HOW TO KEEP SCHOOL LUNCH SAFE

Back-to-school bootcamp marches on, and today I’m turning my lense on something a little less charming than bento boxes and more serious than veggie wraps: Food safety. Packing lunches is trickier than making other meals since they’re taken to go. They often sit in cloak ...

BLUEBERRY BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE

Back-to-School Bootcamp continues and today it’s all about breakfast. With the lazy mornings of summer in the rear view mirror, it’s time to get your breakfast groove on. Ease and speed are everything when it comes to school day mornings, and few foods meet that ...

AFGHAN BRAISED CHICKEN WITH CREAMY YOGURT SAUCE (LAWANG)

There’s no shortage of data to back up the benefits of sharing meals as a family. Most of us have heard it makes for happier, better adjusted, even more academically successful kids. Yet, supper sometimes gets the shaft. Schedules interfere, or we just ...

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NOT LETTING GO OF FAMILY DINNER

It’s been a month or so since Mr. Mom’s Kitchen and I (tearfully) delivered our oldest daughter to her first day of ...

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI CUPCAKES

I’m a neglectful mother, at least to the fruits and vegetables in my garden of late. My poor zucchini were abandoned for ...

LAZY GIRL’S ENCHILADA PIE

I’m a lazy cook. I don’t peel my tomatoes when I’m supposed to, hack my onions into a rough chop instead of ...

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I’ve been percolating the phrase, “kid friendly” of late. As in, “kid-friendly” menus, “kid-friendly” snacks, and “kid-friendly” drinks. It’s used widely in food marketing, applied to the sorts of foods that kids tend to gravitate towards. The translation, however, often lands within a small category that might otherwise be dubbed junk food.  Let me share a few […]

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SCHOOL LUNCH GEAR GUIDE

The second installation in my “back-to-school bootcamp” hones in on lunch box gear.  I can’t overstate how much easier it is to pull together school lunches when you’ve got your meal packing essentials stocked, organized, and in good working order.  Having written an entire book devoted to the subject of school lunch, I have road tested more than my fair […]

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This pretty plate of salmon is yet more proof that immensely delicious food can also be immensely good for you. Springboarding off the post I wrote last week about diet and inflammation, I challenged my dietetic intern, Leah Walton, to develop the ultimate anti-inflammatory recipe. She nailed it with this one. The rich, flavorful salmon pairs beautifully with sweet/tangy/just barely […]

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Inflammation. Anti-inflammatory diet. Pro-inflammatory foods. Inflammation cure. These buzz phrases are bandied about in reference to diet and health, but what do they really mean? In a nutshell, inflammation is the body’s reponse to injury, irritation, or foreign invaders. Consider what happens when you get a bee sting. The site of the sting grows red and swollen as […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

We had a special couple of weeks in food during a summer trip when we high tailed it to Greece (props to Mr. Mom’s Kitchen for earning all those frequent flier miles). Breakfast was always a highlight, starting with this barely sweet orange cake that showed up in the little guest house where we stayed. The house was part […]

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I have a beef with store-bought ice pops. Why all the added sugar, artificial sweeteners, flavors, and colors? The fundamental ingredient in ice pops should be fruit and juice, ingredients that are naturally colorful, sweet, and tasty. Does it need look neon green? Or taste like a gummy worm? Instead, I often make my own pops. And today, I […]

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