How To Talk About Books with Kids {Guest Post}

I couldn't be more excited about the buzz that Kids Cook with Books has generated.  When I met Jodie, an expert on literacy with kids, I knew she would be a perfect compliment - offering some tips for how to talk about books with kids (in a meaningful way!) Hopefully, you'll be able to combine some of her great suggestions below with this month's book club selection: Blueberries for Sal. Do you struggle with finding time to read and talk about books with your kids? Do you eat at least one meal...

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Coconut Spice Zucchini Bread

When I read on Facebook that my friend Annalise was publishing her first cookbook, I was excited for her.  I remember how surreal it felt when I had my own cookbook published, and it was a thrill to know that she would be going through those same feelings.  But when I found out that her book would be titled,The Make-Ahead Kitchen, I was excited for me!  Why?  Because we are a busy family (who isn't?) and I was eager to try some new recipes that might, just maybe, make our lives a little easier. Cooking...

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Blueberries for Sal

Blueberries for Sal
Last week, I announced the launch of Kids Cook with Books, our new virtual reading and cooking club for kids.  People seem thrilled, especially on Instagram, where there is a really engaged group of parents, teachers and homeschoolers.  I'm launching our new club with Blueberries for Sal, one of my favorite books to read to my children when they were little.  I chose this book for our maiden voyage because blueberries are in their peak season right now, and I wanted to take advantage of their...

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Kids Cook with Books

Kids Cook with Books
I couldn't be more excited to tell you about our new virtual reading and cooking club for kids: Kids Cook with Books!   As a former teacher (and current parent!), I can't speak highly enough of activities that promote literacy in young children.  Anything goes - reading billboards to the kids while driving around town, pointing out familiar words in books, reading the back of the cereal box together, and of course, bedtime stories!  But what about the kitchen?  It's the heart of the home,...

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Charlotte’s Web Themed Recipes

Charlotte’s Web Themed Recipes
At my son's school, he reports that every teacher has the final countdown to summer on the board.  I used to do the same thing when I was a classroom teacher, although now I wonder if it made the students feel that I couldn't wait to be rid of them.  I'm pretty sure they understood that I was just as excited for summer vacation as they were. Summer Reading On the flip side, teachers and parents swap positions over the summer.  It's the job of the parents to figure out how the kids will spend...

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Brown Butter Crisp Rice Treats

Brown Butter Crisp Rice Treats
I like to be efficient.  When it comes to grocery shopping, that means taking a list and trying to go to one store instead of several.  My default grocery store is Trader Joe's because their products generally contain ingredients that I recognize, they don't use artificial sweeteners or colors, and their prices can't be beat around here. When we hosted our French exchange student a couple of months ago, we introduced her to s'mores - an uber-American treat containing a warm and gooey fire-roasted...

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Placemat Community Service Project

Placemat Community Service Project
It's probably not a surprise that one of the things that floats my boat is getting kids excited about community service.  Many years ago, when I was teaching summer cooking camps, I came up with the idea to decorate placemats with children, and then send them to children in the hospital.  Everyone I spoke to, including the hospital, told me that this was a fantastic idea.  Then, I was crushed to discover that the hospital had changed their policy and was no longer going to accept cards (or...

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National Pizza Day {and a Giveaway}

National Pizza Day {and a Giveaway}
In all of my years of teaching cooking classes, my favorite tools to use with kids were always my knives from Curious Chef.  They were shaped just like regular knives and they were sturdy and safe to use.  They didn't sponsor my classes, or pay me to use their knives.  It was an authentic, genuine love. With National Pizza Day approaching on May 20, it felt like the perfect time to share a new Curious Chef pizza kit with you.  And by share, I mean GIVE AWAY!  But first, let's talk about...

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DIY Snow White Cooking Class

DIY Snow White Cooking Class
Last week, I got several emails and a phone call from anxious mamas looking for affordable quality summertime cooking camps for their kiddos.  When I used to run my own culinary program, we were swamped over the summer, often having to turn away business.  There just wasn't enough time in the day (or a big enough staff) to meet the demand.  Since I am not offering camps anymore, I felt compelled to do something to help all of the young chefs out there who want to have fun in the kitchen...

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Food Group Bingo – Nutrition Activity for Kids

Food Group Bingo – Nutrition Activity for Kids
It's easy to be daunted by trying to decide what to eat, and even more so when it comes to how to feed your family.  I have always loved visuals - they help me to understand new concepts and think about how to apply them to my own life.  The USDA has been helping people to understand what makes up a healthy diet for as long as I could remember - but for years, their diagrams were complicated and often confusing.  This "plate" is their most recent version - and makes the most sense to me.  It's...

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