recipe

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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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 …

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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 …

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Simple Butterscotch Pudding

I hate when people I love are not feeling well, but I have a slightly selfish pleasure in cooking for them.  Yesterday my husband Gary had back surgery for a ruptured disk (pause for “ewww.”).  It’s astonishing how it all works these days, if you are lucky enough to live in a first world country …

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5-Ingredient Pasta #5: Chicken and Mushroom Marsala Rotelle

This Chicken and Mushroom Marsala Rotelle is the definition of winter-hearty, and weeknight friendly.  Marsala is the typical wine used in the classic chicken dish, but you could also try Madeira, another fortified wine. And if you’re in the market for other 5-ingredient pastas?  Try these: 5-Ingredient Pasta #1: Thin Spaghetti with Fennel, Bacon and Parmesan  …

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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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Peach and Roasted Red Pepper Salsa

I was at the market the other day and peaches were on sale for $.49 PER POUND!  $.49!  How many pounds do you think I bought?  The first person to guess correctly gets a copy of The Mom 100 Cookbook. And then the insanity begins, woman against peaches.  My kids can pack away a couple …

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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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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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