Tips

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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Bake Your Teacher a Thank You

Bake Your Teachers a Thank You!: A Blueprint We all know how hard our teachers work, right?   When people say that being a parent is the toughest job in the world, I think they may not have given teaching a hard and close enough look.  Let’s show these teachers some love! Baking Your Teachers a …

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10 Things to Cook Before the Power Goes Out

Quick, quick, what to make that will: a) Use up what you have b) Provide sustenance in the coming day(s) with no power c) Be nice to eat at room temperature, if necessary, and hardy enough to withstand some storage time at room temperature or a fridge that is loosing its chill. Try these items: …

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What Can My Kids Do in the Kitchen?

Since the publication of The Mom 100 Cookbook, one of the questions I am most often asked is, “when is a good time to have your kids start helping in the kitchen?” (answer: now!), and, “which tasks can kids do at what ages?”  Excellent questions, without universally empirical answers, and there are some things to …

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Gearing Up For Back-to-School Weeknight Dinners

  Getting back in the swing of weeknight/schoolnight dinners stands out as a shining example of what can be crazy-making about the re-entry period of fall. I’ve just started bracing myself, and thinking about how to make those dinners a bit smoother, calmer, and less stressful. Damn, I do this for a living and still …

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Mincing Garlic Super-Fine

So, when you are cooking with garlic, you don’t usually need to chop it super-fine, because when it cooks, it will soften and mellow, and blend itself into the dish. But if you are using garlic in an uncooked dish, you usually do want a pretty fine mince, because it can be unpleasant to bite …

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The Eternal Leftover

When it comes to leftovers, the world splits itself into three groups (to immediately digress, there are so many things in the world that divide people into groups — mostly two groups, a.k.a. hate or love contingents: black licorice, roller coasters, sea urchin… People usually either A) hate leftovers, and throw almost everything away; B) …

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