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A Big, Happy Bowl of Popcorn

“What would be your favorite 5 desert island foods?” This is a question I love to ask people, and I also never tire of answering. Some of the answers have fluctuated over the years. One choice that never wavers is popcorn. I am a die hard fan, my family are die-hard fans, and rarely does a day go by without a bowl of popcorn punctuating the end of the evening. So when JOLLY TIME asked me if I was interested in writing a sponsored blog post, and offered to send me a bunch of Healthy Pop Microwave Pop Corn to …

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10 Weeknight 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 stuck in your ears and your eyes squinched tight, saying “la-la-la-la-la” over and over again. But no amount of toddler-esque behavior will stave off the inevitable (just ask my kids). And mere days from now, weeknight dinners will magically turn into school-night dinners, which usually …

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Ultimate Creamy Baked Wisconsin Macaroni and Cheese

You know the great Dr. Seuss story/poem Green Eggs and Ham?  And how finally Sam makes Daniel realize that he does in fact like Green Eggs and Ham, and Daniel joyfully ends with the words: I like green eggs and ham!  I do! I like them, Sam-I-am!  And I would eat them in a boat!  And I would eat them with a goat…  And I will eat them in the rain. And in the dark. And on a train. And in a car. And in a tree. They are so good, so good you see!  Well replace green eggs and …

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In Memory of Christopher Idone (The Dirtiest Dinner Ever)

Last Friday the inimitable Christopher Idone died after a long battle with cancer, and two years in hospice. He was one of the best cooks I ever knew — decades ago he lived and wrote about much of what we know about authentic, simple, seasonal, and regional cooking today. His cookbooks Glorious Food and Glorious American Food (and many others) were revolutionary. I met him when I was 25; he was a legend and I was a kid, but I became his editor on Brazil:A Cook’s Tour, and he took a shine to me and we became great friends. He …

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I Didn’t Do Amazingly, But I Had Fun: One of the Best Kid Texts Ever

I got one of the best texts I’ve ever gotten from my 16-year old son last night. He was on his way home from his first ever Science Olympiad tournament, on the bus with his teammates. Me: “How did it go?” Jack: “Good. I didn’t do amazingly, but I had fun.” Does this look like a text a mother would get mushy about? If you are a parent of a teenage kid, you already familiar with the backdrop of today’s high school environment, and you’ve probably read an article or two about pressure and college and admissions and the whole …

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Boy Mom

It Begins. The first moment I realized I was a bona fide, no-turning-back Boy Mom took place when Jack was 6 weeks old. My husband’s boss wanted him to come on a business trip to Miami, and (really kindly) suggested I come along with the baby, for a little change of scenery. What a great idea, how fun! Three sleepless days and nights later I was heading home solo with my crabby baby. Fed child on plane. Burped child on plane. Child vomited into my bra on plane. Child pooped violently on plane (no, you’re not missing any gender point …

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