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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 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 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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Episode 7: Chop, Chop, Om — Real Life Meal Prep Tips as Self Care

Mention meal prepping and visions of spending our entire Sunday in the kitchen dance in our heads. But is this really what it takes?

We chatted with the queen of meal prep, Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean, to find out. Because we had a feeling there might be a different way. As it turns out, there are several different ways. And if you find the one that's right for you, you might even start to think about meal prepping as a form of self care.

Go figure.

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Episode 3: Three Experts Walk Into a Lunchroom... and We End Up with One Piece of Advice.

In the last episode of our three-part series on school lunch, Stacie and Meghan explore the lunch box from three wildly different lenses.

We ask an elementary school teacher to dish on what really happens in the lunchroom. Laura Fuentes of Momables talks us through packing allergy-friendly school lunches — even if your kid isn’t the one with food allergies. And artist/chef Jenny Dorsey talks about her IG series Privilege, which explores eating a lunch box packed with Chinese food in a cafeteria full of corn dogs and frozen pizza. 

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Episode 2: The Bigger Promise of School Lunch with Catherine McCord

It’s easy to think about packing school lunch as just another task to check off your list. You look for tips on how to do it more efficiently. You seek out ways to urge, or maybe even incentivize, your kids to get with the program (and eat their damn lunch). And do this on repeat 180 times during the school year. It’s not much fun, but as long as you get through, it’s good enough.

This week, Stacie and Meghan speak to Catherine McCord of Weelicious who inspires them to think about school lunch as so much more. Not more work, but more freedom for parents and more opportunity for kids. Her tips are more than practical — they actually inspire you to shift your perspective.

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