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Heading back to the farmers' market (recipe)

Welcome spring with a feast to honor the change in the weather and the growing season that is just beginning. It's hard to believe that in a few short months you'll have more tomatoes than you know what to do with. >More
 Expert strategies for organizing kids' clutter

Tiny people come with a lot of stuff. While they're still in utero, the equipment, gadgets, clothes and toys begin to accumulate. By the time they're in kindergarten, you have a full house. It doesn't have to be that way. Begin spring cleaning with simple strategies and storage solutions to help corral your kids' belongings and make this the year your living room doesn't look like a picked-over rummage sale. >More
 Cookbook cues: All About Roasting: A New Approach to a Classic Art by Molly Stevens

The aroma of roast chicken or the look of perfectly caramelized beef tenderloin wakens my inner cavewoman and makes my mouth water, but preparing it makes me edgy. A botched dish is costly (to your wallet, and potentially your belly). And compared to simmering a nice bean soup, there are a lot of questions of faith. >More
 Cookbook cues: Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes from Exceptional Home Cooks by Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs

Your neighbor's famous sticky buns or great Aunt Martha's paprikash may be what come to mind when you think of great home cooking. But made-at-home fare is elevated to a new level in Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs' Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes from Exceptional Home Cooks. Think Moroccan carrot salad with harissa, cider-brined pork with Calvados, and figgy pudding butter cookies. >More
 Books for cooks 2011

Home cooking is hot these days. In theory, anyway. Cookbooks keep coming from the publishers as people at least consider making meals for their families instead of bringing home takeout. Well, it's a step in the right direction, people. Start anywhere -- with breakfast, with the simple satisfaction of a homemade cookie. Branch out into homemade ice cream, and you may never bring home a carton again. >More
 Cookbook cues: Piece of Cake! by Camilla Saulsbury

Cakes make me cry. Not eating them -- making them. You have to be super-precise, there's a lot of bowls and alternating wet and dry ingredients, and the kicker? You need a chisel, a third arm, and some magic fairy dust to pry them out of the pan without having a quarter of the cake stick to the bottom, or the whole thing land on the floor. >More
 Cookbook cues: Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home by Jeni Britton Bauer

The official halfway point of summer was August 7. There are fewer raucous thunderstorms and the fireflies are dwindling. You can count the days left until school starts. But don't despair -- eat some ice cream. You'll feel better. And with Jeni Britton Bauer's Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home, you will have the know-how to make your own. >More
 Three strategies for no-fuss, healthy summer eating

All parents want their kids to be happy and healthy, but the rates of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes tell us we're missing the mark. School lunches and vending machine options have often been the focus of diet improvement efforts, though if we're being honest, meals at home aren't always the greatest either. >More
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