Still Trying to Cook When Time Allows

I wanted to give you a quick update on my blog post about cooking one homemade meal a week. I haven’t been cooking as much as I’d like, but I have made some of the dishes I blogged about, and I’ve been trying to make more of an effort to prepare different meals for myself instead of eating the same thing every night.

In the past month or so, I’ve made cilantro and lemmon hummus, mushroom burgers, garlic green beans, pasta salad, and a birthday cake from scratch. Of all the veggie burgers I’ve made, these mushroom burgers were the best. They fall apart easily when you’re cooking and eating them, but they’re simple to make and they definitely satisfied my vegetarian cravings. They have a pretty strong mushroom taste, so you may not like them if you’re not a big fan of mushrooms. I’d still recommend giving them a try, though.

Below are photos of some of the dishes I’ve made. …

I served the mushroom burgers with a side of garlic green beans. They looked a little wilted, but they still tasted good!
Here's a concoction I came up with myself: Bow tie pasta with arugula, red peppers, goat cheese, pine nuts and pesto. Yum.
This is supposedly "the best birthday cake ever," according to the recipe. I'm not sure I would give it such a high accolade, but it certainly tasted good. Next time, I would make each layer a little thinner.

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at

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