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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Pasta with Kale? Indeed! Fusilli with Prosciutto and Kale

My obsession with kale is met with a great recipe that includes pasta with kale. It’s simple and delicious, plus has all the health benefits!

Prep + Cook = 25 minutes

Makes 8 servings, about 1 1/2 cups

Fusilli with Prosciutto and Kale – Aviva Goldfarb

Lately I’ve been more than a little obsessed with kale because of its powerful health properties, low cost, and because it is so easy to grow in my garden (when it’s not the middle of the winter).

So when long time Scramble recipe tester and

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Company for Dinner? 5 Steps to Staying Calm

As much as I like cooking for my family, I used to get stage fright when we would have company for dinner.  I’d fret about what to make and getting the house cleaned up in time.  I would also worry whether the food itself would meet guests’ expectations, since I publish recipes for a living. 

I have developed some strategies that keep me calmer so I can enjoy casual get-togethers.  All of these tips could apply to more formal dinners, too, though I might put a little more time into

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What Do You Do with Kids in the Kitchen?

Depending on how old your children are, they may be busy with homework or they may be underfoot while you make dinner.  If time allows, I like to let the kids help me in the kitchen.  Of course, when they were little, safety was always my first concern, so I kept them far from the oven, burners, and sharp knives. 

When Solomon and Celia were babies, I hung their jumper right in the kitchen doorway, where they could bounce like crazy while I cooked. 

When they were toddlers, one of my best

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A Homestyle Italian Meal: Italian Tomato, Kale, and White Bean Stew

This homestyle Italian meal will fill your family up with fiber and vitamins. 

Prep + Cook Time: 30 minutes

Makes 6 servings, about 1 cup each

Italian Tomato, Kale, and White Bean Stew – Aviva Goldfarb


The ingredients are Italian, but our daughter Celia preferred to spin the flavor toward Asian by adding soy sauce. My husband Andrew, on the other hand, stirred spicy sriracha sauce into his.

This would also be delicious with 10 – 12 oz. of Italian sausage added with the onions.


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