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April’s Cook-In: Do-It-Yourself Month

Biscuit pot pies are easy to make during a cook-in

Pizzas are easy to make during a cook-in.

With the nice weather approaching, the FMP will wait until September before hosting our next Cook-In. So, we declare April as “DO-It-Yourself Month” Spring is a perfect time to host simple Cook-Ins from your home, church, park or community kitchen. Here are some ideas for keeping your first one simple, short and fun. Continue reading

Cook-In #2: Learning From each Other

During the cook-in we bagged pulled turkey meat so everyone could take some home for other meals.

During the cook-in we bagged pulled turkey meat so everyone could take some home for other meals.

Fifteen participants joined us for our second Cook-In. We spent the evening assembling a meal together, boxing food to take home, sitting down to enjoy the meal together and sharing ideas. The focal point of the meal was to cook turkeys but when it came to sharing ideas everyone had lots of things to say.

Planning, Preparing and Sharing are the cornerstone of the Family Meals Project and this cook-In allowed for lots of sharing. It was both fun and enlightening to take part in the discussions. Continue reading

What’s A Cook-In? Cooking Class? Community Meal? Food to Go? Friendly Gathering?

Onions ad flavor to most soups. Don demonstrates how to cut one safely.

Onions add robust flavor to most soups. Don demonstrates how to cut one safely….and without tears

Yep! All of the above. We hosted our first Cook-In and people were smiling as they stacked containers of prepared food to take home. But first, let’s share how the evening started. Don purchased food, set up cooking stations, and demonstrated how to prepare ingredients at each area. Everyone pitched in and 30 minutes later we were finished packaging ingredients for soup-based meals. Then we gathered to eat and plan. Continue reading

New Year’s Resolution:Sit Down, Relax, Eat, Enjoy

Resolve to sit down and eat with your whole family whenever possible.

Resolve to sit down and eat with your whole family.

  • Eating on the run can be harmful to your general health. We revealed this generally accepted conclusion in an earlier post: “Sit-down Meals a Life Saver.”  There are a number of reasons to add “Sit Down, Relax and Eat” to your list of New Year’s Resolution. Continue reading

Sit-Down Meals: A Lifesaver?

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Family Meals: an important part of every day.

In 1900, 2% of Americans ate dinner outside of the home. Do you dare to guess what a 2010 study determined? (answer at the end of this post.) According to Dr. Mark Hyman, columnist for the Huffington Post, eating at home, like our grandparents did years ago,  is the best way to remain healthy. Continue reading