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According to my memories, family dinner was somewhat of a stronghold in my house, anchoring our family’s long days to one recognizable hour when we all gathered around the table. Also according to my memories, nothing happened to me before the age of five.
Since I can’t remember back that far, and I have no kids of my own as a point of reference, I’ll leave the advice to the experts on how to deal with dinners before the kids are old enough to join in. Jenny Rosenstrach’s new cookbook, Dinner: a Love Story, has a section full of meals for new (or practiced) parents to young ones under 5. (She doesn’t recommend attempting a sit down until all spawn are at least 3.)
She outlines simple recipes, like this Apricot-Mustard Baked Chicken, that come together easily, and have cooking steps built in that allow for bedtime stories. (Hands off baking, for example.) And that, it seems, is a perfect combination. Or so I’m told.
What’s for Dinner: Apricot-Mustard Baked Chicken from DailyCandy