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Laura Kumin
Laura is a home cook and mother of two 20-something kids. A lawyer by training and professional experience, she created Mother Would Know as a “nag-free zone” for everyone who needs help in the kitchen. The site offers cooking guidance, tips, budget-conscious recipes and answers to food-related questions. You can get more recipes and advice from Laura at Mother Would Know and follow her on Twitter @MotherWouldKnow. A mother who gives you recipes and the benefit of what she knows, but doesn’t ask intrusive questions –- what could be better?

Entries by Laura Kumin

Passover Rolls: Unleavened Treats

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 3:11 PM

Just as Marcel Proust had his madeleines, I have Passover rolls. The sense memories that come flooding back as the aroma of freshly cooked rolls wafts through the house take me into Passover as no other food, preparation, or ritual can do.

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Mushroom Barley Soup

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 10:49 AM

When the temperature plummets and the winds pick up, I think of soup. No, actually I dream, obsess, and need soup. Although I love chicken soup, my all-time favorite cold weather soup is mushroom barley.


This recipe is inspired by one...

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Irish Soda Bread

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 12:54 PM

In my husband's Irish-American family, there is more reverence for food than for persnickety accuracy. And so it turned out that one of the family favorites, soda bread, may not be quite what we thought. We've always assumed that the slightly sweet version with dried fruit was the "real deal,...

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Pasta With Tuna, Garlic and Parsley

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 11:05 AM

This recipe is the essence of easy. It uses tuna from a can and takes barely any effort at all. Yet it is beautiful and delicious -- the essence of style and artistic restraint.

For someone who is inclined to overkill (me), it takes an act of considerable willpower...

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Candied Orange Peel

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 10:08 AM

I'm a huge fan of edible, homemade holiday gifts. Whether you have many family and friends with whom you are exchanging gifts or just a few, there is nothing like a lovely batch of homemade delights to show how much you care about the recipients. Candied citrus peel is among...

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Chocolate Coconut Pecan Bars

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 5:06 PM

Whether it's a holiday buffet, a pot luck, or simply a winter's afternoon when baking a seems like a great idea, these bars hit the spot. I created them for an evening when I hosted my book group, but they have since become a "go-to" home-baked snack.

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Latkes 101

(3) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 8:48 AM

Despite what a lot of people think, the Jewish festival of Chanukah does not "move." It is celebrated at the same time every year on the Hebrew calendar, but its timing shifts on Gregorian/Western calendar, depending on how the those two calendar systems align in any given year. Typically Chanukah...

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Vegetarian Fried Rice

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 1:27 PM

I can't remember how I initially found Grace Young, Matt Lardie (co-founder of the group), and the Wok Wednesdays crowd, but however it happened, it surely was a stroke of luck for me.  From the moment that I ditched my non-stick wok in favor of a carbon steel one,...

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Delights

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 9:21 AM

I love Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, but I may just have found a way to improve on them. These no-bake sweets use the killer combination of peanut butter and chocolate and then improve on the texture, with a creamy middle and a crunchy top.

They are a snap to...

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Rosh Hashanah Sweet Kugel

(5) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 10:33 AM

Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish new year) at my house means sweet kugel on the table.  Wishing family and friends "a sweet new year," a traditional greeting on this holiday, takes on literal meaning with this Ashkenazic-style noodle and cheese dish.


Although it is traditional...

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How to Make a Frittata

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 11:42 PM

There's no easier meal than a frittata -- for breakfast, brunch, or dinner. Basically an open-faced omelet, it can include just 1 or 2 extra ingredients, or it can be a veritable cornucopia. The only required ingredients are eggs - everything else is your choice.  

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Grandpa's Greek Salad

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 6:44 PM

My Grandpa William immigrated to the U.S. from Romania when he was about 18 years old. He died when I was less than 10 years old, so my memories of him are mostly tied to childish delights, like his card tricks or how he cut the skin of an orange...

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How to Grill Salmon

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 1:02 PM

Maybe anyone can be taught to grill, but some people are naturally "to the grill born" and I do believe that my husband is one of those. He didn't always grill. In fact, when I met him there was no grill in sight, and he managed quite fine. But once...

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(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 11:20 AM

It was love at first sip.   Last year my friend Steven gave me a taste of limoncello, an Italian liqueur traditionally served chilled.  I dreamt about limoncello for weeks afterwards, even though I don't usually drink hard liquor, much less fantasize about it.

Fast forward to another gathering,...

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Russian Wafer Cake or Oblatne

(4) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 12:58 PM

Is it any surprise that my ideal adventure has nothing to do with camping or wild animals? I'm a city girl, born and bred.  Roaming around a neighborhood filled with ethnic grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants, and bookstores is heaven to me.
On one trip to New York City,...

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10 trucs pour faire un budget d'épicerie efficace

(2) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 10:09 AM

Quand j'avais mes enfants jeunes et un boulot à temps plein, notre souper ne variait que très peu d'une semaine sur l'autre. Être sur le pilotage automatique n'était pas excitant, mais ça prenait beaucoup moins de temps et de réflexion que de planifier de nouveaux repas. Cela avait...

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Chicken Mole

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 11:03 AM

Next Sunday is Cinco de Mayo. Best known in the U.S. as a time to eat Mexican food and drink plenty of margaritas or Mexican beer, the festival actually began as a celebration of the May 5, 1862 victory of a small Mexican army in the state of Puebla against...

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Pasta Primavera

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 1:53 PM

Do you ever get home at night, famished, and wonder how quickly you can get food on the table before everyone starts gorging on crackers or worse? If "think fast, cook faster" is your motto, then pasta primavera is your friend.

Of course, I don't mean to suggest that you...

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How to Make Jewish Chicken Soup

(7) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 1:03 PM

There are lots of good reasons to make chicken soup. If you're in a cold climate there is the weather-food imperative. If you're sick, it can cure whatever ails you, or at least helps you feel better. While it is not a replacement for modern medicine, if you've tasted excellent...

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Homemade Ricotta Cheese

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 8:12 AM

Ricotta cheese is amazing. Although you'll see many recipes that suggest substituting cottage cheese, don't do it if you have a choice. Ricotta is the real deal and you're missing a wonderful treat if you settle for anything less. Even better, make it yourself.

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