Episode 20: Easy Homemade Food Gifts + More Ways to Holiday Like a Boss

There’s no escaping the holiday onslaught now! So this week, we do our part to keep it all from feeling overwhelming by helping you take charge of how you want the next month to look.

We pull out our kitchen expertise to share tons of suggestions for easy homemade food gifts that will save you time and money, and also our fastest, simplest family meals that you can whip up when you’re super exhausted thanks to all of the extra stuff you have to take care of this month. Basically: We share ideas and shortcuts that will help you take care of yourself so that you can holiday like a boss.

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Episode 19: The Best Cookbooks of 2018 for Family Cooks

Over the years, we’ve increasingly become kitchen minimalists. We encourage home cooks to spend less, invest in fewer gadgets, buy smart, and maximize what you already have. But we have one weakness: COOKBOOKS! No matter how many cookbooks we buy, are gifted, or get through work, our cookbook wish list never gets any shorter.

This week, to help us sort through the best cookbooks of the year, we invited Brian Stewart of Salt + Spine, a podcast that explores the art and craft of cookbooks. Tune in for his picks in unconventional categories thought up just for us: the home cooks who have to feed families night after night. After night.

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Episode 18: 2018 Gift Guide with Parents Magazine - Fun Food Gifts for Kids!

We love shopping, but just like every other busy parent, we get overwhelmed as soon as the holidays hit. So this year, we asked our friends at Parents magazine for holiday gift inspiration.

This week, Parents Senior Editor Karen Cicero shares fun food gift ideas for kids, and even some holiday shopping tips to help save money, keep kids from obsessing over immediate gratification, and even keep us from indulging in gifts that may not satisfy over the long haul.

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Episode 17: Aggressively Helpful Tips for Holiday Cooking

Food writers, editors, and recipes developers love good food and want to spread food joy. Truly, we do! But we also have jobs that rely on selling magazines and getting enough clicks to sell ads on the sites that hire us. So sometimes we can get a bit, well, aggressively helpful, as Meghan puts it.

In this episode, Stacie and Meghan get honest about the holiday cooking tips, kitchen strategies, and eating mindsets that we find actually helpful to get us through the holidays not just feeling sane, but feeling happy and focused on what matters most: spending time with our families.

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Episode 16: The Real Reasons We Cook With Our Kids

You like tomato and I like tomahto. Let's call the whole thing off. But if we call the whole thing off, that might break my heart!

Gershwin and Gershwin weren’t talking about sugar, but we are. Because whether you’re using honey or maple syrup, granulated white sugar or turbinado, it’s kind of all the same to your body. Or is it? In the last of our three-part series on the sweet stuff, we call on baking expert, Shauna Sever to find out, and also to learn more about how to use them effectively to keep sweets in our life smartly — and still tasting great.

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Episode 15: Getting Messy in the Kitchen with Kids

We preach the importance of cooking with our kids but how can we get messy in the kitchen without losing our minds? This week we have expert Jodi Levine — author of one of our favorite websites Super Make It — on to talk about how we can have pure fun in the kitchen with our kids without worrying that they will ruin dinner or batches of holiday cookies. Jodi dishes on her favorite super market ingredients for quick, engaging crafts with our kiddos, plus how she deals with the inevitable messes of cooking up crafts with our kids.

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Episode 14: How to Make Crave-Worthy Treats with Natural Sugars

You like tomato and I like tomahto. Let's call the whole thing off. But if we call the whole thing off, that might break my heart!

Gershwin and Gershwin weren’t talking about sugar, but we are. Because whether you’re using honey or maple syrup, granulated white sugar or turbinado, it’s kind of all the same to your body. Or is it? In the last of our three-part series on the sweet stuff, we call on baking expert, Shauna Sever to find out, and also to learn more about how to use them effectively to keep sweets in our life smartly — and still tasting great.

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Episode 13: Who's Messing With Our Kids More: Sugar? Or Parents?

Not sure how to manage sugar in your house? Press play now. Because if there’s one episode from which you’ll walk away with a blueprint to take action, this is the one.

In our second of three episodes exploring sugar, renowned child nutrition expert Jill Castle brings her magic as a long-time expert and mom of four. Every bit of what Jill says is shared mom-to-mom, yet still manages to be a concrete expert tip shared without judgement. Even when Stacie decides she hasn’t been handling dessert well — for years. But it’s cool, because Jill walks her through what to do. And shares plenty of tips so that you’ll walk away with a plan of what to do too.

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Episode 12: The Beast Hiding In Your Pantry

There’s something terrible lurking in our pantries. And you bought it knowingly. Even worse? It’s hiding in other foods you bought, too, some of which you may be aware of, but many of which you aren’t. Creepy, right? Even creepier is that some people consider it poison. Even worse, our kids — our precious BABIES — are addicted to it. It’s SUGAR!

Okay, we admit we’re being a bit sarcastic, but it’s easy to get worked up about about sugar. There is a tremendous amount of information pointing to it being terrible for us and especially for our kids’ growing bodies. But is that really true: Is sugar really that bad? In this episode, we kick off a three-part series to learn more.

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Episode 11: The United States of Food Issues?

Interviewing is an art we’re still mastering, so perhaps it’s no surprise that our very first curveball comes courtesy of Food Network star Aarti Sequeira, who you may not know is also a trained journalist.

We interviewed Aarti for our series on picky eating, but she managed to expand the conversation in such a compelling way that we turned it into a stand-alone episode. There was talk of picky eaters, but Aarti tapped into much something larger — so we had to also. Welcome to something different this week.

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Episode 10: When It Comes to Picky Eating — The More You Stress, the Worse It Gets.

In the last episode in our three-part series on picky eaters, we explored the topic from perspectives on two ends of the age spectrum: Amy Palanjian of Yummy Toddler Food spoke to us as about picky young ones while Debbie Koenig chimed in about older picky eaters.

Does it get better? Does how we intervene when they are young improve our picky eaters as they grow up? We may never really know, but talking to each other helps. And maybe that’s what matters most: Helping each other so that we can all relax and let go a little.

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Episode 9: Looking for Picky Eater Help? You Won’t Find It in a Recipe.

In part two of the three-part series on picky eating, Stacie and Meghan chat with TV host and cookbook author Melissa d’Arabian. The mom of four is best known for her budget-friendly family meals, but also spent a great deal of time digging into the root causes of picky eating and trying to shift her daughters’ picky habits for the Food Network video series, The Picky Eaters Project.

With practical tips, a shocking (and totally hilarious) you-can-do-it-tonight takeaway, and non-judgy attitude, Melissa shares what she learned from the experience, including reflections on how successful it was now that her kids are older.

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