liberty with flavors and ingredients, once I got the gist of basic recipe principles.
We lived in fast-paced Silicon Valley for four years, so convenience and technology became key. I receive bi-weekly deliveries from Farm Fresh to You, look for ideas on the Epicurious iPad app or Twitter (@dinnerwithdavid), and archive my restaurant adventures on FoodSpotting.
*New* Life Savors – As I juggle a fulfilling career, heavy media consumption, health/fitness, social commitments (hello babies and weddings!), and general housekeeping, I’ve learned some time-saving tricks that make room for more quality pursuits, like time in the kitchen and adventures with David. And you’ll see that technology – and a little imagination – plays a big part in that.
I would love to hear from you! Please share any suggestions or riffs on the recipes I’ve posted or discoveries you’ve made to free up time in your life for the good stuff.