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Summery Appetizers:  Watermelon, Feta and Mint Cubes

Summery Appetizers: Watermelon, Feta and Mint Cubes

Our 17-year-old, Solomon, was home for a couple ... Read more

How to Have Home Cooked Family Meals on Vacation, Too!

How to Have Home Cooked Family Meals on Vacation, Too!

Dear Aviva:  I love your website and book.  Have you put together a menu for family meals on vacation?  Something for when you rent a house and want healthy, easy meals that don't have so many novel ingredients that you have to buy a bunch of stuff you won't use up? I don’t want to buy paprika just for 1 recipe for vacation, for example. Thanks for your help! Kate Hall, Cheshir... Read more
Tired of Hearing “I’m Bored” This Summer? Ban Boredom with Surprise Ride

Tired of Hearing “I’m Bored” This Summer? Ban Boredom with Surprise Ride

Are the "I'm bored" moments driving you crazy this summer? Sign-up for Surprise Ride and your kids will get a box in the mail packed with all the materials needed to do fun, creative and brain-boosting activities! From building a birdhouse to excavating an anc... Read more
Fruit and Veggie Smoothies:  Four-Veggie Blast Smoothie

Fruit and Veggie Smoothies: Four-Veggie Blast Smoothie

Whatever the weather, I love making smoothies (especially fruit and veggie smoothies) for breakfast or an afternoon snack because I know that they get my family toward our daily goal of 5 – 7 servings of fruits and vegetables. This one’s a little tart but even with all those veggies, it turns... Read more
Do Yourself a Flavor This Summer:  Eat More Science!

Do Yourself a Flavor This Summer: Eat More Science!

I hope you enjoy this week’s guest column and science recipe from my wonderful, talented friend Ann McCallum, who is a public school teacher and author of delightfully engaging children’s books that make cooking both fun and educational, including Read more
Importance of Family Dinners: Check me Out Cooking with Katie Couric!

Importance of Family Dinners: Check me Out Cooking with Katie Couric!

It finally aired this week! A few months ago I traveled to New York and taped a segment on ABC’s The Katie Show about the importance of family dinners and how to make them work in our busy lives. Katie and I also cooked a 10-minute family meal toget... Read more
Cooking with Fresh Herbs: 10 Great Uses for Extra Fresh Herbs

Cooking with Fresh Herbs: 10 Great Uses for Extra Fresh Herbs

If your back yard in summer is anything like ours, your fresh potted herbs are starting to look a little like the multiplying pods from that old movie, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, with tentacles (or in this case, fragrant offshoots) threatening to invade the house while you sleep! S... Read more
Zucchini Recipes: Stuffed Zucchini Gondolas

Zucchini Recipes: Stuffed Zucchini Gondolas

     

Summer’s the season of bounteous crops of zucchini and yellow squash, which is also affordable because it’s so plentiful and easy to grow. I don’t find zucchini to be the most flavorful or exciting vegetable, but I love it as ... Read more

July 4th Top 5 Burger Recipes and Salad Recipes

July 4th Top 5 Burger Recipes and Salad Recipes

Independence Day in our neighborhood means a neighborhood cookout at the pool with burgers, hotdogs, watermelon, iced tea, lemonade and other summery favorites.  As many of our neighbors become more health and environmentally conscious, the demand for alternatives to beef burgers has grown stronger: At the most recent pool barbecue, the veggie burgers were gone long before the hamburgers (gra... Read more
Summer Drink:  Mango Lime Coolers

Summer Drink: Mango Lime Coolers

Temperatures just hit the high 90s in Maryland, so I thought we could mark the first week of summer with a fruity cocktail recipe to keep us cool. This sparkling summer drink, invented by my colleague Linda Wolpert, is wonderfully refreshing on a hot summer day. For an adult cocktail, add an ounce of rum to... Read more