6 Ways to Ruin Family Dinner

There are some tried-and-true ways to ruin family dinner (and ways to avoid it, too). Here’s my list of 6…and a call for your input!

Is family dinner really a silver bullet? We’ve all read, or at least heard about, the correlation between family dinners and improved physical and emotional health of our kids, better grades and social skills, and avoidance or delay in risky behavior like drugs, alcohol and early sexual activity.

But if your daughter flees the table in tears during an argument,

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Start a New Thanksgiving Tradition: Whipped Butternut Squash

This whipped butternut squash could be the next big hit at your Thanksgiving dinner. It’s the flavor of fall, and the creamy goodness goes well with any number of main dishes…or all by itself!

Prep + Cook: 30 minutes

8 Servings

Ingredients: 1 – 1 1/2 lb. butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced, (some markets sell it already peeled and chopped) 1 Tbsp. butter 3 – 4 Tbsp. pure maple syrup, to taste 1/4 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds, or use chopped toasted

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Tailgating Recipes and Tips for an Easy, Fun Party

Few things say “Fall” quite like a good tailgating extravaganza: here are some of my favorite tailgating recipes as well as some tailgating tips that will help you have an easy time preparing a fun party!

In addition to the kids heading back to school, one of the things I associate most with fall is tailgating. If you aren’t familiar with it, tailgating is essentially a party with food served out of cars in the parking lot before a sports event.

While I can’t say that I’m a huge sports

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Stacked Pumpkin Enchiladas

They’re seasonal, creamy, quick, and easy to make: pumpkin enchiladas that I also call “lazy enchiladas” or “enchi-lasagna.” Stacking the ingredients saves loads of time and the pumpkin makes them seasonal, healthy, and creamy. These stacked pumpkin enchiladas are sure to be a hit with your family!

Adding pumpkin to the homemade enchilada sauce not only makes the enchiladas seasonal, it also makes them especially healthy and extra creamy because of the light consistency of canned pumpkin.


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Italian Eggplant, Sausage, and Mushroom Medley over Penne

If you’re looking for an eggplant recipe that will delight your family and please your palette, try this. Combine it with freshly grated Parmesan and toss it with penne.

I know not everyone is fond of them, but I just find it hard to resist a plump shiny purple eggplant.  Here I combined it with the other most divisive vegetable (well, fungus), mushrooms.  But no one at our dinner table complained when they topped it with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and tossed it with penne.  This is

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