Posts Categorized: Kitchenlightenment

The Gift that Keeps on Growing

For my birthday last month, I asked for two things: A Shake Shack picnic dinner at our local Hudson River waterfront park — a success by all accounts — and a family vegetable garden. By “vegetable garden” I did not mean one-clicking a few raised bed kits on Amazon and calling it a day. I meant that I wanted everyone in the… Read more »

Play it Forward

Happy spring everyone! Happy daffodils and forsythia! Happy April Showers! Happy start of soccer and lacrosse and baseball season! Happy too-much-pressure, too-much-driving-to-practice, yelling-at-the-ref season! I’m kidding. Sort of. You know how much I love sports, especially after I’ve seen what they have done for my daughters, but I’m the first to admit that organized youth athletics can very quickly spiral out of… Read more »

We Interrupt This Program

Thank you to everyone who noticed that Dinner: A Love Story was down all day Friday. It was frustrating, but the sheer number of “I can’t log on!” messages I received through social media channels warmed my heart. (They read me! They really do!) In addition to the nightmarishly long phone conversations I had to have with my web host,… Read more »

Catastrophic Happiness

I can’t pinpoint the exact moment I started obsessing — maybe it was around the time both of my girls were fully enrolled in middle school, which was right about the time the feeling of clutching their hands on the way to the elementary school bus stop began to fade, no matter how hard I tried to conjure it. I… Read more »

Let’s Talk Plates

Last week I was on the N train between 42nd Street and 34th street when I got a text from my friend and stylist extraordinaire Victoria. (It’s still surprising to me that I can get a signal in those deep, dark tunnels.) She wrote “Go to Prop Workshop on 30th and Broadway.” She knew I was looking for plates to… Read more »

Smarter To-Do Lists

How do you write a to-do list? If you’re like me, you’re doing it all wrong. There’s a story in Charles Duhigg’s new book on productivity, Smarter, Faster, Better about the first bullet train, the train invented in 1950s Japan that ran between Tokyo and Osaka, at a then unheard-of speed of 120 miles per hour. That train, and the others that… Read more »

Michael Pollan’s “Cooked”

“Is there any practice less selfish any time less wasted than preparing something delicious and nourishing for the people you love?” – Michael Pollan, from his new Netflix 4-part series Cooked. (Available February 19.) Who’s watching with me? Here’s the official trailer…  

How We Learn to Eat

“The theme I revisit more than any other is families. Most of what we learn about food happens when we are children – when we’re sitting at the kitchen table (if your family is lucky enough to have one), being fed. Every bite is a memory, and the most powerful memories are the first ones. At this table, we are… Read more »

Friday Round-up

What we’re reading and eating this week: How Ample Hills, a true mom-and-pop ice cream shop, landed an endorsement deal with freaking Star Wars! (Not to mix movie metaphors but…If You Build it They Will Come) Baked potato latkes or shredded potato latkes? I don’t need a whole lot of convincing one way or the other. At one point last week, Phoebe, Abby,… Read more »

5 Food Lessons Learned from Kids’ Books

When you finished Catcher in the Rye as a teenager, did you feel like someone finally understood your misunderstood self…OR were you captivated by Holden Caulfield’s go-to restaurant order: “a Swiss cheese sandwich and a malted milk?” When you read (or saw) Silence of the Lambs, were you amused by Hannibal Lecter’s famous line — “I ate his liver with some… Read more »

Well-Loved Knives

A million years ago, when I showed up to Crate & Barrel with a clipboard to register for our wedding, I very religiously recorded SKU numbers for all the shiny cooking gear before me, dreaming of the day in the not-so-distant future that these items would replace our dusty old cooking gear. Nowadays, I put a premium on that dusty… Read more »

Soup for Friend

If you are a human being with human friends, chances are you frequently find yourself in the kitchen, scratching your head saying things like “I wish there was something I could do.” When we’re lucky, this can mean a new baby — What can I do to help you get some rest? But when we’re not so lucky, it means… Read more »

How is Plugging in Changing Growing Up?

I know — it seems like this is all I talk about anymore, but I wanted to direct your attention to a special report airing on Anderson Cooper tonight. It’s called #Being13: Inside the Secret World of Teens. Academics and researchers tracked hundreds of eighth graders through their social media accounts over a two-year period to find out what exactly… Read more »

The Lost Art of Conversation

Sherry Turkle, an MIT professor who has been researching the effect of technology on relationships and behavior for thirty years, first got my attention a few years ago when her book Alone Together was published. If our kids are always tethered to their devices, she said in one interview (I’m paraphrasing), if they don’t know how to be alone with… Read more »

Friday Round-up

What we’re reading and eating this week: “I quit smoking and I quit drinking…all I have to look forward to is dinner.” David Sedaris on the (sometimes pants-less) family meal. Why Family Dinner? A Review! Mint, basil, cilantro, pork: This summery main is so up my alley. Another entry in the “Are We Pushing Our Kids Too Hard?” category. Why use… Read more »

Comedians On Fatherhood

There are so many great moments in Judd Apatow’s new book Sick in the Head, a collection of interviews the author has conducted over the past thirty years with pretty much every big-name comedian you can think of. You read that right, thirty years. Apatow, 47, and most well-known for directing and producing movies and series like Freaks and Geeks, Knocked Up,… Read more »

5 Fave Food Podcasts

I’ve always been into podcasts — or maybe the better way to say it is that I’ve always been into the archived radio shows on NPR, which keep me company in all manner of situations, particularly in the most suburban of situations known as Waiting for Practice to End. But lately I’ve been way more into podcasts than ever before. Why?… Read more »

A New Look

No no no, don’t go anywhere! It’s still Dinner: A Love Story. Still the same blog that brought you Pork Ragu and Pretzel Chicken, the one that taught you phrases like “Deconstructed Dinners“ and “Page-Turners;” still the same blog some of you have been checking in with for five years. YES! FIVE YEARS! As of this week, we have officially reached… Read more »

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