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Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Egg Wraps

You might think that months of developing recipes for my breakfast cookbook would put a damper on my interest in morning food. But indeed, it has not. In fact, every week I seem to think of something new that I wish had fit into the pages of Rise & Shine. This recipe is one of them. Let […]

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Celery Salad with Hazelnuts, Dates, and Pecorino

The only time I remember getting worked up about celery was in the 9th grade when I learned that chewing a stalk of celery burns more calories than it contains.  For someone recently indoctrinated into the culture of dieting, this was exciting news. Since then, though, celery has played a minor role in my cooking, relegated to […]

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Easiest Ever Trader Joe’s Black Bean Soup. A 15 Minute Fix.

The group text flashed across my iphone, along with the phones of six other busy moms:  a recipe, delivered in a sort of morse code of cooking instruction, with the enthusiasm of someone with a real gem to share. It read roughly like this: “Great new Trader Joe’s hack from Britta! 2 cans black beans, one container pico […]

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Is “Healthy” a Green Light for “All you Can Eat”?

I came home to a batch of glossy, fudgy brownies on the counter that looked the picture of decadence. The baker behind the batch? Rosie, my middle daughter, who soon appeared in the kitchen to report that they were healthy brownies. “They’re vegan, mom,” she said, rattling off the ingredients. “cocoa powder, coconut oil, walnuts, dates, dark chocolate….” […]

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My Week in Food

The week started out BIG. As in a big birthday. Rosie turned sweet 16. To celebrate, I asked my pastry-chef-sister-in-law if she’d host a pastry class for 10 teens. She was all in. After arming the girls with dozens of delicate petit fours and a tutorial on fondant and piping, she set them free to […]

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A Sneak Peek at My New Book (and a chance to pre-order)

Have we talked about how bad I am at waiting for good things? For a baby to be born. For birthdays. Summer vacation. For cocktail hour. For a new dress to arrive from Gilt. For dessert. It’s true. And a good thing is happening in August that I can’t wait any longer to share. I […]

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Umami Chicken

Who gets to decide that there’s suddenly a “fifth taste”? Weren’t we all  perfectly satisfied with sweet, sour, bitter, and salty?  (Though I have wondered if somebody hadn’t left out spicy). Umami, the fifth taste, was discovered by a Japanese chemist about 100 years ago. He identified a single molecule, glutamate, as being the source of […]

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My Week in Food

It was a rolling couple of weeks of spring break over here, since the kids were all on different holiday schedules. We managed to keep busy, though, including this day when my oldest and her friends took the helm in the kitchen, making fresh pasta from scratch. Even better? They invited their moms to dine on […]

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10 Simple Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Let’s be honest, most Americans probably don’t have a clue what the sentiment behind Cinco de Mayo really is. It’s much like St. Patrick’s Day: a fun excuse to drink green beer (or green margaritas) and kick up your heels. But, since it’s wise to be well informed, I reached out to my resident expert on Mexican history, otherwise […]

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A Cool New Idea To Take the Sting out of Supper

I commend every parent who manages to get dinner on the table and gathers their people around it. Homemade food eaten in community is a good thing for health, wellness, and for family connection. We know this intuitively, and we also have piles of research to back it up. Here’s the rub, though. Churning out dinner […]

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