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Summer Round-up

July 2nd, 2014 · 168 Comments

We here in the DALS house are going to be traveling a bit over the next week or so, and I’m not entirely sure how much I’ll be able to chime in while I’m away. (I reserve the right to change my mind.) So here is a little round-up to hold you over til we return. Have a great Fourth and Happy Summer! A guide to 1600 swimmin’ holes (dropping
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Tags: Birthdays, Holidays, Celebrations

I’ll Let You Handle That

February 13th, 2014 · 37 Comments

Jenny called me at work a couple of weeks ago, on one of those gray afternoons when the temperature never rises much above 10 degrees and the dog refuses to go outside. “I’m freezing,” she said. “How do I turn up the heat?” “In the house, you mean?” We’d lived in this house for ten years. This was not our first winter there. “Yeah,” she said. “Okay, do you see
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Tags: Domestic Affairs · Vegetarian

The Drawer

October 2nd, 2013 · 16 Comments

There was a drawer in my childhood kitchen. If it wasn’t made of actual walnut, it was definitely made of walnut-veneered wood, and sat beneath the silverware drawer, which sat beneath the mustard-colored formica countertop. The drawer had no heft and seemed to always be falling off its tracking likely due to the many dozens of times a day we’d open and close it. My mom kept a strange array
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Tags: Baking and Sweets

Best of Summer Awards (aka The Dollys!)

June 27th, 2013 · 346 Comments

If you asked our family what summer means, you’d get a few different answers. The girls would say tomato sandwiches, no school, and ice cream. (Seriously, it’s a physical impossibility not to eat a Flav-R-Ice or a scoop of mint cookie every day.) If you asked Andy, it would be tomato sandwiches and road-trips where you’re driving down some county road in upstate New York and you come upon a
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Small Triumphs

September 24th, 2012 · 19 Comments

There’s this meal — it comes every single day whether I like it or not and it is a continuing source of stress for me. At this meal, my kids turn their noses up at anything new; we’re always in a rush because we are pressed for time, and I am perenially un-inspired to come up with new things to make for them. The meal? Breakfast. Both Andy and I
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Tags: Baking and Sweets

Happy Fourth

July 1st, 2012 · 6 Comments

We are taking a little vacation — where there will no doubt be Aunt Patty‘s flag cake* — but instead of allowing DALS to go dark, we thought we’d spend a week sifting through our old faves. We’ve written almost 500 posts since this thing started, and the weird thing about a blog is the way it sometimes feels, once a post falls off the home page, like it’s gone
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Tried-and-True Cobbler

June 27th, 2012 · 33 Comments

I knew it was a good sign when my mother-in-law, Emily, started rattling off the ingredients for her go-to berry cobbler over the phone, then interrupted herself to say, This index card is so stained and old, who knows where on earth I got it from? Those of you who have read my book know about Emily’s Index Card Cache (a.k.a The Recipe Starter Kit) we inherited from her a
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Tags: Baking and Sweets · Quick

How I Became a Valentine’s Day Cynic

February 10th, 2012 · 12 Comments

My first boyfriend in high school was so dreamy. He made me mixed tapes that introduced me to exotic artists like Steve Miller Band and Crosby Stills and Nash and Dan Fogelberg. When he wrote me letters, they were in all upper case — BECAUSE EVERYTHING I SAY IS IMPORTANT! he explained. He was different from the quarterbacks my friends crushed on, seemingly hailing from another, cooler era — wearing plaid
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Tags: Baking and Sweets · Birthdays, Holidays, Celebrations

Is Family Breakfast the New Family Dinner?

August 4th, 2011 · 16 Comments

And by that question I mean, is it easier for families to get everyone around the table at the same time eating the same thing first thing in the morning — before the playdates and the meetings and the deadlines conspire to pull everyone in different directions? In case you can’t tell by now, we’re big fans of a shared meal at the end of the day. But that’s most
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Tags: Baking and Sweets · Rituals · Vegetarian

Five Reasons to Make a Berry Galette

July 8th, 2011 · 18 Comments

1 It’s summer. 2 It’s summer. 3 It’s summer. 4 It’s summer. 5 It’s summer. Enjoy the weekend. Summer Blueberry Galette If you have extra crust and extra berries, add them to a ramekin to make a mini pie. Warning: If you have more than one child, this may result in an epic eye-scratching battle. Best to avoid altogether or make enough minis to go around. Preheat oven to 425°F. If you have the
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Tags: Baking and Sweets

Happy Fourth

July 1st, 2011 · 14 Comments

Last week, when my Mom and I were dreaming up red-white-and-blue treats for our Fourth of July celebration, I talked a big game. There would be a flag cake, of course. But not just your garden-variety flag sheet cake. I was imagining cross-sectioned flag cakes, maybe even horizontally slicing a pound cake and re-assembling using red frosting or jam. Maybe I’d bake different sections in different colors and then re-assemble? But would the
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Tags: Baking and Sweets · Birthdays, Holidays, Celebrations

Trader Joe’s to the Rescue

March 16th, 2011 · 63 Comments

To be filed under Weird But True: At least once a week I have to field the question “Why do you like Trader Joe’s so much?” To which I answer: “Have you seen the dark chocolate covered raisins? Have you seen the miniscule shopping carts for the kids? Have you seen the price tags?” I love Whole Foods — man do I love Whole Foods — but when we shop
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Tags: Organizing, Strategizing, Planning · Quick

Tabula Rasa

July 21st, 2010 · 13 Comments

Let’s say you just went shopping at Trader Joe’s so your refrigerator is stocked with staples like pork and chicken and onions and olive oil as well as some fun little extras like prosciutto and Whole Wheat Naan. Let’s also say that on your way home from your weekend in the Berkshires, you picked up some fresh corn and tomatoes and blueberries at a roadside farm stand. So you’re set
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Tags: Dinner · Pork and Beef · Time for Dinner: The Cookbook

Summery, Vegan, Dairy-free, Delicious. Sings, too.

July 8th, 2010 · 9 Comments

Riddle: It’s summer. Fourth of July weekend to be specific. You’re assigned dessert. What do you bring to a party to feed seven grown-ups and seven kids, one of whom has a dairy allergy? In my mind, only one answer: Cobbler. But wait: Butter + Dairy Allergy = Not the Nicest Thing to Do And: Cobbler – Butter = Not Much of  a Cobbler. Still, not an option. My mother-in-law
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Tags: Baking and Sweets · Picky Eating

Recipe Index

June 29th, 2010 · 15 Comments

Sides and Starters Curried Carrots with Butter Rosa’s Lentil Salad Bibb Lettuce with Summer Peas Romano Bean and Tomato Salad with Preserved Lemon Potatoes with Mayo, Chives, and Preserved Lemon Guacamole Steamed Little Necks Cheater’s Naan Fennel and Apple Slaw Sauteed Chard with Horseradish Fava Bean Crostini Twice Baked Potatoes (pictured, center) Grilled Vegetables with Haloumi Roasted Spring Ramps Asparagus with Chopped Egg and Onion Quinoa Salad with Roast Tomatoes
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The Morning Routine

April 27th, 2010 · 8 Comments

Every morning for pretty much the last ten years, I’ve made a smoothie for breakfast. I first started making them because they seemed like a relatively painless way to get my daily allowance of fruit — fruit which, for whatever reason, I never seemed to get around to eating. But then I started to notice (imagine?) something: they made me feel good — or, at least, better than a big
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Tags: Drinks · Posts by Andy · Rituals