Category Archives: My Book!

Vegetarian Chili – Healthy and Kid Friendly

Vegetarian Chili – Healthy and Kid Friendly
When my kids were little, it was so easy for me to imagine what it would be like for the rest of their childhood.  I saw the mom that I wanted to be - how I would feed my family, and how we would eat our healthy meals around the table every night.  When I look back, it's hard not to laugh at how naive it all seemed.  Sure, I still make healthy meals.  But with our hectic schedules, we hardly eat together every night...let alone around the table.  This recipe for vegetarian chili is a nice...

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Kids in the Kitchen - Homemade Holiday Gifts (Gr...

Kids in the Kitchen – Homemade Holiday Gifts (Granola Recipe)
I will be the first person to tell you that I am not super creative or artsy like some of my friends.  But I do like feeding people well and saving money when I can.  Those traits usually send me and the kids to the kitchen, where we whip up some tasty treats to share.  Don't get me wrong - the kids don't always want to hang out with me OR spend time in the kitchen...so I have to fly solo on occasion. Last year, people LOVED our spice rub mix.  But what they probably loved even more was the...

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Judging Blog Success- Chefs Move to Schools

Judging Blog Success- Chefs Move to Schools
Over the past year or so, I have been struggling with the idea that my blog wasn't very well-known.  But then I realized that I was using the wrong parameters to judge success. I can't compare myself to some of the top-notch bloggers that I adore - we each have our own distinguishing feature.  My photographs are good, but they'll never compare to Shaina's, Heidi's, or Alice's. My recipes will always taste delicious (unless I am writing about a flop) but they won't be as refined and well tested...

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My Cookbook Got A Name!

Much like most of you, I have more balls in the air during the summer than I do the rest of the year.  Along with curriculum development for my cooking camps this summer, I have been working on my book and juggling my children and their play date schedules. Things have been so busy, in fact, that I don’t even think I have officially announced the name of my new book!  I have to admit, it was getting tiresome calling the book “It” all the time.  That’s not the kind of name that most...

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I haven't forgotten you, dear readers

Hi, Just a quick note to let you know that I haven't fallen off the face of the earth.  I have been really busy working on my book, which is due on September 1st.  Things are heating up, so to speak.  The publisher just informed me that they have named the book, formerly called, "It."  I was starting to feel like a bad mother, calling my third child "It" all the time.  I am waiting to get the clearance from the editorial team to tell you the new name...I think I like it.  It's a little strange...

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What It's Like to Test Recipes for My Book

This is a guest post from Jane, one of the amazing people who have volunteered to test recipes for my new book.  I am so grateful for everyone's help and support - we can't make it a best seller without you :-) Testing recipes is always a fun task, but when I get to help create a cookbook for kids it is even more special. I have to change the way I think about the final dish and gear it toward a simpler palate. Clean flavors, simple ingredients, and freshness become more important. Can we create...

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Cars-Themed Recipe: Step on the Gas Baked Beans

One of the most popular cooking class series that we teach is called Recipes from Books and Movies.  In honor of my friend Amy, who recently came to town compliments of Bush's Beans, I thought I'd share this class favorite. [print_this] Step on the Gas Baked Beans Found in The Whole Family Cookbook, by Michelle Stern Almost every time I make beans with my students or my own children, they launch into the catchy tune, “beans, beans, the musical fruit…”  You know the rest,...

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