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Yael Friedman, Founder of Kitch’N Giggles, Offers Tips for Families with Younger Children to Get Cooking

Yael Friedman, Founder of Kitch’N Giggles, Offers Tips for Families with Younger Children to Get Cooking

Kitch’N Giggles offers meal kits specifically geared towards families with preschool-aged children. Founder Yael Friedman, a former pastry chef, decided once she had her third child to go back to school and got a Masters in Nutrition Education. After learning about the importance of getting kids involved in cooking at a young age, Yael focused […]

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Weelicious founder, Catherine McCord, shares tips to make family cooking easy, delicious and nutritious

Weelicious founder, Catherine McCord, shares tips to make family cooking easy, delicious and nutritious

As a mom of two, Catherine McCord struggled to find delicious, nutritious, simple recipes to prepare for her family. In 2007, she used her culinary degree and life experience to found Weelicious. Over the years, Weelicious has come to address needs of the entire family and has grown to serve a large community of active […]

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Kim Calichio, Founder of The Connected Chef, Offers Tips and Inspiration for Families to Get Cooking

Kim Calichio, Founder of The Connected Chef, Offers Tips and Inspiration for Families to Get Cooking

The Connected Chef offers cooking and gardening classes for kids, families, and now, adults to help families connect over food through cooking and gardening together. Both The Connected Chef and Kids Cook Monday encourage families to cook and enjoy meals together as often as possible. All classes offered at The Connected Chef focus on method […]

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New book from The Family Dinner Project inspires families with advice and stories from real families

New book from The Family Dinner Project inspires families with advice and stories from real families

We spoke with Bri DeRosa at The Family Dinner Project to get her insights into getting families to enjoy mealtime and how to make time for family dinner among many competing priorities.

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Finding Time for Family Cooking and Family Meals During the Back-to-School Season

Finding Time for Family Cooking and Family Meals During the Back-to-School Season

In our latest guest blog for ChopChop Family, we shared the story about how a family in Indianapolis finds time to cook and eat together, even with two parents working full-time. Janine Shapiro, an Executive Director and owner of a therapeutic clinic, and Ron Shapiro, a physician share their tips on how to eat family meals […]

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The Beecher’s Foundation Inspires Students to Learn More About Their Food

The Beecher’s Foundation Inspires Students to Learn More About Their Food

The mission of The Beecher’s Foundation is to build a better food future for all. To make this happen, they offer programs for both youth and adults, educating and inspiring people to eat real food and vote with every food dollar. Their Pure Food Kids Workshop is a no-cost, commercial-free food education class for 4th […]

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Beecher's Foundation Spotlights the Kids Cook Monday

Beecher’s Foundation Spotlights the Kids Cook Monday

Beecher’s Foundation, an organization dedicated to “educating and inspiring people to eat real food and vote with every food dollar,” recently spotlighted the work we’re doing at The Kids Cook Monday to promote healthy eating and quality family time by giving families the tools they need to cook dinner together every week. Check out the […]

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Getting Kids Excited About Their Culinary Roots

Getting Kids Excited About Their Culinary Roots

In our latest guest blog for ChopChop Magazine, we shared the story about how two American-born, pizza-loving brothers with Indian parents are beginning to embrace their culinary heritage by cooking as a family.

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Getting Back to Basics — What is Culinary Literacy and Why Does It Matter?

Getting Back to Basics — What is Culinary Literacy and Why Does It Matter?

Boost your family’s culinary literacy by cooking together for #KidsCookMonday! For Chop Chop Magazine, we asked Dr. Peggy Policastro, RDN, who heads the culinary arm of the New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative, to offer her tips for starting your own family dinner night. Read the article at Chop Chop Magazine.

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Marci Heit, Founder of Q.D. Foodie, Shares Tips for Selecting Child-Friendly Utensils to Get Kids Cooking

Marci Heit, Founder of Q.D. Foodie, Shares Tips for Selecting Child-Friendly Utensils to Get Kids Cooking

Marci Heit, professional voiceover artist and mother, is the founder of Q.D. Foodie, an innovative line of inclusive kitchen utensils featuring smiling veggies. Featuring sensory-friendly grips, bright colors and Braille, the tools aim to be inclusive and welcoming for all, and are especially helpful for children, and particularly those who are visually impaired or have […]

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How to Get Your Kids into Cooking... First, Get Them Dirty

How to Get Your Kids into Cooking… First, Get Them Dirty

How do you introduce kids to cooking? For ChopChop Family, we spoke with Camille Casaretti, a parent of two, who brought Kids Cook Monday cooking classes to families at Public School (PS) 32 in Brooklyn, NY. Camille is a parent member of the School Leadership Team. We asked her to share effective ways to introduce […]

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Kids Cook Monday a big hit at Anna Merritt Elementary

Kids Cook Monday a big hit at Anna Merritt Elementary

Joshua Robinson reports for WGRZ Daybreak on the second Kids Cook Monday Family Dinner Night hosted by Eat Smart New York at Anna Merritt Elementary School, where dozens of students and parents practiced safe, healthy ways to both eat and cook healthy foods and prepared veggie-packed quesadillas. See the feature article and video from WGRZ.

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Samantha Barnes, Former Teacher, Mom of Two and Founder of Raddish, Shares Tips for Getting Kids in the Kitchen

Samantha Barnes, Former Teacher, Mom of Two and Founder of Raddish, Shares Tips for Getting Kids in the Kitchen

Samantha Barnes is the founder of Raddish, a monthly subscription box to provide kid-friendly recipes that “mix in education, family time, and fun.” Raddish evolved from Kitchen Kid, which brought educational programming through cooking to families via summer camps, after-school classes, parties, and in-home lessons in the Greater Los Angeles area. Prior to Raddish and […]

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Emily Burson, RD, Shares Tips for Improving Children’s Health, One Meal at a Time

Emily Burson, RD, Shares Tips for Improving Children’s Health, One Meal at a Time

Emily Burson is a Registered Dietitian and the founder of School Nutrition Plus (SNP), a school foodservice and catering program. Prior to founding SNP, Emily was a Food Service Director, and wanted to be able to provide clients with one-on-one attention and incorporate wellness. SNP provides healthy, made-from-scratch meals to over 20,000 students each day, and hosts wellness activities, encouraging kids to try more fruits and vegetables and learn about the food they are eating.

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Get Cooking With Your Kids This Summer with These Tips!

Get Cooking With Your Kids This Summer with These Tips!

The surprising ways to make a picky kid a good eater Starting a weekly habit of cooking together will encourage your child to try new foods and give you an opportunity to discuss the impact food choices have on health and the environment. Read more at Today. 5 Ways to Turn Summer Meals Into Lifelong […]

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Cooking with my grandmother inspired me to make new food traditions

Cooking with my grandmother inspired me to make new food traditions

Our partnerships coordinator, Nara Sandberg, wrote for Grok Nation about how cooking with her grandmother inspired a lifelong love of home cooking and family meals: My great-grandmother, Sarah Schecht, was an avid home baker and cook. In 1976, Craig Claiborne visited her home and featured her and her challah recipe in his New York Times article Sorcery From an […]

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How Monday Family Dinners Can Enhance Learning, Quality Family Time and Lead to Healthier Outcomes

How Monday Family Dinners Can Enhance Learning, Quality Family Time and Lead to Healthier Outcomes

Parents and families today are tasked with numerous responsibilities: working and/or caring for children full-time, afterschool activities, homework help, birthday parties and taking children to and from weekend activities.  These leave little room for daily activities, such as family dinners. However, families who find the time to shop, cook and eat together may experience a […]

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Make Monday Family Night with Homemade Pizza

Make Monday Family Night with Homemade Pizza

Want to improve your family’s diet? Family meals are a fun way to do this! A bonus is that you get to spend some much-needed quality time with your family. Research shows us that children in families that eat meals together without distractions, such as the television or smart phones, are less likely to be […]

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Help Your Child Eat STEM for Breakfast

Help Your Child Eat STEM for Breakfast

When kids get into the kitchen to cook and eat regular meals with their families, they reap many benefits, including a stronger sense of confidence and a greater willingness to try new foods.

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How Monday Family Dinners Can Lead to Family Togetherness & Healthier Life Choices

How Monday Family Dinners Can Lead to Family Togetherness & Healthier Life Choices

Want to learn more about the benefits of Kids Cook Monday? Our Partnerships Coordinator, Nara Sandberg, wrote about the evidence showing cooking and eating together as a family has a positive effect on kids’ health, wellness, and performance in school and about our recent Kids Cook Monday event at P.S. 32 in Brooklyn for the Epoch […]

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