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August 10th, 2014 · No Comments

Sides and Starters Curried Carrots with Butter Rosa’s Lentil Salad Bibb Lettuce with Summer Peas Romano Bean and Tomato Salad with Preserved Lemon Potatoes with Mayo, Chives, and Preserved Lemon Guacamole Steamed Little Necks Cheater’s Naan Fennel and Apple Slaw Sauteed Chard with Horseradish Fava Bean Crostini Twice Baked Potatoes (pictured, center) Grilled Vegetables with Haloumi Roasted Spring Ramps Asparagus with Chopped Egg and Onion Quinoa Salad with Roast Tomatoes
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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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So Simple a Kid Can Make It

July 8th, 2013 · 10 Comments

When we were kids, summer camp taught us a couple of basic life lessons: (1) Kool-Aid stains do not come out easily, while Cheetos stains somehow do; and (2) on overnight trips, when the counselors “hang out” by the campfire at night, they are not just “hanging out” by the campfire. Things are a little different with our girls, who came home from day camp last summer, walked into the
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Best of Summer Awards (aka The Dollys!)

June 27th, 2013 · 346 Comments

If you asked our family what summer means, you’d get a few different answers. The girls would say tomato sandwiches, no school, and ice cream. (Seriously, it’s a physical impossibility not to eat a Flav-R-Ice or a scoop of mint cookie every day.) If you asked Andy, it would be tomato sandwiches and road-trips where you’re driving down some county road in upstate New York and you come upon a
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RE: What’s for Dinner?

June 19th, 2013 · 24 Comments

Every year, right around this time, Jenny and I have the same conversation. We will have just finished dinner, and the kids will have disappeared upstairs to take baths or be mad because we are forcing them to take baths even though just they took baths last night, and Jenny will turn to me and say, “I think I could be a vegetarian.” And I am right there with her.
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Tags: Posts by Andy · Quick · Seafood · Sides, Salads, Soup · Uncategorized · Vegetarian

A Few of My Favorite Things

June 3rd, 2012 · 41 Comments

A Few of My Favorite Things Thank you for supporting Dinner: A Love Story. As a token of my appreciation, I’d like to offer you the chance to win one of these gifts. They aren’t just items — each one was chosen for this promotion because it fits right in with our philosophy of parenting and cooking. To be eligible to win, follow two simple steps. 1) Take a look at this
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When the Pasta-Hater is Away…

March 5th, 2012 · 15 Comments

God knows, it’s not that I don’t love the kid. I have pledged my undying devotion to her here — she’s our firstborn, is kind to animals, has the soul of a poet, and is generally an all-around solid performer at the table. But Phoebe does not eat pasta. Phoebe, in fact, actively dislikes pasta. She hasn’t touched the stuff in five years. She wrinkles up her nose at the
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Tags: Pasta · Pork and Beef · Posts by Andy · Quick · Uncategorized

Figuring it Out as We Go Along

January 24th, 2012 · 49 Comments

We could not have been luckier to find Ali, our current babysitter who comes twice a week in the afternoons while I attempt to piece together a freelance career. Beyond the fact that Ali has a clean driving record, always shows up on time, texts me with we’re-at-piano status updates all day long (no such thing as TMI in my house), and is generally great with the girls, she is
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Korean Pancakes for Dinner

August 15th, 2011 · 24 Comments

Phoebe has been on a tear in the kitchen lately. I would love to say this is due to the fact that she’s watched her parents cook every night for her whole little life, and so now, at 9 1/2, her interest in cooking has finally kicked into high gear, but I think it’s more likely due to something else: Farm Camp. She has spent the last four weeks spraying
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Tags: Dinner · Seafood · Vegetarian

Zucchini: A Hate Story

August 8th, 2011 · 31 Comments

Dear Jenny, This might sound paranoid, but one can never be too safe. I have this feeling that some kind of shadowy, proxy war has broken out in our house lately. It’s small, seemingly innocuous things that, when I add them up, suggest something more ominous might be afoot. It’s coming home every Saturday morning from the farmer’s market, unpacking the loot, and finding two or three large zucchinis staring
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Tags: Dinner · Domestic Affairs · Quick · Sides, Salads, Soup · Vegetarian

Breaded and Fried? Whatever it is, I’ll Take it!

July 29th, 2011 · 14 Comments

It’s not like I stay up at night wondering how I’m going to get my kids to eat eggplant, but when the situation presents itself — in the form of an enormous garden-fresh farm share delivery — I’d be crazy not to try right? On Wednesday, Andy and I both came home from work later than we wanted to and found ourselves, drink in hand, pondering a mound of misshapen
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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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How to Blow a Small Person’s Mind

May 31st, 2011 · 13 Comments

Abby: Mom, what’s for dinner? Me: Grilled cheese! Abby: For dinner???? Me: Yes! On the grill! Abby: What? The grill? Me: Yes! And without bread! Abby: What the…let me get this straight. Grilled cheese made outside on the grill with no bread? For…dinner? Me: You got it. And we’ll have some chicken and vegetables on the side.

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Tags: Dinner · Grilling · Sides, Salads, Soup · Vegetarian

I Heart Christmas

December 23rd, 2010 · 13 Comments

I’m not sure how often I’ll be chiming in between now and 2011, so I wanted to be sure to point you in the direction of anything you might need in the next 12 days. (What did Dorothy say: “If you’re looking for your own heart’s desire, don’t go further than your own backyard?”) So here it goes. If you are looking for ideas for… Afternoon Baking with the Kids:
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Tags: Baking and Sweets · Birthdays, Holidays, Celebrations · 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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Pancake Dinner

December 1st, 2010 · 11 Comments

I know — such a buzzkill that mom has to go ahead and add shredded vegetables to the latkes. But how else am I supposed to justify potato pancakes being the only thing on the dinner plate? Simple Potato Latkes Adapted from Faye Levy’s International Jewish Cookbook Grate 3 large russet potatoes and 1 small onion in a food processer using the shredding disk. Drain in a colander and add
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Tags: Birthdays, Holidays, Celebrations · Rituals · Vegetarian

Vegetable Hater Special

September 13th, 2010 · 18 Comments

My 3-year-old nephew Nathan is not a big fan of vegetables. Or the idea of eating in general. I spent a few days and many meals with him on vacation last month and watched as his dad — my brother — agonized over each crumb that did and didn’t go down the hatch. Annie’s Mac & Cheese is pretty much his only ace-in-the-hole option — that is, the only food
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Tags: Baking and Sweets · Picky Eating · Vegetarian

Back Pocket Quiche

August 17th, 2010 · 10 Comments

When my childhood best friend Jeni got married ten years ago, my mom and I threw her a shower in our house. I still remember the menu. Probably because I wrote it down in my Dinner Diary but also because it was so perfect if I do say so myself! There was a baked goods and pastry spread, a smoked salmon and bagels station, and my mom and I each
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