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Tips for Reeeeallly Slow Cooking

Tips for Reeeeallly Slow Cooking

A few years ago, I finally purchased a slow cooker.  I’m not sure what I was waiting for, but it’s been an incredibly convenient addition to my kitchen.  Because I work from home I can often start my slow cooker at lunchtime or before carpools so the food is ready at dinnertime. Ho... Read more
New Kitchen Tool Crush: The Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer

New Kitchen Tool Crush: The Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer

Ever since I started making low-carb, low-calorie, healthier spaghetti strands out of raw zucchini this summer, I’ve been looking for a tool to shred the zucchini more easily than my box grater.  I found one I love and it’s probably the least expensive one on the market.  With Read more

3 Family Dinners in 3 Minutes! Aviva on the Today Show x 3

3 Family Dinners in 3 Minutes! Aviva on the Today Show x 3

                            I’m finding it hard to believe, but I had the privilege of making my third appearance on the Read more
Timesaving Cooking Tricks to Get Family Dinner on the Table

Timesaving Cooking Tricks to Get Family Dinner on the Table

As a Scrambler, you know how important it is to find any and every way to cut down on the time it takes to get a family dinner on the table. Here are a few of my favorite timesaving cooking tips and tricks. 1. Halve cherry tomatoes or grapes: Put all the tomatoes on a dinner plate with a rim, top them gently wi... 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
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
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
Easy Dinners for One (Beyond Cereal and Microwavable Meals!)

Easy Dinners for One (Beyond Cereal and Microwavable Meals!)

While here at The Scramble we focus a lot on feeding families, we know that we have many members that are flying solo when it comes to eating dinner.  Possibly you are a 20 (or 30, 40 or 50) something living on your own, a single parent whose kids have left the nest, or part of a family where everyon... Read more
Friday dinner ideas | Suggestions for Great Meals to End your Week

Friday dinner ideas | Suggestions for Great Meals to End your Week

While the dinner routine on Monday through Thursday at our house is pretty consistent (I make dinner and we sit down as a family to enjoy it), Fridays and Saturdays are often wild cards.  With two teenagers going in different directions for activities and social plans, it’s sometimes a little harder to ... Read more
Having a Weekly Healthy Meal Planner Can Make Family Dinners a Reality!

Having a Weekly Healthy Meal Planner Can Make Family Dinners a Reality!

Regardless of the age of your kids, getting healthy, well-rounded dinners on the table can present a challenge for families.  If you’ve got small children, you’re probably dealing with the juggling act that comes along with little people wanting or needing your constant attention.  If your kid... Read more