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That Chicken

February 10th, 2014 · 34 Comments

My sister called me the other morning. We were both in our cars — bluetoothing and dropping off our various charges — and figuring out a possible cousin sleepover when she said, with some urgency, “Oh! Did you get my message?” “No, what message.” “I left you a voice-mail with a lot of questions, but I really want to tell you about the chicken.” “What chicken?” “My friend Trish had a
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Tags: Chicken and Turkey · Dinner · Grilling

15 Recipes Every Parent Should Know

October 15th, 2013 · 27 Comments

This is probably not the smartest business move for a cookbook author who writes books with 100+ recipes…or for a food blogger who wants readers to, you know, come back tomorrow — but I am going to say it anyway:  In spite of everything you’ve read (on this blog and elsewhere), you really only need a handful of culinary moves in your back pocket to survive as a parent. Here’s the
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Tags: Favorites · Uncategorized

Top 10 Ways to Use a Rotisserie Chicken

September 25th, 2013 · 18 Comments

Time for another round of crowd-sourced inspiration! Here’s the question I posed to you all via facebook the other day:  ”I have at least half a rotisserie chicken in the fridge at home that I have to use tonight or forever regret tossing it. How would you stretch it into dinner?” A few hours later I was faced with an embarrassment of riches — There were almost 150 directions I
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Tags: Chicken and Turkey · Dinner · Quick

Date Night Lamb Chops

September 9th, 2013 · 6 Comments

The day after we had our first baby, a friend with kids visited us in the hospital to meet the new addition. He held Phoebe, we took some pictures, and before he left, he delivered some advice: “Make sure to get a date night every once in a while,” he said. “Alone time is important, and it can get lost.” Lost? On us? Never! As if to prove our point,
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Tags: Dinner · Rituals

What Makes Something a “Keeper?”

September 3rd, 2013 · 311 Comments

Keeper. It’s one of the more beautiful words in the language of Dinner. (As in “Yes, dear, this pretzel chicken? It’s a keeper.”) But for anyone who’s cooking for a family,  it’s also one of the more elusive words. Because families are usually made up of kids, and kids are usually made up of really weird genetic coding that makes them say things like “I don’t like pasta” or “the
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Tags: Dinner · Pork and Beef

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

Two Things to Do on the Weekend to Make Your Week Easier

May 30th, 2013 · 27 Comments

This salad saved me last week. I’m not sure I really need to go into detail about how many miles we put on the Mazda getting kids to their various weeknight commitments, but put it this way: If our night was an instagram it would’ve read #uniforminwrongcar #again #firstgoalever! #ittakesavillage  #i’msorryenvironment And finally: #makeahead Ever since discovering this chicken-based salad, I’ve gotten in the habit of roasting chicken on the weekend
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Tags: Chicken and Turkey · Organizing, Strategizing, Planning

Burrito Bowl

March 13th, 2013 · 41 Comments

If you had to use one word to describe a Dinner: A Love Story recipe, what would it be? A reporter asked me this last year when my book came out. Is there a harder question to answer in the world than one that begins “If you had to use one word…”? I mulled it over for a little bit.  I thought about “real,” (there’s my dinner diary and all);
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Tags: Chicken and Turkey · Deconstructing Dinner · Organizing, Strategizing, Planning · Uncategorized · Vegetarian

Where Do I Begin?

February 21st, 2013 · 25 Comments

This is how a conversation went with my new friend Sarah, the first time I met her a few months ago: Sarah: I really love your blog, it gives me hope. Me: Hey, thanks. I’m so glad. Sarah: But I don’t cook from it. Me: Oh…you don’t? Sarah: No, I don’t cook. I can’t do anything in the kitchen. Me: Yes you can. Sarah: No I can’t. I. Really. Can’t.
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Tags: Dinner · Organizing, Strategizing, Planning · Picky Eating · Pork and Beef

This Week in Deconstructing Dinners

February 13th, 2013 · 33 Comments

Probably when most people spy a book like Jeanne Kelley’s Salad for Dinner at the bookstore or in their library they pick it up and think Mmmm, this looks nice and healthy. Or: I could afford to shake up the Romaine routine. My first thought? A veritable treasure trove of potentially deconstructable dinners. True, I can look at almost any meal and envision how it can break down into child-friendly, nothing-touching, no-green-speck meals
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Tags: Chicken and Turkey · Deconstructing Dinner · Dinner · Favorites · Sides, Salads, Soup

Not My Thing

June 18th, 2012 · 16 Comments

When the Lego sets arrived by mail — gifts from the grandparents — the girls ripped open their boxes right on the doorstep and immediately ran inside to start examining the plastic packages that held the magical little blocks that would eventually turn into Harry Potter’s bus (Phoebe’s) and a summery little log cabin (Abby’s). It was a rainy weekday — a rainy weekday in June at that — and
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Tags: Chicken and Turkey · Dinner · Sides, Salads, Soup

15 Sorta Kinda Truths About Dinner

May 16th, 2012 · 20 Comments

Those of you who have your Ph.D in D.A.L.S. are already aware of the groundbreaking scientific work we’ve done proving various theories about dinner — the preparing of it, the consumption of it, the enjoyment of it. For instance, this well-worn favorite: When you take three measly minutes in the morning to do something that helps you get the momentum going on dinner prep — chopping vegetables, marinating meat, placing
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Tags: Chicken and Turkey

Making Dinner vs. Making Dinner Happen

April 4th, 2012 · 17 Comments

A What to Eat pad (from KnockKnock) has been sitting in my basement for over a year now, wedged in between a pile of cookbooks and other assorted items marked “Tag Sale.” Of course when I say “marked” I mean not with a Sharpie or a label or anything, but in the back of my own mind; and when I say “Tag Sale” I of course mean “Event that I’ve been
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Tags: Uncategorized

The Little Cabbage that Could

February 14th, 2012 · 14 Comments

It pains us to even admit this, but it took us a long time to come around to Brussels sprouts. They didn’t crack the dinner rotation until we were well into our 30s, with two kids, a mortgage, a dog, and a creeping difficulty reading the fine print on aspirin bottles. In other words, until we were full-fledged adults. But in our defense: When we were kids, way back in
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Tags: Sides, Salads, Soup

Sense Memories

February 8th, 2012 · 28 Comments

There’s a photo we have, in our album from 2002, that captures the exact moment my parents and Jenny’s parents saw Phoebe for the first time. Jenny’s in the hospital bed, all wired up and groggy from surgery, head slightly elevated, and she’s holding Phoebe in her arms. Phoebe is swaddled, purple-faced, about thirty minutes old. Thirty minutes old. All four of our parents are lined up on one side
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Tags: Chicken and Turkey · Posts by Andy · Quick · Uncategorized

Quick and Easy Pork Fried Rice

January 11th, 2012 · 22 Comments

It’s almost irresponsible of me to tell you about the way I served this meal to my kids — because it’s exactly the way that, if practiced often enough, will drive you to swear off family dinner forever. I love fried rice. Before Andy and I had kids we’d make it with shrimp and pork and chicken all the time. Or at least we’d always make it when we had
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Tags: Dinner · Pork and Beef · Quick

Perfectly Good

November 7th, 2011 · 27 Comments

Every spring, growing up, my elementary school would put on a fifth grade Science Fair. They’d clear out the gym, bring in a bunch of those long cafeteria tables, and the fifth graders would file in early, groggy and grumpy, to set up their exhibits. Later that day, we’d take our places behind our posters and dioramas and baking-soda-and-vinegar volcanoes, as the rest of the school filtered through, pretending to be
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Tags: Dinner · Pasta · Posts by Andy · Quick · Uncategorized · Vegetarian

What is All That Stuff?

August 24th, 2011 · 10 Comments

At the end of an eight-hour Paris wander session that began in Luxembourg Gardens, took us down rue Mouffetard, and ended up in the Marais, I collapsed on our sofa and began to scroll through the photos on my camera. There’s Abby feeding the remains of last night’s baguette to the ducks. There’s Phoebe gaping at the 6-month-old monkey at the zoo at Jardins des Plantes, there’s Andy drinking a Kronenbourg
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Tags: Dinner · Seafood · Travel