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  1. Thursday, May 19

    This Week for Dinner Podcast #43: Chef Justin Warner

    This Week for Dinner Podcast #43: Tips for Cooking Popcorn + an Interview with Chef Justin Warner

    It’s Thursday, which means a new podcast episode! Today I kick things off with various tips for cooking popcorn, including my most favorite technique, along with a delicious and easy recipe for using that perfectly popped popcorn. Afterwards I talk with Justin Warner, a self-taught chef, the winner of the eighth season of Food Network Star and the author of The Laws of Cooking: And How to Break Them (Flatiron Books, 2015). In addition,  Justin also served as chef and co-owner of Michelin-rated restaurant Do or Dine in Brooklyn, and he continues to be a frequent guest on Food Network and hosts Foodie Call. Justin talks about what he loved about owning a restaurant, shares a few of his favorite recipes and offers up a kitchen tip that I am especially excited about. I met Justin a few months ago on my trip to General Mills, where we bonded over cereal and 90s rap music. It was great to chat with him again! Enjoy the show!

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  2. Sunday, May 15

    Week 486 Weekly Menu

    Hello, everyone! Last week was so nice. I got the grocery shopping done on the weekend and made dinner all week. I do have a couple carry over items from last week, which is also nice because I already have the ingredients! Hopefully this week will go as well!

    Week 486 Weekly Dinner Menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable meal plan and shopping list!

    MONDAY:
    Adobo Chicken
    Beans and rice

    TUESDAY:
    Chicken Caesar Wraps

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Veggie Omelets

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    Grilled Salmon with rice and broccoli

    SATURDAY:
    – Take out night

    SUNDAY:
    Sausage, Pepper & Onion Hoagies

    As usual, please pretty please share your menu plans for the week! Thank you and have a great week!


  3. Thursday, May 12

    This Week for Dinner Podcast #42: Ahna Tessler + Cutting Brownies

    This Week for Dinner Podcast #42: Tip for cutting brownies + an interview with photographer Ahna Tessler

    It’s time for another podcast! Today I share my secret tip for cutting brownies (okay, it’s not that secret and you can find it on the blog, but whatever…it’s such a good tip it needs repeating!). In addition I interview NYC-based family photographer Ahna Tessler. Ahna is a mother of four-year-old twins and wife to a 35-year-old man. 😉  Ahna’s background is in comedy and screenwriting but she found it was kind of hard to work the stand-up circuit with 67,000 diapers to change and two noses that needed constant wiping. Photography has given her the opportunity to explore the beauty, humor and grit of human interaction on a new stage… the family. Her most recent project with Babble, Motherhood in Focus, was so beautiful that I just had to get her on the show to talk more about it. And, of course, get her to share her favorite recipe and a few food memories about her own mother, memories that take an unexpected turn!

    Shownotes:

    It’s easy to listen to the show!

    • Via the web: Just click play below!
    • Via an app: For iPhone and iPad, subscribe to the This Week for Dinner Podcast on iTunes and listen to it through the purple Podcasts app. For Android devices, use the Stitcher, Podcast Addict or Pocket Casts apps. In all cases, launch the app, then search for This Week for Dinner Podcast. The benefit of using an app: once downloaded, you can listen to the show without an Internet connection.

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  4. Sunday, May 8

    Week 485 Weekly Menu

    It’s been a great Mother’s Day around here with a lot of lazing about for me, just the way I like it! Luckily I planned my weekly menu yesterday so, throwing this together wasn’t a big deal today. I even have the grocery shopping done, yay!

    Week 485 Weekly Menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable weekly dinner meal plan and shopping list!

    MONDAY:
    Pat’s Asian Chicken Salad

    TUESDAY:
    Chili

    WEDNESDAY:
    Adobo Chicken
    Beans and rice

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    Chicken Caesar Wraps

    SATURDAY:
    – Takeout night

    SUNDAY:
    Tortilla Soup

    As usual, be sure to tell us in the comments what you have cooking this week! And Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing women out there who influence the world for good!


  5. Thursday, May 5

    This Week for Dinner Podcast #41: Dawn Jackson Blatner and the Best Way to Cook Carnitas

    This Week for Dinner Podcast #41: Easy and Delicious Homemade Carnitas + an Interview with Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, dietician for the Chicago Cubs and winner of ABC's "My Diet is Better Than Yours"

    It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for the weekly podcast! Today I share a tip for how I make homemade carnitas that requires almost no effort, with a really fabulous result. Afterwards I have a nice long chat with Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN. Dawn is a registered dietician that works for the Chicago Cubs and also recently won the ABC reality TV show My Diet is Better Than Yours. I am lucky to count Dawn as a friend and absolutely loved having her on the show. She shares a bit about her experience on My Diet is Better Than Yours, how her philosophy around flexitarian eating came to be, tips and tricks for having a healthy yet doable diet, strategies for feeding kids, the “C.R.A.P.” you should avoid, why she thinks potatoes have gotten a bad rap, and a great kitchen tip that will simplify your life. Also, recipes. Lots and lots of great recipes. I love this episode and I’m sure you will, too!

    Shownotes:

    It’s easy to listen to the show!

    • Via the web: Just click play below!
    • Via an app: For iPhone and iPad, subscribe to the This Week for Dinner Podcast on iTunes and listen to it through the purple Podcasts app. For Android devices, use the Stitcher, Podcast Addict or Pocket Casts apps. In all cases, launch the app, then search for This Week for Dinner Podcast. The benefit of using an app: once downloaded, you can listen to the show without an Internet connection.

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  6. Wednesday, May 4

    Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies + FairHer, Celebrating the Women of Fair Trade (+ a Giveaway!)

    Mother’s Day is just around the corner, which means two things for me. First, I am planning on not cooking this Sunday, or even parenting much at all (that’s how I like my Mother’s Day, nice and lazy). Second, I’m teaming up with Fair Trade USA once again to celebrate the amazing women farmers of fair trade! I think this might be my 4th Fair Trade Mother’s Day recipe and giveaway…I’ve lost track! Anyway, since it’s not Mother’s Day quite yet, I am still in the kitchen and today I’ve cooked up a batch of double chocolate coconut cookies that I am certain you will love.

    Recipe for Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies, using Fair Trade certified ingredients to support women farmers, by @janemaynard #FairHerRecipe for Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies, using Fair Trade certified ingredients to support women farmers, by @janemaynard #FairHer

    But before we get to the recipe we need to meet a farmer. And do a giveaway, which includes tons of awesome fair trade goodies. Let’s go!

    This year Fair Trade is focusing on the women of fair trade through their #FairHer campaign. Like ONE, another non-profit organization I work with frequently, Fair Trade recognizes how important it is to help women in order to tackle poverty. In fact, you can’t tackle poverty without focusing on women. And the work Fair Trade does empowers women in many ways, especially given that women produce more than 50% of the world’s food (ummmm…btw…they only own 2% of the land).

    Fair Trade USA #FairHer - Fair Trade is Good for Women

    To make this all a little more real, I’d like you to meet one of those women farmers, Virginia Jimenez, a sugar cane farmer & member of the CORA Cooperative, a Fair Trade Certified organic sugar producer in Paraguay. Gimenez has been involved with sugar cane all her life, as both her father and late husband were sugar cane producers. Her late husband, Mario Miranda, joined CORA in 2010 and died a year later. Gimenez, a mother of four, has taken over as the CORA-affiliated producer.

    Virginia Jimenez, Fair Trade Farmer with CORA in Paraguay | Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies | This Week for Dinner

    Here are a few of Virginia’s thoughts: “For us, the access to machinery that CORA provides is key for our annual production [note: according to CORA, they are able to lend the use of machinery at low or no cost by using some of the Fair Trade premium fund]. I also like the ideals behind CORA. Their strict rules are good for our society. For example, the controls regarding the use of child labor is very good. The safety workshops have also been great help. And the idea of producing organic sugar cane without chemicals is very important. My husband believed strongly in this. If we were able to increase our earnings, whether from sales or from the premium fund, I would like to see our health services improved. We do not have medical attention here on a daily basis. If a poisonous snake bites someone, we have to go really far.”

    So, keep an eye out for that fair trade symbol on the food you buy. It’s helping wonderful women like Virginia. A sincere thank you to Virginia for sharing her story and thoughts with us!

    FairHer Giveaway, a collection of awesome Fair Trade Certified Goodies from @janemaynard

    I mentioned a giveaway, didn’t I? Fair Trade USA sent me a package of goodies to provide inspiration for today’s recipe, and one of you lucky people will receive the same package! It just might be their best one yet. Click here to read about all of the products included!

    Here’s how to enter the giveaway! (Comments must be posted by Midnight PT 5/11/16):

    I think it’s time to get cooking with all these yummy fair trade ingredients!

    Recipe for Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies, using Fair Trade certified ingredients to support women farmers, by @janemaynard #FairHer | Sliced coconut and Guittard baking wafersRecipe for Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies, using Fair Trade certified ingredients to support women farmers, by @janemaynard #FairHer | Guittard baking wafers and Lake Champlain Cocoa

    Today’s cookies may not be fancy but they are pretty much perfect. Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, these chocolate cookies are filled with dark chocolate and coconut, one of my favorite flavor combinations. And there are so many ingredients in these cookies that can go fair trade, from the sugar to the vanilla to the chocolate! For this batch I used Guittard’s organic semisweet chocolate baking wafers, which are my favorite chocolate chips to use in any cookie recipe. I also used Lake Champlain’s organic unsweetened cocoa, another fabulous chocolate source that I can’t get enough of.

    Recipe for Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies, using Fair Trade certified ingredients to support women farmers, by @janemaynard #FairHer | Cookie DougRecipe for Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies, using Fair Trade certified ingredients to support women farmers, by @janemaynard #FairHer | Cookies on the Tray

    Enjoy! And Happy Mother’s Day!

    Recipe for Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies, using Fair Trade certified ingredients to support women farmers, by @janemaynard #FairHer

    Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies
     
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    Serves: 3 dozen
    Ingredients
    • 1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
    • ½ cup granulated sugar
    • 1½ cup brown sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • Generous ½ teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
    • 1¼ teaspoon baking soda
    • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
    • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
    • 1 cup unsweetened coconut (I love wide sliced)
    • 1½ cups semisweet chocolate chips (I love Guittard's baking wafers)
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
    2. In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, mix together the butter, sugar and brown sugar on medium speed for approximately 5 minutes. (Yes, 5 MINUTES...you want it to mix for a long time.)
    3. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix on medium speed for another 2-3 minutes.
    4. Place a sifter over the bowl and add the salt, baking powder, baking soda, flour and cocoa powder to the sifter, then sift the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix on low until just mixed.
    5. Add coconut and chocolate chips and mix with a large spoon until evenly distributed.
    6. Place dough in 2-tablespoon dough balls on a cookie sheet, leaving a few inches between each cookie.
    7. Bake for about 12-14 minutes. The cookies shouldn't look wet beneath the surface (if that makes sense).
    8. When you take them out of the oven, drop the pan flat onto the counter or stovetop to force the cookies to settle.
    9. Let cool a few minutes before eating. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container. Dough balls can also be frozen and cookies cooked from a frozen state, you just may need to add 1 or 2 minutes to the cook time.

     


  7. Sunday, May 1

    Week 484 Weekly Menu

    It’s been a lazy Sunday with my family after a busy week away, so just getting the menu thrown together now that the kids are in bed!

    Week 484 Weekly Menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable meal plan and shopping list!

    MONDAY:
    Carnitas Tacos
    – Chips and Guacamole

    TUESDAY:
    – Rachel Sandwiches

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Margherita Naan Pizzas

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    Asian Chicken Salad

    SATURDAY:
    – Take out night

    SUNDAY:
    – Mother’s Day…so I’m not planning a thing!

    Okey dokey…time for you to share your menu, too! Remember, all menu types welcome!


  8. Friday, April 29

    How to Start a Podcast, Step by Step

    Last November I launched a podcast. And I love it. Podcasting is a blast and I love working on it more than I thought I would. That said, the learning curve for starting a podcast is STEEP. Once you’ve got it up and running, though, it pretty much runs itself (well, okay, not totally, but close). But to get to that point there are a lot of steps. As I went through the process I found there wasn’t one source that told me every step, although this post from Pat Flynn at Smart Passive Income was definitely the most helpful and a lifesaver. Even with Pat’s great tutorials, I still found I had many questions.

    How to Start a Podcast, Step by Step | from @janemaynard

    Today I am speaking at the Mom 2.0 Summit about podcasting and thought this would be a good time to write down exactly how to build a podcast step by step, how I personally did it from the ground up. There are as many ways to set up a podcast as there are stars in the sky (okay, maybe not that many, but close). So, you know, this is definitely not the only way, but I still think it will be helpful!

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  9. Monday, April 25

    This Week for Dinner Podcast #40: Interview with Rachael Hersscher

    This Week for Dinner Podcast #40: Interview with Today's Mama CEO Rachael Herrscher + A Great Taco Tip!

    Before I get to today’s episode, which includes an interview with the smart and talented Rachael Herrscher, a quick update on the podcast! New episodes will now be published once a week on Thursdays, starting next week!

    Let’s get to today’s episode! First I share a great tip for making tasty tacos. For this episode’s interview I chat with Today’s Mama CEO Rachael Herrscher. Rachael is smart, funny, kind and just all around awesome. We talk about our mutual love for Atul Gawande (we love you, Atul!), sweaty hairy cartoon monkeys that stress us out, Rachael’s journey to healthful eating, and, of course, her favorite kitchen tips and favorite recipe. Lots of good stuff – enjoy!

    Shownotes:

    It’s easy to listen to the show!

    • Via the web: Just click play below!
    • Via an app: For iPhone and iPad, subscribe to the This Week for Dinner Podcast on iTunes and listen to it through the purple Podcasts app. For Android devices, use the Stitcher, Podcast Addict or Pocket Casts apps. In all cases, launch the app, then search for This Week for Dinner Podcast. The benefit of using an app: once downloaded, you can listen to the show without an Internet connection.

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  10. Sunday, April 24

    Week 483 Weekly Menu

    Hello friends! This week I am traveling up to Laguna Beach to speak at the Mom 2.0 conference (so excited!), so I am planning meals that are simple and generate a lot of leftovers. And there are a couple nights out. It’s kind of a funny week, but having the dinner plan ready to go is definitely starting the week out right!

    Week 483 Weekly Menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable meal plan and shopping list!

    MONDAY:
    Chili

    TUESDAY:
    Cilantro Sour Cream Enchiladas

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Caprese Salad

    THURSDAY:
    – Eat out (school talent show night!)

    FRIDAY:
    – Leftovers

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night (mom getting back from a trip)

    SUNDAY:
    Rachel Sandwiches

    As always, we all love seeing your menus, so share away!