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Pumpkin season treats: Recipes families can craft together

Pumpkin once was known almost exclusively as a pie for Thanksgiving. Today, this multi-tasking squash with its dense, sweet flesh defines the flavor of fall. Pumpkin and its aromatic companion spices show up in smoothies, soups, granola, cookies, donuts and stews. “Pumpkin is to Thanksgiving what peppermint is to Christmas. It’s everywhere because, frankly, people […]

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Creative school lunches: Healthful brown-bagging that isn’t boring

Chef Justin Beckett spends most evenings cooking pork osso buco confit and smoked chicken with grilled andouille gumbo for diners at his two Phoenix eateries. Most mornings, the chef known for his bold flavors is at home with wife, Michelle, packing kid-friendly sushi and nut-butter sandwiches shaped like animals for their two boys. They pack […]

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Scottsdale’s Crock-Pot Girl offers easy summer meals

Slow cookers built their reputation on rib-sticking meals to ward off a cold winter’s night. But today, savvy local cooks like Jenn Bare are turning to these kitchen workhorses to take the edge off of hot summer nights. “The slow cooker can change with the season, and more important, make it easy to cook all […]

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Owner of Joy Bus Diner feeds body and soul

Five years ago, Jennifer Caraway had two simple reasons to cook for a friend fighting cancer: She wanted to help fight the disease with powerful nutrients. And, to Caraway, there’s no better way to show compassion than with a home-cooked meal. “Food is medicine and love,” Caraway says. “I tried to help her fight cancer […]

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Kids Cooking Challenge seeks junior chefs

Is your child an aspiring chef? For its seventh annual Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is searching for a winning recipe from junior chefs ages 9 to 12. Arizona kids who submit a tasty, health-conscious side-dish recipe could get a new bike and prepare their original dish at a […]

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Holiday baking with kids makes delicious tradition

It’s easy to understand why time-crunched holiday bakers shoo kids out of the kitchen. Who has the time to teach a 7-year-old how to measure flour? You do. Baking with children is more than a time-honored rite for Christmas or Hanukkah. Spending time with flour, sugar and butter offers an antidote to shopping, wrapping, decorating, […]

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Engage kids in Thanksgiving meal by letting them help cook, plan (plus recipes!)

Thanksgiving can be a hard sell to kids. There are no presents to open, eggs to hunt, costumes to wear or fireworks to watch. The holiday that loosely replicates the feast held by the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians four centuries ago calls for family and friends to gather at the table. “Thanksgiving is all about […]

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6th annual Kids Cooking Challenge seeks healthy recipes

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Is there a young sous chef in your household? Does your child like to lend a hand with meal preparation? Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is looking for the next great kid chef during the sixth annual Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge. This kid-inspired side-dish recipe contest is aimed at motivating Arizona kids to […]

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“Super Cute Crispy Treats” for Halloween

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Each October, RAK’s inbox fills up with emails full of ideas for Halloween and the coming winter holidays. The message about “Super Cute Crispy Treats” (Race Point Publishing, 2015) really caught our attention. Besides being, well, super cute, many of the book’s recipes appear easy enough to undertake with kids—and you don’t even have to […]

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Fruit pizza is a cool treat for hot summer days

Part fruit salad, part pizza, part cookie. This crowd pleaser is a light and cool treat for hot summer days. You can switch out the type of fruit based on the season. My 5-year-old daughter Scarlet devours this dessert! Total prep and cook time: 45 minutes Yield: 28 servings, 1 square each For the crust: […]

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