Where Do I Get Ideas for Recipes?

As a cookbook author and recipe developer for The Six O’Clock Scramble, people often ask me where I get ideas for recipes or if I ever run out of ideas.

Amazingly, I am never short on inspiration.

I always have my eye out for simple, wonderful ideas for recipes.  My interest started many years ago by exchanging favorite recipes with friends and family and testing and tweaking them to make them easier and even more delicious.  I got so carried away with my growing collection of easy, tasty

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6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Food

For your next date night, how does this sound?  A six-course meal at a place with lots of atmosphere.  But would you mind if the meal consisted of stale bread, bruised apples, and expired food?  Or how about if it’s served to you in a (cleaned-out) dumpster?  Sounds crazy, right?

I was in New York recently as part of an expert panel on food trends and was lucky enough to meet Josh Treuhaft, someone who, like me, cares deeply about our environment and preserving our natural resources. 

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Nutrition that Packs a Punch: Texas Black Bean Casserole

Hungry for something with a little spice and a lot of nutrition? This Texas Black Bean Casserole is just the thing for you! It’s nutrition with a punch packed in…and it’s vegetarian, too!

Prep (20 minutes) + Cook (40 minutes)

Makes 8 servings

As The Six O’Clock Scramble recipe tester Alice Clark’s children said, “This dinner rocks!” If your family doesn’t like spicy food, be sure to use a mild salsa when making this Southwestern casserole.  Add cooked ground beef, turkey or canned

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Making Family Dinners a Reality [Video]

It’s hard to make family dinners happen on a busy weeknight. That’s part of what inspired me to start The Six O’Clock Scramble family meal planner.

Here are tips and strategies for making family dinners happen that I shared with the Washington Post:

There’s a longer article at the Post that highlights some of what I talked about in this video and some other family mealtime strategies (along with some other very useful things for family life, like decluttering and refreshing).

Interested

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What if Your Spouse Is the Picky Eater?

Whenever I talk to a group of adults about the challenges and triumphs of family meals, I hear a lot of worry and stress about kids who are picky eaters and I love sharing strategies to get picky eaters to broaden their food repertoires.

But one thing that stumps—and surprises—me is how many people lament the immense frustration of having a picky spouse or partner.  Often parents feel battered from both ends, and incredibly limited in what foods they can serve.

“My husband is 10 times

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