Friday Round-up

For me, it’s not Ravens vs. 49ers. It’s Queso Fundido (above) vs. Chips with homemade liquid Nacho Cheese Sauce.

In-restaurant Childcare? Now there’s an idea.

In honor of Schoolhouse Rock turning 40, I watched this 17 times yesterday. (“He even has the nerve to tax our cup of tea; To put it kindly, King, we really don’t agree” was the lyric on a continual loop in my brain from 2004-2006.)

Speaking of birthdays, Grand Central Terminal turns 100 today. Dad, I’ll meet you at the Oyster Bar!

How do I get my children to love me as much as Lena Dunham loves her mother? She goes deep with Alec Baldwin on Here’s the Thing.

Related: I don’t know how I ever made it through a workout without the Girls Vol 1 soundtrack. (Specifically tracks 1, 4, 9)

Aunt Trish visited us all the way from Hong Kong this week and arrived bearing a quintessentially NYC treat: Black & White cookies. I think we’re going to attempt them in our own kitchen this weekend.

Which reminds me that I need to replenish my Cacao Barry supply (especially with Valentine’s Day coming up).

Are trophies a waste of time? (You know what I have to say about that.)

Only bad thing about Luisa’s new series “Cooking for Hugo” is that it wasn’t around when I was feeding my own babies.

I want one.

For parents of George O’Connor crazies: Have you pre-ordered Poseidon?

For anyone looking for extremely pleasurable ways to spend an hour, check out this story about a pickpocket extraordinaire.

For anyone looking to spend an hour on an important piece of journalism, you can’t do much better than this.

If you’re in need of some good music to accompany your Super Bowl stromboli preparation, check this out.

Have a good weekend.

P.S. In case you’re wondering why everyone’s commenting about the Lodge cast iron skillet, it was featured as the giveaway in this week’s newsletter. To be eligible for the next freebie (and for the latest recipes, news, and DALS events) please sign up for my newsletter/mailing list.

Photo by Romulo Yanes for Bon Appetit.  It was part of a story I wrote on Hors D’oeuvres and starters back in October. 

 

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37 Comments

Allison

Great ideas… “I am a newsletter subscriber. Do I win the Lodge cast iron skillet?”

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Jenny

Love the variety in this round-up!

And, “I am a newsletter subscriber. Do I win the Lodge cast iron skillet?”

Thanks!
Jenny

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angela

I am a newsletter subscriber. Do I win the Lodge cast iron skillet?

ps – made your Great Grandmas meatballs this past weekend – delicious. Big batch – made meatball pizzas with the leftovers – yumm-o

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carrie

I am a newsletter subscriber. Do I win the Lodge cast iron skillet?

PS. I made your Pork Ragu for the first time last week. It was amazing! We ate the leftovers the next night as sliders. So good.

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Emily

“I am a newsletter subscriber. Do I win the Lodge cast iron skillet?”

We’re still working on the 7 meals in [more like 12] days!

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daniela

I am a newsletter subscriber. Do I win the Lodge cast iron skillet?”
Love your website, I just tried out a recipe yesterday, it came out great!!

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Kim

I read the piece in the Times magazine and I agree, it was extraordinary. Can’t wait to listen to Here’s the Thing.

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Allison

I am a newsletter subscriber. Do I win the Lodge cast iron skillet?
Also, I am dying to hear how the taco pizza turned out.

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Ivy

I love the story of the pickpocket. I also enjoyed going back and rereading your death of anticipation article (the ability to delay gratification in childhood is a critical component in later success).

Oh yeah–
I am a newsletter subscriber. Do I win the Lodge cast iron skillet?

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anna

every time we go out to eat…my husband says restaurants need to have daycare. he also thinks bars need them, but he clearly has not thought that one through.

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erinn johnson

Fun round-up.

Two years ago my kids (now 13, 11, 9 & 8) requested a super bowl party, we had been invited to one the year before and took them. We decided to indulge them and invited my parents over so it seemed more like a party to them. We went overboard with the menu and i made about 6 different small plates. The following year they asked for the party again and a tradition was started.

However, no guests that year since the giants were playing. My dad is a fan and that being the case, the game mattered. Again i did several different small plates. This year I am cutting back a bit. I have come to realize that by the last dish (i serve them over the course of an hour or so) they are maxed out. We will start with veggies and hummus, followed by their favorite and once a year treat, chips and onion dip (last year we decided to serve this last since it is utter junk and they were so full we nixed it, but then heard about it for the next month). I am then going to make them scallops wrapped in bacon and they will finish with mini latkes topped with lox and a dollop of sour cream and capers.

Dessert is still up in the air. I was thinking of doing mini homemade chipwich sandwiches to continue with the finger food theme.

Have fun with the Queso Fundido, i might have to make some for myself and leave the rest for them.

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Mary

I am a newsletter subscriber, Do I win the Lodge cast iron skillet???
This is the first newsletter I have received since signing up….I have been reading your book, and have already enjoyed 4 recipes from your book….looking forward to making the next recipe too! I also heard you on the Faith Middleton Show on NPR….

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Amanda

I am a newsletter subscriber. Do I win the Lodge cast iron skillet?

Great round-up, thanks!

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654carroll

Track 2 (for once, I have nothing up my sleeve song) is also totally worthwhile! Track 1 gets you up, track 2 brings you back down a little…

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Chelsea

I am a newsletter subscriber. Do I win the Lodge cast iron skillet?
Tried the Stromboli and it was a hit. Thanks!

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Mary

“I am a newsletter subscriber. Do I win the Lodge cast iron skillet?”
-I also tried the stromboli and loved it! Loved rolling it like a joint, too!

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Karen

I love my bread crocks. Yes, I have two since a standard bread recipe makes two loaves and it actually takes me about a week and a half to eat both loaves(I live alone). They do take up some counter space but I’m glad I have them. No plastic! Better yet, was the price I paid: $19.99 each!

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Kelly

Friday Round-up = Fun. Thank you.

I am a newsletter subscriber. Do I win the Lodge cast iron skillet?

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Rebecca

re: childcare at restaurants… Aura in downtown Boston does a “Family Fine Dining” night where parents eat from a prix fixe menu and kids have one, too (they made my toddler a fruit and veg puree tasting menu!) as well as a side room with toys and activities. It is thoughtfully planned and well executed. I think it happens 1/month.

http://www.aurarestaurant.com/Calendar-of-Events.aspx

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Eliza

I made the Quick Pickled Jalapenos from the nacho cheese sauce recipe linked above. They are so easy to make and have a fresh taste and are still nice and crisp. So much tastier and cheaper that store bought pickled jalapenos. Plus, you can control the heat. If you don’t like hot chiles, only pickle the mild jalapenos, or leave out the seeds. I recommend them.

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