Anyone who has ever volunteered at school will appreciate the scene in my kitchen all day yesterday: Dozens of 28-ounce cans of diced tomatoes and cannellini beans, enough chopped onions to kill a small animal, large, misshapen bags of frozen homemade chicken stock thawing in the sink, two 6-quart Dutch Ovens on the stovetop, and one lobster pot on the… Read more »

As you’ve probably gathered by now, most nights our family dinners rely on a philosophy followed by chefs the world over: Use fresh ingredients and mess with them as little as possible. This is easy to live by early in the week, when our fridge runneth over from our big Sunday shop. By Wednesday or Thursday, however, the hyenas (read:… Read more »

Friday Round-up

What we’re reading and eating this week: Ridiculous Brown-butter Brownies. Phoebe’s hero, profiled in the Times Magazine. I’m totally buying this for my soon-to-be-9-year-old nephew.  (No clicking Owen, and thanks for the tip, Evan L!) Read of the week: Break-in at Y-12. This headline is astounding, and worth bringing up at the dinner table, whether you are raising daughters or not. And these headlines are just plain hilarious. You… Read more »

When you think of Sunday Dinners in the winter, what do you think of? A big pot of your grandmother’s meatballs? A hunk of meat braising all day in a Dutch Oven? Buttery mashed potatoes? Creamy polentas? Paellas? Lasagnas? And all things warm and comfort-y? Me, too. It’s most of the reason I can get through single-digit-degree February. But now… Read more »

This is what the sky looked like every day when we were in Utah visiting friends last week. EVERY DAY. The photo above was taken at the top of Brighton, but we hit a few other mountains in the area — Canyons and Solitude — and no matter where we went, that sky followed us. Like it knew something. Like… Read more »

Reading & Eating

Thanks so much for all the feedback on the new layout — hopefully most of your concerns have been addressed by now, but please keep the requests (and compliments!) coming. It’s been so interesting hearing how you guys read this blog,  you have no idea. Meanwhile, I was so consumed with the redesign that I forgot to run this round-up… Read more »

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