Mom in the Kitchen

How to Get Kids Interested in Cooking: Play It Cool, Cats

As the person who oversees food content at this magazine, I sometimes feel like a big ol’ failure when it comes to my kids. I have twin boys just shy of 8 years old, and while they are excellent, adventurous eaters, they are just not into cooking the way other food-minded folks’ kids are. They don’t stir the risotto, wash […]

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Join us at the Kids Food Festival

Ready for some kid-friendly fun? Grab the little ones and join Cooking Light at the Kids Food Festival on March 2nd & 3rd in NYC! Enjoy an exciting weekend filled with interactive cooking demos, hands-on activities, live music, entertainment, and tons of family-focused fun. FREE GENERAL ADMISSION! For the full event schedule, more information, and to purchase tickets to hands-on […]

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Parents, Don’t Neglect Your Diet and Health Needs

I was joking to a friend yesterday that I think my 16-month-old daughter sometimes eats better than my husband and I do, so when I saw an article today discussing the 2012 Food and Health Survey from the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation stating that parents have a greater concern for their children’s diet than their own, I realized […]

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Weeknight Revelation

I made baby back ribs the other day, and to my surprise and great delight, the recipe took exactly 55 minutes from start to finish: 15 minutes prep and 40 minutes of hands-off cooking.  That's right, 40 minutes.  And they were good!   Here's what the looked like: Yum, right? I think it's key to say that I started with great heritage […]

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New Mom Tip #5: Homemade Baby Food

Now that my little one is four and a half months old, our doctor has pronounced her ready to try solid foods. Of course, solid," in baby world, is a relative term, referring to pureed fruits and vegetables that you could all but suck through a straw. Good thing, since baby is all gums and no teeth. Way back last […]

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Mom Tip #4: Breakfast That Doubles as Dinner

We had a big weekend down here in Birmingham. For many of us here, football = life. And for one weekend a year, I live in a house divided. My husband bleeds orange for the University of Tennessee, while I'm a fan of the Crimson Tide. We drove to Tuscaloosa for the game (what a nail-biter!). Tailgating notwithstanding, game days […]

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New Mom Tip #3: One Meal, Two Ways

In an effort to trim down his sympathetic pregnancy weight, my DSW (dear sweet husband) has decided he's going "salads-only" for dinner this week. Since I'm still breastfeeding, a meal of roughage won't work for me. (It upsets baby's belly…sometimes it feels like I'm still eating for two!) So it looks like I've got a challenge on my hands. Not […]

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New Mom Tip #2: A Well-Stocked Pantry

My husband and I just spent our first weekend away from the baby. After a few tears, we enjoyed some much-needed rest and relaxation due after our first three months of parenting. We got back fairly early on Sunday night, but with much catch-up on baby/laundry/dogs, etc…I had zero time to head to the grocery store for meal planning. Thank […]

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Cook Once, Eat Twice

Thank you, fellow moms, for all the comments. I'm excited about bringing you new ideas each week, so check back regularly and keep posting your own tips as well! This week's tip: Cook double, then freeze. While I was pregnant, I had a feeling I would be too swamped to do my usual cooking after baby arrived. (I was right.) […]

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