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When I was 7 my family moved from New York City to Westport, CT.   My father was the catalyst for this event.  My mother could not have been less happy.  To this day she will tell people that “you can still see my heel marks on exit 17 when Peter turned off the highway.”  She had lived in Manhattan since birth, and the move to the suburbs was a terrible plot twist in her urbane life. But there we were, in the suburbs, with a yard and a basement, and shortly two cats, and a town with a Main Street.  …

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True Confessions: Embarrassing Mom Moment Number….Oh, Pick a Number

This is the first year since my 14-year old was in preschool that I have not been a Class Mom.  I’m not complaining, I’m not bragging, I’m just stating a fact.  Sometimes I’ve offered; my kids used to ask me to volunteer for this role all the time.  Now I think my 14 year old would rather eat his own shoe rather than have me waltz into his classroom and start pinning up Thanksgiving decorations. Sometimes I was drafted; I would get a frantic call from the division rep saying, “NO ONE wants to do it this year, PLEASE would …

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Anatomy of a Cookbook Photo Shoot

The writing and publishing of a cookbook is a real process.  Interested in immediate gratification?  Oof, this is not your line of work. The manuscript for The Mom 100 Family Table is finished, it’s being edited by my excellent editor Suzanne, and we are spending the entire week shooting all 100 recipes (plus variations!) in the book. I absolutely love this part of bookmaking . First, the photographer of the book is my good friend Todd Coleman. He’s so talented it’s stupid. And he has assembled a team of cooks and assistants who are so top notch it makes me …

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Dinner Solved!

So, what’s the new book about?  I’ll tell you! The Mom 100 Family Table Dinner Solved! is about making everyone in the whole family happy, including the cook.  It will be filled with dishes that everyone can enjoy together — and so, most all of the recipes will have the Fork in the Road feature, the element that allows the cook to easily adjust the recipe as they are cooking it so you end up with a version that each person at the table will love. Flexible recipes.  No more pressure to be a short order cook to meet everyone’s particular whims.  …

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Red and Yellow Beets and Sauteed Beet Greens

  I know that you’re supposed to cook the beet greens when you buy fresh beets.  I know it, and I don’t do it.  I trim them off, and set them aside with good intentions, and then I get too busy to deal with them and then when they finally wilt and languish on the counter, I say, “Oh, well, too late now” and I throw them away. But this weekend I bought several HUGE bunches of beets, and there were so many perky leaves attached to them I was unable to justify letting them go to waste.  And now …

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Standing Rib Roast for a Small Crowd

{NOTE: During several seasons of Downton Abbey I decided to cook dinners to eat while watching the show that somehow felt kind of Downton Abbey-ish to me.  No claims to authenticity, truly, but a fun little project.} 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 and it seemed fitting to make a patrician …

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