Killer Roasted Marinated Chicken and Potatoes

This chicken gets super tender and amazingly flavorful with a marinade made from ingredients you may well have in the house.

One of my favorite things that I’ve ever been a part of is the Teacher-Staff Appreciation Committee at my kids’ school. We started it when my older son, Jack, was in 1st grade—and somehow, impossibly, he is now in college.   I’ve been co-chairing the committee since it started, through elementary, middle school, and now still in high school and when Charlie graduates in a few years I think they may have to drag me away from this committee kicking and weeping. We organize a monthly cookie baking festival with different grades taking turns baking every month, and we do a …

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The Downton Abbey Dinners

We were late to the Downton Abbey game, my family was, but what we lacked in timing we made up for in zeal. We slammed down the first three seasons over the course of a couple of months in what felt like the equivalent of a chugging contest (do you remember the scene where Tom’s brother comes and asks for a beer? And Mr. Carson acted as though he had asked for a bottle of Jagermesiter and a funnel?). During several seasons of Downton Abbey, when it originally aired, I decided to cook dinners to eat while watching the show that …

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Vegetable Studded Turkey Meatloaf

Gorgeous and super healthy, thanks to over 3 cups of finely diced vegetables built right in.

Much has been written and shared amongst parents about good ways to get those veggies into the kids’ dinner in the most painless ways possible. I’ve never liked the smuggling zucchini into brownies idea (but I am definitely up for a good loaf of zucchini bread), but I definitely know that burgers and meatloaf and meatballs and Bolognese sauce and other things made with ground beef are excellent vehicles for trafficking vegetables.  I don’t like the idea of hiding it, but I also don’t think you necessarily have to announce it loudly either. However, in this meatloaf, the vegetables are …

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How to Prepare Avocados

Avocados are one of the greatest fruits out there (you knew that avocados were a fruit right? Sure are….more on that later). Hardly a chore in terms of those daily servings of produce though – most of us love avocado and think of them as more of a luxurious treat than some to fill the Daily Recommended Allowance of healthy foods.   The Two Main Kinds of Avocados There are actually hundreds of varieties of avocados, but there are two that we see most often in American supermarkets.   At local farmers markets you may get more choices – when you …

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How to Cut Avocados

You order a Cobb Salad in a restaurant and the stripe of avocado comes in gorgeous little cubes. Versus the mushy little blobs you usually end up with. How to get to that? Not as hard as you would think.   How to Cut an Avocado in Half Hold the avocado in your non-dominant hand. Use your dominant hand and a very sharp knife to cut the avocado in half. Usually one does this lengthwise, across the stem and bottom. Twist the avocado to separate the two halves.   How to Remove an Avocado Pit There are two ways to …

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