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Great Food Gifts for Families

It’s time to start thinking about presents, which I happen to love, love, love to do.  And because I also happen to love food, naturally I think along the lines of food-centric gifts for the people on my list. Here are some family-sized, family-style food presents that I will be sorting through this year for …

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Thanksgiving Potatoes to Please the Whole Family

  This is pretty much how the discussion about which mashed potato dish(es) to serve at Thanksgiving goes in our family. We need to have everything that we’ve always had, just the way we’ve always had it, but we also need to not have the same old everything or it’s boring. Also, no one really likes marshmallows …

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10 School-Night Dinners That Will Make Your Life Easier

Some of you reading this have already run through that perennial gauntlet known as the back-to-school period. Some of you may still be reading school supply lists and wondering when you will find the time to get those medical forms signed by your pediatrician. Some of you (read: me) may find yourselves with your fingers …

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Six Great Grain Salads

You go through food phases, right? Periods of time when you want to eat only one thing, or one type of thing, almost all the time? Sometimes to the chagrin of those around you? The phase I have been in as of late is The Great Grain Salad Phase. I’m mixing and matching different cooked grains …

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Super Bowl Sunday

To be candid, I had to ask my husband which teams are playing in the Super Bowl (it’s the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers, in case you were also in the dark), so it’s not exactly like I am a football aficionado. I don’t actually think football fans use the word aficionado very much. Had …

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5 of My Kids’ Favorite Dinners

Of all the cooking-related questions I get asked, the most frequent is: “What are your kids’ favorite dinners?” Fair question. Here are a handful of dishes that make frequent appearances at our table. (Sidebar: The other day, a mom asked me for help because her kid won’t eat anything other than  . . . FISH?!?!? Geez, …

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Happy Holidays!

The holidays are upon us.  We watch TV commercials that show foyers full of people clinking wineglasses and greeting one another, and Diane Keaton movies directed by Nancy Meyers where the kitchens look like the love child of Martha Stewart and Philip Johnson. And we start to agonize over the fact that we really, really, …

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Thanksgiving Dinner Solved

Some of you may have your entire Thanksgiving meal planned at this point. I’m impressed. We’re not that together in my family, despite what you might imagine.  In fairness, most of the menu is the same year after year, so it’s never a total shocker in terms of what we will be eating. But there …

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9 Tips for Relaxed Entertaining and Menu Planning

One of my very, very, very favorite things in the world is when I see someone who has been afraid of entertaining suddenly start to feel good about it. Two friends, Netta and Kate, who I work with, have recently begun to experience the little rush that comes with getting a dinner for friends together …

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How Long Do I Marinate That?

Marinades are brilliant because essentially you can take any kind of meat or fish or seafood you like, give it a dunk in the mixture and you’ve turned a plain something into a great dinner. The more delicate the protein, the less you want to marinate it, especially if it contains citrus juices which can …

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