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How to Celebrate Everything

Available at: Amazon – Barnes and Noble – Indiebound   “I have been an ardent fan of Jenny Rosenstrach’s beautiful writing for years. I always know that every word of her books will be something to savor, and How to Celebrate Everything will strike a chord with anyone who enjoys family, friends, and delicious food.”—Ree Drummond, New York Times bestselling author of The Pioneer Woman… Read more »

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How to Celebrate Sunday Dinner

From the Sunday Dinner chapter in How to Celebrate Everything: “As far back as I can remember, it’s been a given that we end the weekend with family at our own table, whether that table has been in our Brooklyn apartment, in our first house in the suburbs, or in my parents’ or sister’s house across the county. Only under special… Read more »

How to Celebrate…Tomatoes

Anyone who has been following this blog for even a little while knows that the Tomato Sandwich, in our house, is not so much something to eat for lunch as it is a…religion. We dedicate Saturday mornings to tracking down the best tomatoes we can find, then we sit on the patio and discuss the finer points of their excellence…. Read more »

Let’s Take it Outside

Happy Grilling Season Everybody! Quick Public Service Announcement to those book owners out there looking for some good Memorial Day menu ideas. We were lucky enough to be invited to a cookout on Monday, but if I was grilling, I’d feel good about any one of these line-ups. (Your key: DALS = Dinner: A Love Story; HTCE = How to Celebrate Everything; DPB =… Read more »

Friday Eating & Reading

What we’re reading and eating this week: Do not forget to turn your Easter ham leftovers into pea soup. (For other ideas, check out pages 11-13, How to Celebrate Everything.) Speaking of celebrating everything: Abby got her braces off yesterday and this is what Andy brought home for her to mark the occasion. Beef Matzo Pie for Passover. This is such a good… Read more »

Friday Eating & Reading

Hard to believe, but my Dinner Diary (pictured here) turns 20 years old next month (that includes Volume 2) and to celebrate, I’ll be picking some favorite pages and recipes from the year I started — which is 19-freaking-98 if you’re doing the math. If you have any MVPs from the DALS archive, please let me know. (Even better, tag… Read more »

A Holiday Reminder

Today’s post, the last before I head out for the holidays, is an excerpt from my book, How to Celebrate Everything. Like many of you, this year, more than any other year in recent memory, I have found it nearly impossible to downshift from the everyday scramble into “intentional mode,” as in: Here I am, decorating cookies with my daughters, surrounded… Read more »

Thanksgiving Shake-Up (or 40+ Recipe Ideas)

. Every year around this time, Andy will turn to me and say something like “I think it’s time to shake things up a little at Thanksgiving.” Mmmm hmmm, I’ll respond, and if I wore glasses, I’d raise my eyeballs over the frames for a sec before turning back to doing what I was doing, which is, most likely reviewing… Read more »

Friday Eating & Reading

. What we’re eating and reading this week: For starters: THIS CHALLAH (page 6, How to Celebrate Everything, it’s the half size). Every single time I bake one (usually for Rosh Hashana) I say to myself: I’m going to make a Friday ritual of this. Because seriously, what is the point of having a flexible schedule if I can’t make… Read more »

Hasslebacks and Horsekillers

I made these hasselbacks for Sunday dinner with the most beautiful little sweet potatoes I picked up at the market on Saturday. They were misshapen, small, pale peach colored, not even in the same family as the bloated, cloying sugar bombs you get at the supermarket. “Do you know about hasselbacks?” I asked Andy when I pulled them out of… Read more »

Five Favorite Summer Salads for Right Now

For better or for worse, when I’m trying to decide what to have for dinner — especially a weekend dinner — I’m hardwired to start the brainstorming with the main dish. And for better or worse, the main dish is usually a pile of protein. On Saturday morning, as Andy and I wandered the farmer’s market, that was implicit in… Read more »

Friday Eating & Reading

What I’m eating and reading this week: On the dinner line-up: Grilled Tuna Sandwiches with Salsa Fresca, one of my most favorite summer meals. (How to Celebrate Everything owners, page 158; for everyone else, here’s a version that’s close.) A new science podcast for kids (ages 5-10) from NPR: Wow in the World How to raise a reader. Dragonfruit Vodka… Read more »

Mix-and-Match Easter Brunch

My father’s mother, Grandma Tillie, didn’t attend my parents’ wedding. She was Jewish, raised in an Orthodox household by parents who had been born in a Romanian shtetl—and her oldest son marrying a Presbyterian from western Pennsylvania had not exactly been her idea of kosher. Naturally, her wedding-day protest weighed heavily on my father, but once my parents tied the… Read more »

Molly Yeh’s Almond Cake

I am so thrilled to welcome Molly Yeh to the DALS Family Rituals Series. In case you have been living in an alternate universe for the past few years, Molly is something of a Beyonce among Bloggers — she is the author of Molly on the Range, and the brain behind My Name is Yeh (pronounced “yay”) where she chronicles… Read more »

Freezer Care Package

What can I do? We’ve all heard ourselves asking this when friends are struggling with illness (their own or their aging parents’ or their kids’) and we’ve all probably come back around to a similar answer: Food. For better (normalcy) or for worse (one more thing to be exhausted by), people still need to eat. In my mind — this… Read more »

Happy New Year

I’m a day late on this — sorry! — but a quick update to let you know that I was on Food Network’s “The Kitchen” yesterday (that’s Jeff Mauro and Marcela Valladolid up there!) talking champagne brunch, How to Celebrate Everything, and the ridiculously happy pancake “cake” you are looking at below. If you are like us, with one more day left… Read more »

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