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Stop and Shop Peapod Pickup Service Giveaway

When my kids were babies, my parents wanted to help out. They live five hours away from me, and they managed to come visit every month or two for those first few years. But they wanted to do more. My mom found the perfect solution. She would email me every once in a while and say, “Put in a Peapod order. It’s on me.” It was music to this new mama’s ears. With a … [Read More...]

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Berry Vanilla Baked Oatmeal

Baked oatmeal is an easy, make-ahead breakfast that can be flavored all sorts of ways. I have a blueberry banana baked oatmeal recipe in my book, Conquering Your Kitchen. It’s one of my favorite recipes in the book. Not everyone loves bananas like I do, though. Without the banana in my baked oatmeal, a substitute is needed to boost the flavor. This month’s Recipe Redux … [Read More...]

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Real Food Meal Plan Week 25

We’re back from our vacation to Nova Scotia, where we ate lots of amazing food. It was such a treat to eat at great locavore restaurants throughout the province, but I’m definitely looking forward to a week of home-cooked meals. Saturday was my husband’s birthday, and the last thing he wanted to do was go out to dinner after a week of restaurant dinners. So I improvised … [Read More...]

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10 Real Food Popsicle Recipes

Everyone loves popsicles in the summer. I can’t bring myself to buy them at the store, though. The ingredient lists are scary, including things like artificial food coloring, corn syrup, and preservatives. Healthier store-bought popsicles are priced through the roof, so it makes sense to make them at home. Fortunately, homemade popsicles couldn’t be easier to make. … [Read More...]

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Carrot Zucchini Bread

  The volume of carrots and zucchini that I’ve been bringing home from my farm share is getting to be overwhelming. My kids are especially hesitant around zucchini, so when in doubt, I bake it into a snack. Chocolate zucchini muffins are a popular option. This carrot zucchini bread is another delicious snack recipe full of veggie goodness. The cinnamon adds … [Read More...]

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Real Food Meal Plan Week 24

We’re coming and going a lot this summer, which makes meal planning tricky. After a weekend in Burlington, Vermont for July 4th with extended family, we’re home for most of the week before heading out to Canada. Three of the five nights we’re home this week involve swim meets and track meets at dinnertime. Portable dinners will keep us on track while we’re out in the … [Read More...]

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Mango Salad Dressing

Lettuce comes fast and furious from my farm share this time of year, so we eat a lot of salad. It’s great for me because a big, loaded salad is just about my favorite kind of meal. The kids, on the other hand. . . They’re pretty good about salad, but they were happier about it when I used to buy store-bought dressing. Ranch was their favorite, and they liked Italian … [Read More...]

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Real Food Meal Plan Week 23

Meal planning is more important than ever in the summer. When schedules are erratic, it’s so easy to slip into a routine of grabbing takeout for dinner. By consulting your calendar each week and coming up with a meal plan, you’ll be able to stay intentional about what you’re eating. My kids are on the swim team, so we’re out at ponds and pools for swim meets during … [Read More...]

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Food Safety Tips for Summer Cookouts

As July 4th rolls around, American families will be gathering for backyard cookouts across the country to celebrate the holiday. This is a summer ritual that captivates the nation, but it’s not all parades and fireworks for everyone this time of year. The USDA is working to raise awareness about an important public health issue. Food poisoning is expected to affect 1 in … [Read More...]

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Chia Seed Blueberry Muffins

Have you heard? It’s all about chia seeds these days. They’re full of full of fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and calcium. I love chia pudding, which is thickened by the reaction between the chia seeds and the liquid. I also like to throw a tablespoon of these seeds into my smoothies. Chia seeds can be added to baked goods, too. These Chia Seed Blueberry Muffins … [Read More...]