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The B4FD Project features blog posts from guest writers that explore the far-reaching benefits of family dinner.

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

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It’s Always Family Dinner Time

by John Donohue

In my childhood home, there was a square yellow clock on the wall of the kitchen, where we ate our meals, and I will never forget its face. In particular, I will always remember its thick and thin black hands pointing to 7:20. That was the time [...]

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! [...]

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 [...]

Cooking Essentials I Learned from My Mom … With a Few Makeovers Mixed In

by Liz Weiss, MS, RD

My mom and dad just celebrated 57 years of marriage and the 50th anniversary of their GE refrigerator. When I walk into their kitchen, it’s like taking a step back in time. Besides the hum of that old fridge (and no, it is not energy efficient), my mom’s [...]

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 [...]

How I Learned to Love Vegetables

by Ana Brady

photo courtesy of happykanppy/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I have the feeling that our grandparents didn’t have to think so hard in order to eat healthy. Nowadays it’s almost rocket science to think up and stick to a natural healthy food eating habit.

My two cousins manage to do it. They turned vegetarian [...]

Getting Kids in on the Healthy Eating Game

By Cristie Ritz King

When I was young there was a commercial for Breyer’s Ice Cream where a kid was reading ingredients from the back of a competitor’s ice cream box and couldn’t pronounce any of the words. Then he read the Breyer’s box and there were only four ingredients [...]

Try, Try Again

 

by Angela Matthewson

“Oh, no! My child is going to be that kid who will only eat mac’n’cheese and chicken nuggets!!” Naturally, this has been my internal monologue every time my little one rejects a new food, especially a fruit or vegetable.  On the outside, I calmly tell my husband that we’ll [...]

Kids in the Kitchen!

by Kia Robertson

Cooking with our kids is about so much more than cooking!

My daughter has been in the kitchen with me since she was a baby and I wouldn’t have it any other way!  As a little one sitting in her highchair, I would give her whole fruits and vegetables to [...]