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A healthy tray every day: Local chefs help improve school lunches

Chef Charleen Badman, who dazzles grownups at her Scottsdale restaurant, last year expanded her wizardry to include younger, more pedestrian diners. The five-time James...

Three recipes for perfect popsicles from AZ Pops

Pam Raphael of AZ Pops knew that moving from Atlanta to Phoenix was the right move for her family business. “We have a very, very...

Home run family meals: Gourmet hot dogs make for fun, easy dinners

Spring Training is underway in Arizona. And baseball without hot dogs is like Thanksgiving without turkey. Not an actual crime, but close. “It’s the official...

Will Instant Pot change your life? We put it to the test

Pressure Cookers are back! Instant Pot has won a following as busy moms struggle to make “real” food faster. Calendar Editor Liz Petroff bought...

Homemade holiday gifts infused with heart

Recruit your kids to help make easy, elegant culinary treats for family, friends and teachers The best holiday gifts come from your kitchen. So says...

Fun family dining destinations in greater Phoenix

When the weekend finally rolls around, most families are eager to spend some quality time together after long days at the office and non-stop...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Parenting hack: Quick family meals from pantry staples

Working parents know the sinking feeling only too well. It’s 6 p.m. and you’re met at the door by hungry, cranky kids and the...

Behind the ‘zine: Kyle Pratt talks childhood obesity, value of hard work

Few interviews have touched me as deeply as this one --- probably because I, too, was overweight as I headed into a new high...

10 ways to eat healthier as a family this year

Before natural-foods dietitian Patti Tvert Milligan spoke to her son’s fourth-grade class about healthful eating, he had one simple request: Don’t be boring. Milligan obeyed....

Parenting hack: Save time with online grocery shopping

As I’m writing this, our week has been a doozie. My family’s afternoons and evenings have been double- and triple-booked with soccer-playoff tournaments, basketball...

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...

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...

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