Okay, family cooks: time to show us your tots! Or maybe it’s that we’re showing you ours. Either way: no, we’re not getting freaky. Rather, we’re talking tater tots. Because the beautifully golden brown nuggets of deliciousness can be so much more than a novelty treat. This week, we invite the guy who wrote the book on tots (literally!) to tell us how to use tater tots to turn simple, fast dinners into sure wins — especially with the kids.Read More
One-pot meals are widely considered the most powerful tool in a busy home cook’s toolbox. And we agree — when done right. “Dump and stir” dinners run the risk of tasting as good as they sound (which is to say not good at all), which is why we invited one-pot meal expert Beth Lipton to help us make sure that we’re making our one-pot meals correctly. And that starts with ditching the notion that you have to use a pot. Listen for more mind-blowing tips that ensure your one vessel meals are well balanced with great texture and taste.Read More
“Feed Yourself First!” Inspiring words, or a saying you’d see on a gimmicky wall plaque? We’re not sure (both maybe?), but we think it's worth a conversation. And not just one about food. Because while it sounds nice — maybe even helpful — to have experts encouraging you to cook only things you love or let go of the guilt of eating whatever you want, whenever you want, we’re not so sure that’s actually helpful. Since helpful is our goal, we explore the many ways that you can nourish yourself and find more joy while feeding your family.Read More
We once said that we think sauces are the secret to better weeknight meals and one of you said that we should really explain ourselves: so here we are! But don’t just take our word for it. We’ve brought on two sauce masters to talk to us about everything from their favorite sauces to improvising a sauce from scratch, how to make sauces ahead and how to freeze them too. Because when you have a good sauce within arm’s reach, you have a quick and easy way to add flavor to your cooking in no time
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You guys, we did it! We’ve cleared up a long-standing kitchen debate: what’s the difference between “dinner shortcuts” and “shortcut dinners,” and which is more important. Because we know you’ve been dying to know. AND… not only did we finally get the job done, but we also enlisted special ops dinner expert, Kelsey Nixon. So we’re pretty sure our answer is definitive: They are, in fact, different, and you need both. Get the deets and also each of our favorite shortcuts — both kinds.
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Fall is a busy time for parents, and also the start of holiday cooking. On top of adjusting to new (and more limited produce) in most places around the country, we’re also about to contend with an uptick in classroom parties, family gatherings, potlucks and more. In this episode, the second in an accidental quarterly series, we talk about what we’re cooking and stocking up on this fall — and what we think you should be cooking and stocking your pantries with too.
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We dare you to ask us if every one of our 180 school lunches (per kid!) is inspired. — because, duh. No way. But we know someone whose lunches ARE always inspired. And she’s not a new mom either. In this episode, we tap school lunch packing master Gillian Fein of LaLa Lunchbox for all the tips on staying creative. Because she’s managed it for 10 years with 3 kids, so yea, we’ll take whatever she’s got.Read More
If you’re anything like us, restricted spending is the first thing that comes to mind when budgeting. Not fun. Also not the full picture. This week, we speak with Amiyrah Martin of 4 Hats and Frugal for her fresh take on how to pack school lunches on a budget. From how she employs her kids to Mother Nature (you read right) in the process of staying on budget, Amiyrah shares the low down on keeping school lunch frugal and fun.Read More
Yes, we’re talking about snacks again. Much like your kids who keep asking for them in between meals, all of our listeners (and IRL parent friends too) have been asking for more snack ideas and some guidance on smart snacking. So, we’ve invited nutritionist (and mom), Andrea Mathis of Beautiful Eats and Things, to guide us through snack times, making healthful snack decisions for our kids, and for us busy parents, as well. Because, hello, we also get hungry between meals!Read More
Junk food. So delicious. So fun. So… controversial? We attempt to define junk food and, well, kinda fail. Because in the end, all food exists on a nutritional continuum and where you draw your line has to do with personal factors that cause us to land in all different places. So where does this conversation net out? We share where each of us lands, why we land there (including acknowledging our hypocrisies), and how we talk to our kids about junk food in hopes that exposing it all gives you food for thought — you know, the nourishing kind.Read More
Pizza is a beloved family food, and rightly so. It’s inexpensive, kid-loved, and an effective vehicle for getting picky eaters to eat more vegetables. It’s also readily available: Nearly every town in America has pizza delivery within a phone’s reach. While 1-800-pizza might be faster, we think DIY pizza has it’s merits, and in this episode we breakdown when and where it might be worth making pizza at home from scratch.
Should you shortcut the dough? Skip homemade sauce or make a rustic version? And is mozzarella cheese the only way to go? We cover it all — or most of it, anyway — in the next 60 minutes.
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Coffee fuels our parenting. We drink it hot, cold, and re-warmed in the microwave, and the kids are watching. How do our habits impact our kids’ interest in coffee and caffeine? And what about our collective obsession with Starbucks? The kids are right there with us and Starbucks has answers in the way of frappes, flavored steam milk, and unicorn sips.
This week, Stacie’s 12-year-old son joins us to share what he knows about caffeine, his coffee drink consumption, and why he and his peers are so fanatically interest in (crazy sugary) Frappuccinos.Read More