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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Why I Love My Activity Tracker (and How I Lost 11 Pounds!)

Last week I stood in the back of a six-hour meeting and stepped side to side for an hour while swinging my arms. Did I look ridiculous? Absolutely! Did I annoy the other members of the group? Possibly. Was it worth it to hit my activity goal for the day? Darn right!

Sitting is the new smoking, according to recent studies.  Apparently, our bodies have not evolved to sit so long every day and all that sitting is terrible for our health and increases our risk for heart disease, diabetes, even

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