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Family Cuisine: Weelicious Looking for brown bag inspiration? Or ideas for creative family dinners? Have you checked out Weelicious? It’s the brainstorm of former fashion model Catherine McCord, who fell in love with exotic, flavorful food while traveling the world on photo shoots. So culinary school and restaurant work were a natural post-modeling segue for her — and when she had her kids, there was no way she was going to feed them Mc-anything.

Now, she writes, a family food blog that emphasizes seasonal, organic, kid-pleasing food and recipes — PBJ panini, eggplant parmesan sticks and the carrot and zucchini fritters her kids Kenya and Chloe dubbed “vegetable pancakes.” And her Facebook album of “School Lunch” photos (like the one pictured) provides enough inspiration to get you through an entire brown bag year. It’s, well, yummy.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
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Weeknight Cooking

High Flavor, Low Labor Juggling frantic family meals now that the new school year has started? My buddy (and colleague) Linda Zavoral has been pouring over cookbooks, and she’s found a good one by J.M. Hirsch, the food editor for the Associated Press. He’s “masterful when it comes to creating short recipes,” Linda says. “Now the multi-tasking dad is out with a cookbook, “High Flavor, Low Labor” (Ballantine, 288 pp, $24) that aims to reinvent the Monday-Friday kitchen drudgery.”  Speaking as someone who had take-out pizza last night… on the couch … while watching TV (heyyy, what can I say? It was a really rough Tuesday, and I cook gourmet most of the rest of the time) – yay. Hirsch’s trick is to punch up the flavor of simple meals by adding sun-dried tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and other uber-flavorful things. So he pairs Spicy Ground Lamb with Hummus, for example. “Spoon store-bought hummus on a platter,” says Linda. “Top it with the lamb, give the kids some heated pita rounds — and let them fill their own.”

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Posted on Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
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Family Cooking: Baked Potato Rescue Boats

Stuffing a Twice-Baked Potato  (Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/MCT) This week, we’re giving away a copy of “Dora & Diego Let’s Cook” – a kiddie cookbook. (Enter your name for that drawing here.) And we thought it would be fun to offer up a taste of Dora the Explorer cuisine.

Baked Potato Rescue Boats
2 large baking potatoes
1/4 cup low-fat milk
3-ounce package low-fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup chopped cooked chicken
1/2 chopped, cooked broccoli
2/3 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
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Posted on Thursday, August 26th, 2010
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Dora & Diego Cookbook Giveaway

Dora & Diego Let's Cook (Nickelodeon) The irrepressible Dora the Explorer is back, this time in cookbook form, as Dora and her buddy Diego teach kids to whip up kitchen treats, with a little Spanish instruction on the side. This new book – “Dora & Diego Let’s Cook” – from the Nickelodeon duo includes recipes for everything from Scrambled Eggs in River Rafts (rapido!) and Stuffed French Toast, to Silly Face Salads and Baked Potato Rescue Boats made a la cocina.

So this week, we’re offering up a copy of the new cookbook. All you have to do is click comments and tell us, how do you get your kids involved in the kitchen? Do they help you cook dinner? Do you have a kids’ cookbook your family loves? We’ll draw a winner’s name next week.

And speaking of that, congrats are due to Cathy, who won last week’s “First Day of School” DVDS!

Posted on Tuesday, August 24th, 2010
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Backyard Summer Camp: Day 4

Cooking class ILLUS Who needs a pricey summer camp, when you’ve got such creative families in your own neighborhood? That’s Peggy Spear’s idea, anyway, and she’s assembled the coolest collection of backyard summer camp ideas ever. We’ve already shared her tips on how to host a DIY Backyard Summer Camp, and some great ideas for Days 1, 2 and 3 – Backyard Olympics, Day Tripping and a Splash Fest.

But, says Peggy, “After all the activity of the last three days, campers may be getting a bit weary. Turn on the air conditioning, if needed, and invite the campers into the kitchen.”

Day 4: Cooking Class
The focus, Peggy says, should be on having fun and getting excited about cooking, but if you can sneak in some healthy eating tips and math/measuring practice, all the better. So here are Peggy’s tips and a few more… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, July 19th, 2010
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Mary Engelbreit Family Cookbook Giveaway

Mary Engelbreit Family Cookbook Hello, lovely readers! As you may have guessed, I’ve been on a much-needed vacation, but I’m back now and playing catch up on those bloggy giveaways! So first off, congrats, Jason – that copy of “Gator on the Loose!” is yours!

And now, let’s talk family suppers, tasty desserts and Mary Engelbreit. The queen of adorable illustrations and cozy crafts has a new family cookbook out, “Mary Engelbreit’s Fan Fare Cookbook, 120 Family Favorite Recipes.” Cute illustrations and plenty of yummy recipes for everything from Parmesan Meatballs to Chocolate Crepes and homemade Cheese Danishes. (We’re reprinting that recipe after the jump.)

And this fun book can be yours! Click “comments” and tell us, what’s your family’s favorite brunch or weekend breakfast tradition? (We always celebrated the day after school let out for summer with waffles, strawberries, whipped cream and hot cocoa … in bed!) We’ll draw a winner’s name on Tuesday, July 6.

And now for that recipe… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
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FABULOUS Birthday Cake #6

Farm Birthday Cake (Courtesy Yes, that’s a CAKE. And what better centerpiece for an Old MacDonald or farm-themed birthday party? You’ll need a 9-inch square cake, frosting, graham crackers, Golden Grahams cereal and some shredded wheat cereal for this creation – oh, and these instructions too!

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Posted on Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
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FABULOUS Birthday Cakes #5

Courtesy Family Fun I don’t know about you, but when my kids were in kindergarten, they always did a classroom butterfly parade. The kids celebrated the hatching of their chrysalises (chrysali?) into Monarch butterflies by dressing up in big construction paper wings for a playground parade, followed by butterfly cupcakes and treats. It was pretty darn cute. These cupcakes would have gone beautifully there. They’re a Family Fun creation that tops frosted, baked cupcakes with half a sour gummy worm (for the butterfly’s abdomen), fruit slice wings and shoestring licorice antennae. The added wing detail? Sliced gumdrops.

Need more cake ideas?

Posted on Thursday, April 15th, 2010
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Q&A with “Hello, Cupcake” Author

cupcake What fun! You know the “Hello, Cupcake” folks? The ones who turn candy and cupcakes into edible art? I did a Q&A recently with Karen Tack, whose newest cookbook is “What’s New, Cupcake?” And yep, this one has dozens more crazy cupcake ideas, from googly-eyed string monsters to a cupcake that appears to be covered in fried rice, complete with broccoli. Very, very clever. Here’s an excerpt from that interview, along with a recipe for Koi Pond Cupcakes…
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Posted on Monday, April 12th, 2010
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FABULOUS Birthday Cakes #4

Sand Castle Cake (Courtesy Family Fun) And we’re baaaack! Our 2010 birthday cake countdown continues with this spectacular towering sand castle cake, from our buddies over at Family Fun Magazine. This fabulous thing uses two yellow cakes, two cans of vanilla frosting, and a collection of clever, re-purposed items, including vanilla wafers (the crumbs make excellent sand), graham cracker sticks, candy seashell shapes and rocks, and various ice cream cones

Get the step-by-step directions here.

Need more cake ideas?

Posted on Thursday, April 8th, 2010
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