Archive | May, 2012

FIVE FAVORITE FATS

Fats can be transformative in cooking. Take the story of American culinary legend James Beard: vexed over a tomato sauce he just couldn’t get right, he hastily reached for a stick of butter, lobbed it into the pot, gave it a stir, and declared the recipe divine. Luckily, you needn’t be as generous with the […]

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CREAMY DREAMY BANANA DATE SHAKE

My friend Claire approached me several months ago with a cooking quandary. She’d tried in vain to knock off the delicious shakes she remembered slurping down in college which involved little more than bananas and milk. Her attempts with the blender hadn’t yielded anything satisfactorily lip smacking. A healthy, creamy banana shake? I was all […]

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GOT BUTTERMILK? HERE’S WHAT TO DO WITH LEFTOVERS

Why does buttermilk usually only come in 32-ounce containers? I’ve never in my life needed much more than a cup, never mind four. I’ve washed precious amounts of all that tangy goodness down the drain once the expiration dates has come and gone, that is until recently when I learned this fantastic little fact: YOU […]

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SLOW COOKER CHICKEN WITH BALSAMIC AND TOMATOES

The close of the school year always throws me into a tailspin. It’s a spring storm of tying up loose ends, attending an overwhelming number of sports, music, academic, and social events, madly sorting details for summer plans, and riding my annual wave of nostalgia as I notice, once again, that my kids are one […]

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RAISING KIDS TO LOVE THEIR BODIES
(AND NOT DIET)

Raising three girls in a culture that at once idealizes a size two frame while overfeeding us a steady diet of 32-ounce colas and supersized French fries feels a little overwhelming at times. Practically every woman I know has struggled with weight, body image, and dieting at some point in their lives, so I wonder, […]

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EVERYDAY ROASTED ASPARAGUS WITH MEYER LEMON

When asparagus season hits each Spring, this is how it gets cooked in my house nine times out of 10. It’s so easy, a 6th grader can make it….and they did, in my cooking class last week. The group of 11 and 12 year olds gobbled the spears right out of the roasting pan as […]

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THE ONLY RECIPE TO FOLLOW ON MOTHER’S DAY

One of the first things I learned about my friend Pam when we met years ago was that every year on Mother’s Day she treats herself by checking into a hotel. Alone. I liked her immediately. It’s a tradition she started when her kids were little and she was desperate for a good night’s sleep […]

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KICKING JUNKIE SPORTS SNACKS OFF THE FIELD

After a victorious, nail-biter of a soccer game a couple of weeks ago, my oldest daughter and her teammates ambled off the field, bone tired, to a snack that practically covered the entire surface of a picnic blanket. Included was a box of chocolate donuts and powdered donuts and cinnamon rolls and scones. There was […]

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CHEWY, CHOCOLATEY CHEERIOATS BARS

The benefits of having kids are too many to list. Let’s start with the obvious: the being madly in love part, the tax write offs, and the feel good aspect of raising responsible citizens. Then there are the “under the radars” you never consider before actually having kids: the open access to Halloween bags after […]

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SERIOUSLY THE BEST, EASIEST HOMEMADE PIZZA EVER

The best and easiest homemade pizza ever? Really? I know, it’s a bold statement. And if it was my own recipe, I’d have to be pretty full of myself to say it. But, since it’s not my recipe, but that of one of the most talented pizza makers in the country (world?), I know it […]

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