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Charity Curley Mathews dreams of raising kids who eat (and enjoy) real food. A former VP at MarthaStewart.com, she's a contributor to The Huffington Post and heads up Foodlets.com: Mini Foodies in the Making…Maybe. Together with her husband and three small children, she now cooks in North Carolina.

14 Cooking Projects to Tackle with Your Kids Over the Holiday Break

by in Family, Recipes, December 15th, 2016

Baked Macaroni and Cheese CupckesI’m the mom of four small kids, and one of my goals (other than enjoying an empty dishwasher for more than three seconds at any time) is to inspire them to cook when they get to be adults. That means giving them confidence, skills and warm memories of doing it as kids. These recipes are a great place to start.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes
Giada De Laurentiis’ take on classic mac and cheese is so kid-friendly that it’s almost impossible for the little guys to resist.

Kids can: fill muffin cups with mac and cheese mixture.

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9 Holiday Treats for Kids’ School Parties That Aren’t Cookies

by in Family, Recipes, December 8th, 2016

Strawberry SantasWith four kids, I’ve brought my fair share of party treats to school. Each of these ideas is simple to make and transport to school and, best of all, will be a hit with the kids.

Strawberry Santas (pictured above)
Giada De Laurentiis adds Italian flavor with mascarpone cheese filling for these adorable treats, but if you substitute whipped cream straight up, we’ll never tell.

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9 Ways to Use Fresh Cranberries That Aren’t Cranberry Sauce

by in Recipes, December 5th, 2016

Cranberry Harvest MuffinsThanksgiving may be long behind us, but don’t ditch that extra bag of fresh cranberries yet. In fact, if you’re not ready to get back in the kitchen, throw that bag in the freezer. Cranberries are easy to thaw out, and many recipes allow you to use partially frozen cranberries. From breakfast foods to cocktails, here are nine delicious ways to enjoy cranberries without a turkey in sight.

Muffins

Cranberry Harvest Muffins (pictured above)
Fresh cranberries brighten up a spiced batter studded with crunchy hazelnuts. The result is festive and, of course, delicious.

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12 Lunches You Can Pack in a Thermos

by in Recipes, November 28th, 2016

Kid-Friendly Pasta SaladAt the first sign of frost, it’s time to whip out the thermoses and start filling them with as many hearty, warming lunches as possible. (Yes, that’s right. You can put more than just drinks in those things.) I often rely on two categories of thermos-friendly dishes — pasta and soup — to get the job done. Read on to get some of my favorite recipes for both.

Pasta

Kid-Friendly Pasta Salad (pictured above)
I love a dish like this one from The Pioneer Woman because it can be served at room temperature, which means there’s no need to fill the thermos with hot water in the morning.

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The Protein You’re Not Cooking but Should Be: 7 Simple Salmon Dinners

by in Recipes, November 21st, 2016

Salmon with Sweet & Spicy RubIf you’re in a dinner rut or if you’re looking for ways to make a simple dinner your whole family will love, try salmon. Hearty, with a distinctly non-fishy flavor, salmon is such a crowd-pleaser that it’s hard to believe it’s so good for you, too.

Make It Fast: Salmon with Sweet & Spicy Rub (pictured above)
What happens when you blanket fresh salmon with sweet brown sugar, chili powder and smoky cumin? Take the 17 minutes needed to cook this gem and find out! (Hint: Very, very good things happen.)

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11 Easy Thanksgiving Day Breakfasts to Make for Overnight Guests

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 14th, 2016

Overnight Oats: No-Cook Blueberry-Almond OatmealGot friends or family in for Thanksgiving? With a big day of cooking ahead, these are the easiest breakfasts to serve guests, with just the right mix of special and simple.

Overnight Oats: No-Cook Blueberry-Almond Oatmeal
Just mix up everyday ingredients like milk, rolled oats and blueberries, and let the mixture chill overnight. When you wake up, the oats will be tender and the flavors married. It doesn’t get easier than that!

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9 Easy, Kid-Tested Side Dishes for Fall

by in Family, Recipes, November 1st, 2016

Butternut Squash and Kale Stir-FryAre you looking for ways to get more veggies onto your kids’ plates (and your own) at dinnertime — without wasting time, effort or food along the way? I have four small kids, and these are the sides I can rely on everyone liking every time. Here’s what’s in my fall rotation.

Butternut Squash and Kale Stir-Fry (pictured above)
Healthy and colorful, this simple side from The Pioneer Woman can be on the table in just 30 minutes.

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8 Kid-Friendly Halloween Treats That Are More Sweet Than Spooky

by in Family, Holidays, Recipes, October 24th, 2016

Candy Bucket CookiesI once turned deviled eggs into spiders by putting carefully sliced black olives on top. They were an adorable nod to Halloween, and I couldn’t help thinking my kids would just love them. But then my 3-year-old burst into tears at the sight of them. Since then I’ve forgone the gravestones and monsters, and focused on can’t-miss Halloween favorites instead, like chocolate. And lots of it.

Candy Bucket Cookies (pictured above)
Start with a base recipe for buttery cookie dough, and add to it your pick of candies.

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9 Times Apples and Cinnamon Made the Best Flavor Combination Ever

by in In Season, Recipes, October 21st, 2016

Apple DumplingsI’m a chocolate person — usually. When it comes to baked goods, I usually don’t see the point in indulging unless there’s chocolate involved … except when it comes to apples in the fall. Is there anything more satisfying than a tart-but-sweet dish whose description includes the phrase “apple-cinnamon”? If you’re a fan of this combo like I am, do yourself a favor and make one of these recipes this week — and another after that. As for me, I’ll be working my way through this list to the end. #Commitment

Apple Dumplings (pictured above)
What if you could hold an apple pie in your hand? That’s what Trisha Yearwood is offering in these delicious treats.

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11 Easy Weeknight Dinners You Can Make with Ground Beef

by in Family, Shows, October 17th, 2016

Greek-Style Stuffed PeppersGround beef just may be the most-versatile ingredient around, and these recipes, featuring Asian, Italian, Greek and more bold flavors, are ideal for fuss-free family dinners.

Greek-Style Stuffed Peppers (pictured above)
This recipe for this amazingly flavorful dinner uses two smart shortcuts: You don’t have to cook the meat in a separate pan first, and by cutting the peppers horizontally you’ll save on cooking time too. Just pair the meal with a big loaf of crusty bread and call the kids to the table.

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