Thursday, April 29, 2010

My New Favorite Cookbook

I think I may have a new favorite cookbook. I love Aviva Goldfarb’s new cookbook, “SOS! The Six O'Clock Scramble to the Rescue: Earth-Friendly, Kid-Pleasing Dinners for Busy Families.”

The book is arranged seasonally with recipes containing produce ingredients you are likely to find at the particular time of year for each section. So far I have tried three of the Spring recipes (Chinese Lo Mein Noodles with Asparagus, p. 50, Orzo Salad with Peas and Feta Cheese, p. 52, and Pasta Primavera, p. 56.), and all have been a hit with my family. I have many, many more recipes earmarked to try. I can’t wait!

In addition to all the great quick and easy recipes, there are also lots of helpful tips and little articles throughout the book, like “how to keep fruits and veggies fresh and flavorful”, “ten tips to save money on your family food budget,” and “nine secrets to easy composting for scrambling families.” You will find this book to be a valuable resource for feeding your family.

I was fortunate to receive a free advance copy of this book from Aviva, and she has also generously offered to donate a copy to one of my readers for Mother’s Day. (By the way, be sure to check out the author’s son’s mother’s day poem for peace on page 31.) To enter to win your copy of “SOS! The Six O'Clock Scramble to the Rescue: Earth-Friendly Kid-Pleasing Dinners for Busy Families” please:

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

More Evidence for the Importance of Family Dinners

In the past couple of months I've reviewed two parenting books on my other blog,, which both provide evidence for the importance of family dinners on healthy child development. Both books are excellent parenting resources, and not just because they value families eating dinner together! Childhood Unbound by Ron Taffel is particularly good for parents of tweens and teens and Raising Happiness by Christine Carter just happens to be one of my all-time favorite parenting books. Check out my reviews here:

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

BBQ Peanut Butter Chicken

I'm planning to fire up the grill tonight on this summer-like day. We'll be having grilled peanut butter chicken, a recipe I found on the lid of a Smucker's peanut butter jar a few years ago. The recipe makes enough marinade for two meals. In fact, tonight I'll be using marinade that I had previously frozen when I made this meal a few months ago. If you like peanut butter, you'll love this. Enjoy!

BBQ Peanut Butter Chicken

1 cup peanut butter

¼ cup soy sauce

¼ cup white wine vinegar

¼ cup lemon juice

6 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

¾ teaspoon ground ginger

2 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into strips

· Mix ingredients (except the chicken) in a blender until combined.

· Add one cup of water to thin. Mix again.

· Marinate chicken for at least 2 hours.

· Grill until chicken is cooked through (about 8 minutes).

Serves 8.