It’s embarrassing, but true: on the weekends I like dessert for breakfast. Sure, an omelette or bacon and eggs can be satisfying. But really I want blueberry pancakes with real, rich maple syrup or baked brioche French toast with raisins and pecans (really a bread pudding!). Even better would be a piece of fruit pie from dessert the night before. When I lived in France in college my French “mother” and I would eat leftover tarte tatin for breakfast. The caramel drenched apples and buttery puff pastry, now a little damp from a night on the countertop, were a luxurious and pleasurable way to start the day. Now that was a reason to get out of bed (and a reason I don’t let anyone see photos of me from that time).
True Breakfast Confession
Pack Your Bags (And The Kids!)
Plan Your Summer Vacation By Theme—Who’s Ready For Pie-Infused Paradise?
By Jenna Helwig
They call it “summer vacation” for a reason. When the kids are out of school and the city is steamy, it’s time to get out of town. Whether you’re a beach buff or a mountain maniac, we’ve found some of America’s most family-friendly vacation spots. So hit the road or hop on a plane, and don’t forget to send us a postcard!
(Some) Shortcuts Allowed
When I first started cooking seriously six or so years ago I was a purist. Cooking shortcuts were almost universally unacceptable. Clients would ask me if it was okay to buy pre-peeled garlic, and I would wince to myself. I made all my own spice rubs. And, darn it, I cut my own chicken cutlets thank you very much.
To Make A Dinner My Whole Family Will Enjoy
By Michelle Levine
New York Family Magazine
December 22, 2010
What’s for dinner? It’s the dreaded question, but it’s not even my husband and children who ask it. Why should they, when I prepare separate meals for each of them on many nights? Wanting to stop the short-order-cook syndrome, I resolved to plan weekday meals ahead of time and insist that whatever I make is what’s for dinner.
The Clean Plate Chronicles: How I Got My Kid to Eat Spinach
“What’s on the menu?”
My 3-year-old daughter, Rosa, asks me this question every night before dinner. Fortunately for my husband and me, Rosa is a pretty adventurous eater. She gobbles up squid, devours olives and wolfs down anything with meat in it. But until recently, whenever I’d tell her that spinach was on the menu, she’d say, “What else?”
Rosaberry Cooking Classes
You’re no Annabel Karmel, but you can handle a puree or two.
Your child’s caregiver, well that’s another story.
Personal chef and Rosaberry founder Jenna Helwig teaches everyone in your household to whip up delicious, healthy meals in no time.
Just Say No (to Being a Short-Order Cook)
Last month the editors at New York Family Magazine asked me to participate in a project for their January issue. A few of their writers were enlisting experts to help them achieve a New Year’s Resolution. My job was to take the drama out of dinner for writer Michelle Levine, a Long Island mother of two.
Three Recipes for the New Year
Scary fact: the average American watches 35 hours a week of TV. Exciting fact: if the average American traded in just five hours (or less!) of TV a week he/she could cook up healthy, delicious meals for the whole family.
In this column Mark Bittman offers three great recipes for experienced and novice cooks alike. Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to cook more? Start here.