I am pleased to welcome Ann Martin Rolke, author of "Hands-Off Cooking: Low-Supervision, High-Flavor Meals for Busy People", to Metropolitan Mama today.
Ann Martin Rolke is a culinary consultant and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and Duke University. She has a 5 1/2 month old daughter. Ann blogs at Sacatomato.
ME: What is your schedule like right now?
ANN: I have a babysitter two mornings a week so I can do some editing, blogging, and playing Scrabulous (it's good for my brain!). My husband is off on Mondays, so he takes her for a few hours on those days so I can do some work. But mostly I'm having fun being a mom.
ME: Do you cook dinner for your family every single night?
ANN: I cook most nights, but not all. My husband cooks one or two nights a week. We usually try to have some staples, like pizza dough and cheese on hand for a quick meal. We also try to plan a few nights of meals before we go shopping, and then know we have those ingredients ready to go.
ME: What are YOUR top three favorite cookbooks?
ANN: The ones I seem to use over and over again lately (besides my own) are Passionate Vegetarian by Crescent Dragonwagon, 5 Spices 50 Dishes by Ruta Kahate, and Mexico One Plate at a Time by Rick Bayless. They offer a variety of flavors for the spice and condiment addicted cook that I am.
ME: What is the one recipe that you come back to over-and-over again?
ANN: I really do cook from my book a lot, especially now with a baby. I make the Lentil Soup with Greens and Sausage pretty frequently. We like to eat leafy greens and almost always have lentils and sausage on hand. I also make the Nutty Pumpkin Lasagna a lot--year round.
ME: What tips do you have to help parents make evenings more peaceful around mealtime?
ANN: We always try to feed the baby before we eat so we don't have to interrupt our meals as much. We also all sit down at the table together (Eva in her high chair) if possible, so she understands that we take time to enjoy dinner together. Of course, as she gets older, I'm sure this may not be so easy!
Thanks, Ann. Best wishes to you on your next endeavor.
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