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Dinner Salad

The other night my husband repurposed some roasted chicken into a completely new meal that didn't feel like leftovers. He sauteed a mix of wild mushrooms (at Whole...

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Winter Salad

Our friend Steve made a delicious winter salad for lunch yesterday--and in the seemingly longest winter ever, we are certainly looking for inspiration. This had...

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Soursop Leaves

The soursop might just be the best tasting fruit we've ever had--super sweet, amazing texture...but apparently the leaves when made into a tea are a real miracle....

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Lunch Al Desko

Our friend Jen Miller had a clever way of bringing in her soup to the office when her kids' thermos was being used by them. She just put her pumpkin soup in a glass...

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Winter Salad

Our friend Liana made this fantastic salad last night--it's super easy minus taking the skins off the citrus. Depending on what you like more and how many you are...

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Healthy Nachos

To me the Christmas season and Mexican food are synonymous. Weird right? I grew up in South Texas and every holiday that deserved a big celebratory meal in my house...

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Crudite Bar

Our friend Lisa Rubisch put together this easy crudite bar at her home when she was throwing a birthday party for her husband. They ordered from a great local BBQ...

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Kids Eating

No one wants their kid to be a picky eater, not least of all a guy like me; I've basically built my entire adult life around food and drink. I've spent time preparing...

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Party Trick

At a birthday party my son attended, the mom served vegetables in such a cute and clever way: she put a slice of carrot, celery, and red pepper into a small clear...

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Spring Salad

Our friend Anna brought this amazing salad to a dinner party last weekend—it was so fantastic—we had to get the recipe from her. It's from an Australian cookbook...

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Pantry Cheats

How cool are these individual packets of Hollandaise and Roquefort sauces from France? Perfect to have on hand for when you want to dress up a baked potato or some...

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Perfect Bite

I'm always on the hunt for a gluten-free easy snack, that actually fills me up. We had some bacon leftover from breakfast, and I put a piece of it onto a slice of...

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Alt Pancakes

When I was a kid, my mom used to make Dutch babies (they're also called  German pancakes, Bismarcks, Dutch puffs and probably a few other names), and it always...

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Lunch Dessert

Lunch dessert for kids is a slippery slope (not unlike lunch beer for adults). If you give in too often, it becomes expected, demanded even. And if you never give...

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Zucchini Fries

While I usually prefer zucchini mandolined and sauteed, this time I chopped them lengthwise and in cottage fry chunks and used the hot cast iron skillet I had just...

broccoli soup

Broccoli Soup

Our friend Ariel makes the most delicious broccoli soup which our daughter inhaled, and keeps asking for. When I asked her for the recipe she said she wings it every...

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Adult Chili

You'll have to take our word for it that this chili is amazing, because the picture doesn't do it any justice. It's the kind that's so good, that when we served...

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Easy Biscuits

One recent Saturday, I just couldn't drag myself out of bed, and of course that was the one morning all my daughter wanted to do was a cooking project, and further,...

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Eating Outside

We're firm believers that everything tastes better outside. So we really like having designated plates for doing so. A recent discovery is vintage Ingrid plates,...

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Snap! Dessert!

Our friend was serving up some ginger snaps post-lunch, along with some caramels from Trader Joe's. Her son Sam, who is always coming up with some clever idea, told...

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Summer Quinoa

I know, I know, everyone's talking about wanting to make quinoa--that seed that functions like a grain, but that magically has protein. Full disclosure: my kids...

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Pizza Shortcut

We had people coming over the other night for drinks and snacks on short notice and I didn't have anything planned. I happened to have some puff pastry in the refrigerator,...

clams

The Best Clams

A lot of people look at a bag of clams, and think their only option is a complicated preparation (vongole, needing condiments, you get the point). But really, grilling...

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Chocolate Bag

I got the idea for this chocolate bag from The Divvies Bakery cookbook, which features kid-friendly dairy-, egg-, and nut-free recipes. For the “Brown” Chocolate...

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No-Mess Bacon

Since we started making our bacon this way, we can't go back to a pan. I think it tastes just as good, in fact, for those who like their bacon not crispy, this is...

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An Awesome Date

I am a big fan of Medjool dates, but they are so rich, that sometimes they're almost too much. Recently our friends introduced us to the Barhi date, at the farmers'...

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No-Cook Beets

When it comes to beets, it's always way too close to dinner by the time I think about doing anything with them. Lately I've been slicing them thinly with a mandoline...

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Animal Pizzas

We love when you send us your finds—one mom, Tram, recently sent us an email showing us the animal pizzas she made for her kids. "I have twin boys, Milo and...

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Turkey Logs

Necessity is most definitely the mother of invention. Last night we were trying to sell in a turkey burger to our daughter, but we had no buns...except...hot dog...

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Global Kitchen

Our friend Liana always has a cookbook on her counter that neither my husband or I have ever seen. This is especially surprising given that we both collect cookbooks....

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Franks+Beans

Last week I had what is maybe my most favorite dinner to date. I made baked beans in the slow cooker before I left the house, and then my husband made a coleslaw...

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Kodiak Cakes

Reader Jancee Dunn wrote in to tell us about Kodiak Cakes. From her rave review, we can't wait to try them! "I don't think you've written about Kodiak Cakes, which...

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Fridge Soup

I don't know about you, but it's hard for me to think about dinner when I'm a frantic holiday mess. Fridge soup is one of my standbys when I have pretty much nothing...

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Stock Pile

I get very cranky when I waste food. And it seems like I've always got a broccoli stalk or some vegetable that I either won't use, or can't get to before it will...

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Oatmeal Brule

Come on, you know it's true: breakfast gets the shaft. We direct much psychic and physical energy toward dinner (the accepted de facto dining ritual, portrayed by...

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Skull Cupcakes

I learned how to make these marshmallow skull cupcakes from my friend Jodi, who created them originally for Martha Stewart Living way back when. With a couple of...

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Bread DIY

I'm not a baker, so I certainly never imagined that I would bake my own bread. Why should I when other professionals do it way better?! But after a few dinners at...

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Lillet Love

We're big Lillet fans in the summertime—it has that kind of citrus-y freshness that is perfect when it's hot (although it can sneak up on you like sangria, so...

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Color Me Meal

Despite our best efforts, it's easy to get stuck in a limited fruit (bananas and apples for us) and veg (broccoli and carrots) rut. Which means, of course, that...

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Veggie Burgers

For many people burgers and hot dogs on the grill epitomize summer. It is nice to have a healthy vegetarian option to add to the mix, especially if you are having...

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Girl Crazy

As far as omens go, it doesn’t get much worse than this. On a Wednesday evening a couple weeks ago, at about 7:30 pm, I proposed something radical: how about...

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Elevate Sorbet

We love everything about Suzanne Goin's beautiful American brasserie, Tavern, in West L.A. We wanted to immediately replicate her artful—yet simple and doable—presentation...

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Latte Love

Our friends turned us on to the drink they get for their kids when they go out for coffee: steamed milk with vanilla. Our daughter loved it, and it made me think...

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Tortilla Soup

I used to live near City Bakery in Manhattan, which, in addition to being famous for its delicious cookies and croissants, happens to make a delicious tortilla soup....

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Pop’s Corn

I have always loved popcorn. Growing up, it was a ritual in our house reserved for my father's popping expertise. While he was particularly fond of the salty half-popped...

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Insta-Dessert

For some reason, I always forget about dessert. Yolanda first showed us this dessert trick: assorted nuts, dried fruit, and whatever dregs of a chocolate bar you...

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Recipe Roulette

Shake it up: In an attempt to escape the pasta and broccoli doldrums, I started playing Recipe Roulette with my kids at least once a week. I give them a few cookbooks,...


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