Sometimes, when I think I have absolutely NOTHING in the house to cook for dinner, I remember that I have tomatoes and I have pasta, therefore I have a meal. By slowly cooking cherry tomatoes until they blister and pop, you create a delicious sauce, and it couldn't be easier. I just heat up one tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat, add the tomatoes, season them with salt and pepper, and cook them for however long I want. Sometimes as little as 10 minutes, sometimes for as long as 30. Sometimes I add minced garlic or shallots. Sometimes fresh basil at the end (and a dash of cream?!). But I always add them to cooked pasta, and I always top it with lots of Parmesan cheese.
I hope you're all getting ready to enjoy your holiday weekends! I wrote another article for the Today Show Parenting Team about summer... and how I'm TRYING to keep it simple and fun (and messy... I keep chanting "let kids be messy, let kids be messy" - it helps with the OCD).
You can read it (and vote!) here.