Anne Wolfe Postic

Anne Postic writes about cooking for her family on The Kitchn. She lives in Columbia, South Carolina with her husband and three very handsome sons. She loves talking cooking, travel, parenting and art, though not necessarily in that order.
Everything You Need to Throw a Fabulous Cocktail Party
We love a good cocktail party. Great drinks, delicious snacks, and lots of laughs with good friends. Whether yours is large or small, everyone you know or a few close friends, The Kitchn has some tips to make it the best one you’ve ever hosted. First things first: Let’s start with the drinks. The Kitchn’s 9 Bottle Bar column is a great place to start if you’re ready to build your bar, bottle by bottle, garnish by garnish.
May 9, 2022
When You Want to Impress the Kids, Make Popovers
Popovers are awesome. You can do anything to them, and all you need to start are some really basic ingredients — flour, milk, salt and eggs — and a muffin tin. You can add grated cheese, Nutella, mashed bananas, your favorite jam, a dollop of ripe mango or a spoonful of last night’s barbecue pork. Sweet or savory, it’s all delicious.
Sep 30, 2020
5 Steps to the Perfect Bowl of Pasta
How boring is it that I learned the secret to making perfect pasta in Italy? Yes, fresh made pasta is amazing, and no, that’s not the technique I’m about to share with you. (Now that you know I’m not going to talk about fresh made pasta, are you a) disappointed, b) disgusted, or c) totally excited, because pasta should be easy?) My friend’s Italian husband Peldi taught me the five steps to a perfect bowl of pasta: Use the biggest pot you have.
Sep 30, 2020
Another Ten Minute, Ten Dollar Dinner: Pat-in-the-Pan-Crust Quiche
I was careful when I first introduced quiche to my young sons. Presentation is important to preschoolers, so I referred to it as “Pizza Pie,” with a big, inane grin on my face. They liked pizza, and pie was a rare treat, so the combination was a winner. These days, they are mature enough to call it quiche, and I make it at least once a week, because it’s easy, economical and quick. The “pat in the pan” crust makes it easy, because I always have the ingredients.
Sep 30, 2020
Easy DIY Pizza for Weeknight Kid Guests
In our home, dinner guests come in all sizes. Make Your Own Pizza Night is great for kids, but adults love it, too! Using ready made whole wheat naan for the crust makes it easy and allows everyone to build their own, pleasing even the pickiest eaters. Also? A varied toppings bar is a great way to clean out the fridge. Whole Foods whole wheat naan was a recent discovery, and it’s perfect for individual pizzas.
Sep 30, 2020
Another Ten Minute, Ten Dollar Dinner: Girl Scout Stew
There are a couple of things you need to know about Girl Scout Stew. It is not endorsed, as far as I know, by the Girl Scouts of the USA, but that’s what my mother called it and she was a Girl Scout. Also, Girl Scout Stew is not pretty, but it’s not about looks, is it? This hearty, mostly healthy meal is perfect for a busy weeknight. I could call it Campfire Stew, but I don’t camp and I am the only woman in a house full of men, so I cling to femininity when I can.
Sep 30, 2020
How I Got My Slow Cooker Fixed (And Honestly, It’s Even Better Now)
You remember my slow cooker? The one I broke? Twice? I really didn’t want to buy a new one, because I had already done that once and it’s important to me to make things last. (Evidence: My husband’s car has 175,000 miles. My car, “the new one,” has 95,000 miles, and we aren’t considering a car purchase anytime soon.) Before I replaced my cooker, I got in touch with Brenton Sadreameli of Mr.
Sep 30, 2020
How I Started Cooking Again While Grieving
It was bound to happen. As generous as my friends are, new tragedies, new needs, take the place of old ones. When my father died in August, people brought food, all the food. My freezer and pantry were full, and on many nights, I didn’t even have to raid my own larder, because we would be invited out for dinner. Or I would decide to order in — who cares about the cost? — because I just wasn’t ready to face reality. The other day, I was included on a group email.
Sep 30, 2020
Why My Teenager Should Know How to Cook Eggs
One of the most important meals for kids to learn is breakfast. It’s not about them; it’s about you. The earlier you teach this one, the sooner you get to sleep a little later. Just this morning, I woke up to the smell of sizzling pancetta, butter, and eggs. Although it smelled delightful, I knew that meal wasn’t for me, and that’s what made it great. It smelled like 15 more minutes of sleep and the joy of having raised a competent teenager.
Sep 30, 2020
Recipe: Slow-Cooker White Beans in Parmesan Broth
As the weather gets warmer, I like to lighten up my family’s menu with fewer savory winter dishes and more recipes that show off the lighter tastes of spring. But there are still a few dreary, rainy days left, so we appreciate a nice soup somewhere in that mix. This white bean soup makes its own broth with some help from a Parmesan rind as it cooks in the slow cooker. It’s an easy dish for a busy weekday and manages to be satisfying without being too heavy or rich.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Celery Soup with Bacon
I was uninspired. “What do you want for dinner tonight?” I asked my eight-year-old, who always has an opinion. He thought for 30 seconds. “Celery and bacon soup, ” he said. Though I had never made it before, and I’m pretty sure he thought he invented it, it sounded like a fine idea. I even had everything but the bacon already in the fridge. I threw everything in the slow cooker — a perfect tool for inventing a soup — and hoped for the best.
Feb 3, 2020
Vegetarian Recipe: Pumpkin Chili
This vegetarian chili is October in a bowl.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Sausage and Spinach Lasagna
In the nineties, I went to college in Canada, a long way from my home in South Carolina. One snowy weekend, my mother came for a visit. Because I was in class when she arrived — and you can’t skip class the day your mother arrives — I left her a key.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Cucumber-Peel Sandwich Spread
As the weather gets warmer, I like to do everything I can with cucumbers — including using up the peel. Like any good Southerner, I often make marinated cucumbers, or “refrigerator pickles.” This quick mix of thinly sliced and peeled cucumbers, vinegar, sugar, salt, and chili flakes is a fail-proof and delicious side salad, but it always leaves me with a heaping pile of peels I hate to throw away.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Red Pepper and Corn
My children love tiny cabbages — a.k.a. Brussels sprouts — and I usually drizzle them with olive oil and roast them in the oven. Recently, I had half of an onion and a red bell pepper floating around in the vegetable drawer, as well as a couple pounds of Brussels sprouts, and it seemed like a great opportunity to show my eight-year-old son how to improvise in the kitchen and avoid wasting food that hasn’t been earmarked for a particular dish.
Jan 28, 2020
Recipe: Ginger Ale Crêpes with Chocolate Chips
My kids aren’t used to me saying things like, “Hey, y’all! Come downstairs! I’m making crêpes!” They are used to me cooking odd things at odd hours, because that’s what you do when you write about food and love experimenting in the kitchen. Usually I ask them to try things like radish butter which, while delicious, is no ginger ale crêpe with orange zest and chocolate chips. So they were pretty excited when this happened.
Jan 21, 2020
Our 10 Best Tips for a Great Holiday Cookie Exchange
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Because even a cookie exchange needs some rules.
Dec 7, 2019
Don’t Throw That Away! 5 Recipes to Use Up Your Kitchen Scraps
I was telling a friend recently that I like to leave the oven open to cool in the winter — after I’ve turned it off, of course. My friend laughed and told me about her college roommate who did the same thing. His justification? “I already paid for that heat. It’s mine!” Exactly. I feel the same way about food: I paid for it, so I’m going to use the whole thing, or as much of it as I possibly can.
Jun 9, 2019
Recipe: Puffed Spirals with Leftover Greens
I recently had a rousing discussion with friends about the bags of greens that are inevitably left to wilt a slow, sad death somewhere in the back of the fridge. You know, the ones we meant to use, but never quite got around to. They’re a little bit too tired for a salad, and you can only add so many wilted greens to omelets before you run out of eggs. Besides, it’s getting late and you need a fun snack to go with your end-of-the-day cocktail.
Jun 6, 2019
Recipe: Skillet-Braised Celery with Dijon Sauce
I love to keep a bowl of celery sticks in the fridge; they make a great healthy snack and pair well with everything from ranch dip to peanut butter and raisins. My sons will always reach for a ready-made snack, even if it is as healthy as celery. But occasionally I don’t get around to slicing it, and it creeps to the bottom of the vegetable drawer, lost under a pile of greens and other produce. By the time we find it, the celery is limp and unappealing.
Jun 6, 2019
Three Oils You Need in the Kitchen (And One More That Might Be Nice)
There are three oils I use regularly in my kitchen, the ones I will replace as soon as the bottle is empty, even if I don’t need them right that second. Two for flavor, and one for its lack of flavor and high smoke point. These are my three favorites, the ones I’ll buy on sale, because I know I’ll use the open bottles quickly enough so the new ones won’t go bad before I need them. Extra virgin olive oil. Well, duh. Is any kitchen complete without this one?
Jun 4, 2019
It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great by Gwyneth Paltrow with Julia Turshen
Full Disclosure: I like Gwyneth. I might even be a little obsessed. She’s more or less my age and, for a very brief time in the mid 90s, I was told we looked alike. I’ll take it. I was first aware of Gwyneth when we were in high school (not together, of course). I was once quoted anonymously in my school paper. She was in an Esprit ad next to it.
May 24, 2019
How Halloween Became My Favorite Family Tradition
I love Halloween. I love the fact that kids of all ages come from other neighborhoods to trick-or-treat. (This is also known as neighborhood hopping and I think it’s great.) I love sitting on the porch and handing out candy and talking to anyone who comes by. And I love that my friends come over to help me celebrate. Every year we host a drop-in Halloween pumpkin chili party; it’s become something of a tradition.
May 24, 2019
Boiled Peanuts: The Edamame of the South
I’ve been told that boiled peanuts are an acquired taste. I wouldn’t know, because I’ve loved them for too long to remember. I can’t picture a day at the beach or the lake without a bowl of boiled peanuts, the contents dwindling as the pile of shells on the sand grows. We usually eat them in the summer, possibly because that’s the only time I can stay close to the stove long enough to make them.
May 2, 2019
Our Day-After New Year’s Meal: Easy Oyster Stew with Leftovers
Our family had a very low key, perfect New Year’s Eve. The five of us headed to Edisto Island, with my mother in law joining us for one night, for a gloriously reclusive New Year. We picked up a bushel of oysters and steamed them in the oven, toasting 2014 hours before midnight, when only two of us remained awake. The next morning, we had leftover oysters. Even in a minimalist vacation rental kitchen, oyster stew is easy.
May 2, 2019
What Food Should I Serve on This Pretty Platter? No, Really!
I have stacks and stacks of plain white serving pieces. I pick them up all over the place — Target, yard sales, World Market, second hand shops, other people’s houses when they aren’t looking — whenever I see them and the price is right. They’re easy, because they go with everything and give my party spread a nice, clean look, letting the food shine.
May 2, 2019
Recipe: Slow Cooker Tuna Noodle Casserole
When my children were younger, on nights we left them with a sitter to go out for a little adult time, I would leave simple meals — the kinds of dishes my husband and I were far too sophisticated to enjoy. Or so I thought. One night, the sitter canceled at the last minute — after I had already made a box of mac and cheese with frozen peas and a can of tuna. My husband took a bite. “What is this? Why have you never made this before? This is delicious!” Um, oops.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Quick Balsamic Quinoa Salad
Can you use the word “hearty” to describe a salad? I think so. This filling salad is always a hit with dinner guests, and the leftovers — if there are any — make a nice lunch the next day. I once caught someone (who shall remain anonymous) — ha, ha, it was my sister, but I won’t say which one — in the kitchen after dinner cleaning out the bowl, eating every last bit. The quinoa and pine nuts add crunch, while the corn adds a hint of something sweet.
May 1, 2019
What Should I Do When My Friend Is Always Late for Dinner? Always.
I love hosting dinner parties. Seriously, I live for them and can’t wait to plan the next one. Because I plan carefully, I want people to show up on time. I certainly don’t expect everyone to sit down and eat right when they get there, so I usually serve something small with cocktails while we wait for everyone to arrive. But what do I do about people who aren’t just 30 minutes late, but an hour or more?
May 1, 2019
The One Thing Costco Does Almost as Well as the French
Much like Oprah, I love bread — particularly good bread. I blame my husband; he’s half French and definitely a bread connoisseur. We spent some time in France this summer, visiting with family, sharing his culture with our kids, and eating lots and lots of bread. Now that we’re home, there’s only one baguette for us, and it’s from Costco.
Apr 16, 2019
Pillsbury Created a Food Star You’ll Actually Love
The Pillsbury Bake-Off, at least in my mind, has always espoused certain values: good taste and convenience in the kitchen. This year, the Bake-Off rewarded something else: story-telling. Every recipe has a story, and those stories have inspired a now-familiar blog format. Readers are treated to a glimpse into the author’s life, followed by a recipe that ties it all together. It’s a format we love, because who doesn’t want to know what people eat?
May 14, 2018
12 Things No One Tells You About Going to Costco for the First Time
Are you surprised there’s someone left in the world who hasn’t been to Costco? Well, my husband and I may have been the last two. (Turns out even our children have gone with other people.) To be honest, we aren’t big bulk shoppers. We don’t have a lot of storage space, and I’m afraid of commitment, whether it’s to one brand of cereal or anything else. But I keep hearing good things about Costco and finally decided it was worth a try.
Apr 25, 2018
How a Trip to Italy Inspired My Family to Tackle Food Waste at Home
Several years ago, we spent time with friends in their Italian country house. (Yes, this was easily the best summer ever.) My friends are generous and lovely people, so there was always a full house, and we did a lot of cooking, which required a lot of food. The house was isolated, and my family learned to be even more mindful of food waste and extra trash. The grocery store was quite a drive and excess trash resulted in fines for our gracious hosts.
Feb 25, 2018
This Is the Most Helpful Thing You Can Do at Your Family Thanksgiving
Don’t you love Thanksgiving? Your family’s traditions, the delicious food, hanging with your cousins in the rec room after the meal is over — you look forward to it every year. And your parents look forward to seeing you! No, they insist, you can’t help with the cooking. Setting the table? Thanks, but they did it early this morning while you were still in bed checking Facebook on your phone.
Nov 21, 2017
How Grocery Shopping as a Couple Makes My Marriage Stronger
True story: I like grocery shopping. Planning meals, seeing what’s on sale, and finding new cheese is always a pleasure. My husband, Alex, likes it as much as I do, but for slightly different reasons. I’m mostly into the food part, but he’s super social and enjoys running into people and catching up. (We live in a smallish town, so it’s unlikely that we’ll go to the store without seeing someone we know.
Nov 7, 2017
The Unexpected Way Going Back to Work Improved My Marriage
“What pan do I use to make the soup?” he called from the kitchen — and I lost it. First of all, the soup was already made, so it needed to be heated, not “made.” Semantics aside, the question was ridiculous. What pan? The one that fits the soup, obviously. My husband, the one who’s been using the same pans I have for the last 20 years, needed my help to heat soup.
Nov 3, 2017