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Dine-In: Burgers and Barefoot in the Park

Friday nights are usually low key in our home. Between work and busy teenage boys’ schedules, we really try to wind down the week with a little family time before Saturday cranks up again full speed. Of course, as the boys have gotten older this is not as easy to do, so I try really hard to grab any opportunity I can for a fun night at home with them.

Most nights this means playing poker and watching shows that make me nauseated, such as Hogs Gone Wild and My Strange Addiction. But every now and then I take back the TV and try to get everyone to watch a movie that I like as well. I gave up on trying to get them to sit through Sound of Music a long time ago, but I have won on To Kill A Mockingbird, Shawshank Redemption and Heaven Can Wait.

Tonight, I have a plan to bribe them with cheeseburgers and French fries (and a healthy spicy Napa cabbage slaw) and then hopefully persuade them to watch one of my very favorite movies of all time, Barefoot in the Park, which is based on a 1963 Neil Simon play.

Jane Fonda and Robert Redford are barely in their 20s and are nothing if not delightful. Redford plays a conservative young lawyer who marries a vivacious, risk-taking woman, played by Fonda. She just wants to have fun; he just wants to pay the bills. It’s funny, well-written and a classic on my list of favorite movies.

What are some of your family’s Friday night traditions? I’d love to hear about them and include them here in future “Dine-In Friday” blogs. Email me at

Happy Friday!

Spicy Napa Cabbage Slaw

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 red Thai chile, thinly sliced
1/4 cup olive oil
6 cups shredded Napa cabbage
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts or toasted sesame seeds

Combine lemon juice and chile slices in a bowl. Slowly add olive oil, whisking constantly. In a large bowl, toss together cabbage, green onion and cilantro. When ready to serve, drizzle with dressing. Season with salt and pepper and toss again. Sprinkle with peanuts or sesame seeds and serve.

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