Garlic Knots

Soft and fluffy on the inside and topped with a flavorful garlicky glaze, these little knots pair perfectly with a warm bowl of soup or a fresh salad. The dough reminds us of pizza, making for a fun preparation and familiar bite.

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Irish Soda Bread

Nobody knows for certain whether the Irish or Native Americans first made this bread, although the readily available and inexpensive ingredients of wheat flour, salt, baking soda, and soured milk popularized it for many. Today, we enjoy it with currants and spread with butter or honey.

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Stir Fry

This colorful weeknight meal of sliced and sautéed vegetables served over a bed of fluffy rice is so simple and satisfying. An Asian-inspired sauce drizzled over top completes the dish.

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Waffles

Like our pancake recipe, this basic breakfast can be enhanced with a plethora of add-ins and toppings. Our favorites are honey, fresh fruit, and yogurt, but for an occasional sweet treat, inspired by Valbrook Diner on Long Island Nana Elinor used to take us to, we enjoy them with syrup and ice cream.

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Parenting a Child with Anorexia

Julia was only thirteen when she was diagnosed with anorexia, depression, and anxiety: the trifecta of mental illness, as I called it. I spent far too much time trying to figure out how and why it happened; after all, I was the stay-at-home mother by choice and with all that daily love and experience I was giving my children, I should have seen the signs and intervened. But more often than not, parents aren’t to blame for mental illness, as was the case for my wife Susan and me.

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Vegetarian Meatloaf

Katherine grew up eating her mother’s homemade meatloaf with ketchup smeared on top. Fast forward to becoming a vegetarian as an adult, and it was Nana Elinor who made this vegetarian version that captures the same delicious taste and childhood nostalgia.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

The fresh lemon juice and zest greatly enhance the flavor of this scrumptious muffin recipe, while the poppy seeds provide the fluffy batter with nutrition and texture.

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Falafel Pita Sandwich

A common street food in the Middle East, falafel is a fried patty made with ground chickpeas, fresh herbs, and spices and served with hummus and tzatziki inside pita bread. We love how nutritious and flavorful this authentic vegetarian dish is. For the very best flavor, use dry chickpeas soaked in water for 24 hours.

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