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Simple Asian Salmon

There is a recipe for Asian Salmon in the first Mom 100 Cookbook and it remains one of my kids’ favorite fish dishes  (and lest you want to punch me in the nose, it’s not like the list of acceptable fish dishes is so long, I can assure you).  So, here is an encore recipe, …

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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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Why I Don’t Hate Making Dinner, and Why I’m Not Embarrassed About It

Where to begin? Last week Virginia Heffernan got very ornery in The New York Times Magazine about what she perceives as the pressure from us collective food writers — especially those of us who write about families and cooking — to cook, and to like it.  If you read her piece you may be wont to …

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Meyer Lemon Carnitas

Don’t you love when a dish that you’ve heard breathless praise about lives up to its expectation? Having fallen head over heels for pulled pork, the call of carnitas had to be addressed.  Carnitas are a Mexican pork dish, where the meat is first braised, then sautéed for a wonderful flavor and texture.  As with …

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Standing Rib Roast for a Small Crowd

This is this week’s Downton Abbey recipe post, and a culinary commentary on the changing times of the English aristocracy in the early 20th century.  Ok, no it’s not.  It is a commentary on the fact the normally exorbitantly priced prime bone in rib roast was on crazy sale at one of my favorite supermarkets …

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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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Spicy Sesame Asian Marinade

This Spicy Sesame Asian Marinade packs a lot of flavor, thanks to the chili paste and the sesame oil.  Kids seems to gravitate towards classic Asian flavors, so dunking almost anything in this marinade gets you to a dinner that everyone will be cheery about.  A tablespoon or so of minced fresh peeled ginger wouldn’t …

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A Father’s Day Menu for Gary

This is what will be going down at our place on Father’s Day.  Boy, I sure hope the kids give Gary a coupon for a night off of dish washing…. APPETIZERS Scallop and Pancetta Kebabas with Balsamic Glaze The good news is that this glaze is lovely on chicken, cod, salmon, and pork as well.  …

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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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The Ebbing and Flowing of Acceptable Foods

My friend recently posed this evergreen question to me: “What happens when your kids used to like something, and then they wake up one morning and decide, nah?” This is a killer, but a situation that happens all of the time. One day, it’s “yay, soup!” The next, “gross, soup.” One day, it’s “ooh, steak!” …

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