Family Favorites with a Blended Twist

If you are raising picky eaters, there’s a cooking technique that makes some of kids’ favorite foods – like burgers and nachos – more nutritious while still tasting delicious.

‘Pears are a unique fruit’

Pears are a good source of fiber, antioxidants and vitamin C. Pears seldom cause allergies and are usually safe for infants and small children. Research suggests that regularly eating pears and other fruits may even guard against macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss. If you’re wondering about selecting, ripening or preparing pears, here’s some great information from USA […]

Delicious apple cake is just one of many things you can prepare with fall apples

It’s that time of year again, when fresh apples are piled high at farmer’s markets. If you are lucky enough to live near an orchard, you can take the day and pick your own bushel of apples. But whether you are picking them at the market or off a tree, there are many great things to do with apples that […]

Plan now for the best tomatoes next year

A myth among tomato lovers is that homegrown tomatoes taste best. Not true! The best varieties of tomatoes are what taste best, whether they’re grown on a farm or in a backyard. What about growing conditions? You would think that tomatoes grown on a farm or backyard in a sunny, Mediterranean climate would taste best. Not necessarily so. There are […]

Vegetable ribbon salad is tasty and healthy

Wrap up the last of summer’s harvest with colorful ribbons of orange, green, yellow and red. Abundant zucchini, summer squash and carrots can be woven together with fettuccine pasta for a tasty supper your family will enjoy from preparation to the last bite. Hand each of your preteen kids their own vegetable peeler, give them a few tips for honing […]

Family Meals Matter

Family fun with flowerpots

Flowerpots are more than just containers for fragrant herbs, summer’s begonias or fall’s chrysanthemums. Grab a plain clay pot the next time you and your kids are at a nursery or garden center, hold it up and think of it as an artist’s canvas, waiting for your creative expression. Purchase several, or repurpose empty clay pots you have at home, […]

Yes, your kids will eat veggies, and like them!

The biggest struggle that most parents face is getting their children to eat more vegetables. A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that adding herbs or spices to a reduced-fat dip increased a child’s willingness to eat veggies. Preschool children ages 3 to 5 years told researchers from the Center for Childhood Obesity […]

School Day Solutions

Watermelon Pudding Pie

By ANGELA SHELF MEDEARIS When using watermelon in your recipes, think outside the rind. Try this retro dessert for Watermelon Pudding Pie. It’s sweetened with watermelon juice and decorated with watermelon balls. It’s as easy as pie! WATERMELON PUDDING PIE Note: To save time, this recipe uses a pre-made cookie crumb crust Pie Filling:1 (7-1/2-pound) seedless watermelon 2 tablespoons plus […]

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