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Should You Lie to Your Kids About The Family Dinner?

Should You Lie to Your Kids About The Family Dinner?

My friend Erika Dickstein never fails to make me laugh. Recently she shared this post on Facebook: “My favorite part of every day... when the girls get home from school, run in and hug me asking what we are having for dinner. I then tell them what w... Read more
Michelle Obama Says Get Families Cooking to Reduce Childhood Obesity

Michelle Obama Says Get Families Cooking to Reduce Childhood Obesity

Could getting families to cook at home more often be the key to help reduce childhood obesity? I believe it can, and so does our First Lady! Last week I had a chance to see Michelle Obama give a rousing speech in DC about the next phase of her Let’s Move efforts. The first year that she made getting kids healthier her top domestic priority, she directed... Read more
Healthy Chicken Parmesan

Healthy Chicken Parmesan

                    Crispy Baked Chicken Parmesan with Roasted Brussels Sprouts--the whole meal clocks in at just 300 calories and can be prepared in 30 minutes or less.  Chicken Parmesan in major resta... Read more
Fish Substitutions When you Can’t Fish your Wish

Fish Substitutions When you Can’t Fish your Wish

Fish is an excellent lean protein source.  It is brimming with nutrients and is a natural source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which is vital because our bodies cannot make omega-3s on their own.  Some seafood has also been shown in scientific studies to give us a feeling of fullness or satiati... Read more
How to Make Bread Crumbs

How to Make Bread Crumbs

Most of store-bought bread crumbs have frightening ingredients that you can’t pronounce and might not want to serve your family.  Making your own fresh bread crumbs is so easy and of course they taste far better than any store-bough... Read more

Look out Leftovers: Here Comes “The Finisher”

Look out Leftovers: Here Comes “The Finisher”

Today for lunch I ate leftover scrambled eggs mixed with some mushy avocado and salsa, and on the side, I had the last piece of turkey rolled up with our last piece of muenster cheese with a squirt of mustard. A few weeks ago, I hit a new low (or high?) by choking down, for lunch every day, a gloppy leftove... Read more
How to Make The Perfect Salad (Or at Least a Really Great One!)

How to Make The Perfect Salad (Or at Least a Really Great One!)

While I am pretty sure there is not a gene for salad-making, my sister and I both inherited from our mom the ability to make great salads.  Sometimes our salads are a meal—a hearty lunchtime salad with chicken, hard-boiled eggs or beans, for example—though they’re usually just a great side dish ... Read more
How to Make Great Winter Soups and Stews

How to Make Great Winter Soups and Stews

Guest column by Domenica Marchetti, author of The Glorious Soups and Stews of Italy Winter is having its way with... Read more
How to Make Fruits and Vegetables Last Longer

How to Make Fruits and Vegetables Last Longer

Each Friday morning, while I’m still sleeping, we get a basket of fresh and delicious local fruits and vegetables delivered to our doorstep.  No, I don’t have an incredibly generous (and sleep-deprived) secret admirer, but I do belong to a local service called Read more
Dinner Planning (Before Breakfast)!

Dinner Planning (Before Breakfast)!

                    Dinner planning pops into my mind all day.  Of course, I love to make it, or I wouldn’t be the Chief Scrambler.  And I definitely love eating it with my family.  Whether or not you work outside the home, everything tends to run more smoothly in the evening if you plan ahead: • If I hav... Read more