Laura Ingalls Wilder, You Had the Right Idea

by Katie Workman, author of The Mom 100 Cookbook, creator of blogSo, I hope by now you know I’m not someone who over-coddles their children in any way, especially not when it comes to eating.  My kids know that if trout is on the table, it must be tried,  that vegetables are part of every meal, that soda is for special occasions, that blah blah blah....more

A Tribute to Marcella Hazan, Who Taught Me, My Kids, and So Many to Make Pasta

I first "met" Marcella Hazan the way so many people did--through the pages of her opus, The Essential of Classic Italian Cooking. I was around 11 or 12, but already neck-deep into my affair with cookbooks and cooking, and I could not wait to make homemade pasta.  And again, like so many people, it was Marcella who taught me how through the pages of her book.  I followed the directions to the letter, the many, many pages of explicit directions, taking you though the detailed steps of making pasta.  ...more
Katie, yes, yes yes, THANK YOU Marcella Hazan! Her "Marcella Cucina" is the first cookbook I ...more

Channeling Sara Moulton

Sometimes (Always?  I’m going with always) life is full of curve balls.I write this flying home from a wonderful first time Food and Wine Conference, created by Isabel Laessig of Family Foodie and Sunday Supper, in Orlando, and the past 36 hours did not all go as expected....more

Pineapple Mint Jalapeno Salsa

by Katie Workman, author of The Mom 100 Cookbook, creator of blog...more

The Myth of the Relaxing Summer

You know those moments where you are talking to someone, and they say something, and you think “Wow. I can’t believe she said that. I might think that sometimes, but I don’t believe I would say that out loud.” I think I have become that person. ...more

Father's Day Grilling: Eat These Asian Baby Back Ribs With Plenty of Paper Napkins

I created this recipe as my Father’s Day gift to my husband Gary, who loves ribs more than anyone else I know, with the exception of my own father. My kids are no slouch in the rib-loving department either. Below is a photo of Jack when he was about 1 1/2, eating his first rib. In it he looks simultaneously surprised and perplexed and ecstatic, and maybe a little drunk. In my mind the caption for this photo was always, “For the love of God, where have you people been hiding the pork?” ...more
So glad you like the recipe!  let me know how they turned out!more

The First Father's Day Without My Dad

Bear with me — I promise, there are recipes at the end of the tunnel.When someone in your life dies, you embark upon the well-worn path of a year of “firsts”. People who’ve gotten there before you, who’ve lost someone central to their lives, will tell you about what it’s like to maneuver through that initial 12 months of “this is the first year that ______ hasn’t been at ___________.”...more
@Karen Ballum thank you so much, Karen.more

How to Get Breakfast in Bed: A Blueprint

 In a perfect world you would not have to read this blog post, and I would not have to write it. In a perfect world I also wouldn’t be writing this at the orthodontist’s office waiting for my kid to have his palate expander fixed for the seventeenth time....more