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Man in the Kitchen: Table for One in the Empty Nest

No matter how much you prepare, empty nest syndrome can hit you hard. Ken Carlton, author and father of two boys off to college, describes the heartbreak of cooking and eating alone.
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As One

On Saturday night – the day after – I shepherded my wife, 2 teenaged boys and 16-year-old stepdaughter to a sub-basement living room on a quiet street plunked down in the middle of Red Hook, Brooklyn, 3,623 miles from Paris.
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Man in the Kitchen: Have We Lost Our Way Searching for the Right School?

Has the increasingly stressful process of finding that perfect school for our kids gone a bit over the top? Our Man in the Kitchen has some thoughts and a comforting beefaroni recipe to share...

Man in the Kitchen: Say Peace with Food

As tensions ratchet up in this season of joy on Paris streets and around the world, is it any wonder we feel lost and confused and weary to the bone? Our Man in the Kitchen suggests taking comfort in food to offer hope and happiness to others.
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Man in the Kitchen: A Symbol of Peace and Friendship

As I write this with Paris on my mind, I am staring at a view of the San Bernardino Mountains from the desert in eastern California. Christmas lights ring the palm trees on El Paseo. The holidays are in the air. At a time when suspicion reigns supreme I wonder what good tidings could I possibly bring? This of course led me to think about salmon.
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Man in the Kitchen: When Change Strengthens You for a New Year

After a plumbing disaster forces his family to move, our Man in the Kitchen reflects on the ways change strengthens you for a New Year to come.
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Man in the Kitchen: What Does He Really Think About Valentine’s Day?

Champagne, jewelry, roses? An adoring husband muses on the best, most unexpected ways to say 'I love you' on Valentine's Day, a date filled with high expectations.
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Man in the Kitchen: A Well-Seasoned Proposal

It is the month of resolutions. If we cannot change the world, what might we do to improve ourselves? I aim to write a few more hours a day because I am at one with unfulfilled dreams. To write is to be hungry and that is a condition The Man in the Kitchen relishes.
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Man in the Kitchen: Being a Guy in the New Women’s Order

Husband and father Ken Carlton describes his admiration and solidarity for the new women's order leading the charge for equality and respect.
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Man in the Kitchen: Notre Dame – For Whom the Bells Will Toll Again

Millions wept as Notre Dame burned. Why was this cataclysmic event so unifying? Ken Carlton remembers how the cathedral's bells tolled for him during his first flirt in Paris.