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Here’s a sampling of what CP#1 has requested for her lunch: goat cheese wrapped in salami; mozzarella, tomato and basil on skewers; and rice and beans with lime. MP is all for healthy, creative lunches, but when CP#1 asked for fresh spring rolls, she wondered, how will I pull this off?

She enlisted the help of her friend, Watcharee Limanon, a mother of twin boys and experienced Thai chef. A Bangkok native, Watcharee has explored Thai street food and the finest Thai restaurants. She’s also studied at a number of professional cooking schools, including Le Cordon Bleu in Bangkok. (more…)

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MP never had Pop-Tarts growing up, which may be why she found herself attracted to Alana Chernila’s recipe for homemade Toaster Pastries. This is a great, lazy Sunday morning treat to try, and the whole family can help prepare them.

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When our family is snowed in, there’s nothing MP enjoys more than baking. Post-holiday, however, MP wanted to make a healthy snack for us all. She turned towards an old favorite, a banana bread recipe pulled from the pages of a Betty Crocker cookbook MP and DP received for an engagement present years ago.

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Since it’s strawberry season and the weather is suddenly cool, the team decided the time was right to try making buttermilk biscuits for shortcake. If MP had known how easy it is to make biscuits—or how much the kids enjoyed creating them—she would have attempted this recipe long ago. We had warm, flaky biscuits in less than an hour. Such a treat!

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Alana Chernila, mother of two and author of The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making, visited Longfellow Books in Portland for a reading not long ago. Alana’s gorgeous cookbook is chock full of simple recipes for breads, cheeses, snacks, pasta, and more delicious everyday dishes.

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A colorful apron from Leah Durgin

Happy New Year to our friends and readers—we’ve missed you. Like so many families, we’re trying to get back to our regular routine after a busy holiday, while mentally preparing for the long winter ahead.

When it’s too chilly to play outside, one of our favorite housebound activities is to cook or bake something new. That’s why we love these child-size aprons from Quilt and Quest in Sabattus. Grandma Potato gave them as Christmas gifts, and CP #1 and #2 couldn’t wait to give them a test run. Apron designer Leah Durgin includes seven easy recipes for little ones to try. We didn’t even have to crack open a cookbook. Our personal favorite? No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies.

Durgin’s aprons are only $10 each, and the pockets are easy to fill with cooking accessories (Grandma Potato included a wire whisk, wooden spoon and spatula). Visit the Quilt and Quest site and you’ll also find art and gardening aprons in fun, vivid prints.

Now all we need are coordinating chef’s hats….

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