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Food with a Dash of Fun—planning a holiday get-together

December 9th, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Just because it’s the holidays people think they need to come up with some sort of elaborate festivities. Not true! You can have a holiday party that is very fun, works for all ages and doesn’t involve huge effort or crazy ingredients.

Step 1: Pick a date. The holidays are crazy for everyone so be flexible – Sunday afternoon parties can be fun too you know.

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Comfort foods come in many forms

December 7th, 2010 - By Carrie Steinweg

As I’m writing this column, I’m still full from a huge Thanksgiving feast. Leftovers still line the shelves in the fridge.

We’re in the midst of the holiday season, which is a time when there’s usually an abundance of food and lots of seasonal treats that we indulge in. It’s a time when we consume a lot of comfort foods—those dishes that satisfy our hunger and provide emotional satisfaction, often because of a nostalgic link.

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Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Use food to keep teens involved in Hanukkah

December 3rd, 2010 - By Jim Romanoff for The Associated Press

Keep your teens happy during Hanukkah with the right choice of tasty foods like these Veggie Corn Fritters. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

Keep your teens happy during Hanukkah with the right choice of tasty foods like these Veggie Corn Fritters.
(AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

These days, it takes a lot more than a rousing game of spinning the dreidel or some gold foil covered chocolate coins to keep kids interested in Hanukkah. Even more to get the attention of seemingly eternally bored teenagers.

After all, an eons old story of a day’s worth of lamp oil lasting for over a week is no match for iPhones and Xboxes.

But cookbook author and mother of four (including two teenagers) Susie Fishbein has a secret weapon—food.

Food choices can affect antibiotic’s effectiveness

November 29th, 2010 - By Julie Deardorff, Chicago Tribune (MCT)

When your child needs antibiotics, dietary choices can get complicated.

Food can help support the body nutritionally and hinder the effectiveness of the medication, depending on what your child eats and when.

Antibiotics kill the nasty bacteria that cause the illness but also can wipe out the beneficial microbes that the body needs to absorb key nutrients, including several B vitamins and vitamin K.

Experts say it’s important to replace the lost nutrients, either through a multivitamin or by eating foods rich in the depleted vitamins, such as leafy green veggies. At the same time, food and supplements can increase, reduce or delay how a drug is absorbed.

To get the most out of the medicine, make sure your child takes the full dosage and read the package insert. Always check with your pharmacist for each specific medication.

Also: Make sure she really needs antibiotics. Antibiotics cure bacterial infections—which means they are useless against viral infections such as colds or flu, most coughs, bronchitis, runny noses and sore throats not caused by strep.

DIY hot cocoas—Not much harder, and a lot better

November 28th, 2010 - By J.M. Hirsch, AP Food Editor

Saffron vanilla hot cocoa is seen in Concord, N.H. Without too much extra effort, a glass of homemade hot cocoa will have a unique and satisfying taste you will embrace. (Photograph by Larry Crowe/Associated Press.)

Saffron vanilla hot cocoa is seen in Concord, N.H. Without too much extra effort, a glass of homemade hot cocoa will have a unique and satisfying taste you will embrace.
(Photograph by Larry Crowe/Associated Press.)

Admittedly, crafting your own hot cocoa is slightly more work than popping open a can of powder and mixing it with hot milk (or worse . . . water).

But it is so worth the effort. If nothing else, at least doctor the powdered stuff with a dash of cinnamon, a spoonful of marshmallow Fluff, a spoonful of whipped cream or a quick grate of nutmeg (or ever better, all of them).

If you are willing to go to a bit extra trouble, there are numerous ways to crank out a fantastic cocoa that will still have you snuggled in front of the fire in no time.

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Food with a Dash of Fun—the perfect use for those leftovers

November 26th, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Did you have a great Thanksgiving? Lots of good food… lots of leftovers? Oh sure those leftovers are fun on Friday. Who doesn’t like a little turkey sandwich and a warmed up plate of delicious sides. But come Saturday – we’re all a little tired of the bird. For the love of all things good – stop trying to feed your family turkey for three days straight!

I hear you, you’ve got lots of leftovers – so, what do you do instead? I have two very simple ideas for you and you’ll be thanking me later.

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Oh, The Places We Will Go—Turkey For You and Turkey For Me

November 24th, 2010 - By Jamie Bissot

NWI Parent Blog—Jamie is experiencing the South Shore one little moment at a time.

For 32 years, I spent every Thanksgiving at my Grandmother’s house, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade while she toiled away making homeade rolls, turkey, gravy, green bean casserole, sweet potatoe casserole and from-scratch cornbread dressing. That’s dressing y’all.

I was introduced to “stuffing” six or seven years ago when I married into a family with Northeastern origins.

Continue reading Jamie’s latest post here on her “Oh, The Places We Will Go” blog.

How to avoid childhood allergies

November 22nd, 2010 - By Alison Johnson, Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) (MCT)

Many cases of food allergies and eczema—a skin condition marked by itchy rashes—are unavoidable. But dermatologists say these steps may help reduce your child’s risks:

Consider your pregnancy diet. Babies whose mothers eat peanuts are more likely to test positive for peanut allergies, and the same may be true for eggs and egg allergies, according to a recently published article in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. However, previous studies have had conflicting results. Talk to your doctor.

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