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Kid Classics for Summer

June 30th, 2014 · 25 Comments

Just in time for summer reading, I’m delighted to present this guest-post by Catherine Hong, veteran magazine editor and writer, mother of two, and the Mrs. behind Mrs. Little, one of my most favorite book blogs for kids that you should be reading if you’re not already. Take it away Catherine! –JR I know that plenty of great children’s books were published after my 1970s childhood. I’ve heard a lot
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Tags: Children's Books, Gifts, Culture

Cedar Plank Salmon

June 9th, 2014 · 9 Comments

You should see our basement. No, actually, you shouldn’t. It’s not the face we’re interested in presenting to the world. It’s not even a face we’re comfortable presenting to ourselves. In fact, I think of it as the darkest corner of our psyche come to life. You never know what you will find down there. Yesterday evening, for example, our smoke detector started beeping — the dreaded low battery alert
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Tags: Grilling · Seafood

Congratulations, By the Way

May 24th, 2014 · 322 Comments

I know, right? What am I doing posting on a Saturday night – during a holiday weekend no less? Well, the truth is, last night I woke up in a hot sweat thinking that there might be someone out there who has not read Congratulations, By The Way, the book version of George Saunders’ now-famous convocation speech given last June at Syracuse University. And if that is indeed the case, I felt the
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Just Do It

May 20th, 2014 · 17 Comments

Over the past few years, it’s safe to say that the topic of Jenny’s Fantasy Coffee Shop has come up in conversation with my friends and neighbors at least once a day every day. Even as I type this, I can feel a giant collective eye-roll from my small town on the Hudson River where I’ve lived for a decade. Oh no, is Jenny talking about her coffee shop again?
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He’s Sweet, She’s Savory

April 30th, 2014 · 18 Comments

There are many reasons why I love going to Naria’s and Peter’s house for dinner. For starters, they live in my town, and I don’t think I’m the only one who feels that one of the great pleasures in life is having neighbors cook for you. This is especially true when those neighbors really know how to bring it in the dinner party department. Unlike in our house where having
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Tags: Baking and Sweets · Entertaining · Seafood

Beautiful Buvette

April 22nd, 2014 · 302 Comments

On a rainy Monday night in midtown a few weeks ago, I found myself faced with classic New York dilemma. I was running late to meet Andy for his birthday dinner downtown and needed to make a decision: Should I try to catch a cab (always a risky proposition on a rainy night) or just get on the subway, which involved a transfer (always a time-eater)? At the same time,
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Tags: Birthdays, Holidays, Celebrations · Quick · Sides, Salads, Soup

Relentless

April 19th, 2014 · 25 Comments

Jenny begged me to write this post. She begged me to write it because we have spent most of the last week on spring break and she has spent much of that time feeling guilty about not having posted. She keeps circling the laptop, turning to me and saying, “Should I post? Just something quick? Is it bad that we haven’t done anything all week?” (This is what it’s like
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Tags: Dinner · Grilling · Posts by Andy · Quick · Seafood

The Dolly Awards

March 31st, 2014 · 22 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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What Kind of Entertainer Are You?

March 6th, 2014 · 21 Comments

Do you ever wonder what your dinner guests say about you when they walk out your door? Do they marvel at your hosting abilities and wonder when they’ll get invited back? Do they praise the food but slag the company? Do they praise the company but slag the food? Do they judge your glassware? Do they climb into their car, sit for a second in the darkness, and say, Never again? That
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Tags: Domestic Affairs · Entertaining · Uncategorized

Heart Cake

January 29th, 2014 · 15 Comments

It’s been well documented on this site that whatever limited talent I have for say, spinning a lone onion into dinner, that this talent has somehow never translated to the baking side of my brain. The most recent evidence to support this being that cornbread I baked for our friends John and Shiv over the holidays — the one that was going to be served alongside Andy’s chili, until I
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Tags: Baking and Sweets · Birthdays, Holidays, Celebrations

Family-Friendly Apres-Ski Meals

January 21st, 2014 · 19 Comments

For a lot of people, the phrase “Apres Ski” conjures a certain image — a group of  ruddy-faced J. Crew models wearing Uggs and sipping red wine around a rough-hewn coffee table; a cold beer soothing burning muscles in front of a roaring fire; and (for Phoebe) reading a comic book under a blanket in her pajamas. For me, it means one thing: Skiing is over. I survived another day and
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Tags: Vegetarian

Restaurant-Worthy Carbonara

January 13th, 2014 · 29 Comments

“Okay, I think we have a plan,” my friend Jeff said. “Why don’t you and Jenny come over on Friday at six, we’ll have a quick drink at our house, and then head out to dinner. Sound good?” Given that Jeff and his wife, Kirsten, live in Washington, DC, which is only 20 miles from my parents’ house, and given that we’d been trying in vain to set up a
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Tags: Pasta

How Do You Know a Recipe’s Gonna Succeed?

January 9th, 2014 · 38 Comments

Is there anything more annoying than spending time and money on a recipe that falls short, or doesn’t brown right, or takes hours instead of minutes, or doesn’t look anywhere close to the freaking picture? Never again! Herewith eight questions to ask before you decide to make a new recipe for the family. Is there a recipe buried within your recipe? If a recipe calls for an ingredient that in and
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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

Archaeological Dig Turns Up Old Favorite

December 12th, 2013 · 20 Comments

Way back in the 90s, when Oprah ruled the land, just before she single-handedly transformed the publishing industry with her Midas-touch book club, she featured a cookbook on her show, written by her private chef Rosie Daley. The recipe collection was called In the Kitchen with Rosie and was filled with low-fat, low-carb meals that Oprah credited with her dramatic weight loss. Rosie, as I’m sure you recall, sold like gangbusters,
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Tags: Chicken and Turkey · Dinner

Holiday Gift Guide 2013

December 9th, 2013 · 82 Comments

Welcome to our annual guide for everything we want, covet, crave, and, yes need this holiday. (I don’t know about you, but in my world, coffee qualifies as an essential.)  As always, the round-up was compiled with cooks, kids, and parents in mind (again, coffee), as well as for those of you who have already bought Dinner: A Love Story for everyone on your list. For those of you who have not:
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Tags: Birthdays, Holidays, Celebrations · Children's Books, Gifts, Culture

Other Mother’s Recipes

December 5th, 2013 · 29 Comments

It makes me so happy to introduce today’s guest-poster, Dahlia Lithwick. When she’s not cooking for her two boys, or writing about picky eaters for desperate food bloggers, she’s reporting on the law and the courts for Slate. You know, just that. Welcome! -JR There is well-documented parental shame in having children who are known for being “picky eaters.” The implication is that had their grown-ups just introduced them to kimchee
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Tags: Cameos · Picky Eating · Uncategorized

Friday Round-up: Thanksgiving Edition!

November 22nd, 2013 · 15 Comments

How to make your pies prettier, circa 1959. (Finding this story is so Victoria Granof. And so awesome.) If I get wind of any of you bolting from your family’s Thanksgiving table to go shopping, you are hereby firewalled from DALS. A Thanksgivukkah take on the Leftover Sandwich. Roast Cauliflower (or any Thanksgiving vegetable) would look so pretty on this stunning serving platter. {Related: I finally upgraded my pie dishes from Pyrex to Emile
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