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Individual Baked Eggs for New Years Day

December 30th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Once kids enter the picture, New Year’s Eve bashes tend to shift earlier, or vanish altogether, often replaced by cozy evenings at home. Truthfully, I don’t mind too much. When I was growing up, we would get together with close family friends, play games, eat junk food (potato chips and dip) and wait for the [...]

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Tags: breakfast · proteins · recipes

How Not to Bake Gingerbread Men

December 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Don’t be surprised if you reach for the molasses and your child starts talking about the Battle of Manassas (especially if one of his best friends is a budding Civil War buff). Don’t expect your child to heed your warnings about eating raw cookie dough after he catches you nibbling on it. (But do buy [...]

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Tags: baking · cookbooks · cooking with kids · dessert · recipes · sweets

Spiced Pecan, Pear and Pomegranate Salad

December 8th, 2010 · 3 Comments

This is my favorite holiday salad — fresh pomegranate arils sparkle like little jewels to make any meal festive. It was my contribution to Thanksgiving dinner (at my brother and sister-in-law’s new home), and will likely make a repeat appearance on Christmas Eve as well. If you have time, roasting the pears makes it even [...]

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Tags: at market · fruit · healthy eating · recipe · salad

Holiday Family Favorites in Washington, DC

December 4th, 2010 · 3 Comments

One of the great things about growing up in Washington, DC, is the wealth of activities to enjoy — and the holiday season is no exception. Here are just a couple of our upcoming favorite activities, and corresponding dining suggestions too. Trains at the Botanic Garden Little boys seem genetically predisposed to love trains, but [...]

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Tags: events · holiday · restaurants

Hamantaschen with Jam

March 1st, 2010 · 3 Comments

As I mentioned Friday, I planned to make Jewish cookies known as hamantaschen over the weekend. Hamantaschen are triangle-shaped cookies traditionally filled with thick poppyseed or prune spread, or other fruit preserves. They are traditionally made during Purim — a Jewish holiday festival similar to Mardi Gras — but can be found year-round in Jewish [...]

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Tags: baking · cooking with kids · holiday