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Split-Personality Pizza

I called Jenny on the way home from work tonight: “I’m running for the 6:23 train, yeah, be home by seven, work was fine, need me to pick anything up? And oh, what do you feel like for dinner.” “I don’t know,” she said. “Let me look–hold on–Girls, turn DOWN the Michael Jackson!” I could hear her open the freezer,… Read more »

Time for Dinner: The Cookbook

When I worked at Cookie, I was lucky enough to be surrounded by moms who (collectively) knew the answers to everything. Really everything! From Should I send my late-birthday kid to kindergarten or not? to What should I wear to a summer afternoon wedding? to Is Coraline too scary for my six-year-old? But the real bonus was that two of them,… Read more »

Roast Chicken with Vegetables

.People ask me all the time if I’m interested in having a third kid. The answer (for now, at least) is: Why would I when a cake mixer has two beaters to lick and a chicken has two drumsticks to serve? (Shouldn’t I take it as some sort of sign that the girls are both crazy about the legs while… Read more »

In Praise of Dansk

For a good part of my life, my mother made dinner using her three-quart mustard yellow Dansk enamelware frying pan. To her, no other cookware could compare. It browned meat beautifully, it was responsive to heating and cooling, it moved from stove top to oven easily. Even when its signature wooden handle fell off in the mid-80s and she couldn’t… Read more »

Healthy Snacks for Kids

My six-year-old is hungry all day long — until dinner is served, of course. At that point she tries to chatter her way through the event as though somehow we may not notice that she hasn’t lifted her fork. It’s not entirely her fault, though. Half the time, I’ll have come home from work hungry enough to eat the front… Read more »

Basic Everyday Fried Fish

Basic Everyday Fried Fish Serves 4 olive oil 1/2 cup seasoned flour, on a dinner plate for dredging 1 egg, lightly beaten, on a dinner plate for dredging 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs 2 large filets of delicate white fish such as flounder (about 1 1/4 pounds) salt and pepper to taste tartar sauce (or ketchup) for dipping lemon wedges… Read more »

Basic Pizza Sauce

This sauce makes enough for two standard mozzarella pizzas. 3 tablespoons olive oil ½ large onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 2 shakes red pepper flakes salt and pepper 1 28-ounce can tomato puree 2 teaspoons oregano In a large saucepan set over medium heat, add oil, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, and cook until onions are… Read more »

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