Cooking with the Moms
Back in November, we attended the annual meeting of the American Dietetic Association, and we had a chance to cruise through the exhibition hall and sample a bunch of new food products. We nibbled on everything from gluten-free burritos and lower-sodium flour tortillas to Sauteed Greens Bruschetta with Fresh Mozzarella compliments of cookbook author, Virginia Willis. Tune into this week's podcast and read our blog for a complete rundown of our favorite food finds!
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We've done a lot of live TV interviews in our day and we've held a lot of cooking classes, but we've never cooked "live" online ... until this week. Thanks to Ustream technology, on Wednesday, December 15th at 1:00pm EST, we spent 30 fast-paced minutes sharing clever tips and easy recipes to inspire a love for vegetables, and our demo aired live on the new Birds Eye Facebook fan page. The two recipes we demonstrated were our Cheesy Spinach Bake featuring frozen, chopped spinach and a new recipe for Winter Squash Risotto, starring frozen cooked winter squash. If you've never made risotto before, give it a try. Our kids could eat this rich and creamy side dish every week … that's how much they love it! If you missed the demo, you can still watch it online.
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The holiday season is all about giving, so on this week's podcast, we feature food blogger, Lydia Walshin, founder and director of the delicious nonprofit organization, Drop In & Decorate. According to Lydia's website, Drop In & Decorate is a simple concept: bake some cookies, invite friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers to stop in and help decorate, then donate your cookies to a local food pantry, emergency shelter, senior center, lunch program, or other community agency meeting the needs of food or shelter. Drop In & Decorate parties allow people to give back, and ever since the program was founded, over 24,000 cookies have been shared with those in need. This week's show is part of the first-annual Holiday Food Podcast Project, so be sure to visit our blog for a listing of the other participating podcasters.
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For six years, Amanda Hesser cooked her way through the New York Times's recipe archive – with recipes going back more than 150 years. The result: The Essential New York Times Cookbook with over 1,000 mouth-watering recipes, a menu suggestion section, and a 45-page index! On today's show, we interview Amanda Hesser and dish about how she chose the recipes, tested them rigorously even when she was pregnant with twins, and explore her philosophy on feeding kids. We also share three recipes: Sweet Potato Casserole, Teddy's Apple Pie, and Cucumbers in Cream.
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Ask us to name our number-one, absolute most favorite food on the planet and our answer is simple: avocado. We love the creamy texture, indulgent flavor, and nutritional profile of avocados. They provide heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and nutrients such as folate, lutein, and Vitamin E, and we don't like to share them (that's how much we love 'em)! On this week's show, we serve up tips for choosing the perfect avocado, advice for how to peel and slice them, and share lots of creative ways to add avocados to your family's diet. And while we're at it, we offer a recipe (courtesy of the California Avocado Commission) for Avocado, Cranberry and Pistachio Biscotti.
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It's not every day you get to throw yourself a party, but that's exactly what we did last Friday night when we officially launched our new cookbook, No Whine with Dinner. On the eve of the annual meeting of the American Dietetic Association (known affectionately as FNCE), we gathered with fellow dietitians from across the country as well as family members and some fabulous foodie friends to celebrate in style. We dish all about the party on this week's show and share "sound bites" from some of our guests for getting kids of all ages to eat a healthy and delicious diet. You won't want to miss this episode!
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Last week we ventured to Atlanta, GA for the city's annual Taste of Atlanta event. At the festival, we cooked up one of our favorite family-friendly recipes for Quick Apple Sausage Quesadillas, and we had a chance to sample some of Atlanta's finest cuisine. We also took some time to visit area restaurant including Miller Union. Liz isn't sure what got into her but she couldn't resist the Braised Rabbit with Radishes and Creamed Turnips while Janice enjoyed the NY Strip with Creamy Polenta and Brussels Sprouts. Yes folks, there's a whole lot more to the South than grits and chicken fried steak!
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We celebrate Halloween on this week's Cooking with the Moms with a tribute to the almighty pumpkin. A member of the Cucurbita family (which also includes squash and cucumber), pumpkin is off the charts when it comes to versatility and nutrition: It's packed with immune-boosting vitamin A as well as fiber and nutrients like potassium. We shared some fabulous recipes on the show including a makeover for Trader Joe's Truffle Brownies, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars, Pumpkin Custard, Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Frosting, and a bunch more.
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There has been a lot of talk these days about school lunch reform, and on this week's podcast, we joined the conversation...in a big way. No, Jamie Oliver, host of the hit TV series, Food Revolution was not on the show. And no, First Lady Michelle Obama who launched Let's Move, did not join us. Our star guest was Chef Ann Cooper, author of Lunch Lessons and known to millions nationwide as The Renegade Lunch Lady. Ann is the director of Nutrition Services of the Boulder Valley School District and Founder of the Food Family Farming Foundation. The two main projects of the foundation are The Lunch Box and the Great American Salad Bar Project. Tune in for Ann's advice on reforming your school lunch program.
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Ground Flaxseed and wheat germ can add great nutrition to everyday recipes – everything from the breading on chicken Parmesan to pancake, cookie, muffin and quick bread batters. On today's show, we share two recipes. The first is for Cheesy Chicken Parmesan, a recipe made with ground flaxseed in the crispy coating, and the second is for Orange-Cranberry Wheat Germ Muffins made with super-nutritious wheat germ.
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