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Where Do I Begin?
Posted By Jenny On February 21, 2013 @ 8:00 am In Dinner,Organizing, Strategizing, Planning,Picky Eating,Pork and Beef | 25 Comments
This is how a conversation went with my new friend Sarah, the first time I met her a few months ago:
Sarah: I really love your blog, it gives me hope.
Me: Hey, thanks. I’m so glad.
Sarah: But I don’t cook from it.
Me: Oh…you don’t?
Sarah: No, I don’t cook. I can’t do anything in the kitchen.
Me: Yes you can.
Sarah: No I can’t. I. Really. Can’t.
That week, I had just read a profile of Stacy London  and it crossed my mind that Sarah felt the way about cooking the way I felt reading that story — the way I felt trying to figure out what I was going to wear to a fancy holiday party later that month: Intimidated. A little lost.
Me: It’s not hard. You just need a little confidence and one or two solid recipes in your rotation.
Sarah: Well, what are those recipes? I have no idea where to start.
Me: I have almost 500 recipes on my blog, start there!
Sarah: That doesn’t help.
She was totally right! Someone might as well have told me “How do you not have something to wear to that party? There are 500 stores in New York City that sell perfect party dresses.”
On this blog, sometimes we get so bogged down in the (admittedly plentiful) minutae of family dinner — from the benefits of cooking for your kids  to how to stay on top of Meatless Mondays  to what freaking books  to discuss at the dinner table — that we can forget to dial back and address the most elemental of issues: Where Do I Begin? It’s why I recently introduced the “First Time Here ” button up there on the right. And it’s also why Andy and I wrote a feature for Bon Appetit this month called A Family Dinner Primer . Besides telling you what to make for family dinner (including this rockin’ steakhouse steak salad pictured above), we hope it goes back to the basics and tells you how to make family dinner.
As for what to wear to family dinner? I’m open to suggestions.
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URLs in this post:
 Stacy London: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/fashion/stacy-london-of-what-not-to-wear-has-a-new-book.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
 benefits of cooking for your kids: http://www.dinneralovestory.com/eating-chicken-solving-problems/
 stay on top of Meatless Mondays: http://www.dinneralovestory.com/theyll-hold-you-to-it/
 books: http://www.dinneralovestory.com/favorite-kids-books/
 First Time Here: http://www.dinneralovestory.com/first-time-here/
 A Family Dinner Primer: http://www.bonappetit.com/blogsandforums/blogs/badaily/2013/02/family-dinner-primer-introduct.html
 Pickled Red Onions: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2013/03/pickled-red-onions
 Gentl & Hyers: http://www.gentlandhyers.com/
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