In which the author tells you how to run your life -- or at least how to make the most of the fun parts of it.

For instance, inside these pages you will learn how to weather a mortar attack in good spirits; how to avoid booking yourself on the Internet into a bed and breakfast full of twee quilts and dusty tchotkes; and how to plan a dinner party that will stun your guests with deliciousness and style and not destroy your will to live with the amount of work you have to do to pull it off.

These are things I know firsthand, and things people who know me often ask me about (though I usually just book them into bed and breakfasts myself -- identifying ruffled death traps is an acquired skill). I am almost always right about everything (food, style and travel-related, anyway, and often many other things) and if everyone would just do as I say, dinner would taste better, cupcakes would not be dry, your parties would be more fun (for you), and mortar attacks... well, they always suck. I can't do anything about them.

*except laundry. I can't manage my own laundry, much less yours.

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Friday, April 29, 2011

How To Cut A Lot of Little Rolly Tomatoes All At Once

I learned this trick from my Cooking Channel boyfriend Chuck's Day Off.

That's my boyfriend, Chuck's Day Off.

So this is what you do.

Get two dinner plates with lips on the bottom (the ceramic kind, not the flesh kind. I don't think you can get those here.) Invert one plate.

Put your little washed tomatoes (these are Organic Grape Tomatoes) inside the lip, comma ca.

Now put your other plate on top, bottom side down and press a little harder than you think you should. With a serrated knife, cut horizontally through the tomatoes, sawing until you get...

to the other side. et voila! your tomatoes are all cut up and ready to make Butter Chicken, or sauteed Provencal mussels.


  1. Did I miss a memo about a boyfriend change?

  2. he's my COOKING CHANNEL boyfriend. You are my REALITY boyfriend.

  3. I've been using this trick for ages after seeing the same episode of chucks day off. I use it for cutting grapes for the kids so they don't choke, but was very grateful for it this morning when I found seeded grapes in my fridge...ugh! Made cleaning all of them MUCH easier!