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Friday Eating & Reading

What we’re eating and reading this week: The Zebra Cookies! Have they taken over your instagram feed like they’ve taken over mine? Well either way, they should be on your holiday to-bake list, whether it’s for the swap, the office party, or a weekend activity with the kids that checks the Holiday Baking Project box. I had to hand these… Read more »

Friday Eating & Reading

What we’re reading and eating this week: A bright spot during dark times: I wrote about a woman who has launched a gratitude campaign — she’s writing a thank-you note to someone every day of the year. How much do we love Chrissy Teigen? The always great Jason Gay profiles her in the latest issue of Vogue. Three links for… Read more »

Friday Reading & Eating

What I’m reading and eating this week: Wanna save Democracy? Read a novel. My kind of dinner: Crispy Rice with Shrimp, Bacon, and Corn. The Unbearable Sameness of Cities. Did you know that everyone has a cheese that matches their personality? Read of the week: The Education of Bill Oliver. This is amazing. Is anyone else addicted to Weelicious’s Smoothie… Read more »

Friday Eating & Reading

Last week, we used a Western Mass camp drop-off as an excuse to explore the Catskills (right across the MA/NY border) and had the nicest 48-hour mini vacation. Scribner’s Catskill Lodge was our home base and if you’re local, I can’t recommend it highly enough. (Ask about their mid-week discounts if you can swing mid-week.) Read of the week: How… Read more »

Friday Eating and Reading

Like the rest of the world, I was shocked to hear the news about Anthony Bourdain this morning. He first came into my life in the 90s when Andy’s urbane older brother took us to Les Halles, Bourdain’s Park Avenue bistro that made me feel like such a cosmopolitan. A few years later, I read “Don’t Eat Before Reading This,”… Read more »

Friday Eating & Reading

What we’re eating and reading this week: Dinner Party in a Box! (Above) My favorite meal-delivery service, Martha & Marley Spoon is now offering a three-course “fiesta box” to feed four ($78) or eight ($148). Just like their regular dinner kits, these take the front-end stress out of the equation by sending you all your fresh pre-measured ingredients and simple, clear instructions…. 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 and Reading

What I’m eating and reading this week: My talented designer friend Bonnie Siegler put together the coolest book just in time for President’s Day: Signs of Resistance: A Visual History of Protest in America. I helped a little with the editing and while I was working on it, I noticed that my kids couldn’t help but pick up the pages lying around… 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 »

Friday Eating & Reading

. What we’re reading and eating (and buying and watching and listening to) this week: A few weeks ago, we did what we’ve been meaning to do for about five years: We tore down some upper kitchen cabinets (that served mostly to collect mugs and jars we never used), installed open shelving, and re-tiled our backsplash. It took about 48 hours… Read more »

Friday Eating & Reading

. What I’m reading and eating this week: When a James Beard Award-winning chef writes a slow cooker cookbook, I pay attention. When that James Beard Award-winning chef is Hugh Acheson, above, I also jump for joy. I am obsessing over the color of these kitchen cabinets and the yellow-framed kitchen windows in this sunny Seattle home. Congratulations to a longtime… 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 »

Friday Eating & Reading

. What I’m reading and eating this week: Sunday night was grilled soy-glazed pork chops (above) from HTCE, and wow, they were as good as ever. We served them with grilled peaches (cooked in something similar to this) and a chopped, leaf-less salad. If everyone ate beans instead of beef. I was cleaning out Abby’s shelves the other day to… 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 »

Friday Reading & Eating

What I’m eating and reading this week: How spring-y and simple and beautiful does this salad look? (Thanks, Phyllis!) Saints for All Occasions took me a week to finish but only because I didn’t want it to end. Best novel I’ve read in a long time. Oldie but goodie on the dinner line-up next week: Enchiladas. (You can use any mole.) Read of the… Read more »

Spring Pasta Dreaming

For the last few weeks, when dinnertime rolls around I haven’t found myself where I like to be the most, namely sitting around a table with my family, downloading the day’s events over a plate of something quick and fresh. Instead, I’m sitting in a parking lot or on bleachers or walking around a track waiting for a practice to… Read more »

Friday Reading & Eating

What I’m reading and eating this week: Is your tween or teenager obsessed with 13 Reasons Why, the Netflix series that some argue romanticizes suicide?  Here are some good talking points from the Jed Foundation if so. (More guidance from the National Association of School Psychologists) Another reason to love John Green: His laptop art. Just pre-ordered The Dinner Party. On my dinner… Read more »

Friday Eating and Reading

What I’m reading and eating (and buying and listening to) this week: Little Green Notebook‘s Jenny Komenda has opened the coolest print shop. All of her 50 original prints cost only $15 to download to whatever size you like. More details here and PS: How sweet would the Fruits print above look in your kitchen? How to Host an Unforgettable Party For the pre-school… Read more »

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