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¡Viva Family Dinner!

July 31st, 2013 · 7 Comments

I’m a *little* worried this is going to sound like a wedding toast. I have basically been following Mike Paterniti around for the past twelve years. When I worked at Esquire — as a kid, practically — Mike was the star writer who would come into town, from Portland, Maine, with his Patagonia backpack and his good vibes, and be nice to all the peons, and then fly off to
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Tags: Cameos · Dinner · Posts by Andy · Rituals · Uncategorized

I Could Eat Like This Every Night

July 29th, 2013 · 7 Comments

When you live with someone like Andy, it can be hard to know when he likes something and when he really likes something at the table. This is because his policy is to express how good dinner is if someone else has made it for him — I mean really express it — even if it’s maybe just mediocre. He’ll drop his fork. He’ll “Oh-My-God” a few times. He’ll mmmm
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Tags: Uncategorized · Vegetarian

100 Rules of Dinner

March 26th, 2013 · 100 Comments

Want to learn how to cook but don’t know where to start? Miss the last 600 posts on Dinner: A Love Story and don’t know how to catch up? Looking for something to read while anxiously awaiting dispatches from the Supreme Court? Look no further. Herewith, a list of one hundred definitively DALSian (which is to say totally unofficial, ridiculously subjective) rules of dinner. 1. “Acid” is usually the answer when you
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Tags: Domestic Affairs · Favorites · Kitchenlightenment

Awards Season

March 1st, 2013 · 17 Comments

Quick question: What do I have in common with Pulitzer-Prize winners John Updike, Norman Mailer, Tennessee Williams, and John F. Kennedy? Nothing! But why should that stop me from affixing an honest-to-God authentic “Winner of the Pulitzer” sticker on the cover of my literary debut?  My agent happened to represent a winner and had a roll of the Official Stickers in her office — one of which I promptly begged her for. (I
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Tags: Dinner: A Love Story, the Book

Away We Go

August 19th, 2012 · 18 Comments

This picture was taken in Shek O, off the southeastern coast of Hong Kong Island where we’ve been visiting Andy’s brother and family for the past seven days. That’s Phoebe, jumping — after much prodding and negotiation — off the roof of a junk, and plunging into the South China Sea. A good reminder of how big and beautiful this world is, and how full of things to see. We
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Tags: Domestic Affairs · Kitchenlightenment · Travel

Why a Dinner Diary?

July 16th, 2012 · 4 Comments

I’ve never met a diary I didn’t like. I can still picture my very first one–my dad bought it for me. It was fake crimson leather with gold piping, about the size of a postcard, and clamped shut with a lock and key that was completely ineffective when it came to warding off nosy siblings. Over the years I’ve kept journals for just about every corner of my life. In
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Tags: Uncategorized

What to Cook Tonight

April 3rd, 2012 · 9 Comments

What to Cook Tonight? Well, I guess my first question has to be: What kind of night is it? If it’s the kind of night where work/soccer/train ran late, and you need something fast, you might want to check out: Burrito Bowl Hoisin Turkey Burgers Basic Chicken and Rice Quick Miso-Glazed Salmon Veggie-Loaded Fried Rice (scroll all the way to bottom for recipe) Sloppy Joes Sweet and Sour Mongolian Tofu
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Dear American Idol

February 21st, 2012 · 34 Comments

Dear American Idol, First just let me say how happy I am that you’re back. We love writing you into the family schedule with extra exclamation points and stars; already, we’ve spent way too many family dinners in heated discussions about prospective winners. (Phil Phillips: You heard it here first!) We love being part of the national conversation and the fact that we can go almost anywhere — from the
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Tags: Dinner

Convincing the Kids to Eat: A Recap

February 13th, 2012 · 23 Comments

Last week, my editor sent me the index section of my book to look over. I thought it was going to be some straight stuff, but there were a couple moments when I was surprised to find myself laughing out loud (then found myself crossing those moments right out with my red pen). Such as, under C, “cocktails, enthusiasm for.” And under J, Just Married, “worshipping talented cooks.” And, under
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Tags: Picky Eating

Early Mornings with Abby (and William Steig)

January 12th, 2012 · 31 Comments

For the first four, maybe five, years of Abby’s life, she would wake up at 5:45 in the morning, leap out of bed, throw her door open and sprint down the hall — bump, bump, bump, bump, bump — and into our bedroom. Depending on who was on Morning Duty that day, Jenny or I would hoist ourselves out of bed, take Abby by the hand, and stagger back to
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Tags: Children's Books, Gifts, Culture · Posts by Andy

Four Strategies for Nervous Nellies

January 9th, 2012 · 7 Comments

I was at a dinner party with two other couples last year when the host approached me discreetly in the living room. “Can you come here?” she whispered, motioning towards the kitchen. She led me to the oven, pulled out a roasting pan filled with eight split chicken breasts whose skin were all a nice caramel-ly brown. “They’re ready, right?” she asked. I always get nervous with thick chicken breasts,
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Tags: Chicken and Turkey · Organizing, Strategizing, Planning · Pork and Beef

Ham for the Holidays

December 19th, 2011 · 19 Comments

Do you have certain meals that you make rarely, on special occasions, and then, as soon as you’re done eating them, you say to yourself, Damn, that was good. Why don’t we eat this once a week? I do. Roast turkey with stuffing and gravy is one of those meals — so deeply satisfying, and come on, would it be any less satisfying on a Sunday night in January? Pasta
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Tags: Birthdays, Holidays, Celebrations · Dinner · Entertaining · Pork and Beef · Posts by Andy · Uncategorized

Oh This? Just Something I Threw Together…

July 15th, 2011 · 16 Comments

You know when you go to someone’s house for dinner and they seem to have it all together? One of the hosts is mixing you a drink and asking your children about camp while the other is sipping a glass of Prosecco, tossing some sort of delicious summery salad, listening intently to what you are saying, and showing no outward sign of doing what I often feel myself doing —
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Tags: Quick · Rituals · Sides, Salads, Soup · Vegetarian

Finger Food For Grown-Ups

July 13th, 2011 · 19 Comments

Let me put your minds at ease, right here at the top: No, our kids do not love clams. They’re kids, first of all, and clams are kind of freaky. The most I can say, while maintaining journalistic integrity, is that our kids and clams are in the process of learning to coexist. They’re getting to know one another. They’ll eat one or two, at most — warily, and with
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Tags: Entertaining · Posts by Andy · Quick · Seafood · Uncategorized

Market Planning

June 13th, 2011 · 13 Comments

There was a time in my life when Sunday meant sitting down with my Dinner Diary and mapping out a meal plan for the week. Like this line-up from June 14-18, 2004: Monday: Fried Sole with Green Beans Tuesday: Ravioli with Green Salad Wednesday: Fajitas with Black Beans and Cheddar Thursday: Curried Chicken with Apples Friday: OUT (always in caps, always!) I remember telling a food editor friend about my meal-planning system and
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Tags: Rituals

Absolute Value (or…A Note About Splurging)

December 9th, 2010 · 15 Comments

In the mid-90s, my father and I worked two blocks away from each other — he was on 47th and Third, and I was on 45th and Third, toiling away at my first Big City job while simultaneously trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. We’d regularly meet for lunch — at sushi bars, bagel shops or whichever cafe had a good Prix Fixe that
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Tags: Baking and Sweets · Rituals

The Accidental Keepsake

September 27th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Last week I forced myself to put together an iPhoto album from my massive file of summer vacation pictures. I try to do this once a season and enlist the girls help with caption-writing — the final product could rival a John Irving novel for how many exclamation points they make me use – and usually this is all I need to do to feel like I’ve sufficiently locked away the
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Tags: Grilling · Kitchenlightenment · Rituals · Seafood · Travel

Spaghetti with (or without) Clams

September 15th, 2010 · 11 Comments

I love sharing these kinds of recipes with parents. Doesn’t it look like we cooked up two completely different meals: one for the grown-ups (left) and one for the kids (right)? We didn’t at all. The astute eye will notice that everything you see on the right makes up the meal on the left. It just took a little think-work for Andy to strategically reserve a few pre-approved components from
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Tags: Dinner · Pasta · Picky Eating · Quick · Seafood