the real reason why family dinners are so hard

Estelle unsure about dinner

DINNER DEBATE: DO MANNERS MATTER MORE THAN RECIPES? Sometimes people say to me, “you must be such a good mom”. They think I’m rocking this parenting thing, probably running circles around them, because I make such a big deal out of cooking for our kids. Guess those people have never seen my laundry room. Cooking dinner,… 

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how to pack amazing school lunches kids love, Katie Morford’s best tips

Best Lunch Box Ever by Katie Morford

UGH. THAT’S THE SOUND OF MOST PARENTS MAKING SCHOOL LUNCHES. But not Katie Morford. Katie heads up the popular blog, Mom’s Kitchen Handbook: Raising Fresh-Food Kids in a French-Fried World and just wrote a new book with a promising title, “Best Lunch Box Ever“. Brimming with fresh, creative ideas that look just as tasty as they… 

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the downside of cooking from scratch

Estelle unsure about dinner

IT ALL STARTED IN ITALY. When my husband and I moved to Rome four and a half years ago, I didn’t speak a word of Italian (yet) and found the grocery stores mystifying. A bit more produce, infinitely more cheese and much less in the way of processed foods, almost none that I recognized anyway…. 

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just for fun, some great quotes about cooking

Phoebe in kitchen

I BELIEVE IN COOKING. Usually from scratch, most often with whole ingredients. And I’ll tell you this right now. It doesn’t always work out. You’ve got to have a sense of humor, and even more courage, in the kitchen, especially when you’re cooking for knee-high critics. That’s why I love these pearls of wisdom…

2 lessons Japanese kids are learning at lunch

Easy Asian noodles with vegetables

First it was the French, and now there are foodie rumblings from the Far East. Japanese school kids are eating a better lunch than Americans, so says a recent article in The Washington Post. That’s because kids in Japan are eating something American kids aren’t: fresh, local food. Before the collective eye roll begins, a few more… 

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Why I’m still buying organic food for my family

Estelle and CCM shopping at the produce market

Oh boy. Aren’t the cynics laughing now? This week, USA Today reported on a new study, noting that organic produce may not be more nutritious than conventionally grown vegetables. But just a second. As I’ve often mentioned here on Foodlets, I believe in buying organic. And in my opinion, the story around this four-year study… 

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How to get kids to try new foods (without begging, bribing or losing your mind)

Estelle at restaurant

Every meal with 18-month-old Estelle starts the same way. I lift the fork to her lips, just as she clamps them shut. “No.” There’s twisting, frowning and eyebrows furrowing and it would be maddening if this lasted for more than five seconds, but we’re on to her. At this stage, and there will be many… 

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Foodlets on Food Network blog, Healthy Eats

Foodlets on Food network healthy eats

AS I SAID ON FACEBOOK LAST WEEK, we’re ONE step closer to the dream with this post–Food Network + Foodlets (in any conceivable way, but preferably involving my Barefoot Contessa)–with many, many more to go! In the meantime, we’re thrilled to be featured and hope to do it again sometime. Read the lovely piece from… 

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5 celebrity chef recipe makeovers

I love them, deeply I do, but these ladies’ recipes are just too rich. And I mean this in both senses of the word. There’s Paula Deen, whose battle with diabetes has become very public and at least a little controversial when paired with an estimated net worth of $14 million. And also my beloved… 

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