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Cooking Tip: Make Your Own Tomato Sauce


Simmer up your own tomato sauce this weekend! Inexpensive, so good, easy to make!

Use the recipe inside The Family Cooks, or this simple recipe for marinara sauce.

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Buy Local Produce


In the U.S., fruits and veggies travel an average of 1,500 miles before reaching your table — that’s halfway across the country!

Here’s a Green Tip for your family dinner: choose local produce, which cuts back on energy used in transportation and usually ensures a fresher product. We love local farmer’s markets. Better yet, grow your own!

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Danish Split Pea Soup


In Danish we have the word “Hygge.” It is a better, even more embracing word than “cozy.” It is being with friends and family, flickering candles, laughter, tea in mugs, the smell of cinnamon and baking bread, long evenings around bonfires. It is a warm feeling of togetherness and gratitude. In short, it is a very happy word.

Danish split pea soup is a hyggelig soup to serve on a blustery fall night. Light some candles (this is important for hygge), serve the soup with buttered rye bread and a crock of mustard, sit down and feel the cozy glow spread.

Traditionally after pea soup we have crepes for dessert. That’s hygge continuing…

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Make the expression of gratitude part of your family dinner ritual. However you say it — with a prayer or blessing, a question for the table, quotes, stories, a few simple words of thanks — gratitude is a basic ingredient to a healthy life.

Here’s an idea: print out some pre-written “gratitude quotes” and place one under each person’s dinner plate. At an appropriate moment, explain that everyone has a special quote under their plate and go around the table reading them. It’s a great way to get everyone involved in expressing gratitude.

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