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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

My Gluten-Centric Take on Surviving Passover

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2015 | 2:01 PM

I've written a lot about how to "do Passover."


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Easy Creme Brulee With Ginger

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 2:22 PM

As a child, I avoided pudding-like desserts. The only exception was chocolate pudding, which I considered to be a kissing cousin of chocolate ice cream, rather than a relative of rice pudding or vanilla custard.

Decades later, when I discovered crème caramel and crème brûleé, I realized...

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Pasta With Chick Peas -- Really?

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 9:49 AM

Especially in summertime, dinners should be quick and easy. Whether you want to catch those last moments of daylight for a walk or you're rushing home from work or kids' activities, you need a meal that comes together in minutes.

Pasta with chick peas, or pasta e ceci in...

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Strawberry Shortcake: Sublime Summer Treat

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 10:11 AM

Strawberries are among the great joys of summer. Their fragrance and juice are an almost heavenly pleasure. As the 17th century English writer William Butler said, "Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did."

Still, I was a latecomer to strawberry shortcake. Of course,...

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Shocking Sugar Facts

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 10:09 PM

If you get a chance to see the documentary Fed Up, you should. Although I didn't find it fun or easy to watch this exposé about the sugar in packaged food and what it does to us, the movie was eye-opening. Fed Up is not a perfect film...

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Salty Oat Cookies

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 3:45 PM

The sweet-and-salty combination is always a hit with me. Even as I try to watch my salt intake, I have a special place in my heart for salty oat cookies.

There used to be a bakery near my house that had a wonderful version. Every once in a...

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Matzo Granola

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 6:06 PM

During Passover, Jews do not eat the grains from which matzo may be made: wheat, barley, oats, rye, and spelt, (collectively called "chametz") except limited ways that involve making sure they don't rise, nor do we use yeast. In addition, some Jews do not eat rice, seeds or legumes. I'm...

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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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