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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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A Full Indian Meal

By Neha Dedhia Shah

I am a stay at home mom of 3 beautiful young children and a wife of a fantastic husband. I try my hardest to provide for my family but the one area I cannot seem to pull it together is meals for my husband and I. I can handle [...]

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 [...]

My Family’s Non-Family Meals

by Natalia Stasenko

We did not eat meals as a family when I was growing up. We did not have TV dinners either. In fact, TV dinners were non-existent in rural Russia 30 years ago. One of the reasons for not eating together as a family was practical – our tiny table [...]

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 [...]