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Spring Holiday Round-Up

April 11th, 2014 · 4 Comments

In season: Peas, Ramps, Asparagus and…Peeps! No shortage of ways to use ‘em up on the Interweb: Peep S’mores, Peep Sunflower Cake, Peep-Wreaths, Peep-infused Vodka. (Yes, it exists, but some things are just too weird to link to.) Easter Main Option 1: Andy’s super-easy Apricot-glazed Ham (and my super-easy day-after-ham split pea soup) Easter Main Option 2: Slow-cooked Lamb with Lemon and Oregano Francois Payard’s Chocolate-Walnut Flourless Cookies (Thanks Jodi!) Kosher for Passover:
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Tags: Birthdays, Holidays, Celebrations

The Dolly Awards

March 31st, 2014 · 21 Comments

Tis the season for waterlogged soccer fields, hoops madness, the dreaded state tests… and, let’s not forget, awards! Yes, there are the James Beard Awards, the National Magazine Awards, the Saveur Food Blog Awards (love those nominees!) but anyone who’s anyone knows that the most coveted prize of all is right here on Dinner: A Love Story. Presenting the Fourth Annual Dolly Awards, brought to you by the highly subjective, way-to0-excitable,
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Never Fail Banana Bread

March 17th, 2014 · 24 Comments

Yesterday, Phoebe came home from school with her aspiring-baker friend Abby (different Abby) and declared “We want to make bread.” “How long is this playdate exactly?” I asked. “Abby’s mom is picking her up at 5:30.” “Hmmm.” I was a little concerned about their plan. “Aw c’mon…We can make that easy bread you always make?” She was, of course, referring to Jim Lahey’s world-famous No-Knead bread, the only bread I’ve
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Tags: Baking and Sweets

Clear the Afternoon, Kids! We’re Making Mole

March 10th, 2014 · 18 Comments

In my next book — which you’ll be hearing about shortly — there’s a whole section on recipes I call “Keep the Spark Alive” dinners. These meals are the opposite of what we make on, say, a Tuesday night, when efficiency and convenience are the most important ingredients. In some ways, they are the opposite of the DALS mission in general. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t every bit as
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Tags: Chicken and Turkey · Entertaining · Rituals

Friday Round-Up

January 31st, 2014 · 17 Comments

Hey, look at what book showed up on Food 52′s Provisions in time for Valentine’s Day! (Be warned: Once you click over there, you will be swallowed up in the beautiful things vortex.) The battery-operated twirling spaghetti fork: So ridiculous. So endlessly entertaining. It’s been too long, Chicken Kiev! This week, we reunite. When elite parents dominate volunteering, it’s the children who lose. Phoebe wrote a new post on her reading blog, Nerd Alert, about the book that sealed
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Where to Eat in NYC: A Family Guide

December 23rd, 2013 · 15 Comments

. It occurred to me a few weeks ago that every time we go on a trip — whether it’s Santa Fe, Austin, San Francisco, Paris — we tell you what we’ve done, where we’ve eaten, what our kids loved the most. And yet, in the four years we’ve been writing this blog, we’ve given you hints and peeks into Our New York, but have yet to deliver a family
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Tags: Birthdays, Holidays, Celebrations · Travel

Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

November 18th, 2013 · 15 Comments

We put a lot of stock in the idea that families — whatever form “family” might take — create meaning, and identity, through ritual. When the kids are little, that might mean reading to them in bed every night for twenty minutes, or going for long bike rides on Saturday afternoons and talking about life its ownself. It can be something as simple cranking some AC/DC (aka “pump-up” music) on
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Tags: Posts by Andy · Rituals · Thanksgiving

Maple Buttermilk Custard Pie (And Then Some)

November 14th, 2013 · 27 Comments

Sometimes I think the most necessary characteristic a cook should possess is restraint — in other words, the ability to stay out of the way of something delicious. (Think summer corn, a farm-fresh egg, homemade pasta.) In this case, that rule happens to apply to food blogging as well, and the something delicious happens to be the most beautiful book I’ve seen all winter: The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie
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Tags: Baking and Sweets · Birthdays, Holidays, Celebrations · Thanksgiving

Graveyard Cake

October 30th, 2013 · 10 Comments

Along with the block I live on, my memory has been getting a little cobwebby lately. Can it possibly be that I’ve written this blog for three and a half years, aka four Halloweens, and not told you about my all-time favorite tricky treat? Every year I try and fail to come up with something as simple and clever as this graveyard cake, which I first learned about from the
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Tags: Baking and Sweets · Birthdays, Holidays, Celebrations

Fend-for-Yourself Night

October 17th, 2013 · 12 Comments

Please head over to my favorite style blog, Cup of Jo, for today’s post on Fend-for-Yourself Night (also known as F@#k Family Dinner.) Pictured above: My Egg and Cheese Tortilla; Below: Andy’s Cacio e Pepe. While you’re there, check out the rest of Joanna’s gorgeous food coverage including, but most definitely not limited to: banana-chocolate chip muffins, olive oil cake, coconut hot chocolate, and veggie burgers.  (#One of these things is not
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Tags: Dinner · Pasta · 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

Happy New Year

September 4th, 2013 · 19 Comments

Under the category of “Better Late than Never,” I thought I’d share our family’s Rosh Hashana menu for the evening. Quickly. So you can go get your shopping done, like, now. As usual, it’s a group effort — I am on Salad and Side patrol. Here’s how it breaks down: My parents: A few bottles Pinot, Challah, and Dessert which has yet to be determined, but I am pulling for
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Summer Reading Series: Michael Paterniti

August 19th, 2013 · 11 Comments

Our next guest in the DALS Summer Reading Series is Michael Paterniti, a man who needs no introduction (and not only because we just introduced him last month). Besides being the father of three voracious readers, he is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Revenge, Betrayal, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese, and joins us today to tell us about his two
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Tags: Cameos · Children's Books, Gifts, Culture · Uncategorized

50 Rules of Vacation

August 13th, 2013 · 38 Comments

You can never, ever pack too many bathing suits. Make a pot of really good coffee before bed, pour immediately into glass pitcher, put said pitcher into the refrigerator, and — voila —  you have a steady supply of high-test iced coffee for the next morning. This could not be more crucial in re vacation happiness. Exercise first thing in the morning, and shower at night. Jumping in the pool
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Tags: Rituals · Travel

Banned For Life

July 30th, 2013 · 41 Comments

There are certain food items that Jenny has banned from the house forever. Most are desserts. Actually, all are desserts. There were the Mallomars when we were first married, which we stashed in the refrigerator and ate by the box until she turned, viper-like, upon them. There were those sugar-coated, citrus-y gum drops from T Joe’s, which she loved dearly for many months, right up to the day when, in
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Tags: Baking and Sweets · Posts by Andy · Uncategorized

I Was a Soda Jerk

July 21st, 2013 · 27 Comments

We are honored to present a very special guest poster today on DALS — my dad, Steve Ward. As I have noted here before, my dad did not have the deepest (and that’s putting it kindly) repertoire when it came to dinner, but man, could he do a good, no-bake dessert. Sundaes (topped with crushed, roasted peanuts), ice cream sodas (he was partial to ginger ale and vanilla), spoonfuls of
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Tags: Baking and Sweets · Cameos · Drinks

21 Rules of Entertaining

May 16th, 2013 · 367 Comments

One of the more fun parts of my “job” is that I have an excuse to reach out to people I’ve been secretly stalking for decades.  Take last month, for instance, when I met Susan Spungen for breakfast at a Union Square coffee shop. Spungen spearheaded the food section at Martha Stewart Living twenty years ago. We have her to thank for leading the team that put together the Hors
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Tags: Baking and Sweets · Birthdays, Holidays, Celebrations · Entertaining · Organizing, Strategizing, Planning

Birthday Biscuits

April 17th, 2013 · 24 Comments

I do not want another second to go by without letting you know that after years of major hint-dropping on Andy’s part — much of it public (see #65) — you’ll be happy to hear that the DALShouse is finally home to a brand new 2-speed TurboBlend Vitamix 1782. I’ll let my husband go deep on this in a few days, but I will say that every morning since unwrapping
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Tags: Baking and Sweets · Birthdays, Holidays, Celebrations