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  1. Friday, February 23, 2007

    Mid-Week Thoughts: Round Brownies & More

    I conducted a Brownie experiment this week. I cooked them in muffin tins (filled the cups about 1/3 full with batter and cooked for a shorter time at a little lower temp). If you like edges, you’ll love ’em this way. They stayed moist and I thought they were good. Not worse, not better than a normal brownie… but it’s a fun shape that would be cute if you were displaying them on a plate. Unfortunately I didn’t take a cute picture of the cute brownies… but here’s the batter, which is the best part anyway.

    I made the Lime & Honey Salmon recipe tonight. Delicious. A few notes: I baked the salmon and that worked fine (thanks to Emily for the tip – I didn’t have TWO skillets big enough to cook the salad & the salmon). The recipe made a LOT of salad. Just to warn you. BUT… there was a happy coincidence this week… we are having enchiladas tomorrow and the leftover salad will be an excellent side dish. Love it when that happens! (Yes, I’m mixing up the days a bit, but I’m sticking to the meal plans – promise!)

    Lastly, thanks to everyone who is coming to the blog! I’ve received lots of positive feedback and I’m happy everyone is enjoying and using the blog! And thank you to everyone who has shared their menus (Athena – you were the first menu from someone I don’t know – so fun!).

  2. Wednesday, January 31, 2007

    Grandma Blomquist’s Brownies

    Grandma Blomquist's Brownies
    Cuisine: Dessert
    • 1 square butter
    • 2 squares baking chocolate (equiv: 6 tablespoons cocoa and 2 tablespoons butter)
    • 2 tablespoons karo syrup
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2 well beaten eggs
    • ½ teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup flour
    1. Melt butter, chocolate, karo.
    2. Add sugar.
    3. Add eggs.
    4. Add dry ingredients.
    5. Bake 350 degrees for ~ 25 mins in a greased 8X8 pan.

  3. Norma’s Brownies

    From Norma Silverstein
    – 1/3 C butter
    – 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate (3 T cocoa & 1 T butter for every oz of unsweetened chocolate)
    – 2 eggs
    – 1 t. vanilla
    – 1/4 t. salt
    – 1 C sugar
    – 1/2 C flour
    – nuts if you want ’em

    Melt butter and chocolate in a pan. Remove from heat. Stir in sugar, salt and eggs one at a time. Add vanilla, nuts and flour. Mix well.

    8X8 greased pan. Bake at 350 for 30 mins. (double batch 40 mins)

  4. Thursday, January 30, 2020

    2020 New Year’s Resolution: Waste Less Food

    Happy New Year! (I can still say that, right? This isn’t Larry David’s blog so I’m going with it.) Since we still have one more day left in January, I’ve decided it’s not too late to share my new year’s resolution supporting the blog’s Eat Well, Heal the Planet annual goals. Drumroll, please…

    2016 New Year's Resolution: Compost and Waste Less Food @janemaynard

    That’s right, Waste Less Food is back! I am repeating my 2016 resolution because it’s an incredibly important and impactful one, and I personally could do with recommitting to this goal. If you are new to the blog, each year I choose a resolution where our family’s actions in the kitchen impact the environment in a positive way. For 2020 it is all about wasting less food!

    Local Tomatoes from Cyclops Farms | Photo from @janemaynard

    First and foremost, go check out the post I wrote in 2016 the first time I made this my new year’s resolution. There is a ton of great information in that article, including more on the negative impact food waste has on the environment.

    Today I want to build on that original post, providing tips for attacking food waste effectively.

    #1: SHOP SMART

    Being smart about the food you buy is definitely Step 1 in wasting less food.

    Yes, that is Cate is 2009. She is now 15. Unreal.

    Here are a few things to keep in mind:

    • Create a grocery list before you hit the store. This will help tremendously, both with food waste and budgeting.
    • Buy ugly produce. It tastes the same, I promise. I often will pick up a piece of produce and go to put it back if it’s not perfect, then force myself to put it in the cart. The ugly fruit wants to be loved, too!
    • Buy food from companies like Imperfect Foods. Imperfect Foods sources food that won’t be sold in stores, whether because it is surplus or imperfect (i.e. ugly). I’ve been ordering from Imperfect Foods for quite some time now and love the service. Click here to sign up! (Note: this is my referral link, which means we both get $10 with your first order.)

    Infographic explaining how the company Imperfect Produce works - they source imperfect and surplus fruit from farmers and deliver directly to customers


    Ignore dates on packaging. Seriously. The only food that the FDA requires a use-by date for is infant formula – no other food has date labeling requirements. The “use by” and “best by” dates printed on food packaging are a guide for enjoying food at peak quality and is not related to food safety. A “sell by” date tells stores how long to display products and, again, is not related to safety.  

    Best Buy Food Label Date on a container of sour cream

    When it comes to determining if a food is safe to eat, use logic, not the date on the package. Color, smell and texture will tell you what you need to know. And always make sure you store food properly to maximize safety and freshness. The USDA has a fantastic article that explains the dating systems used, as well as great tips for knowing if food has spoiled or not: click here to read it! 


    Cooking at home has huge positive impacts when it comes to food waste and trash. When our family has had busy weeks where we’ve eaten takeout more, our trash bin fills up significantly more quickly, both with from food containers and random bits of food. There are many reasons why cooking at home is a great choice (Michael Pollan lists a few of them in this interview with the Boston Globe), and reducing food waste is one of my favorites! 

    #FairMoments Fair Trade Mexican Brownies recipe from @janemaynard

    Leftovers are also huge when it comes to food waste. I used to be terrible about using up leftovers, but now (sometimes to my family’s chagrin) I am a champ getting those leftovers eaten! Whether it’s for my own lunch or dinner for the whole family, leftovers are super handy. 

    #4: COMPOST!

    The first time I made food waste a new year’s resolution, I also committed to composting. Composting is great because if you do end up with some food waste, you are putting it to good use! Rather than sending food waste to the landfill where it will create more greenhouse gases, composting food scraps at home skips the whole extra greenhouse gas problem and you end up with beautiful compost for your yard or garden. You can even compost in a small house or apartment using raised, rotating bins, as they don’t attract critters or cause a stink.  

    I searched my blog and realized that I never followed up with you all about our family’s composting experience. I did in fact start composting in 2016 and we still do it! I decided to compost using raised, rotating bins. I highly recommend them! If you decide to go the rotating bin route, make sure the bin has two chambers, one for “cooking” and one for adding materials while the other side cooks.

    Dual Barrel Rotating Compost Bin from Gardener's Supply

    Click here for a great Composting 101 article from Gardener’s Supply Company. Related, I love Gardener’s Supply Company’s dual-chamber rotating compost bin, which you can buy here


    Meal planning to the rescue once again! I know I’m biased, what with a blog called “This Week for Dinner” and all, but seriously, people, meal planning is huge when it comes to wasting less food. If your grocery list is based on your meal plan, you are automatically ahead of the game. Buying food that you have a plan for is huge in the fight against waste. If you aren’t meal planning already, hop to it! It’s the best!

    Are you ready to waste less food? So am I! Happy 2020!

  5. Monday, November 13, 2017

    Week 559 Weekly Menu from Katie Goodman Kick of Good Life Eats

    Happy Monday! Now that the week is started I think we need a dinner plan!

    This week our meal plan comes from Katie Goodman Kick from the food blog Good Life Eats. When I very first started this blog, Katie was one of my earliest and most loyal weekly commenters, always sharing her menus and great ideas. She has since built her own beautiful food space on the Internet with her blog Good Life Eats. Katie is talented and I love the recipes she shares – delicious but approachable and with ingredients that I regularly use. This week’s menu is a great example: Katie shared a ton of awesome recipes with us, and yet the ingredients list is not overwhelming. That’s my kind of cooking. Katie is a sweetheart (she once carefully brought a giant bag of homegrown tomatoes from her garden on the plane for me!) and I am so happy to be able to share her awesome meal plan with you this week. Thank you, Katie!

    Week 559 Weekly Menu - Guest Menu from Katie Goodman Kick of Good Life Eats (@janemaynard)

    Italian Sausage and Kale Soup
    Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day
    – Salad

    Honey Mustard Chicken
    Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic
    Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Garlic

    Fall Sheet Pan Pork Tenderloin with Honey Balsamic Roasted Vegetables
    Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day

    No kids home – Date Night! Here are a couple of our favorite places to go!
    24 Carrot Bistro

    Homemade Build Your Own Pizza Night (click the link for tips for making totally awesome pizza at home)
    Italian Mixed Greens Salad with Prosciutto and Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette
    Easy Homemade Fudgy Brownies with Caramel Sauce

    Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Chile Gravy Sauce (with Crockpot Mexican Chicken and Guacamole)

    Indian Butter Chicken
    Homemade Naan
    – Salad

    Click here or on the image above for a FREE printable PDF of this week’s menu, complete with recipe links and ingredients list.

    You know the drill! Share your own dinner plans in the comments! We need your great ideas!

  6. Friday, July 29, 2016

    Cora’s Sour Cream Banana Bread Recipe + The BEST Way to Eat Banana Bread (How have I never done this?!)

    Right now I’m in New Jersey visiting my family. Despite the fact that my sister-in-law Cora had a baby just six weeks ago, she has still been caught cooking us delicious food. Yesterday she made four loaves of banana bread, which (unsurprisingly) are already gone! Cora has been kind enough to share her sour cream banana bread recipe with us today. Everyone say thank you, Cora! {Thank you, Cora!}

    Cora's Sour Cream Banana Bread Recipe from @janemaynard

    Cora’s recipe is wonderful and tastes like butter. The day it is baked, the top is wonderfully crispy, while the bread itself is soft and moist. And as happy as I am to now have Cora’s great recipe, I’m even more happy about the fact that Cora and my brother Christian shared the greatest tip ever for eating banana bread.

    The Best Way to Eat Banana Bread | Cora's Sour Cream Banana Bread Recipe from @janemaynard

    You know how when you make banana bread or brownies or whatever that has a crispy top and it goes soft over night? WELL…Cora and Christian always toast their slices of banana bread and then slather the slices with butter. The top gets crispy again, the edges are awesome, and the bread stays soft and delicious. And then, of course, melted butter. It’s basically the greatest and I may never eat banana bread any other way again. These toasty slices of heaven might be even better than fresh-from-the-oven banana bread. Crazy talk, I know, but true.

    The Best Way to Eat Banana Bread | Cora's Sour Cream Banana Bread Recipe from @janemaynard

    Enjoy! BonANA Appétit!

    Cora's Sour Cream Banana Bread Recipe
    Prep time
    Cook time
    Total time
    From my wonderful sister-in-law Cora, who is an excellent cook!
    Recipe type: Baking
    Serves: 2 loaves
    • ⅔ cup butter
    • 1⅓ cup sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla or coconut extract (either are delicious!)
    • 1½ cup mashed bananas
    • 2¾ cup flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ½ c sour cream
    1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
    2. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
    3. Add vanilla or coconut extract then add eggs, beating well after each egg.
    4. Add mashed bananas and mix well.
    5. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.
    6. Beating on low, add ⅓ of the dry ingredients until just combined. Add ¼ cup of the sour cream, beat on low until just combined. Repeat with ⅓ of the dry ingredients, then the rest of the sour cream, then finishing with the last ⅓ of the dry ingredients, making sure to mix until just combined with each addition.
    7. Pour into 2 greased loaf pans and bake for 40-45 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.


  7. Thursday, May 12, 2016

    Photographer Ahna Tessler Talks Motherhood and Food Memories (Ep. 42)

    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!


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  8. Sunday, December 27, 2015

    Week 466 Menu

    Happy Sunday! If you’re currently on winter break, I hope you’re enjoying it as much as we are. We’ve eaten so much vetebrod there’s no way we could be anything but happy.


    While I’m sort of skipping meal planning this week, I do know some of the food we’ll be having. All of the grandparents will be in town and it’s going to be a fun week, filled with some cooking, lots of eating, and the Rose Bowl (go Stanford!).

    How’s that for a meal plan? 😉 Thank you to the faithful meal planners who posted their menus last week. You guys are the best! Just like last week, please post your menus and provide inspiration for everyone else, since I’m not doing much of that myself. 🙂

  9. Friday, November 6, 2015



    Welcome to the This Week for Dinner Podcast! Click on the links below to access each episode and its shownotes.

    List of Episodes:

    Episode #1: Welcome!

    Episode #2: Food Blogger Kristen Doyle’s Family Recipe and Kitchen Tip

    Episode #3: New Orleans accountant-turned-restaurant owner Mia Alexander-House

    Episode #4: Photographer and Food Blogger Tracy Benjamin Shares Multiple Recipes and Kitchen Tips

    Episode #5: Private Chef-Turned-Food Blogger Gaby Dalkin

    Episode #6: Food Blogger Irvin Lin

    Episode #7: New York Times Bestselling Cookbook Author Pam Anderson

    Episode #8: Parenting Blogger and Author Christine Koh

    Episode #9: Writer and Pie Expert Kate Lebo

    Episode #10: Food Writer Michael Procopio

    Episode #11: CEO Jane Mosbacher Morris

    Episode #12: Writer and Activist Luvvie Ajayi

    Episode #13: Food Writer and Entrepreneur Kathy Strahs

    Episode #14: Writer, Producer and Entrepreneur Lisa Oz

    Episode #15: Food Blogger Elise Bauer

    Episode #16: Food Blogger Brandon Matzek

    Episode #17: Meredith Sinclair, Play Expert

    Episode #18: Food Blogger Kalyn Denny Shares Low-Carb Comfort Food and More

    Episode #19: Craft Blogger and Author Marie LeBaron

    Episode #20: Parenting-and-Food Writer Stacie Billis

    Episode #21: Meredith Walker, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls

    Episode #22: Gabrielle Blair, Parenting Blogger and Writer

    Episode #23: Thursday 1-27-16 Recipe & a Tip!

    Episode #24: Interview with Silicon Valley Rockstar Ann Ko

    Episode #25: Thursday 2-4-16 Recipe & a Tip!

    Episode #26: Interview with Farmer and Author Diana Prichard

    Episode #27: Thursday 2-11-16 Recipe & a Tip!

    Episode #28: Interview with Chef Justine Kelly

    Episode #29: Thursday 2-18-16 Recipe & a Tip!

    Episode #30: Interview with wild foods expert Hank Shaw

    Episode #31: Thursday 2-25-16 Recipe & a Tip!

    Episode #32: Interview with cake pop creator Angie Dudley, aka Bakerella!

    Episode #33: Thursday 3-3-16 Recipe & a Tip!

    Episode #34: Interview with lifestyle blogger Allison Czarnecki

    Episode #35: Thursday 3-17-16 Recipe & a Tip!

    Episode #36: Interview with food blogger, cookbook author and entrepreneur Catherine McCord

    Episode #37: Thursday 3-31-16 Recipe & a Tip, all about CHOCOLATE

    Episode #38: Interview with food photographer and writer Helene Dujardin

    Episode #39: Thursday 4-14-16 Recipe & a Tip

    Episode #40: Interview with Rachael Herrscher + A Great Chicken Taco Tip

    Episode #41: Interview with Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN + Easy and Delicious Homemade Carnitas

    Episode #42: Interview with photographer Ahna Tessler + The Best Tip for Cutting Brownies

    Episode #43: Interview with Chef Justin Warner + Popcorn Popping Tips

    Episode #44: Interview with Cheryl Sternman Rule + My Favorite Pasta Tip and Recipe

    Episode #45: Interview with Asha Dornfest + Whoopie Pies and Smoothing Things Out When Baking

    Episode #46: Interview with Nicole Blades + Caribbean Coconut Sweet Bread Recipe

    Episode #47: Interview with Courtney Carver + Minimalism + Avocado Chimichurri

    Episode #48: New Season + Plant-Based Eating Resolution Kick-Off

    Episode #49: Interview with Rana D’Orio + Plant-Based Eating Hack #1

    Episode #50: Awesome Avocado Tips!

    Episode #51: Interview with Sustainable Agriculture Professor Megan O’Rourke

    Episode #52: The Benefits of Food Routines

    Episode #53:  Meagan Francis, Co-Host of The Mom Hour Podcast, Talks Motherhood, Food and Her Most Versatile Recipe


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  10. Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    Adorable Yet Simple Halloween Party Table Decor + 13 Spooktacular Recipes!

    I have a monster of a post for you today (mwah-ha-ha!!!), complete with ideas for completely cute yet simple Halloween party table decor as well as a 13 (mwah-ha-ha!!!) ridiculously adorable Halloween recipes.

    adorable and simple halloween party table decor + halloween recipe roundup from @janemaynard

    adorable and simple halloween party table decor + halloween recipe roundup from @janemaynard

    When it comes to entertaining, I keep it simple. I like to have a whole bunch of white serving dishes in storage that I can pair with a few accent pieces and a colored tablecloth for the occasion. Then I just throw a few decorations on the table – simple but elegant. A vase of flowers, a Christmas wreath with candles, a few pumpkins for a Halloween party…you know, SIMPLE. There’s enough going on to get ready for parties I just can’t go over the top with my decor. But I find by playing in a simple way with color and using lots of white dishes, the table always looks impressive.

    adorable and simple halloween party table decor + halloween recipe roundup from @janemaynard

    My ruffle dishes from Q Squared NYC are just such pieces that come in handy for all kinds of occasions. The ruffle design is elegant and a little bit different than your standard white dishes. BUT…if you pair it with a black tablecloth and a few of Q Squared’s slate platters, those wavy white dishes suddenly take on a spooky air! Seriously, I can’t tell you how much I loved using these dishes to decorate a Halloween table! Throw a few pumpkins on the table and make Halloween-themed food and you’re all set!

    adorable and simple halloween party table decor + halloween recipe roundup from @janemaynard

    I think Halloween food is the most fun food in all the land. Whenever October rolls around, I am always so impressed with the creative food I see in magazines and on blogs! Here are a few favorites I’ve found this year, including a couple I used for my own Halloween party decor!

    My friend Kristen from Dine & Dish shared Frankenguac just this week. Is this not the cutest guacamole ever? Be sure to click through to Kristen’s post for details! (I put my Frankenguac on a slate platter and it was beyond adorable and a great centerpiece for the table.)

    adorable and simple halloween party table decor + halloween recipe roundup from @janemaynard

    My friend Sommer from A Spicy Perspective posted these adorable Halloween skewers, which my kids happily gobbled up! I couldn’t find dark grapes, so I used blackberries instead. I think blackberries (i.e. black pickled brains!!!) might even be spookier. Check out Sommer’s post for more details! (The skewers looked perfect on the ruffle long platter.)

    adorable and simple halloween party table decor + halloween recipe roundup from @janemaynard

    Here are a few more Halloween recipes I am dying to try! (Mwah-ha-ha!!!)

    Gingerdead Cookies from Kailley’s Kitchen

    adorable and simple halloween party table decor + halloween recipe roundup from @janemaynard

    Healthy Halloween Monster Mouths from Texan Erin

    adorable and simple halloween party table decor + halloween recipe roundup from @janemaynard

    Butterbeer Popcorn from An Edible Mosaic (because I simply cannot resist anything Harry Potter!)

    adorable and simple halloween party table decor + halloween recipe roundup from @janemaynard

    Jalapeño Popper Mummies from Simply Sated

    adorable and simple halloween party table decor + halloween recipe roundup from @janemaynard

    Mummy Milanos from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

    adorable and simple halloween party table decor + halloween recipe roundup from @janemaynard

    Graveyard Chocolate Cheesecake Dip from The Law Student’s Wife

    adorable and simple halloween party table decor + halloween recipe roundup from @janemaynard

    Peanut Butter Cookie Ghost Cups from Food Faith Fitness

    adorable and simple halloween party table decor + halloween recipe roundup from @janemaynard

    Easy Pumpkin Patties from Mom On Timeout

    adorable and simple halloween party table decor + halloween recipe roundup from @janemaynard

    Healthy Halloween Pasta Salad from Smile Sandwich

    adorable and simple halloween party table decor + halloween recipe roundup from @janemaynard

    Carrot Rice Ball Jack O’ Lantern Bites from Apron Strings

    adorable and simple halloween party table decor + halloween recipe roundup from @janemaynard

    Spooky Spider Brownies from Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

    adorable and simple halloween party table decor + halloween recipe roundup from @janemaynard

    Well, that list should keep you busy until Halloween rolls around next week. Happy Hallowen!

    This post was sponsored by Q Squared NYC. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. Seriously, those dishes I used are PERFECT for Halloween. Get shopping!