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Competing Thanksgiving Traditions: How Do You Make it Work?

Competing Thanksgiving Traditions: How Do You Make it Work?

Thanksgiving. It’s a timeless American tradition and one many of us look forward to for weeks, even months.  But be honest, could any meal encompass higher expectations and more pressure?  For sure, the rewards are great. We gather with our families and/or friends... Read more
Roasted Indian Cauliflower Tossed with Chickpeas and Cashews

Roasted Indian Cauliflower Tossed with Chickpeas and Cashews

Scramble CFO (and my dear friend) Robin Thieme stopped by on a Saturday to drop off a book and was surprised to find that I was cooking a hot lunch for just Andrew and me. I ... Read more
Anonymous Ode to the (Parents of a) Picky Eater

Anonymous Ode to the (Parents of a) Picky Eater

Note from Aviva: After a recent lively Facebook discussion about kids’ restaurant menus and picky eaters and my being Read more
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
Win a Copy! The 52 New Foods Challenge: A Family Cooking Adventure (and Spicy Slow-Cooked Indian Dal Recipe)

Win a Copy! The 52 New Foods Challenge: A Family Cooking Adventure (and Spicy Slow-Cooked Indian Dal Recipe)

Jennifer Tyler Lee is an entrepreneur I admire.  Like many entrepreneurs, she devised a product to solve a problem she had, which was how to get her kids to be open to trying more new foods.  She created Crunch-a-Color, an award-winning healthy eating gam... Read more

Q & Aviva: How Often Can I “Cop Out” on Dinners?

Q & Aviva: How Often Can I “Cop Out” on Dinners?

 

Dear Aviva, I subscribe to your service because I agree with your mission and I am dedicated to serving my family home-cooked, healthy meals. I allow myself one or two "cop out" dinners per week, but I try to make sure the others are cooked by my husband or me... Read more

Healthy Halloween Recipes:  Witches' Fingers and Terror-ific Tomato Soup

Healthy Halloween Recipes: Witches’ Fingers and Terror-ific Tomato Soup

While this might seem rather gruesome, you can serve this with a free conscience as no witches were harmed in the making of this recipe.  In fact, it's completely vegetarian -- and a hearty healthy Halloween dinner to serve before trick-or-treating.  This smooth... Read more

Healthy Halloween Recipes: Spider Black Bean Dip

Healthy Halloween Recipes: Spider Black Bean Dip

Black beans, fresh tomatoes, and vegetables (spiders optional) make this a healthy yet deliciously fun dip for a Halloween party or as a meal before heading out to Trick or Treat.  Serve with cheese cut like pumpkins, our homemade tortilla chips, and your favorite v... Read more

It’s Not Just About the Food! 7 Ways to Make Your Whole Life Better through Family Meals

It’s Not Just About the Food! 7 Ways to Make Your Whole Life Better through Family Meals

                                  Guest Post by Carol Archambeault, Founder and Author of The Shared-Meal RevolutionRead 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