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Menu Book and Shopping Lists


I like menu writing and grocery shopping. For me it is like picking paints for a painting, but better because it also becomes sculpture, nurturing and tasty. I don’t like wasting my time though, so I have a certain way of writing my shopping list so I only hit each grocery store aisle once…

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The Category Word Game


Games to play at the table are a great way to get the conversation going during family dinner. Here’s one we like, the Category Word Game:

Pick a category and everyone lists one thing from that category. Go around as many times as is entertaining. For example, the category is summer. I say watermelon, the next person says flip-flops, the next person says beach blanket, and so on. The classic version of this is to play it as a memory game. The person repeats the answers before theirs and then adds their own. We use this game a lot in restaurants waiting for food.

“Picnic” is another fun variation on this game. The first person starts by saying, “I’m going on a picnic and I am bringing salami.” The next person says, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing salami and crusty bread,” and around the table you go. Trust us—it soon gets hard and makes your mouth water! Next thing you know, you’ll be planning a picnic!

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The Kids Cook Monday: Carrot Soup with Spinach Pesto


Carrots are sautéed sweet then pureed into a creamy soup and accented with crunchy spinach pesto on top. Kids will have fun designing every bowl with their own unique pesto swirl. This recipe comes to us from Alysa Bajenaru of Inspired RD.

For the full recipe for Carrot Soup with Spinach Pesto, visit The Kids Cook Monday.

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Miso-Glazed Black Cod


Fancy chefs make this fancy fish in fancy restaurants, but it’s so easy you can make it in your own kitchen. Sweet, savory miso glaze is good on almost any fish, so if salmon or mahi-mahi are your favorites, go ahead and use them instead. The fish gets better if you can marinate it overnight, but if all you have is 30 minutes, you will still be very happy. Serve with steamed vegetables and a bowl of rice.

This recipe makes 4 servings. Prep time is 45 minutes; broiling time is 6 to 8 minutes…

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