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    Recipe: Chickpea Poppers: Back to School Snack #1

    These has been one of the most popular snack recipes from The Mom 100 Coobook for sure.  My son’s friend actually had the caterer make them for his bar mitzvah party.  “Ben,” I said, “Are those the Chickpea Poppers from my book?”  “Of course,” said Ben.  I apparently had asked a stupid question. Naturally your... MORE

  • Charlie and Jen McClean of City Harvest accepting the check from the National Peanut Board

    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... MORE

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    Recipe: Tomatoes with Mint Basil Pesto

    My garden is a 10 x 14 foot plot of weeds.  A few years ago I made it bigger, so I could grow more weeds.  This year I have outdone myself. I have really amazed myself, and my friends and family, with my weed growing prowess.  I know because when people visit they look at... MORE

  • katie in gutted kitchen

    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... MORE

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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... MORE

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    Clever Entertaining Idea #1

    After I’m done cooking, I sometimes fall down on the job when it comes to crafty or cunning presentation thoughts.  I’m like, “Hey, there’s a sprig of tarragon on the platter, what more do you want from me?”  And then I go somewhere and see all of the cute and smart things people do to... MORE

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    The Mom 100 Family Table

    So, what’s the new book about?  I’ll tell you! The Mom 100 Family Table is about making everyone in the whole family happy, including the cook.  It will be filled with dishes that everyone can enjoy together — and so, most of the recipes will have the Fork in the Road feature, the element that... MORE

  • Marinade

    How Long Do I Marinate That?

    Marinades are brilliant because essentially you can take any kind of meat or fish or seafood you like, give it a dunk in the mixture and you’ve turned a plain something into a great dinner. The more delicate the protein, the less you want to marinate it, especially if it contains citrus juices which can... MORE

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    And, DONE. Sort of.

    I have officially just completed the manuscript for the next cookbook, The Mom 100 Family Table.  Part of me feels great, part of me feels drained, and a big big part of me feels like I want to sleep for a week. But THAT’S not going to happen.   Momentarily I will start telling you... MORE

  • Charlie cleaning ramps

    Stop Picking on Those Poor Little Ramps

    Did ramps ever think they would be the subject of so much heated debate?  These wild scallions, which grow in some parts of the country for a short period in the early spring, are always the subject of so much contention.  People love them, as uncultivate-able harbingers of spring, people hate them, because anything that... MORE

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