Why 6:00 Is My Favorite Time of Day

When things fall into place, as they more often do these days, I just love that 6:00 hour. In fact, it’s become my favorite time of day. Once I discovered that the key to removing 90% of the stress from dinnertime was to plan meals and shop in advance, I could enjoy making a simple meal for the family.

Here’s how it often goes. I stop working and prop my laptop on the kitchen counter. I turn on Marketplace on the public radio station. I look at my recipe (or recipe idea, depending on what

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Meatballs and Meditation

Last weekend on the bleachers of our daughter’s basketball game, my friend Jenny Lim mentioned that her family had recently started meditating for a few minutes.  They dim the lights and sit still, focusing on their breathing, for 5 or 10 minutes until they feel calmer and more focused. 

Of course, meditation’s benefits have been touted for decades (centuries?) and recently there has been more widespread interest and even scientific research verifying its positive effects.  I’ve tried

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Mumbai Meatballs with Dipping Sauce

Whether you eat these meatballs as dinner or serve them as an appetizer, they’re sure to make your taste buds smile.

Prep (10 minutes) + Cook (25 minutes)

Makes 4 servings, 6 or 7 meatballs

My friend Madhavi Naik, originally from Mumbai (Mumbai is the Indian name for what we used to call Bombay, India), gave me her appetizer recipe for Indian meatballs.  The meatballs were so good that I thought they would make a unique, family-friendly dinner, too.

Serve the meatballs on colorful

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Marinating and Other Cooking Tips for Working Parents

My friend Sharon, a lawyer who works outside the home and a wonderful cook, swears by marinating.  She and her husband, Mark, find it pays to take ten minutes after the kids go to bed to prepare the next night’s dinner, so there is less to do when they get home from work.

She also recommends making large quantities of food.  “We often will double a recipe for the explicit purpose of having leftovers that will form the base for the next evening’s dinner.”  For example, turn leftover

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Super Bowl Recipes That Are Sure to Score

Here are my picks of winning Super Bowl recipes that are sure to please any crowd.

Whether or not your family is made up of football fans, odds are you’ll have the Patriots vs. Seahawks game on at some point this Sunday. In fact, more people will watch the Super Bowl than watched our President deliver the State of the Union address last Tuesday (even if some of us are tuning in more for the entertaining ads and what is sure to be a dazzling halftime show by Katy Perry).

When we host friends

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