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A Big Dinner Doesn't Need to be a Big Deal Don’t you hate it when you go to someone’s home for a holiday supper and they greet you in a spotless house, fresh as a daisy, then proceed to dole out a gourmet feast as if fairies snuck in and did all the cooking? Well, it’s entirely possible that either fairies or the nearest gourmet take-out joint did the work; after all, everyone gets frazzled when it comes to special-occasion cooking. But have no fear, holiday cooking can be cheap and easy. First and foremost, do as much work as you can in advance. Read More
We all have 'em: that thing we cook when we don't want to think about cooking; our favorite home-cooked dinner that's quick and easy, but a few steps above a bowl of cereal or peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwich for dinner. When I was a kid, my mom hated cooking and my dad had very strict restrictions on what he wanted to eat. That meant we basically ate the same 7 dinners, in rotation, week after week. Sunday was always steak; Friday was always roast chicken. In between there was (I think...this was a long time ago now) brisket, veal chops, pot roast, and spaghetti. Read More