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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... MORE

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    Recipe: An All Orange School Lunch

    Bright and cheery, orange is a color that holds a host of possibilities when packing a school lunch. This one contains, cubed cheddar cheese, sauteed shrimp (I know, they are kind of pink, let’s just let that go), carrots, a peach, peach yogurt, and dried apricots. Click here to see the green lunch from last... MORE

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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... MORE

  • an all green school lunch

    Recipe: Pick a Color, Any Color: An All Green School Lunch

    And as the summer comes to a close, and school approaches we parents experience that wave of mixed emotions that accompanies this moment in time. I probably don’t have to list all of the pros and cons for you.  You could probably list them right back at me.  And other than a few extremely special... MORE

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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... MORE

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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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