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Why I Believe Snacks and Treats Are Important

The other day, my son came home from a birthday party and was starving and cranky. I was taken aback because this was a celebration that he had been really looking forward to. When I asked why he hadn’t eaten he said, “I didn’t think you would want me to eat too much junk food.” Given what I do for a living, you might think that this was a moment of pride for me—that he was able to determine which foods were healthy and which weren’t and had avoided the unhealthier options—but, in fact, it made me deeply sad. Sad because instead of just living in the moment and enjoying the celebration with his friends, my son had spent time thinking about which foods I would approve of and had chosen to skip certain snacks and treats because of what he thought I might think.Why I Believe Snacks and Treats are ImportantAs someone who struggled to build a healthy relationship with food for much of my life, my goal has always been to raise kids who have a positive relationship...

4 Watermelon Recipes for the 4th!

I don’t know about you, but the first food that comes to mind when I think of the 4th of July is watermelon. I have vivid childhood memories of watermelon juice sliding down my chin and spitting the big black seeds into the grass as I watched the fireworks from the banks of the Charles River in Boston. There is nothing more summery to me than watermelon. So this year, I wanted to share some of my favorite, creative ways to serve up that consummate summer treat at your celebrations on this 4th of July. All of these would be great to bring to a potluck, eat out in the backyard, or pack up for a picnic.4 Watermelon Recipes for the 4th!Watermelon Feta and Mint Cubes. This appetizer, invented by Scramble founder Aviva’s son Solomon, is so delicious, simple, and easy to prepare. Get your kids in on the fun by asking them to assemble the towers.Watermelon Caprese Salad with Arugula. A Scramble favorite! As Scramble recipe tester Jen Grosman said, “it tastes...

Best Picnic Recipes (Our 10 most popular recipes for a picnic)

Best Picnic RecipesThe grass is green and the flowers are once again in bloom.  We’re kicking off outdoor weather and the unofficial start of summer this weekend with ideas for Memorial Day picnic recipes.  We’re sharing 10 options that we think are the best picnic recipes and also perfect for other outdoor gatherings.  These recipes are highly rated by The Six O'Clock Scramble meal planner members, can be served at room temperature (and sit out for at least an hour if out of direct sunlight), are pretty to look at and are seasonal crowd pleasers. Broccoli and Chickpea Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Teriyaki Noodle Stir-Fry Lemon Basil Summer Pasta Salad Mediterranean Couscous Toss Shrimp, Mango and Avocado Salad with Lime
  Dec 19, 2016  cocktails, Recipes

How To Make Ginger Simple Syrup (easy lower sugar version)

You can use this super easy and lower sugar version of ginger simple syrup in cocktails (like my mango ginger cocktails linked below), iced tea, and lemonade. By the way, you can use this same formula with mint, rosemary, basil or other herbs, and you can stir in citrus at the end for a great flavor. Watch the video and subscribe to the YouTube channel for weekly cooking videos with Aviva Goldfarb:Ginger Simple Syrup (easy lower sugar version)

2 ounces ginger, thinly sliced and coarsely chopped(1/2 – 2/3 cup) (no need to peel) 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 cups water

Combine the ginger, sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil and simmer it, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Continue simmering it for 30 to 40 minutes or until the syrup smells very gingery. (If you don’t have time to linger in the kitchen, you can just bring it to a boil and remove it from the heat and let it sit for 40 minutes). Remove it from the heat and cool it completely....

  Oct 31, 2016  cocktails, Recipes

Mango Ginger Cocktails and Cheddar Chutney Melts

Pair Mango Ginger Cocktails with Easy Cheddar Chutney Melts for an Indian-Spiked Happy Hour Treat! Mango Ginger Cocktails and Cheddar Chutney Melts8 servings 3 cups frozen mango chunks 1 cup ginger syrup (see below) ½ cup water 3 cups mango vodka (or if you don’t want to buy mango vodka, I think 2 1/2 cups regular vodka and 1/2 cup orange liqueur would work) 4 limes, juice only 8 jalapeno slices (optional) Puree first 3 ingredients until very smooth. Combine all ingredients. Serve over ice or shake over ice and serve in martini glasses. Garnish with the jalapeno slices or add them to the pitcher with the cocktail mixture.To Make Ginger Simple Syrup2 ounces ginger, thinly sliced and coarsely chopped(1/2 – 2/3 cup) (no need to peel) 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 cups water Combine the ginger, sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil and simmer it, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Continue simmering...
  Oct 17, 2016  cocktails, Recipes

How to Make a Pomegranate Margarita

Spicy Pomegranate MargaritasLearn how to make a pomegranate margarita and make it spicy--if that's your thing--with some fresh jalapeño slices. Pair it with tortilla chips and guacamole with pomegranate seeds for the perfect happy hour snack. Watch the video (and subscribe to the Six O'Clock Scramble YouTube channel for more recipes and ideas)(serves 2) 2 oz. tequila 1 oz. triple sec juice of 1 lime 1/2 cup 100% pomegranate juice 2 slices jalapeno or a few shakes of mango hot pepper sauce (optional)

Stir or shake together all ingredients except the jalapeno or hot pepper sauce. Serve over ice in a tumbler, or use an ice-filled shaker and serve in a margarita glass. Garnish with the pepper slices or drizzle in the hot pepper sauce.

  Jul 19, 2016  brunch, cocktails, Recipes 4

Peach-Mango Bellinis

Peach-Mango Bellinis

You are going to love this recipe for peach-mango bellini cocktails! You can pair them with smoked salmon appetizers on sliced cucumbers with capers and dill, or with mini caprese bites for a more Italian theme. They are so sweet, tangy, bubbly and fruity, they go down way too easily so be sure to make plenty.

When we celebrated my dear friend Rachel Lostombo’s birthday, we organized a gourmet Italian picnic which we enjoyed at Wolf Trap park in Virginia, while listening to Melissa Etheridge and Pat Benatar.

When Rachel’s friends arrived at my house before we carpooled to the concert, I greeted them with these peach-mango bellinis and Caprese bites on colorful toothpicks with balsamic-olive oil and crushed red pepper dipping sauce.  At the Italian picnic we also enjoyed prosciutto and cantaloupe bites, Italian salami and cheeses, orzo and arugula salads, olives, artichokes and other traditional Italian antipasto, and Rachel's favorite, Stella D'oro...