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Arugula pasta with mascarpone cheese


A weeknight meal favorite rich in magnesium and so quick and easy to prepare.

Caprese salad with heirloom Tomatoes & Burrata


Level up your Caprese using in-season heirloom tomatoes in different colors and flavors plus the creaminess of burrata.

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One of the things I learned from teaching kids how to cook during the pandemic is that they absorb everything. I taught them the same techniques I taught my professional cooks at work. They are just as capable of developing those skills early on. 

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happy hour in your living room

Long day? Nothing like unwinding in the comfort of your own home, whether you're flat on the couch, in your lounger in the backyard or in the kitchen getting ready to cook up a storm. We share our fave cocktails, classic and modern so you can build your own bar and mix your own libations.

caprese salad with tomatoes and burrata presented beautifully on a large white plate

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An aesthetically vibrant salad with fresh flavors of tomato varieties, complemented with the creaminess of burrata and a roasted tomato dressing. This time of year, heirloom tomatoes are in full bloom. They are usually available from the summer till the early fall. We live in Texas so it gets warm here pretty quick, and right […]



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When summer is in full swing, there’s no better way to combat the warm weather than with a fresh, light and easy pasta dish. One of my favorite summer dinners (and actually, year-round) is arugula pasta with baked chicken. This recipe makes a hearty meal that’s ready in less than half an hour and comes […]

Arugula Pasta with Baked Chicken: An Easy and Delicious Recipe

Mom and daughter cooking in the home kitchen

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In this blog, we’ve talked a lot about how cooking will improve your child’s life.  It’s true, cooking classes can improve a child’s mental health, provide skills that help them live with developmental delays and disabilities, expand their palates, and give them ways of relating to others that will serve them well in adulthood.   […]

8 Ways Teaching Your Kid to Cook Will Improve Your Life


Cooking is a productive hobby compared to others

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Occupational therapy exercises can be especially hard to add to your day. Kids find many of them boring and it feels like both parent and kid are minutes away from an epic meltdown.  But what if there was a way to improve self-control, fine motor skills, emotional control, and concentration that was fun and rewarding for both parent and child alike? Enter, cooking! 

Cooking with Your Child as Occupational Therapy at Home

Working together in a kitchen is a delicate dance

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Cooking and eating as a family can seem impossible when everyone has different allergies, intolerances, health demands or ethical concerns.

Here are a few options to expand your palates and your diet!

Cooking for Food Intolerances? Go Global with these 5 Cuisines


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Are you looking forward to the day when you can finally take a break from the dinner rotation and enjoy a meal prepared by your children? Then it’s time to teach your child to make these five delicious, easy meals that combine healthy ingredients with important cooking skills.

Teach Your Kid These Five Recipes Before Age 13 to Raise a Great Chef

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The ONLY recipe you'll ever need to prepare delicious, restaurant-style guacamole guaranteed to WOW your friends and family.