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​Make Your Own Fresh Tomato Sauce

This recipe makes approximately 3 pints of sauce. Put it on your pasta or use it as pizza sauce.Equipment: large saucepan with cover wooden spoonIngredients:4 tablespoons olive oil 1 ½ cups onion, finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 10 cups tomatoes, seeded, peeled and chopped ¼ cup fresh basil, finely chopped ¼ cup fresh oregano, finely chopped 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon pepper 3 tablespoons [...]

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School Lunches

Is this a familiar scenario in your house: the school bus will arrive at the corner any minute, your first grader can’t find her shoe, your sixth grader needs a permission slip signed, the phone is ringing, the dog is barking, you realize that you haven’t packed lunches, and that you have no cash in your purse to give [...]

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All About Pumpkins

There are telltale signs that summer is officially gone in most places in the United States, and that fall is definitely here to stay awhile. The leaves have turned pretty shades of red and gold, it’s definitely much chillier, and pumpkins are practically everywhere.In honor of one of our favorite seasons, share these fun facts with your child. He or [...]

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Oktoberfest for Families

Who says Oktoberfest celebrations are only for adults? Taking time out to observe this Bavarian tradition can be as simple as creating a recipe together. Baking up our brezeln (pretzels), and taking a few minutes to look up the origins of Oktoberfest as a family, could make for an afternoon of fun.If you’re feeling creative, throw a fall-themed Oktoberfest party. [...]

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It's Apple Time

Whether you prefer the tartness of a Granny Smith, or the sweet juiciness of an Empire, now is the perfect time for fresh, in-season apples. Heading to a pick-your-own orchard makes for a fun family day trip, and a great opportunity to enjoy the fall colors on the trees as you drive through the country.For a great resource on [...]

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Ask Jill: How Do Non-Stick Pans Work?

Why doesn’t food stick to black pans? My mom cooks eggs in a pan that looks black so they don’t stick. Why don’t they stick?Asked by Alexis, 10 from New YorkDear Alexis,I am guessing that you are describing what is called a non-stick pan or skillet. The pan is metal, and it is coated with [...]

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Hello, September!

Savor the end of summer and get back to school with these foods!National Ice Cream Sandwich MonthNational Mushroom MonthNational Chicken MonthNational Rice MonthFood Allergy Awareness MonthLike our posts? Hungry for more? Sign up for our free email newsletter filled with lots of ideas and recipes to inspire family, food and fun. 

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Savor Summer with a Staycation

Sometimes there is no time or money for a vacation. While some may be accustomed to multiple course breakfasts on cruise ships or decadent meals at bed and breakfasts, one sure way to make a staycation special is by taking the time to make a luxurious breakfast. This recipe for crepes is easy and [...]

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Eating in August

Shake up your summer with some seriously good eats.Experiment with and celebrate these foods all month long.August is...National Catfish MonthNational Peach MonthNational Sandwich MonthNational Panini MonthWhat are you eating this month?

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How Well Can You Cook?

Do you know how to cook broccoli? According to a poll conducted by Cook’s Illustrated magazine, 75 percent of the respondents said they didn’t know how to cook broccoli. As convenience foods and dining out lessen the demand for culinary literacy among adults, many children have caregivers who do not cook often, or cook only [...]

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