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Closing Down the “Clean Plate Club”

When we were kids, we were constantly reminded to join the “Clean Plate Club.” But in a time of childhood obesity, out-of-control portion sizes, and learning to eat only until you are full, this little mantra seems outdated at best and perhaps even harmful at worst. And yet why do we keep hearing it? Because […]

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Fresh Produce? Just Wash It

Last summer we took the kids on a tour of an organic farm, and as we puttered through the fields on a creaky tractor, the workers would hand us fresh-picked carrots, peppers, cilantro, green onions, cucumbers, and other vegetables for munching. “You can eat it without washing it,” the tour guide crowed. “It’s all organic!” […]

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Fun Food Saturday: Wonton Wrappers

After last week’s cupfake fest on Fun Food Saturday, we got a little distracted thinking about the wonton wrappers in that cupcake lasagna recipe. We love working with wonton wrappers. In fact, when you’re cooking with kids, it’s hard to find something more fun and durable than these versatile little squares. There’s nothing to roll […]

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Is Sodium Bad For Kids?

We know that too much sugar is bad for kids, and we’ve heard about why we should steer clear of preservatives, artificial coloring, and junk foods. But what’s the deal with sodium? On the one hand, studies find that Americans eat almost twice as much as the recommended daily amount of sodium, and some companies […]

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Calling all kids with recipes!

Got kids? Got recipes? If so, we know some people who want to hear from you. Twin chefs Georgia and Michael (age 9) of KidsCookUSA are trying to collect 1000 recipes from 1000 kids to give to Mrs. Obama for her “Let’s Move” campaign against childhood obesity. The idea is to show kids that they […]

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Fun Food Saturday: Cupfakes

You can probably tell by now that we love fun food, and we love it even more when it’s in cute little cup-shaped forms with pretty wrappers. Yes, we’re talking about the “cupfake” – that sneaky little cupcake imitator that’s savory rather than sweet. We served up some meatloaf and mashed potato cupcakes back on […]

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Do We Need Kid’s Menus?

Time was, back when we were new parents, getting the children’s menu at a restaurant seemed like a great benefit. (And you’d be extra-lucky if the menu came with crayons.) But now that the kids are a little bit older, and we’re a little more seasoned (OK, jaded), we’re starting to wonder if a kid’s […]

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