Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.
Every day till Christmas, we're bringing you 12 Days of Baking: 12 all-new baking recipes to lift holiday spirits -- from breakfast pastries to dinner rolls, and all the desserts you can handle.
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For a parent, life is a series of anxious separations. The first comes when the nurses take the baby to the nursery, and you irrationally wonder if they will remember to bring her back to your room for a feeding, or forget her among the other squalling newborns.
Later comes that first time someone other than you takes the baby for a stroll, then that moment when a hand falls away in Trader Joe’s and a six year old disappears for two terrifying minutes behind a rack of granola bars, and later still, when a teenager heads out with friends into the dark.
There are trips on buses, those taken alone on planes, and your heart pounds quietly as the aircraft taxies down the runway, knowing you’ve lost control and that really, you never had at all.
But the one time parents rarely feel this panic is when they leave a child at school. Just as the airplane is a safe mode of transportation rendered unreasonably menacing when it carries away your child, school is where perhaps undue trust is usually placed, in large part because of the people within them who have forsaken money, power and influence to comfort, educate and protect small beings.
If there is a teacher in your life that you love or appreciate, and you are in the need to bake as distraction, please consider making them Dorie Greenspan’s coffee cake today.
If you do not know a teacher, but want to give thanks to someone who has been good to you this year, consider this lovely cake instead of cookies.
Dorie Greenspan needs no editing, and I will offer none other than to say that you can make the orange sugar in a separate bowl so as to avoid pouring the topping onto wax paper, and that you may omit the nuts if you don’t care for them.
Food does not give comfort where none can come, but it can provide a token of gratitude to others, a binder of sorts to the universe whose rhythms and meanings at times we cannot possess.
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).