Tips

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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Relax, It’s Just…..Risotto! (for starters)

SO excited about my new monthly column on FoodNetwork.com! It’s called: “Relax, It’s Just……” (fill in the blank). Every month I’ll share a new recipe, something that many people feel intimidated about making at home, and de-mystify the pants off of it. There will be detailed instructions, but written in language that even a novice …

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How to Create an Amazing Cheese Platter

Creating a beautiful cheese platter is one of the most festive ways to entertain, especially during the holidays. An assortment of cheeses and accompaniments is just bewitching to look at, and introducing people to new cheeses is a lot of fun. And I’m no longer surprised by this – though I was – but it …

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The Thanksgiving Timeline, for Reals

I am sharing all of my best tips and advice about making your Thanksgiving as smooth as a bowl of silky whipped sweet potatoes, but while these bits of advice are very useful, and I do stand by them, I also want to offer a glimpse what turkey day actually looks like in our home. …

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Back to School Lunches

Back to school time brings mixed feelings for me. The kids’ feelings are less mixed, and quite loudly verbalized. Summer was way too short, they didn’t get to relax enough, and they can’t believe I am mentioning the summer reading that seems to have gotten compressed – as it does Every. Stinking. Year. – into …

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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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Homemade for the Holidays

If you need a little nudge to get your cookie recipient list off to a good start, here are some people who might appreciate a little box of somethin’-somethin’.  And so you’re not scrambling through your Tupperware and scribbling names on containers with a Sharpie, don’t forget to stock up on nice giftable boxes or …

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10 Ways to Top a Baked Potato

A baked potato is so lovely just on its own, with a pat of good butter, a sprinkle of coarse salt.  But it can also become dinner; a wonderful translators of leftovers into a meal, and a way to serve myriad people at the table with the odds and ends that are in the fridge. …

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