One really nice thing about getting older, is, your friends get wiser. I have a very dear friend who is the creative director at Bon Appetit, which means, besides having a cool creative job, he also gets to learn a lot of kitchen tricks. When he and his family were visiting us one weekend, he chopped up all […]


Perhaps, you have a young aspiring chef (I do). Perhaps, you’re encouraging of this ambition-slash-passion (I am). Your child may have big ideas, in terms of desired kitchen items. Mine wanted a pasta attachment for the Kitchen Aid, for example, one year, and a chef’s knife another. These are pricey desires. There is one thing […]

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I have hazy late-70s memories of playing with spatulas and whisks during the witching hour while my mom whipped up a tuna noodle casserole or teriyaki chicken. And I’ve found those kitchen tools to be the surest way to entertain my own babies while I cook—I just plunk down our red canister full of exciting-looking […]


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, they close their eyes and randomly pick a recipe. I promise to cook it, they promise to eat it. Not just taste it. […]

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