Life is nothing short of hectic these days with four teenagers, all on different afternoon and evening schedules. There’s baseball training, newspaper layout sessions, driver’s ed classes, sports broadcasts, Spanish tutoring, yearbook meetings, study sessions, alumni college interviews, guitar lessons, piano lessons, bass lessons—well, you get the idea. Some nights, it’s like Grand Central Station with ridiculously staggered arrivals and departures.

On those crazy nights, instead of wasting time cooking something that will be shoveled down on the fly between activities, I often put together the components for BLTs (or in this case, California BLTs!) and let the troops assemble themselves as time allows. They’re easy and satisfying, and the cool secret is cooking the bacon in the oven so it all gets done quickly and comes out flat.

I wrote about these a few years ago, and after having them come to the dinner rescue once again earlier this week, I thought it would be a good time to reshare. The recipe for this oldie-but-goodie, including directions for oven-cooked bacon, can be found here:

Barefoot Contessa California BLTs 

What’s your go-to dinner on nights when your family is all over the place? Let me know in the comments below…I’d love to hear from you!


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