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Teach Eating Less, Live Longer

by Pennie Sempell

I know I associate Mom’s love with something delicious from the kitchen, maybe even a few helpings of something delicious. The association between love and food seems engrained in our closest relationships. It is our nature to want our children to “eat enough” so they will grow healthy and strong. But how much is “enough”? And when does it become “unhealthy”?

Tis the Season!

by Yvette Garfield

While your kids are making their lists for Santa and the Hanukah Fairy, it’s important to remember this time of year is also about giving back. Spend time with your kids making homemade treats for your friends and family. Personalize these cookies with your favorite toppings.

Bella Biscotti Cookies
Makes about 20 biscotti cookies (great for dipping in hot chocolate).

2 1/2 cups flour (1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 ½ all purpose)

Don’t Let Halloween Candy Spook You!

by Yvette Garfield

The holiday season is approaching at that means delicious, sweet treats will be everywhere. Here are some tips for how to make Halloween fun, delicious, and healthy.


Back to School, Making lunchtime cool!

by Yvette Garfield

It’s that time of year again for the back-to-school routine that includes daily lunches.

Here are some tips for how to make lunch time healthier and more fun: 


Life’s a Picnic

by Yvette Garfield

If you are looking to beat the heat this summer, pack up a picnic with your family and head to a shady spot at a local park or beach.  Plan the picnic menu with your kids and teach them how to pack a basket full of delicious, healthy foods that will keep them cool this summer.

Food writer and creator of the Green Gourmet, Kimberley Stakal, puts on a spin on favorite picnic foods to make at home with a seasonal flair. Enjoy!

Seasonal Picnic Menu:
Sunny Day Slaw

Cooking up Summer Fun!

by Yvette Garfeld

Summertime is around the corner and now is the time to find the right camp or activities for your children. Summer can be filled with lazy days at the beach, but it can also be a great opportunity to introduce children to a new skill. Why not host a cooking camp in your home! (Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a professional chef or have expert knife skills.) Invite a few of your children’s friends over to host a summer cooking camp in your kitchen. Here are some tips to make your summer cooking camp a success.

Spring into Food Fun!

by Yvette Garfield

Springtime is here and what better way to celebrate than with a visit to a local farmer’s market. With the buzz about healthy eating, let’s not forget that eating good food can be fun. Visiting farmer’s markets is a great way to get the whole family involved in the cooking process and to sample new foods. Local farmers can recommend cooking tips and recipes for your family to try.

Why farmer’s markets are great:
-    You can usually find one close to your home.

Kids in the Kitchen

by Yvette Garfield

Someone’s in the kitchen with… kids!

It seems that everywhere you look these days there are children’s cooking classes being offered. Even though these activities are readily available, I often reminisce on my fondest cooking memories in my own childhood kitchen with my parents.  I can easily conjure up images from my childhood of cooking in the kitchen with my mother.  

Kids in the Kitchen

by Yvette Garfield

The television audience waits with baited breath for the crucial moment that will set the tone of the day’s show: the declaration of the secret ingredient. Iron Chef America, a cooking show aired on The Food Network, as well as other cooking programs, has transformed cooking into cutting-edge entertainment that has brought a new younger audience to the world of cooking shows. The massive response from young viewers is staggering:

Festive Art Activities Bring Families Together

by Dave Coates

The visual arts provide a wonderful opportunity for children to freely express themselves, and the holiday season offers many ways to engage children in artful displays. Even very young children relish the chance to take part in holiday decorating, dining, and merry-making. Children also benefit from creating art, because it helps relieve stress through a healthy outlet.

Spruce of your holiday table