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P Colin Hanks

Q: Does Colin Hanks play a villain on the new season of Dexter? —Walter A.,

Lummi Island, Wash.

A: You’ll have to wait until the series returns in the fall to find out! “I can neither confirm nor deny anything beyond the fact that I’m on the show,” teases the actor, 33. Either way, his

latest film role should d prepare him for the dark ark rk plots of the Showtimee hit: In the black comedy edy Lucky, in limited release ase July 15, Hanks plays a serial killer with a winning lottery ticket. Off camera, he’s enjoying time with his 5-monthold daughter, Olivia Jane. “Fatherhood is a wicked combination of the most fun I’ve ever had and the most exhausted I’ve ever been,” he says.

“A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.” —A. A. Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh

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says Ramsay, 44. Even at home, the celebrity chef ’s fiery perfectionism flares up. “Once, she left a takeout container of lasagna in the oven,” he recalls. “I turned it on the next day and it started smoking. So now we have two kitchens—we each have our own space, and I don’t find day-old food inside my oven!” Catch Ramsay at his judging best on Fox’s MasterChef, airing now, and on season nine of Hell’s Kitchen, premiering July 18.

P Amanda Bynes

Q: Did Amanda Bynes really quit acting? —Rocky, Libertyville, Ill.

A: No, she’s simply on a break. In June 2010, the actress raised eyebrows when she posted a Twitter message saying she had retired (“I don’t love acting anymore, so I’ve stopped doing it”), but she took it back a month later in another message. Bynes, 25, who was last seen in the comedy Easy A, recently explained her actions, saying that she began her career at the tender age of 7 and was just taking some well-deserved time off.

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Q: I am so excited they’re making a movie based on the first Stephanie Plum novel. Who is playing Grandma Mazur? My choice would be Betty White. —D. Ludlum, Ellenton, Fla.

A: The makers of the film One for the Money (set for a January release) chose another Hollywood legend for the role: Debbie Reynolds. The actress, 79, tucked her trademark blond hair into a gray wig to play the sassy character.

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Crazy for Quidditch his friday, the legendary wizard returns to the big screen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, the final installment of the College students turn a wizardly egf megahit series. While many fans dream of castgame from the Harry Potter ing spells and donning invisibility cloaks, some broomseries into a real-life sport. toting athletes have gone a step further and now compete in a form of Harry’s favorite sport, Quidditch. Adapted from J.K. Rowling’s fierce flying matches, ground Quidditch—a cross between rugby, basketball, dodgeball, and tag—began at Middlebury College in 2005. Freshman Alex Benepe and his friends were bored of playing boccie and devised rules for the wizardly game. Soon 10 coed teams formed across campus. “It was a hit right from the start,” Benepe says. “Harry Potter is like the Star Wars of my generation.” Today, more than 150 teams play on the intercollegiate level, the players charging and tackling while clutching their brooms. And the college craze is about to spread to younger Potter fans. The International Quidditch Association is launching Kids’ Quidditch this fall. Benepe, who runs the IQA, said the group’s mission is to inspire kids to read and to play team sports. “I had a great time playTest your Hogwarts IQ ing, but now the enjoyment comes from sharing at Parade.com/potter the game with new people.” —Tracy Begland

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GET STARRY-EYED Have you spent too many summer evenings gazing skyward and pretending you know the Big Dipper from Cassiopeia? Before heading out for your next after-dinner stroll, view a free map of the night sky in your area and bring a printout along to wow the kids. Go to astroviewer.com.

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GENERATION FREEDOM by Bruce Feiler, nonfiction ($12) Feiler (Walking the Bible) went to Egypt after the winter uprising to see if freedom would indeed take root. Finding the country’s Muslims to be tolerant and peace-seeking, he reaches a hopeful if controversial conclusion in this timely book: Conditions are ripe for democracy to spread from Egypt through the entire region.

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THE 2011

Summer Reading Guide PARADE PICKS THE SEASON’S 12 BEST BOOKS. Plus: AUDIO TALES THE WHOLE FAMILY WILL LOVE, AND CELEBS REVEAL THE PAGE-TURNERS IN THEIR BEACH BAGS. Illustration by Ross MacDonald Cover Photograph by Levi Brown

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WHAT I’LL BE READING ON VACATION

The Sweetest Reading Season

ILLUSTRATIONS: JAMES TAYLOR

BY PAT CONROY

Carol Ann, and I would read on the dock as we watched the littler kids. I felt I traveled the world that summer through Mr. Monte’s novels. Thanks to Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, I went to 19th-century Russia to witness the senseless murder of an elderly woman by my first Dostoyevskian psychopath. Next, I was in Victorian England for Dickens’s Great Expectations. When I finished a book, I’d give it to Mom, who’d read it and pass it on to Carol Ann. We shared George Eliot’s Middlemarch, Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, and Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls. Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! and Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby finished off those heady months. I remember the way the pages collected the smells of summer. Many times, the paperbacks would end up stained by the suntan lotion we made the phrase “lake lure” has magical out of Mercurochrome and baby oil. Wet towels connotations in my family’s history. When I was and swimsuits were sometimes tossed on our books, young, my mother, brothers, sisters, and I would so they’d often be falling apart by the time Carol stay in my grandmother’s small cottage in North Ann got to them. Because my sister was a comCarolina, located on beautiful acreage on a hill petitive reader of extraordinary gifts, she’d take a above the lake. There was a long, curling staircase novel along with her whenever we went to the local that led down to a boathouse and dock, where we’d catfish restaurant. That summer, I learned that a fish. We started our mornings with a swim, then book could smell like fried fish. were free to do whatever we enjoyed. When my mother, sister, and I gathered on the The summer I was 15, I’d spend the rest of each dock to watch the sun go down, we discussed the day reading one of the seven books that Joseph books we’d finished. Mom wished she could have Monte, my gifted English teacher and a Jesuit, had been a close friend of Madame Bovary’s, thinking recommended. Mr. Monte was not a frivolous man, she could’ve prevented her suicide. Carol Ann bebut one who thought that literature itself was a form came a rather fanatical devotee of George Eliot. of holy orders and that reading could shape and Both Carol and Mom showed a preference for the exalt anyone. “Mr. Conroy, this is a large assignwomen they met in literature; I loved it all. ment,” he said when he gave me his list. “But if you My vacation reading pattern was set in stone that read assiduously and seriously, you can easily comyear. To this day, I always carry five or so carefully plete it by the end of the summer.” selected books with me, and I still like to After hours of pleasurable reading, I’d go away with smart, well-read friends PAT CONROY walk down the long staircase again and who enjoy talking about the books is the author of dive into the cold, healthy waters of Lure they’ve brought. Time slows down in the 10 books; his latest is My for another hour of swimming and goofsummer, and the pleasures of reading are Reading Life. ing off with my brothers and sisters. intensified by the rhythms of a rising Sometimes Mom, my younger sister surf or the pebbled continued on page 10 Visit us at PARADE.COM

Anderson Cooper Host of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and fall’s syndicated talk show Anderson “A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One, by George R. R. Martin. I really like the HBO series.”

Elizabeth Gilbert Author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed: A Love Story “Tina Fey’s Bossypants. If there were some way I could discipline myself to read just a page a day and make it last all summer, I totally would!”

Sapphire A Author of The Kid and Push “I’m excited to read Manning Marable’s Malcolm X biography; Tree of Smoke, by Denis Johnson; The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson; Trumpet, by Jackie Kay; and John Glatt’s book about Jaycee Dugard.”

Denis Leary Star of FX’s Rescue Me “My appetite tends to run toward sports and history. So I’ve got Bullpen Diaries, about the Yankees’ bullpen last year; Feeding the Monster, about the Red Sox; and Ty and the Babe, about the friendship and hatred between Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth.”

Kathryn Stockett A Author of The Help “I’m reading Gone With the Wind. People ask me all the time what I think about that book, so I’ve resolved to tackle it.”

Laura Hillenbrand Author of Unbroken “Last winter I read Richard Snow’s A Measureless Peril, a terrific history of the WWII submarine war in the Atlantic. I loved it so much that I plan to savor it again this summer.”

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Great Summer Books

PARADE’s picks of terrific new reads, in no particular order

FICTION

1 Faith

by Jennifer Haigh ($26) In novels like Mrs. Kimble and The Condition, Jennifer Haigh has proved herself a master of dissecting family secrets and lies. Here she sets her story about a troubled Irish-American clan against the backdrop of abuse in the Catholic Church and delivers a stunning page-turner that’s as wrenching as it is suspenseful. When Sheila McGann’s half-brother Art, a beloved Boston-area priest, is accused of molestation, she returns home to help clear his name— only to uncover some devastating truths.

by S. J. Watson ($26) Every few summers comes a thriller like this—one that should be slapped with a “May cause sunburn” sticker because readers could easily lose all track of time, hunger, and sun exposure. Each morning, middle-aged Christine Lucas wakes up not knowing where—or even who— she is, so her husband must continually reintroduce her to her own life. When she starts working with a determined psychologist and keeping a journal, she recalls bits and pieces of her past that don’t quite match what she’s been told. S. J. Watson succeeds in keeping readers as tense and off-kilter— but deliciously so—as Lucas herself.

3 State of Wonder

by Ann Patchett ($27) The Amazon rain forest is one of the most glorious, mysterious, and potentially deadly places on earth. Not surprisingly, it’s way beyond the comfort zone of pharmaceutical researcher Marina Singh, who is coerced by her boss into

traveling from Minnesota to a remote site in Brazil to bring back answers about a colleague’s unexplained death. With dazzling prose and jungle locations so real you can almost smell them, this rich, riveting novel is the best yet from award winner Ann Patchett (Bel Canto). And that’s high praise indeed.

4 Once Upon a River

by Bonnie Jo Campbell ($26) At 15, wild and beautiful Margo Crane is in tune with the river and woods near her rural Michigan home. It’s people who cause her problems. When a shocking betrayal by an adored uncle leads to her father’s death, Margo flees—alone, in a rowboat, with a rifle. Living on the river, she learns to be wary of the kindness of strangers and cobbles together, through trial and heartbreaking error, her own moral code. This is a splendid story of survival in extremis, with a searingly original heroine.

5 Unsaid

by Neil Abramson ($24, due Aug. 4) Rarely has a novel captured so movingly the deep bonds between people and the animals that share their lives. Veterinarian

Helena Colden has died of breast cancer, but she still watches over her shattered attorney husband and their menagerie— dogs, cats, horses, and a pig, all with personalities as distinct as their human companions. Helena, who narrates, remains guilt-ridden over the unresolved fate of a research chimp that communicates at the level of a 4-year-old child. How each of these vivid characters finds a way to let go and move on is at the heart of this entrancing tale.

6 White Heat

by M. J. McGrath ($26, due Aug. 4) Above the Arctic Circle, in the isolated community of Autisaq, life is as hardscrabble as it gets. Missing tiny signs—a sponginess to the ice, a shift of the wind, the glint in a drunken man’s eye—can mean the difference between living and dying. So why is Edie Kiglatuk, a halfInuit schoolteacher and adventure guide, the only one who sees two sudden deaths as suspicious? M. J. McGrath opens a window onto a fascinating and disappearing culture in this haunting mystery.

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NONFICTION

7 Sex on the Moon

by Ben Mezrich ($27) Ben Mezrich, who wrote The Accidental Billionaires, which became the film The Social Network, specializes in rollicking reads about real people whose outsize actions seem tailor-made for the movies. Here, his leading man is Thad Roberts, a NASA fellow who (literally) shoots for the moon in 2002 when he steals the rarest substance on Earth: lunar rocks collected by the Apollo astronauts. You’ll not only be hugely entertained by this tale of the big heist, but you’ll also feel genuinely sorry for a young man whose dreams got too big.

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8 In the Garden of Beasts

by Erik Larson ($26) Once again, Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City, shows us his singular gift for bringing out the dramatic “story” in history. His focus now is Hitler’s 1933 consolidation of power as witnessed by two Americans in Berlin: William E. Dodd, U.S. ambassador to Germany, and his daughter Martha, 24.

As the elder Dodd presciently realizes Hitler’s threat, Martha becomes infatuated with the Nazi “revolution”—and the first Gestapo chief. Though we all know what ends up happening in Germany, you’ll be on the edge of your beach chair to see how the Dodds’ destinies unfold.

Stuff and Tons 9 Killer of Money

by Maureen Stanton ($27) Succeeding in the cutthroat world of antiques dealing requires a rare mix of talents: the calculating mind of a Wall Street whiz, the arcane knowledge of an art historian, and the poker face—and luck—of a Vegas high roller. Bostonian Curt Avery (a pseudonym), this lively book’s subject, has these skills in spades, and he uses them to comb flea markets, yard sales, and auction houses in search of his “lottery ticket”—a hidden gem like the 19thcentury painting a colleague bought for $15K and resold for $1 million. An intoxicating read that rips away the lace curtain from the antiques biz.

10 Wonder Girl

by Don Van Natta Jr. ($28) “I’m afraid no crib I can build is going to hold her”: So said the father of Babe Didrikson, the Texas tomboy who grew up to be perhaps the dominant athlete—male or female— in 1930s and ’40s America. She excelled in track and field, basketball, and golf; then, at 42, she faced terminal cancer like a champ. This inspiring bio captures her too-brief life and the sheer joy she took in beating all comers.

11 I’m Feeling Lucky

by Douglas Edwards ($27; due July 12) How did Google grow from a two-man website to a commonly used verb? In this first inside look at the $111.5 billion

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brand, its 59th employee, who worked there from 1999 to 2005, gives a fromthe-ground-up account of how the founders’ unorthodox ways—a lack of hierarchy, an in-house sand-volleyball court, letting workers spend 20 percent of their time on their choice of Google project— led to the search engine’s transformation into a multiplatform corporation that's changed all our lives.

Man in the 12 The Rockefeller Suit

by Mark Seal ($27) Much has been written about the German con man who lived it up in U.S. society circles by posing as a Rockefeller, a run ended by his 2008 arrest for kidnapping his daughter. There’s even been a TV movie. But this book goes beyond the true-crime story to offer an insightful portrait of a sociopath and an unsettling cautionary tale of how deceiving looks can be. Vanity Fair writer Mark Seal traces 30 years of the rogue Rockefeller’s scams, introducing you to scores of victims who fell for his false charms.

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antics of a mountain stream. It is my firm belief that the music of water helps connect me to the rhythms of a writer’s voice. Since I moved to South Carolina’s Fripp Island in 1993, my days have taken on the dimensions of a lifelong vacation. I swim in the Atlantic twice a day and go for long walks on the beach. I especially like seeing which books the visitors are enjoying. One year, they were all reading Anne Rivers Siddons’s Colony; John Grisham and Stephen King are perennially popular. These days, my summer reading schedule suffers from the annual invasion of my daughters and their offspring, my frisky and rambunctious grandchildren. But when they’ve ridden off on golf carts to the beach, I retreat to my bedroom to read the stacks of books I’ve saved for those moments. All during the year I hoard volumes that promise intense, fulfilling reading as an escape from the visiting families. Summer is always a great time to read novels, and my first one this season was The Tragedy of Arthur, by Arthur Phillips. I had no idea what to expect, but shortly after I began reading it on Memorial Day, I realized I’d hit a vein of pure gold. I found myself falling in love with a scoundrelly, untrustworthy father and a sister whom I now think of as one of the greatest in literary history. It looks like it’s going to be a terrific summer.

Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck; read by Gary Sinise ($30) Not so long ago, people wrote memoirs only when they had a story to tell. Case in point: John Steinbeck’s charming travelogue of his 1960 cross-country trip with his poodle, Charley, on which they met characters ranging from oil-rich Texans to Maine migrant farm workers. Sinise’s reading makes Travels feel as fresh as the air in Montana (Steinbeck’s favorite stop).

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GREAT PASS-THE-TIME AUDIO BOOKS FOR ARE-WETHERE-YET? CAR TRIPS

Hitting the road this summer? Here’s a selection of enormously entertaining—and family-friendly!— audio books picked by Robin Whitten, editor of AudioFile magazine. (Bonus: No reading glasses required.)

The Best Advice I Ever Got by Katie Couric; read by Katie Couric, Paul Boehmer, Hillary Huber, Mirron Willis, and others ($35) Show up on time. Always say yes. And, uh, sleep in the nude. An array of narrators share the wisdom that Couric has collected from dozens of high achievers, from Suze Orman and Bill Cosby to Mario Batali and Drew Brees. 10 • July 10, 2011

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens; read by Jim Dale ($35) Jim Dale is the Meryl Streep of the audio-book world, a vocal shape-shifter capable of bringing legions of characters to life. His performance of this youngadult book makes it a must-listen, as does the captivating story—orphaned siblings find a magic volume that propels them on a fantastical quest.

We Are the Ship by Kadir Nelson; read by Dion Graham ($20) In 1920, a group of African-American athletes, prohibited from playing professional baseball, formed the Negro League. This account goes from the league’s founding to Jackie Robinson’s barrierbusting 1947 debut in the majors. It’s a fascinating chapter in the history of our national pastime. For other great audio books that both adults and kids will enjoy, go to Parade.com/read

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Fear of Food

We spoke with Sandra Beasley, author of Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl, about living with food allergies

You’re severely allergic to more than a dozen foods. What’s the hardest part about having such a restricted diet? When I was a kid, social events like field trips or birthday parties were the worst. I often couldn’t eat what was offered, and I couldn’t figure out how to request another option without seeming like a troublemaker. Today, my allergies can deflate my sense of independence. I want to travel and eat out on my own, but the reality is, when I have a reaction, I can’t always take care of myself.

Food allergies are on the rise. What’s your advice to parents whose kids are diagnosed? First, I encourage parents to have their child do an “oral food challenge”—ingesting a small amount of the food and waiting to see if a reaction occurs—rather than relying solely on a blood test. Also, tell your doctor about any oddities within your child’s reaction. If a kid with an egg allergy eats tempura and nothing happens, then maybe the “AS A KID, I OFTEN GOT LEFT OUT AT SOCIAL EVENTS BECAUSE I COULDN’T EAT WHAT WAS OFFERED.”

allergy isn’t triggered when the egg is cooked at high heat. Life is hard enough with food allergies, so it’s worth figuring out if there are inconsistencies. You describe how the teen years can be particularly difficult for allergy sufferers. Teenagers desperately want to go along with what their friends are doing, and chafe at restrictions. But it’s important that teens take responsibility for their condition before they head off to college. Help your child adopt safe practices on his own. If your son is going to the beach for spring break, ask him: Which of your friends knows about your allergies and knows where you keep your EpiPen? He may not want to put the word out to the whole group, but if he picks a few friends to keep an eye on him, that could save his life in an emergency.

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Sunday with ... I’M NOT A CITY BOY. AFTER 48 HOURS IN NEW YORK, I HAVE TO GET BACK TO MY FARM.”

your manuscripts. Has she ever given you a particularly insightful or maddening note? Well, it wasn’t a note, but she tossed a 500-page manuscript at my feet one time. There was an opening scene she wasn’t very happy with. We had some strong words, and a couple of days later things were fine.

books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide, but he still remembers the naysayers who turned down his first novel, A Time to Kill. “I have a file with about 30 rejection letters,” he says. “I saved all of that stuff.” Grisham, 56, takes Mary Margaret inside his writerly world.

Did you rethink that scene? Oh, yeah, a bunch of stuff came out. After getting it tossed at me, I thought I’d better make some changes. It was the book that turned out to be The Rainmaker.

Your family moved around a lot in the South when you were growing up. Was it difficult adjusting to new towns? Leaving was sad, but there was always a new adventure down the road. We could instantly judge the quality of life in any town by how many books you could check out of the library at a time. One library had a limit of two, and we thought that was disgraceful. Your Theodore Boone mysteries are geared toward kids. What’s it like writing for that audience? My daughter is a schoolteacher, and I spoke to her students recently. Talk about being a nervous wreck! At 11 years old, they’ll ask you anything, and I left too many strings in the air with the first book. The kids are still mad about it—they wanted it wrapped up in a nice, neat package. I’m learning a lot. [The second in the series, Theodore Boone: The Abduction, is in stores now.] 12 • July 10, 2011

What do you do on Sundays? We go to church at 11, and then we’re starving, so we have a nice lunch somewhere. We’ll read the newspapers or play boccie. Then usually it’s a late dinner at home. My wife is a wonderful cook, and I’m in charge of the wine.

John Grisham This best-selling author’s tricks of the trade? A great chair and frank comments from his wife. Where do you do your writing? We have a 250-year-old plantation house [near Charlottesville, Va.], and they used to do the cooking in a separate building. It’s called a summer kitchen. Fifteen years ago my wife renovated it into my office.

from the Sharper Image. I have back trouble occasionally, and it rubs my back while I’m writing. I’ve also got my favorite book: It has 10,000 baby names. Every novel’s got 200 or 300 names, so I’m always looking.

What’s it like inside? I have this obscene chair with a built-in massager that I bought

You’ve been married to your wife, Renée, for 30 years, and you ask her to comment on

Any favorite dishes? I have this weird food allergy that started about five years ago, so I can’t eat beef or pork, which is probably pretty healthy. We eat a lot of fish and fowl. I’d kill for a cheeseburger, though, or a big steak. Have you ever appeared in a film of one of your books? I’ve never thought about it, and I’ve never been invited. I have no acting talent whatsoever, and I’m not going to screw up a good movie by sticking my face in it. I promise it’s not going to happen.

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Ask Marilyn Do you know a good way to choose someone randomly from a three-person group? If No. 1 and No. 2 flip a coin, for example, and the winner flips with No. 3 to determine a final winner, that isn’t fair because it gives an advantage to No. 3, who must win only one flip instead of two. I go in circles thinking about this. —Roxana Garcia, Granada Hills, Calif.

One method is to use three coins. Everyone flips one. If all three land on the same side, the flip is repeated until one coin is different. The person who flipped that coin wins.

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Whoop It Up!

P “The Th whoopie pie is incredibly forgiving. Don’t stress about the aesthetics, even if it’s not perfectly round or symmetrical. Just concentrate on the yumminess.”

Best-selling author Jennifer Weiner loves to make this easy treat with her daughters

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My family travels to Cape Cod every summer. We go clamming—actually paddling out to sandbars, looking for air bubbles, and then digging up the clams. My two daughters become like little cave-girls. They gather enough to fill a bucket, and we cook them for dinner. Or they’ll pick beach plums, and we’ll make beach-plum jelly. I think it gives them a healthy sense of where food comes from when they know that someone had to make an effort to get the ingredients that become dinner or dessert. Among our favorite treats on Cape Cod are whoopie pies, which thankfully we can make year-round. My big girl, Lucy, is 8. She helps put stuff in the mixer; Phoebe, who is 3, gets a littlekid’s knife to help spread the filling. The experience turns into something that is greater than the sum of its parts.

P “There are no red beets snuck ck inside my whoopie pies. I don’t like the idea of tricking kids. If they eat a good dinner, they get dessert.”

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12∕3 cups all-purpose flour 2 ∕3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1½ tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature 4 Tbsp vegetable shortening 1 cup (packed) dark-brown sugar 1 large egg 1 tsp vanilla extract 1¼ cups milk MARSHMALLOW FILLING

1½ cups Marshmallow Fluff 1¼ cups vegetable shortening 1 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 Tbsp vanilla extract

1. Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 375ºF. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 2. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt on a sheet of waxed paper. In the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, shortening, and brown sugar on low until just combined. Increase speed to medium; beat for 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla; beat 2 more minutes. 3. Add half of flour mixture and half of milk to batter; beat briefly on low. Beat in remaining flour mixture and milk. 4. Using a spoon, drop batter 1 Tbsp at a time onto one of the baking sheets, spacing at least 2 inches apart. Bake one sheet at a time for about 10 minutes, or until pies spring back when pressed gently. Remove from oven; let pies cool on sheet for 5 minutes; transfer to a rack to finish cooling. 5. To make filling: Beat Fluff and shortening for 3 minutes on medium. Reduce speed to low, and add sugar and vanilla. Beat until incorporated. Increase speed to medium; beat until fluffy. 6. Sandwich filling between the flat sides of two pies; repeat.

MAKES: 24 | PER SERVING: 250 calories, 28g carbs, 2g protein, 16g fat, 15mg cholesterol, 160mg sodium, 1g fiber

P “Never ask your kids anything to which they can answer yes or no. Don’t say, ‘Did you like your lunch?’ Say, ‘Who had the best lunch?’ and you get a good answer.”

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