Searching for the Perfect Homemade Pasta Recipe: Part 1

If there was just one carb to darken my doorway for the rest of eternity, it would be pasta. My kids request it nightly. I like it. My husband likes it. And there are endless ways to flavor and dress it. As far as versatile ingredients go, pasta is right up there. Typically, we eat…

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Cooking with Kids: Heirloom Tomato Sauce

Every fall, I make a big batch of Roasted Tomato Sauce (and, last year, tomato paste) and can it for wintertime. Opening up a jar of it in the dead of winter is glorious. It’s like bottling summertime. But this year I just haven’t gotten to it and really am not sure if I will….

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Cooking with Kids: Balsamic Tomato, Corn and Cucumber Panzanella Recipe

Earlier this year, I made my first panzanella (aka bread salad). It was a fabulous, flavorful, fresh salad perfect for a summertime (and it’s so unfair of me to mention it, since that is one of the few recipes I kept to myself — I promise to reveal it someday). So, when I contemplated how…

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Cooking for Kids: “Baked” Potatoes on the Grill

When I was a little kid, I dreaded having baked potatoes with dinner. It got to the point where I would audibly groan at the mention of them (how awful, right?). There was just nothing about them that I enjoyed. I’ve never been a fan of sour cream, and melty butter on semi-mashed potato doesn’t…

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Cooking with Kids: Tips for Getting Your Kids to Try New Things (and Are You Going to BlogHer ’10?)

When the email arrived months ago asking if I would speak at the annual BlogHer Conference in August, I answered a quick yes. The topic, Family Foodies: Raising a New Generation of Gourmands, couldn’t be more perfect for me. It’s everything I am passionate about: cooking good, healthy, budget-friendly meals that my whole family will…

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