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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 Dinner Solved is finished, it’s being edited by my excellent editor Suzanne Rafer, 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 weepy.   And then …

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The Great Thing About Home Cooking, And Why It’s Hard to Breast Pump at a Restaurant

I was pregnant with my second son when I first started thinking seriously about pursuing a long-deferred dream of doing something in the food world.   I was looking at various options, and seriously considering getting into the restaurant business, even though I fully (really, fully) understood how grueling and unromantic it was most of the time (I’ve been a busgirl, a waitress, a hostess, and once almost a bartender but I couldn’t reach the bottles on the top speedrack). , After Charlie was born, my husband gave me a gift, and he presented it to me in front of both …

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Channeling Sara Moulton

What I learned from Sara Moulton. The most important thing is to really make sure you engage with the audience, and make sure everyone, including you, is having a good time. And also, don’t set yourself on fire.

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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: 1) Baked potatoes 2) Hard boiled eggs 3) Vegetable and bean soups 4) Pot of black beans, seasoned with chili powder, garlic, onions…. 5) Penne or ziti (or any other pasta) with olive oil, garlic, grated Parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes 6) Hummus (drained and …

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