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Family Dinner Month 2012: Sept 17 -- Oct 29, 2012

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Family Dinner Recipe: Coconut Rice with Black Beans, Plantains and Mango Salsa

by Michael Natkin

We are thrilled to have Michael Natkin lend a post and great recipe as we kick-off Celebrating Dads and Influential Men month on Blog for Family Dinner. Today he shares an easy, quick, kid-friendly and delicious recipe that can be thrown together on a weeknight and is still interesting for adults! [...]

June: Celebrate Dads, Influential Men and Family Dinner

This month on Blog for Family Dinner, we will host Dad bloggers as well as posts about influential men and family dinner. We are excited to offer a great giveaway this month. Check out the details here. Or just comment on any post in June or sign up to our mailing list on the side [...]

My Mennonite Mother and Dessert

by Melodie Davis

Many kids have glowing memories of the wonderful meals and dishes their mothers made for them growing up. Katie Boyts, creator of the The Shoefly Project blog helped me understand why I have wonderful memories of the desserts mom used to make, but not so much the meals.

Don’t [...]

Sundays With Sparky – Abuelita Elena’s Cold Zucchini Soup

by Michelle Hays

My mother was a fairly utilitarian cook; as a university professor, she didn’t have much time to enjoy preparing meals the way I do. However, she believed that having a family meal was important, and she developed a repertoire of solid meals, mostly cribbed from newspaper articles and magazine clippings, that [...]

Aunt Sandy’s Cherry Banana Pie

By Serena Ball

During the month of Mother’s Day, I must share my Aunt Sandy’s recipe for cherry pie. It’s not your typical cherry pie. It’s Banana Cherry Pie flavored with cinnamon and almond extract and it was my very favorite pie as a child. I even occasionally asked [...]

Ordinary Pleasures

by Jennifer Grant

Sitting down for dinner with my husband and children – or whatever combination of the five of them is home – is one of my favorite, ordinary pleasures.

Almost nightly, one of my sons fixes his gaze on the butter plate and then saws thick, neat squares [...]

Spreading Mom’s Love Through Memories and Meals

by Shari Brooks

It’s amazing how much about my mom’s life I learned through her death. I always knew Mom was a very private person.  Yet, her funeral boasted myriad outsiders who were somehow touched by Mom; it was my window into her true depth of compassion for others, even during [...]

Making Your Urban Garden a Reality

by Mike Lieberman

April 22 is Earth Day this year and Blog for Family Dinner has been focusing on greening your family dinner. One way that’s been highlighted is by eating food grown from you garden.

What about those of us that don’t have the space or room for a garden?

That’s a common [...]

Starting Seeds Indoors, What You Need To Know

Young seedlings at Glacial Lakes Permaculture. Photo by Karl Schmidt.

by Karl Schmidt

Every time I go down to my basement and think about the little seedlings that will soon pop up their little heads from the flats I’ve set out, under the light of fluorescent bulbs, and warmed gently from below [...]

Mommy, Do You Like My Chemicals?

By Colleen Levine

In an ideal world, my two children would be encouraged to join me in the kitchen as often as possible. At the mature age of 5, however, my son has other things on his mind many evenings and my 18-month-old, well, let’s just say she hasn’t yet been quite as [...]