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Cooking with Kids: Grocery Shopping as a Learning Tool

Cooking with Kids: Grocery Shopping as a Learning Tool

| March 8, 2010 | 3 Comments

When I was a kid, I had an aha moment at dinner one night. See, my family always spelled out words and names when I wasn’t supposed to understand what they were saying. It’s a good technique … as long as your child doesn’t catch on. As I ate my bread and hid my peas […]

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Raising a Healthy Family: Develop Your Own Filter

Raising a Healthy Family: Develop Your Own Filter

| March 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

As part of my job, I spend a lot of time interviewing people. Lately, that has meant conversations with chefs, authors of eating-related books, nutritionists … people who are trying to help Americans live better, healthier lives. I am so passionate about this that I even devote space here every Friday to share nuggets of […]

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Cooking with Kids: Make Your Own Couscous

Cooking with Kids: Make Your Own Couscous

| March 1, 2010 | 4 Comments

One of the most brilliant gifts of motherhood is watching your kids develop their own personalities, likes and dislikes. I am blessed to mother two strong, brilliant, adventurous kids who don’t think anything is beyond their reach. It’s amazing. If you are a regular reader, you know that both of my kids adore cooking with […]

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Raising a Healthy Family: Teaching Kids about Food

Raising a Healthy Family: Teaching Kids about Food

| February 26, 2010 | 4 Comments

Watching the Jamie Oliver TED talk the other day, tears came to my eyes. In the video, Jamie talks about how he visited a West Virginia school and the children couldn’t tell a potato from a pear from an eggplant. He showed clips of the kids earnestly guessing what veggies he was holding up. It […]

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Cooking with Kids: Chopped Salad Recipe

Cooking with Kids: Chopped Salad Recipe

| February 23, 2010 | 3 Comments

The kids and I made a Mexican Chopped Salad today. It was awesome, and they gobbled it up. Actually, we gobbled it up. But what was more awesome was our conversation while we cooked. While making it, I made a last-second trade-out of an ingredient, substituting agave nectar for honey. Will immediately asked me why, […]

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Raising a Healthy Family: Make Over Your Fridge and Freezer

Raising a Healthy Family: Make Over Your Fridge and Freezer

| February 19, 2010 | 5 Comments

A few years ago, I convinced my husband to purchase an extra freezer. The space in our upstairs freezer (attached to the fridge) just wasn’t cutting it. So, one evening he and his friend lugged a good-sized chest freezer into our basement — exactly what I wanted. For awhile, I was meticulous about using it […]

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Cooking with Kids: Black Bean, Avocado and Red Pepper Quesadillas

Cooking with Kids: Black Bean, Avocado and Red Pepper Quesadillas

| February 15, 2010 | 1 Comment

Things don’t always go the way we want them to. Sure, wouldn’t we all just love everything to go exactly as we plan right down to the nitty gritty details? But then, that would make life predictable … and that’s not good either. So, maybe having things go unpredictably is a good thing after all. […]

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Raising a Healthy Family: Making Family Dinners Doable

Raising a Healthy Family: Making Family Dinners Doable

| February 12, 2010 | 2 Comments

Do you eat dinner as a family? We do, nearly every night. It’s important to me, and studies show that the benefits of eating as a family are huge. Unfortunately, with packed schedules and big work commitments, many families have abandoned the family dinner. It’s time to get back to it though. I’ll be the […]

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Cooking With Kids: Will’s Fruity Salsa

Cooking With Kids: Will’s Fruity Salsa

| February 8, 2010 | 5 Comments

This post would be more accurately titled “Letting Kids Do the Cooking,” but I don’t want to interrupt the flow of this weekly feature (which I totally love, by the way). And besides, this was still cooking with kids, since I did all the prep work and set Will’s mise en place out for him. […]

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Raising a Healthy Family: You Are In Charge of Your Kids’ Health!

Raising a Healthy Family: You Are In Charge of Your Kids’ Health!

| February 5, 2010 | 4 Comments

As parents, one of the greatest gifts we can give to our children is to raise them to be healthy in all elements of their life. We have the power to teach them about healthy eating, inspire them to be active and encourage them to live well. First Lady Michelle Obama recently unveiled an official […]

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