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The Willards Go To Washington! For a week!

A lot has happened since my post-Harvey check-in in September! I’ve actually been cooking a lot, but not so many new recipes from Ina – more like soup and casseroles for the freezer for people who are still putting their houses and their lives together. We’ve had quite a couple of months – our beloved dog Tippet died in October, and I’ve been struggling to get over a nasty chest cold since then. But it hasn’t been all bad news: the boys have adjusted amazingly well to their new school, and they are wowing their teachers in first and fourth grades. And, we took a trip that we’ve been planning since February! Neil and I traveled to Washington, D.C. for a conference he attended last winter, and as soon as we came home, we started planning a trip with the boys.


Our offices close for the week between Christmas and the New Year, and the kids are out of school, so we figured this would be as good a time as any to take a trip. Washington, D.C. seemed as good a choice as any because it’s so easy to navigate, there’s so much that interests the boys, and it’s a relatively inexpensive city. As soon as we started out, Neil said, “We need to remember this for next time!” So we’re all hoping there’s a next time. We’ve had friends who have done their lists of Disney hacks, to make a Disney vacation affordable and doable for a family. Here’s our list of D.C. hacks. Some things aren’t D.C.-specific, but I suppose they’d work for any city travel.

  1. Find a hotel near the Metro. For the price of about a one-day car rental, we bought week-long Metro passes for the four of us. The biggest benefit of this isn’t just the rental car savings, but the parking savings and avoiding the city traffic. Even though Houston is bigger than D.C., the population density here is three times as … dense. So, the traffic can get out of hand, and parking is extremely expensive. We found a hotel somewhat close to a Metro station in Arlington. It’s a lot cheaper than hotels in the city, and we’ve only traveled by train and by foot, and so we’ve been able to budget for an entire week here. Also, the kids LOVE it, and I figure I’ve bought myself a year or two more before dementia sets in by re-learning the routes we need to take. All that being said, the $8 cab ride we took one day was the best money we spent all week. There’s something to be said about knowing when to ask for help. We also took an uber to the airport (and donated our used-just-once booster seat to the uber driver, much to his delight), and that was also worth it. By that time, I had a full-blown case of influenza, though … more on that later.
  2. If you don’t plan to uber/lyft/cab/drive your way around the city and you’re going to use the Metro and your feet for most of your travel, you’re going to want to pack light. We each packed one small suitcase for a week, which might not sound like any big thing, but we are all of us chronic over packers. Knowing we’d have to haul our stuff everywhere, though, made us think twice about what got packed and what could stay home. When you find that hotel near the metro, look for a hotel with laundry machines for guest use, or a nearby laundromat. Pack a few laundry detergent “pods” to do a load or two of laundry in the hotel. It might not feel very vacation-y, but neither does dragging half your wardrobe three blocks from the Metro stop. If you feel like splurging, I’m sure there are a lot of reliable wash-and-fold services in the city, but we figured since we’d be in by 8 pm with the kiddos anyway, we might as well do it ourselves. I packed one basic outfit: leggings, a cotton dress, and short boots. It might look like I’m wearing the same outfit in every photo, but I’m OK with that.IMG_0124
  3. Plan to eat at least one meal in the room every day. For us, breakfast made the most sense. For your family, it might make more sense to have peanut butter sandwiches on the go for lunch, or a picnic dinner in the room in the evening. We went to a grocery store (the Whole Foods off of the Foggy Bottom Metro stop – or “Foggy Butt” as Ben likes to call it – is excellent for this), and picked up fresh fruit, yogurt, and croissants. So, if your hotel doesn’t have an included breakfast, check for one with at least a mini fridge. This has saved us money, but it has also saved us the bother of bringing kids to restaurants three times a day. Our kids are great travelers, but we all need our time at “home,” and breakfast was a good way to start the day that way. That way, by the time we left the room, we were ready to go to our first attraction. Even if you don’t want to eat in the room, plan on at least one grocery trip for snacks and other essentials. In addition to the Whole Foods near the Foggy Bottom stop on the orange/silver/blue line, there’s a Trader Joe’s across the street from the Clarendon stop on the orange/silver line. Buy a roll (or two) of paper towels and a bottle of hand soap for the room. We traveled at the peak of cold and flu season, and after being with so many people all day, the last thing I wanted to do was to wash hands with the same nasty bar of hotel soap with my whole family. Hand soap. Trust me.  As long as you’re at the grocery store, pick up some fresh fruit for the room. M&Ms are super fun for the airport and one or two nights in the hotel, but you’ll all feel better if you have some fresh fruit and veggies in you. We ended up eating our entire dinner at Whole Foods at least two nights – the kids could eat pizza, Neil could eat a sandwich, and I could pick up some sushi and a salad. I added some sliced bell peppers to my salad bowl and then put them in front of the kids with their pizza, and said a prayer that the vitamin C in them would help stave off any nasty travel germs.
  4. Whatever you don’t want to pick up and drag home on the metro, use Amazon’s Prime Now or Uber Eats. We had bottled water, a few sodas, and a few other essentials delivered to the room one night. I don’t know why I feel guilty about this, because it’s AWESOME. We did New Year’s Eve dinner with Uber Eats, and everybody got what they wanted without waiting in line at a restaurant or having to travel home through a crowd of partygoers. (We are so old.)IMG_9999.JPG
  5. If you want to see any of the paid attractions (e.g., anything outside the Smithsonian museums and the National Gallery), buy a “Go Pass”we got ours at Costco. We figured out that it would pay for itself even if we only used two of our four passes each. We used ours for the International Spy Museum, the National Building Museum, the National Geographic Museum, and the hop-on hop-off bus tour of the monuments. The boys loved the spy museum; I do not understand espionage, and so I’m probably not the best person to ask about that one. I did love the National Building Museum and the National Geographic Museum, though – even more than I expected. The National building Museum has a huge “great hall” to run around in -for free! You only have to pay (or use a go pass) for admission to the exhibits. There are also a ton of clean bathrooms there (moms notice these things!), and it is directly across the street from the Judiciary Square Metro stop. This was a godsend on a very cold day. We could have used one of our “go pass” passes on the National Cathedral, but we paid separately for that. Side note: the Cathedral is not on a Metro line, but it is free to tour on Sundays, and there’s a great little cafe on the Cathedral grounds. Next time, we’ll make more of an effort to go to church there on a Sunday. As it was, we used our one non-Metro day to go there, because our seven-day Metro pass had expired at that point. We did use our “go pass” on a hop-on-hop-off tour bus which was a mistake on a 22-degree day, but was a good way to see other things not on a Metro line (the monuments and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing). We had hoped to see Mt. Vernon and Arlington Cemetery, but when the highs were in the low 20s, we changed our tune. Which brings me to my next point:
  6. Make a plan, but make it flexible. We made a general list of what we would try to do and ideas of which days we would do them, but circumstances like weather, moods, and different friends we wanted to see made us glad that we hadn’t nailed ourselves down to a certain date for any one activity. We only made one restaurant reservation for the entire week. I might have felt differently if we were traveling without the kids, but for our purposes, it just made more sense to find something nearby wherever we happened to be. Along those lines:
  7. Know your limits. No matter what time we left the room in the morning or what we had planned for that day, we tended to start to melt after hitting about 13000 steps. I think we probably would have gone a lot further and longer if it had not been extremely cold. That made it nearly impossible to spend time outdoors, but it also added to the time it took to get through security checks and get everything settled so we could get to the good stuff. Speaking of that:
  8. The National Gallery has a free coat check room, and the National Portrait Gallery, and the National Museum of American History have free lockers. For a quarter, you can use the National Museum of Natural History’s lockers. If you’re wearing a few pounds of winter gear and/or hauling around a bag full of everybody’s everything, you’ll want to remember this.
  9. Speaking of the bag full of everything, you might want a lightweight backpack. I can’t carry a purse around all day without getting a backache, and I wanted some of the males in the family to be able to carry around the family bag for some of the day, too. I needed something for my wallet, phone, extra phone charger, a metro map, and all of our passes and cameras. I didn’t do a ton of research on this, but I bought this one before our trip. It’s big enough without being too big to squeeze into those free lockers. The boys got cameras for Christmas from my parents, which has been awesome, but there were enough exhibits that did not allow photography that it was nice to be able to tuck them away.IMG_9915.JPG
  10. The Mitsitam Cafe at the National Museum of the American Indian has very good “real” food (not just chicken tenders and hot dogs). There is also a very good restaurant downstairs in the National Gallery, but it’s a bit more expensive and less kid-friendly.
  11. Wear comfortable shoes. This is a walking city. Like, go try some on in the store. Maybe get some new socks, too.
  12. On Friday afternoons, the National Portrait Gallery has a free make-your-own art time. It was a lovely, quiet, warm corner of the city that helped us decompress after a crowded morning and create something (for free!) that we could bring home with us.
  13. We didn’t make reservations ahead of time for any attractions or tours. If you want to tour the capital building, you should contact your senator or representative several months in advance. You’ll need to plan in advance to tour the White House, too. For this trip, we knew we’d have plenty to see without reservations, so we just planned to do that. The one Smithsonian museum that requires some planning in advance is the African American History museum, but it’s not impossible to visit without a months-in-advance plan.
  14. The Air and Space Museum is very popular. We went on a Saturday. That was probably not our best move. If you need a nap, get tickets for a planetarium show. The kids were mesmerized, and Neil and I could close our eyes for a few minutes. Don’t tell Neil deGrasse Tyson.

In six days, we saw a lot:

  • International Spy Museum
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • National Gallery
  • White House
  • The Willard Intercontinental Hotel
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • National Museum of American History
  • National Geographic Museum
  • National Building Museum
  • Union Station
  • National Cathedral
  • Bureau of Engraving and Printing
  • Jefferson Memorial
  • FDR Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Albert Einstein Memorial
  • Old Ebbitt Grill
  • Smithsonian Castle



Even with all of that, we had a fun New Year’s Day brunch in Georgetown, we made it to the Apple Store in Arlington one night to replace our sad old phones, we had time for rest and relaxation, and we managed all of our errand-y running around things. The kids played in the snow for about an hour one morning at the hotel while we sipped our hot coffee inside. For us, not having too much structure was key, and we still saw plenty of things. It was also bone-chilling cold there (and we’ve lived in Minnesota, so we know cold!). If we had fewer days, we probably would have squeezed more into each day, but we probably wouldn’t have felt the need to pace ourselves as much, either.

We got a great deal on our flights (Southwest from Hobby to Reagan), and an unbelievable rate at our hotel just across the river from DC. Other than that, we paid for our food, the Metro passes, our “Go Card” and admission to the National Cathedral. We had a few short cab rides on the last day after our Metro week-long passes expired, and an uber to the airport. For a week away from home, I think we did really well.

We came home and all had influenza. It was the PITS. But even after a week at home for Christmas, a week in Washington, and a very long sick weekend at home, I’m still not sick of my family, so I’m calling it a win. We can’t wait to go back!


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Post-Harvey Check-In

Most of you know from social media or the mockingbird blog that my family survived, grateful, dry, and safe, through Hurricane Harvey in Houston last week. Many people were not so fortunate, and we’ve been trying to help in any way we can. For me, of course, that meant taking to the kitchen, even before we were able to safely leave our house. I made a giant batch of chicken noodle soup, which is my very favorite comfort food. I made lentil vegetable soup, which seemed like good hippie energy food after people had been living on shelf-stable pre-packaged food for a while. I gathered up the little bit of fresh fruit we had in the house after being away from a grocery store for several days, and I tucked it in with soup and homemade bread and oatmeal cookies. I made browned butter Rice Krispie treats for a church playground playdate. I made a big batch of chili and a bigger batch of ribollita, knowing that we’ll need soup in the freezer for the weeks and months to come. I found the ingredients for peanut butter granola and made approximately a metric ton of it. I ran out of containers to give it away, and started using Danish butter cookie tins and Mason jars and anything that would hold it. It might be the perfect post-storm recovery food: fiber, protein, no refined sugars or flour, delicious, shelf stable, and can be eaten with one hand while working with another. Also: it makes the house smell amazing while it bakes.



The people of Houston, and Palmer (our church) in particular, have been nothing short of amazing. People have stepped up to the plate in remarkable ways. Some of that is described in my husband, Neil’s, sermon this morning when we gathered for worship for the first time since the storm.

People everywhere want to help Houston get back on her feet. We are so incredibly touched by friends’ generosity and giving spirit. Right now, Houston needs monetary donations more than in-kind donations, as described here and here.

Where to donate? I can help with that!

The church building itself was fortunately undamaged, but many of our people’s homes were severely damaged. If you’d like to help families at Palmer or associated with Palmer who were directly affected by floods, you can donate online here, or checks can be sent to Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, 6221 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77030, with “storm relief” written in the memo line. Gift cards can be sent to the same address, and Palmer will make sure they get into the right hands. Local stores are HEB, Costco, Wal Mart, Target, Whole Foods, Kroger, Randall’s, Trader Joe’s, Lowe’s, and Home Depot.

Many parents will return to work this week, but many schools (including the Houston public schools, which serve a large number of students) will not start classes again until at least September 11. Palmer is running a day camp for those children, so that parents can return to work, work on their damaged homes, or volunteer to help others in their homes. This day camp is being offered free of charge, and will include a meal and snacks for the children. Some families who will be using this camp are families of police officers, medical staff, and other security personnel who have been working to keep Houstonians safe and well since before the storm began. The camp is being run by volunteers and Palmer staff on Palmer’s campus with a lot of donated goods, and so the overhead is virtually nothing. But they are accepting monetary donations for food and supplies. Donations can be given here, or checks can be sent to Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, 6221 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77030, with “hurricane day camp” written in the memo line. Any extra funds will be used for the general storm relief, outlined above.

Other Episcopal churches in the area have taken on devastating damage. To donate to their restoration, check here and here for details.

For general relief through larger Episcopal organizations, you can donate through the Episcopal Diocese of Texas for flood relief or Episcopal Relief and Development.

Fellow foodies following this blog may be interested in donating to the Houston Food Bank, or buying a gift card for flooding victims through Penzey’s.

Animal lovers may choose to donate to the city’s animal shelter here.

I’ve seen devastating photos of flooded libraries. You can donate to the Houston Public Library here to assist libraries in rebuilding their collections, and to support the other work that public libraries do in the community, particularly with storm recovery services. Here is another link to donate to a local library. While schools have special laws governing how they can accept donations, our children’s school’s Parent Teacher Organization has set up a fund especially to help faculty and staff who have been affected by the storm. You can donate here.

The Montrose Center supports the LGBTQ community in Houston, and they have been doing remarkable work following the hurricane, as described on their website. You can donate here.

For those who are interested in supporting the recovery community in Houston, Archway Academy is a high school for teens in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. It meets on Palmer’s campus, and is the largest high school of its kind in the country. To support the families of current and former students affected by flooding, donate here.

This list doesn’t even begin to describe the remarkable work done here on the ground in Houston, or the enormous needs being filled by these organizations. Thank you to everyone who has already donated, and please don’t hesitate to reach out for more suggestions if you have something specific in mind.

Thank you, mostly, for keeping us in your prayers this past week. It has been an overwhelming week in Houston, to say the least, but there’s nowhere we’d rather be. The work is just beginning, and so we appreciate your continued prayers and support!


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Sweet Potato Empanadas, Herbed Goat Cheese, and Kale Salad with Pancetta and Pecorino

Last week, I was in New York for a work conference, and it was the best kind of work trip. I learned a lot and came back energized about the work I do. But I also had enough time before and after the conference to explore New York, experience some off-Broadway theater performances, go to some museums, and eat at some amazing restaurants. Nobody should be surprised that I googled Ina Garten’s favorite restaurants in the neighborhood where I was staying, and I roped some colleagues into eating breakfast with me at Nougatine by Jean-Georges. It was delicious and amazing, and even though we didn’t see Ina Garten, I feel just a tiny bit more stalkerish-close to her than I did before.

Now that we’re back in town, we were invited to friends’ house for another cooperative dinner party. This is now my favorite style of entertaining: someone else with a pool and some grilling know-how invites us over, and we bring various and sundry side dishes and desserts. I don’t have to pick up all of the nerf bullets and legos around our house or even put away the laundry, and we can finish the prepping dishes clean-up after we get home. The kids get a nice long swim while we catch up with friends, and everybody’s happy. This week, we sampled three more from Cooking with Jeffrey: sweet potato empanadas, herbed goat cheese (I used Boursin) and kale salad with pecorino and pancetta. The empanadas were slightly fussy to make, but less fussy than Ina’s instructions to cut circles in puff pastry, because we live in Texas, and I could buy pre-cut perfectly sized empanada dough from Goya at our local supermarket. They were tasty, though, and we’re already daydreaming about what else we might put inside an empanada. The herbed goat cheese was very popular, as you can probably see from the photo. And the kale salad was as good as kale salad gets: generously dressed with a garlicky caesar-type dressing and combined with pancetta and bread cubes.

We also brought some drinks, two very midwestern desserts (the now-ubiquitous browned butter Rice Krispie treats from smitten kitchen, along with my brother’s favorite chocolate revel bars), and a salad from Melissa Clark’s “Dinner” cookbook. I throw everything on trays from IKEA, which are inexpensive and cute, and they travel well. We came home with full hearts and tired kids, which is my favorite way to come home on a Saturday night.

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Fiesta Corn Salad, Dark Rum Southsides, and Two Kinds of Bruschetta

The best thing about every place we’ve lived has been our friends, and Houston is no exception. I don’t know if this is typical of Houston or just our good fortune, but we have friends who smoke copious amounts of meat all day, and then invite us to help them eat it. These friends are also kind enough to taste whatever Barefoot Contessa recipes we bring along to go with the meat, so it’s a win all around. We brought two types of cole slaw, watermelon, cornbread, a roasted chicken for our picky kids, the Smitten Kitchen’s Salted Browned Butter Rice Krispie Treats, a metric ton of deviled eggs, and some new Ina dishes, too. I’ve been wanting to try the Dark Rum Southsides from Cooking for Jeffrey for a while, but I like to make new drink recipes when we have someone else to share them, since I’m not much of a drinker. This recipe might change my stance on that. They were delicious, and I wished I’d made a double batch. (Our friend also has nicer drinkware than we do, so they even look fancy!)


For appetizers or kind of a side dish, I made the two bruschetta recipes from Cooking for Jeffrey – ricotta with butternut squash, and goat cheese (we used mascarpone) with figs. I looked everywhere for fresh figs – two grocery stores and a farmers’ market – and couldn’t find them. Instead, I bought two different kinds of fig preserves at the farmers’ market this morning and called it a day.


As another barbecue side dish, I made the Fiesta Corn Salad from Cooking for Jeffrey. This was a little bit labor intensive for a salad, but really good and with just a little bit of kick from the minced jalapeños.


After we’d eaten and let the kids swim, we were treated to a beautiful double rainbow after dinner.


Cheers to friends, food, and Texas summer nights!


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Happy 4th!

If I had to describe my most American quality, I’d probably say it’s my optimism. Sure, I have a sour attitude and a can’t-do attitude about most things, but when it comes to my own abilities in the kitchen, I overestimate them to the point of laughability all the time. If you looked in my refrigerator on any given day, you might think, “only an optimist would buy that much food and think that she could prepare it all for her family this week. How many people live here?” It’s not exactly a fantastic trait. It gets even better when we invite people over, and I overcommit us for a day’s worth of activities. I tend to do this for Independence Day, maybe because we don’t have a lot of church and work obligations this time of year, and maybe because summer entertaining just feels easier. My Ina obsession started with her flag cake, before I even knew Neil. There’s something to be said for independence from the usual holiday legalism and expectations.

Today, we leisurely futzed around the house, and I made Ina’s fruit salad with limoncello (from Back to Basics) for breakfast. Delicious. (I don’t know what took me so long to make this, but it was really easy, and really very good. Maybe more dessert-worthy than breakfast, but it’s a holiday!) We went to some friends’ house for a fun patriotic lunch, and then we went to the pool for a few hours. We got home about an hour and a half before we were expecting some dinner guests, and so clearly I thought we had enough time to: change out of our swimsuits, clean up the yard after a few weeks of neglect, tidy up the house, thaw some meat for burgers, clean out the ice maker, go to the grocery store to get more ice after cleaning out the ice maker and pick up some burgers because that thawing thing didn’t work out, fire up the grill, make dinner for eight, and bake peach cobbler for dessert. Spoiler alert: I was wrong. I did something similar last year, when I baked a patriotic pie and invited the same people over for dinner, and so at least they know how I roll. This year, their daughter is toilet training, and that particular brand of misery does love company, and so I don’t think they minded the haphazard dinner. I’ve learned that if you make deviled eggs, people don’t really mind waiting for dinner. I made hard boiled eggs in the pressure cooker, and mixed them up with mayo, dijon mustard, and pickle relish. They disappeared faster than the scientists in the executive branch, so they must have been good. We grilled burgers and hot dogs, I made potato salad in the pressure cooker and baked beans in the crock pot, and mixed up some salad and some fruit. The peach cobbler (from Cooking for Jeffrey) was a mess because I forgot the cornstarch, and then forgot sugar in the dough, so I ended up sprinkling it on top. It was more like peach soup, but at least it wasn’t laced with listeria. And warm peachy glop with really good vanilla ice cream isn’t going to make anyone cry.


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Moroccan Grilled Lamb Chops & Couscous with Pine Nuts and Mint

I’m afraid I feel like a bit of a fraud using Ina’s titles for these recipes when I ended up serving up something slightly different. The lamb chops ended up being broiled instead of grilled (because we have a charcoal grill and it’s too damn hot in Houston to stand outside and babysit hot coals), and less Moroccan than she intended because I took out the turmeric and coriander and added some oregano. They don’t look nearly as beautiful last the cookbook photo, but they were really delicious. I broiled them in the oven on some nonstick foil, which is probably going to give us cancer, but it sure makes clean-up easy. The couscous was equally delicious because I was smart enough to set aside enough homemade chicken stock to make it, but not smart enough to keep the pine nuts from burning, ruining the ingredient and the pan (along with a measuring cup, somehow) in the process. Either way, the couscous was great, and good for sopping up the extra flavors from the lamb marinade. The fresh mint in the couscous was a nice highlight for the mint that was in the lamb marinade. The little side salad is a little bit Ottolenghi, and a little bit Melissa Clark – it’s cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, whatever fresh herb we have on hand (this time basil, but other times dill or parsley), a dash of coarsely ground sea salt, and a splash of a citrusy vinegar (tonight, a white balsamic). I’ve been making it several times a week when we need something a little bit fresh on the side. All in all, this dish didn’t photograph well, but it smelled and tasted wonderful, and it was easily quick enough for a decadent weeknight dinner.



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Tomatoes, Paella, Cheesecake

We had a great weekend! We sent our oldest off to summer camp, which he loves, and we brought our youngest home for a week of being the only child, which he also loves. Every year, I buy a package of “camp labels,” and every year, I think, “Wow, that’s a lot of labels. I’ll never use them all.” Every year, I use them all. Pro tip for parents of new campers: zip loc bags and sharpies are your friends. In between the labelling and packing and postcard-writing, I cooked. I made some rice krispie treats and brownies for the staff at camp – anyone who looks after my kiddo for a week gets at least that! And I also cooked some for us.

For lunch on Saturday, we had the arugula, prosciutto and burrata salad from Cooking with Jeffrey. Ina says that the fresh figs are optional, but they were my favorite part. Figs are at our farmers’ market right now, and these were delicious.


For dinner on Saturday, we cooked for a vegetarian friend. I actually really like entertaining guests with dietary restrictions – maybe for the challenge, but also maybe because it narrows down the possibilities so I don’t have such a hard time deciding what to make. I made the tomato carpaccio, roasted vegetable paella, and limoncello cheesecake, all from Cooking with Jeffrey. For the tomato salad, I omitted the anchovies from the dressing to make it vegetarian-friendly. It was delicious. I used vegetable stock for the paella instead of chicken stock, and it was also amazing. If I made it again, though, I might use zucchini in place of some of the bell peppers, as it is very bell pepper-friendly. Part of the liquid that is cooked with the rice is pureed roasted bell peppers. Ina calls for smoked paprika instead of regular paprika, but I’m not a big fan of smoked anything, so I just used the regular paprika. If anything, I thought this needed just a little more salt, but that’s probably because I used vegetable stock instead of chicken stock. I’d still definitely make it again. The cheesecake was interesting – I never expected Ina to publish a recipe with a graham cracker crust in a 9×13 pan, much less one that includes a liqueur that looks like something that 16-year-olds in my hometown take into the woods to get drunk. But the end result was really tasty, and we served it with fresh raspberries.



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