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

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

My Little Kitchen Helpers

by Rebecca Horsman, MS, RD

There is a scene in an old episode of “The Simpsons” where Bart asks Marge if he can help prepare Thanksgiving Dinner, and she lets him do the cranberry sauce. He looks in the wrong cupboards; Marge directs him.  He doesn’t know what to do next; Marge instructs him [...]

WNYC Asks: Kids Can Cook?

Our Co-founder Grace from EatDinner.org calls in and responds. Listen to the conversation here from WNYC.org, The Brian Lehrer Show. (aired 2/23/12)

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Kids Cooking: “They will never eat that!”

 

By Rachael Warrington

I get this a lot from parents. “My child is such a picky eater, the only thing they will ever eat is chicken nuggets, chicken strips and never a vegetable unless it is fried and drenched in ketchup!” Sound familiar? Working as a food service manager [...]

How Can We Get Our 5-year-old to Actually Join Us at the Table?!

by Amy Sung

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We all talk about how to get kids to eat more vegetables or eat healthier in general. But, what about just getting them to the table… and having them stay there to enjoy that healthy meal you made for the family? Staci Sanford-Dever posed this [...]

How to Cook with Your Kid the Best ______________ (Fill-in-the-Blank) Ever!

by Ben Cohen-Leadholm

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It is one thing to cook a meal with your kid. It is another thing entirely to accept the challenge of pursuing the best________________ (fill-in-the-blank) ever! Different from casually preparing a meal with my kid, deciding to create the superlative dish together allows me to teach my daughter three [...]

Dinner Game: The After-Dinner Show

By Fran Davis

Dinner time is really such a crucial part of the day for the family to get together, share their high and low points and decompress. Read more about the positive effects of eating together here. This time should really be fun and stress-free. This post is one [...]

Homogeny and Harmony at the Family Table

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by Julie Lass

About a year ago, I realized that, through shear inertia, my family had fallen into a familiar rut—one meal for us, another, significantly less colorful, meal for the children. We had a rotating menu of about 5 main course items for the kids [...]