Dawn Perry
Dawn Perry is a staff food editor of Real Simple, where she writes and develops recipes for popular columns such as “Ten Ideas For” and “Secretly Simple,” as well as entertaining features. Before joining the magazine, she was the Associate Food Editor at Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food. She got her culinary start in San Francisco, where she spent time in the kitchen of the acclaimed Quince restaurant as well as working as a private chef, caterer, and cooking teacher. Originally from Baltimore, Dawn now lives in Brooklyn with her fiancé, who does most of the cooking.

Recent Posts By Dawn Perry

Beard on Food

I’ve been trying to make a point to look through my old cookbooks lately. These days it’s so easy to find inspiration on the internet  (or end up down a falafel rabbit hole) but there’s something unique and slow and old school about discovering—or rediscovering—a recipe under a tattered cover right there on your own bookshelf. Last week I pulled out Beard on Food. […]

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How I Eat My Vegetables

We’re all trying to eat more vegetables. Even a vegetable-lover like me. I can say confidently that I never met a vegetable I didn’t like (go ahead, try me). I like them cooked, and I like them raw. I like them dressed and I like them dipped. I like them here, I like them there, I like them just about […]

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Peach Hand Pies

Can you believe I haven’t baked a pie all summer? I’ve thought about baking a lot of pies but just haven’t gotten around to it. Last weekend my parents came to visit with some peaches from my sister’s tree, and I knew I could resist no longer. By Monday, we only had 4 peaches left (we’d eaten the rest out […]

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Slow Roasted Pork Weekend

A couple of weekends ago we slow roasted a pork shoulder, a riff on this recipe (minus the fire pit). We put it in a 250°F oven at around 1am, went to bed, and around 8am we awoke to a tender, delicious and truly addictive hunk of meat. We ran over to the farmers’ market to pick up some jersey […]

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Campfire Spaghetti and More

A few weeks ago we went camping in the Catskills. It’s becoming a little bit of a summer tradition. Some friends act surprised like we’re really roughing it out there but we take an air-mattress and wine and dijon mustard: all the necessities. Sometimes we cook right over the campfire and sometimes we use our little Coleman stove but either […]

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My Attempt at Carving Mango Flowers

A few weeks ago, on a visit to Coney Island (yes, the same Nathan’s Hotdog excursion) I bought a five dollar mango. I typically wouldn’t pay that much for a piece of fruit, but it was carved like a flower, and came on a stick, and I am a sucker. There were 2 women with pretty substantial knives just carving […]

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A Raw, Vegan Feast

I had a memorable meal last week.  I was invited to a (mostly) raw, vegan dinner party. I was wary of what I had gotten myself into and considered I might have to get a pork taco for dessert on the way home. But as soon as we arrived I was seduced. We walked in along a candlelit path to […]

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Do You Like Hot Dogs?

A couple of months ago Emily popped up in the office and asked, “do you like hot dogs?” You may have guessed my response which was something like, “what kind of a question is that?! Do I like breathing?!” So yes, I like hot dogs. But it wasn’t until this past Saturday that I had my first Nathan’s Hot Dog. […]

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Tiny Local Honey

I went to visit my family last weekend outside Baltimore. They live it what used to be the sticks, but is slowly becoming less and less rural. As long as I can remember the Reynolds‘ have been farming in the area–corn, veg, chickens, etc. A little while back, they opened up a farm stand on their property. I went to pick […]

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Meet Dawn Perry, Our Third New Food Blogger

Hi All! I’m Dawn, one of the Staff Food Editors at Real Simple. I come from humble culinary beginnings. I grew up in a family of grazers—more into snacking then big meals, with an arsenal of dip and party snack recipes to prove it (one day I will tell you about B& G’s T’s).  Forced to cook for myself in […]

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