The MOM 100 Blog

Simple Asian Salmon

There is a recipe for Asian Salmon in the first Mom 100 Cookbook and it remains one of my kids’ favorite fish dishes  (and lest you want to punch me in the nose, it’s not like the list of acceptable fish dishes is so long, I can assure you).  So, here is an encore recipe, …

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Bookstore

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 …

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The Thanksgiving Timeline, for Reals

I am sharing all of my best tips and advice about making your Thanksgiving as smooth as a bowl of silky whipped sweet potatoes, but while these bits of advice are very useful, and I do stand by them, I also want to offer a glimpse what turkey day actually looks like in our home. …

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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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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 …

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Back to School Lunches

Back to school time brings mixed feelings for me. The kids’ feelings are less mixed, and quite loudly verbalized. Summer was way too short, they didn’t get to relax enough, and they can’t believe I am mentioning the summer reading that seems to have gotten compressed – as it does Every. Stinking. Year. – into …

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Good Deeds

Last year just before my dad died, my younger son Charlie cooked up a plan.  He’s always been highly affected when he sees a homeless or hungry person on the street, on the subway.  Since he was old enough to register other people’s situations, he has asked me to give him some money to offer …

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The Birth of a New Kitchen

When kind people hear you are doing any kind of renovation, they rush to commiserate.  “It always takes so much longer than they said it would,” “The dust gets everywhere,” “Add 50% to whatever they estimated it would cost,” “Are you actually living there during the construction?  Oh, that sucks.” All of the above is …

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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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