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Oh man, Pete Wells! I was so sad to read that this week’s “Cooking with Dexter” column ( “Busy Signal”) is going to be his last for the New York Times Magazine. Moist chocolate chip banana bread I’ve always appreciated how honestly he writes about the way food and family intersect — as you’ll read in his swan song, he never pretended cooking dinner for his kids with a full-time demanding job (in addition to writing this column, he’s the editor of the Times Dining Section) was easy or in any way regular. Banana bread receta facil His wife has the more flexible work schedule so she’s the one who keeps the weeknight dinner train running.

Banana bread recipe with whole wheat flour And most of the time, Wells concedes, he isn’t there for it. How do you make banana nut bread Or, when he is, he sometimes finds himself spending a harried half hour dredging fish fillets in homemade breadcrumbs instead of doing what he should be doing: heating up something from the freezer and chilling out with his kids. What makes banana bread moist I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found myself in this position. Easy banana cake recipe plain flour It happens less now — now that I’m the wife with the flexible work situation, and now that the kids are older and not as whiny about wanting to eat right this second — but when it does, I think the same thing: Who am I supposed to be connecting with here? The kids or the chicken thighs? Which inevitably leads to Tomorrow night is Trader Joe’s Pizza Night.

Perhaps sadder than this being Wells’ last column was the resigned tone with which he wrote it. Gluten free banana bread coconut flour It doesn’t appear there are any solutions to the family dinner problem short of passing a law requiring parents to leave work at 5:00. Banana bread recipe australia (Even that idea, he later decides, is not such a good one.) Here’s where I disagree. Easy banana loaf recipe Perhaps there are no blanket solutions, but if you want to figure out how to connect with your family over dinner (that’s ultimately why you’re here right? Not because you’re trying to solve an “abstract but urgent societal problem?”) there are ways to do it. Banana bread vs banana cake Maybe not every night, maybe not even for a few years from now when your kids are less likely to make a mockery of your pork chops with kale. Best banana muffin recipe When they’re old enough, you can start pushing their mealtime a little later to make an all-parties-present dinner more likely. Banana walnut cake recipe You can allow yourself the Trader Joe’s pizza moment whenever you need it, if dredging and mincing is going to be the soul-crusher that prevents you from sitting down with your kids the next night. You can make weekend dinners really count, not just by prioritizing those meals as non-negotiable family time, but by thinking about what dishes lend themselves to second lives later in the week. Banana walnut cake recipe eggless (Last week, a blessed stash of Great Grandma Turano’s Sunday meatballs were revived from the freezer as these sandwiches above.) And when you can’t get home from work in time to do any of this, you can remind yourself that Pete Wells has a hard time, too. Banana walnut cake recipe sanjeev kapoor Then you can try again tomorrow.

In a medium pot, reheat meatballs in their sauce, covered, over low heat. Easy banana cake recipe Slice a baguette horizontally, then slice into four sandwich-size pieces. Starbucks banana loaf recipe (Smaller ones for the kids, bigger ones for grown-ups.) Broil or toast for a minute so bread is slightly crunchy but not brown. Easy banana cake recipe from scratch Place meatballs on halved baguette pieces (be sure to add sauce), then place that half on a cookie sheet, topped with slices of fresh mozzarella. Starbucks banana bread recipe Broil for about a minute until cheese has melted and bread is toasty. Banana nut cake recipe Close sandwiches and serve.

As our children were growing up we had dinner every night as a family, almost without fail. Banana bread cream cheese recipe As adults nearing 30, they have both thanked me numerous times for that. Banana bread without butter They say they are among the very few of their friends who had that routine in their lives. Banana bread food com So much of life was lived and discussed and laughed and cried over at that table. 5 star banana bread I can’t imagine not having had that with my kids. Banana bread greek yogurt I encourage it, or something like it, to every young parent I know. Almond flour banana bread I think it is so important. Coconut flour banana bread Reply

I look back at my childhood in awe of my mother who managed to work full time in a pretty high powered job and get dinner on the table for us every night – especially since there was no dad around to help out. Spelt flour banana bread But her persistence is what has made me completely committed to eating together with my family every night (pretty much). Coconut flour banana bread vegan I hope I am passing these values on to my kids, as well.

Can’t say enough about Trader Joe’s chili and lime chicken burgers with their sweet potato fries.

We’re on the Anti-Cancer diet, our 16 yr old 4th child, is on the “why does this dinner suck” diet. Oat flour banana bread We meet in the middle by sharing salad and good bread… the main course for us: fish and broccoli, for her: the bread and sometimes cheese.

Not a perfectly balanced meal by any means, but the fact that we’re all at the table discussing our day makes the unbalanced meal fade into the background.

Sometimes it’s not about the food, it’s about the fact that we’re connecting at the dinner table.:) Reply

I am so sad to see “Cooking with Dexter” go too. Almond meal banana bread I love how this last article he wrote reminded us that even he struggles with getting dinner on the table. Baking soda substitute for banana bread But there are a lot of working moms and dads who have figured out how to cook simple fast dinners for their kids and who take great pleasure in what many think of as a chore. Banana muffins without baking powder But yes, as you mentioned here, most of those people (I’m one of them) have older kids. Banana bread with cream cheese frosting I think that’s important to emphasize. Banana bread cookies Thanks for the post. How to keep banana bread fresh Reply

I work full time with three kids- two meals I live by almost weekly: 1) I have made this a couple times and the kids love it, all from Trader Joes- Israeli CousCous- Microwave it and pour in a large glass bowl, add microwaved zucchini melange (it has a tomato sauce with little chunks of mozz. No egg banana bread recipe cheese) and stir in the frozen grilled chicken strips. Banana bread cookies recipe Dump it all in a casserole 350 for 15 minutes and its a dinner my kids really enjoy.. Banana bread with pecans 2) The chicken lime burgers rock with guacamole or pineapple on them!! Love Trader Joes!! Reply

You are all making my case of Trader Joe envy flare up again. Low sugar banana bread recipe We’re 200 miles from a Target, never mind TJ or Whole Foods. Icing for banana bread But we stock up when we can, and eat dinner as a family almost every night.

I’m sure moms with little ones appreciate hearing that it will get easier, but I want to add, that it’s not too soon to start. Banana and walnut bread recipe There is a window—between 3 &7 yrs of age when it is easy to create traditions ala “this is the way our family does it”…if you wait too long, it can be harder to get them on board. Banana bread bread maker Reply

I think the most important point of your post is to just keep trying. No baking soda banana bread Dinner happens (in some form) every night. Famous banana bread recipe Some nights it’s a great gathering moment for the family. Resep banana cake breadtalk Some nights it’s just a matter of getting some food in everyone’s stomachs. Banana bread in bundt pan (Or, perhaps, on everyone’s plates–can lead a kid to the table but can’t make him eat!). Jamaican banana bread recipe Rather than beat ourselves up for the nights we don’t meet our own standards for family dinner, let’s vow to move on and see tomorrow night as a chance to try again. Is banana bread good for you Reply

I love the title of this post! As a working mom of four kids, I try very hard to menu plan and cook what I can over the weekend. One egg banana bread A recipe that does double duty and can feed is for two nights means more quality time with the kids! Reply

We rarely have leftovers (4 kids, 3 of whom are boy-men) – but we definitely have tj’s pizza night, meatball sub night and breakfast for dinner nights as go-to meals. Is banana bread healthy I appreciate your encouragement in the daily battle, no matter what kind of meal, to sit together around the table. Is banana bread bad for you Reply

Just wanted to chime in – as you say family dinner isn’t always easy – but I do think it is worth the effort. Bread maker banana bread As a mom with a flexible work schedule I have the luxury to eat with my kids every night even if my husband can’t and even if I haven’t made it from scratch. Banana bread whole wheat flour My kids notice, even at 4 and 7, for on those odd nights when I have a meeting to go to and am not eating with them boy they let me have it. Banana loaf cake recipe And yeah to double duty recipes! Reply

I remember those days. Banana and walnut loaf recipe It was like walking a tightrope trying to balance putting a good meal on the table and spending time with my boys after working all day.

sigh…we did a lot of burgers on the grill, a lot of stir fry and a lot of take out! Reply

I wrote a post about the same thing (as did The Lunch Tray, who you might want to check out.) The thing that bothered me most was Pete Wells’ seeming “defeat.” Damn, even your kids don’t expect it to be perfect. Banana and walnut cake recipe They just want some consistent time with you that they can count on. Banana bread with bread flour That time becomes so important as they get older, and easier too becuase they are also busy with HW and activities. Homemade banana nut bread I can honestly say that family dinner is the reason I have such a close relationship with my teen and tween. Banana muffins with coconut flour (And it allows our “picky” 5 year old gets some time with them too.) Reply

Just wanted to clarify: I meant “easier” as kids get older becuase they can eat later without becoming unglued. Banana cake with plain flour Harder, of course, becuase there are all those extra activities to juggle. Banana bread with coconut milk Still family dinner can/should be made a priority in the parents’ and the kids’ schedules! Reply

This post brought a tear to my eye. Eggless banana cake with condensed milk As a mom to an “eat right now” toddler, the lover of cooking, and the spouse with the LESS flexible full time job than my husband, everything you said hit home. Banana poke cake with condensed milk It reminded me and inspired me to keep connecting, keep cooking, and to shake off the guilt for the occasional frozen pizza. Banana pudding recipe with condensed milk and cream cheese As a new reader of your blog, I can’t thank you enough. Healthy banana bread applesauce For your writing, your food, and especially tonight, your perspective. Bread machine banana nut bread Cheers! Reply

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