I Heart Christmas

I’m not sure how often I’ll be chiming in between now and 2011, so I wanted to be sure to point you in the direction of anything you might need in the next 12 days. (What did Dorothy say: “If you’re looking for your own heart’s desire, don’t go further than your own backyard?”) So here it goes. If you are looking for ideas for…

Afternoon Baking with the Kids: Classic Christmas Cookies, Gingerbread Cookies (courtesy of Caroline at Devil & Egg; while you are there, please check out her website’s awesome makeover)
Afternoon Cooking with the Kids: Pork Dumplings
Zucchini Bread, Olive Oil Granola
Last-minute Gifts for Kids:
Our Favorite Books from Newborn to 10 Years Old.
Apres-Ski Menu
: Belgian Beef Stew, Monogrammed (!) Chicken Pot Pies, Easy Pork Tacos, Turkey Chili
A Birthday Ritual that Happens to Fall Near or On Christmas: Birthday Pancakes
Visiting New York City with Kids: A Rockefeller Center Strategy (Scroll down to “Christmas Cheer”)
Self-Serve Soups and Dinners: Minestrone, Grandma Turano’s Meatballs, Butternut Squash Soup
How to Get Lost For a While if Your Kids Will Let You: Freedom, Just Kids, Open, The Wife, The Post-Birthday World
A New Year’s Eve Dinner Party: Braised Short RibsCranberry-Port Marinated Beef Tenderloin, Pomegranate-Braised Pork Loin, Marcella’s Milk-Braised Pork Loin
A New Year’s Day Detox Soup
: Avocado & Cucumber Soup

I also wanted to take a second to express gratitude to my loyal readers. Every time I read your comments (I read every one — even if I don’t respond to them) I kinda can’t believe how heartfelt and thoughtful they are, and subsequently, what a devoted bunch of readers and family cooks you are. So thank you. My sincerest wish in 2011 is that you will continue to find ways to turn the dinner slog into your own family love story.

Happy Holidays from the DALS team,
Jenny, Andy, Phoebe & Abby!

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Happy Holidays and thanks for the links! Your blog is a regular topic of discussion for my friends and I – it helps us stay motivated. Dinnertime can be a dark and scary place sometimes.


I read all the time, but have never left a comment. You should know — I am in love with your love story. Inspiring, indeed.


Merry Christmas to you and your family Jenny! Every year at this time I reflect upon the people that have greatly inspired me. You are one of them!
I have used “Time for Dinner” frequently since I purchased it in the fall. I bought two more copies for gifts in hopes that my friends will find as much inspiration in your book (and blog) as I do!

Katie Muniz

Merry Christmas! Your blog has become a daily resource for me when it comes to feeding my three demanding/picky little eaters. Hope you have a blessed and peaceful time with your family.


All the best to you and your family. Your book was the big “ah ha” moment for me this past year. I always loved making dinner but I never knew how much it meant to me till I found your blog and got your book. It was nice to see that others treasure it (and at times dread) it as much as I do.

I gave 5 (!!) copies this Christmas to friends and family, with a note to go to DALS for further inspiration. I experienced my version of nirvana the other day when I made your kale chips, my son and 16 month old daughter inhaled the entire bunch! Delicious!


I just wanted to say thanks for the perfect sugar cookie recipe! Although I love to cook,I am NOT a baker. I tend to do something wrong every time. I have been looking for the perfect recipe every year…something simple that is fabulous. This was SPOT on. Thanks SO much! Have a great holiday. I think Santa brought me your new cookbook!


I just saw you in the January issue of Better Homes and Garden – one of my favorite magazines. very cool! Love your blog. Happy New Year!


how did you know i had butternut squash left over from christmas dinner?? it was already cubed and ready to go – dinner was ready in 35 minutes today thanks to your butternut squash soup recipe!! thanks for the suggestions and for your blog – i’m a huge fan.


Holw crap. Forgive the near profanity, but I had to let you know just how good you are…made “Fish Presents” (page 156 in TFD) for dinner tonight with quinoa on the side. Added a dash of soy sauce to my girls’ presents (ages 3 and 5….so you know how we roll when it comes to eating ANYTHING) and the result was….A-MAZING! They both cleaned their plates! Magic I tell you, sheer magic! And I cleaned my plate as well! Wishing I had wrapped up a few more presents for the adults…I just know my husband is going to want more than what I made when he gets home….Bravo Jenny! Happy New Year to you and the fam!