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Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s Family-Friendly Dinner

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martins Family Friendly Dinner

Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow

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10/23/2014 AT 08:30 PM EDT

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin seem to have perfected the concept of consciously uncoupling and they continue to maintain their happily-ever-after exes relationship.

On Wednesday evening, the pair (who announced their split in March), along with their two children, Apple, 10, and Moses, 8, enjoyed a low-key dinner at Katsuya Brentwood along with a friend and her child.

Sitting tucked away in the restaurant’s back room, “They seemed like a happy family,” says a fellow diner.

After their friend and her child left the dinner, Paltrow, Martin and their children remained for another 15 minutes, just catching up.

“They all seemed very happy and were getting along,” says the diner. “Chris kept showing Gwyneth what looked like pictures on his phone and they were smiling.”

Meanwhile, across town, Martin’s current love interest, Jennifer Lawrence, dined at Ago in West Hollywood.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martins Family Friendly Dinner
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We Whip Up a Recipe From Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunt’s New Cookbook

We Whip Up a Recipe From Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunts New Cookbook
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Welcome back to our new column at PEOPLE.com: the Tiny Test Kitchen. Here, we test recipes from the latest and greatest cookbooks and let you know how it went. Why Tiny Test Kitchen? Because we whip up these dishes in our very own (very tiny) New York City kitchens to show you just how easy or difficult, tasty or terrible the food turns out to be.

Confession: I have a bit of a crush on Stanley Tucci. Yes, he’s married. Yes, he’s older. But he’s so … distinguished. And charming. Ladies, are you with me?

Anyway, weird personal feelings aside, I loved the actor’s first recipe collection, The Tucci Cookbook, so when I heard he had a new book coming out Oct. 28 — this one with expectant wife Felicity Blunt — I jumped at the chance to check it out.

This edition features recipes from both of their families — his skew Italian, hers very English — so it’s a nice mix of hearty pasta dishes and things like Yorkshire pudding. There are also recipes from friends and family members, like the chicken soup Felicity’s sister Emily Blunt swears made her now-husband John Krasinski propose (seriously, how did these Blunt girls get so lucky?!).

But to kick things off, I wanted to whip up something I’d never made before, so I settled on the couple’s Cornish Game Hens with Pancetta. It’s simple enough — I actually had many of the ingredients sitting around at home — and as the authors mention, serving Cornish game hens is great because every diner gets his or her own little chicken. So cute.

We Whip Up a Recipe From Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunts New Cookbook
Kate Hogan

I popped into Whole Foods and grabbed two hens ($18 for the pair, on the lower end of what I saw) and brought them home to prep. They were easy to prepare since there’s so little to do — basically season and set in a pan — and even easier since I halved the recipe (one each for my husband and me). Of note: Though I only cooked two birds, I still had to cook them as long as the recipe called for the four.

The turnout was pretty great! The birds were nice and juicy (basting midway through cooking helped), and the pancetta was delightfully crispy and had soaked up some of the fat from the hens (though I didn’t really taste any pancetta on the hens, I must say). The Tuccis recommend serving with their polenta frites, but I served them with fresh corn on the cob I’d picked up at the farmers market, which was a nice crunchy complement.

We Whip Up a Recipe From Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunts New Cookbook
Kate Hogan

My one complaint is that the shallots and garlic cloves, which the directions say to stuff into the birds, didn’t really cook — biting into them, they might as well have been raw, though I was expecting them to have cooked up nice and soft. In the pictures accompanying the recipe in the cookbook, it looks like the shallots and garlic are chopped, but it never mentioned any chopping in the recipe itself, so I used them whole. I wonder if chopping them first would’ve boosted the flavor.

But all in all, it’s a fun recipe that I might try again if we had guests (again, individual birds are just so adorable, though pricey). The whole process took me 90 minutes start to finish, but with an extra set of hands in the kitchen for seasoning (or me not focusing SO hard on the recipe) it could’ve been about 15 or 20 minutes shorter. I’m looking forward to trying more of the couple’s delicious dishes!

We Whip Up a Recipe From Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunts New Cookbook
Kate Hogan

Cornish Game Hens with Sage and Pancetta
Serves 4

4 Cornish game hens
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 shallots, halved
4 cloves garlic
8 fresh sage leaves
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. olive oil
12 to 16 slices pancetta or bacon
1 cup white wine

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Season the cavities of the Cornish game hens with salt and pepper and insert half a shallot, a garlic clove and a sage leaf into each. Place ½ tbsp. of the butter in the cavity of each bird as well. Rub the birds with the olive oil and season the breasts with salt and pepper. Place a sage leaf on the back of each bird and drape each with 3 or 4 slices of the pancetta.

3. Roast for 45 to 50 minutes. Halfway through roasting, remove the pancetta from the breasts of the birds and place it beside them. Baste the birds with the roasting juices and continue to cook for the remaining time. To check if they are cooked, stab the birds in the thickest part of the thigh with a skewer. If the juice runs clear, then they are done.

4. Remove the birds from the oven, together with the pancetta, and place them on a warm plate to rest. Set the roasting pan on the stovetop over medium heat. When the juices in the pan begin to bubble, pour in the wine. Deglaze the pan, scraping up any cooking residue, and cook until the liquid has reduced by half. Serve with the reduced pan jus on the side.

—Kate Hogan

We Whip Up a Recipe From Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunts New Cookbook
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Brittany Maynard to Dr. Ira Byock: Quit Talking About Me

Brittany Maynard to Dr. Ira Byock: Quit Talking About Me

Brittany Maynard with her Great Dane, Charley

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10/23/2014 AT 07:05 PM EDT

Brittany Maynard is firing back at Dr. Ira Byock, a top palliative care physician and vocal opponent of right-to-die laws, for making public comments about her that she says are untrue.

“As a terminally ill patient, I find it disrespectful and disturbing when people discuss my personal health with details that are not accurate to push an agenda,” she wrote in a comment on the website for the Diane Rehm radio show, where Byock was scheduled to speak Thursday.

“I am Brittany Maynard and it concerns me that Dr. Ira Byock will speak on my ‘behalf’ at all again,” she wrote. “I watched a special on PBS where this same individual spoke about my case as though he knew personal details about me, saying some things that were quite frankly not true.”

On Oct. 6, Maynard launched a national online video campaign with Compassion & Choices, an end-of-life advocacy group, to fight for expanding Death with Dignity laws nationwide.

And in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, she said she planned to end her life on Nov. 1, due to her rapidly deteriorating health.

In the wake of all the publicity about her decision, Byock, chief medical officer of the Providence Institute for Human Caring in Torrance, California, has been making the rounds of various national television and radio shows.

“My heart goes out to Brittany Maynard,” Byock said on the PBS Newshour on Oct. 14. “But I want to assure people watching that she could get excellent whole-person care and be assured of dying gently in her bed surrounded by her family.” Not so, says Maynard.

“He said that a gentle death would be available to me easily through hospice,” she wrote. “Unfortunately, that would be after a great length of time, with lots of suffering (physical and emotional), and loss for my young body.”

And then there was this.

“Unfortunately, while not being coerced, she is being exploited by Compassion & Choices,” he said. “And I think that’s a tragedy. I worry what will happen if her life still feels worth living on Nov. 1. Will she then feel compelled to end her life in order to meet the public’s expectations?”

Maynard furiously denied she feels compelled to die now “based on public expectations.”

“I DO NOT,” she wrote. “This MY choice. I am not that weak. The day is my choice. I have the right to change my mind at any time. It is my right. I am very confident about this.”

Nor is she being exploited by Compassion & Choices, she says.

“I had gone through the entire process of moving, physician approval for DWD, and filled my prescription before I EVER even spoke to anyone at Compassion & Choices about volunteering and decided to share my story.”

Furthermore, “I am not depressed or suicidal or on a ‘slippery slope,’ ” she wrote. “I have been in charge of this choice, gaining control of a terrifying terminal disease through the application of my own humane logic.”

Byock did not respond to a request for comment but did address Maynard’s comments when asked about them by Diane Rehm.

“It’s personally hard for me to hear that I’ve caused this young woman more distress,” he said. But “I do in fact disagree with a number of the things she said.”

“One of the things I disagree with is that Brittany Maynard has just said again that she thinks it’s her personal choice,” he said. “But physician-assisted suicide is not a personal act. It’s a social act.”

Brittany Maynard to Dr. Ira Byock: Quit Talking About Me
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Canadian Shooting Victim Nathan Cirillo: His Dogs and Friends in Mourning

10/23/2014 AT 07:00 PM EDT

As flags fly at half-mast in Canada, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo’s dogs wait for a master who is not coming home.

Canadians are mourning the army reservist killed Wednesday in a terrorist attack in Ottawa that also put the Parliament building on lockdown and left three others injured. The gunman, who is believed to be a radicalized jihadist, was also shot and killed, ABC News reports.

Cirillo, 24, was guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Ottawa’s National War Memorial, when he was shot by the gunman, identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who then hijacked a car and drove to the Centre Block on Parliament Hill where senior government offices are located.

Cirillo was a father and dog lover, and his Instagram and Facebook pages are full of photos with his pups.

“He was the type of guy that would go out of his way to make someone smile if they were having a bad day. He was all about family, friends and loyalty,” friend Danielle Townsend told the Associated Press.

A photo posted on Twitter shows Cirillo’s dogs peering under a wooden gate alongside some Canadian flags and flowers left in tribute for their fallen owner.

A photo posted by Nathan Cirillo (@ncitaly) on Sep 9, 2014 at 12:22pm PDT

Canadian Shooting Victim Nathan Cirillo: His Dogs and Friends in Mourning
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