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If you’re a usual PB reader, you know that this isn’t technically a food blog. But, if I had unlimited time and resources , I might write one. I love to cook, I love to host, and I don’t get to do these things enough because I’m so busy watching television doing life.

Every day for the 31 days in October I’ll share with you something from my kitchen. It won’t be the kind of cooking where you stay at home all day and slave away; it won’t be the kind of cooking where you layer on toppings and sauces and calories that look pretty but don’t taste good; and it won’t be the kind of cooking that involves pounds of butter and gobs of cream cheese. (Sorry, Paula.)  We’ll focus on using our kitchens smartly: plain, real-life kitchen tricks for eating well, hosting guests, planning a killer party, or otherwise fueling an awesome life.

If you aren’t into cooking, I hope you’ll still enjoy this adventure. Like all of the things I write here, the underlying story is the struggle to balance the impulse to be perfect at every single thing against the cold hard truth that life is pretty great just the way it is: mediocre meals, messy rooms, dirty mirrors, and mismatched socks.

Thanks for joining me.  Let’s try not to catch anything on fire.


Day 1          Why I’m Writing About Food This Month

Day 2         Kitchen Principles

Day 3         Five [Awesome] Things I Read This Week, 10.03.2014 (Kitchen Edition!)

Day 4         Football Food: Recipe for Chunky Guacamole

Day 5         Using Videos to Improve your Cooking (and a Note from Julia Child)

Day 6         Week One:  The Kitchen Toolkit

Day 7          Stove-top Essentials

Day 8          Oven Essentials

Day 9          Chopping, Stirring, and Mixing

Day 10        Five [Awesome] Things I Read This Week, 10.10.2014

Day 11         Breakfast Options for a Full House

Day 12        A Few Family Favorites

Day 13        With These Three Things You Can Cook Almost Anything

Day 14        Recipe: Mustard-Glazed Salmon

Day 15         Recipe: Spinach with Cherries and Walnuts

Day 16         Sweet Potatoes: The Best Kind of Comfort Carb

Day 17         Five [Awesome] Things I Read This Week, 10.17.2014

Day 18         It’s Okay: Just Take a Break

Day 19         Crockpot Sunday

Day 20        Using the Internet to Make Delicious Food

Day 21         Turkey Meatballs are Not Lame

Day 22         Lazy Homemade Tomato Sauce

Day 23         Emergency Chocolate Pie

Day 24         Five [Awesome] Things I Read This Week, 10.24.2014

Day 25         Minor Kitchen Woes: Living With and Loving Those on Restricted Diets

Day 26         Sunday Food Traditions: Kid-Friendly Cheese Toast

Day 27         Three Steps to the Perfect Brunch Menu

Day 28         Spaghetti Three Ways: Making Magic in Minutes

Day 29         An Ode to Goat Cheese

Day 30         Leftovers Frittata

Day 31          Five [Awesome] Things I Read This Week, 10.31.2014

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