Interested in Exploring a Career in Teaching Kitchens? We Are Piloting a New College-Level Course That Has You Covered! 

The emerging field of Teaching Kitchens has been growing rapidly, especially among health professionals (nutritionists, health coaches, nurses, physicians etc.). As pioneers in the field, we know that developing the workforces for this new field is critical. FamilyCook foresees a range of roles, including peer educators and Teaching Kitchen Assistants, whose backgrounds mirror the diverse communities…
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Nibble with Willow: A Wholesome Animated Show Teaching Kids the Joy of Cooking and Nutrition

Series is part of a play-based nutrition program for preschool and elementary students Oct. 10, 2023 In an era where children’s programming is in search of fresh innovation, a new animated series, Nibble with Willow, is set to captivate young audiences and inspire healthy eating habits nationwide. Created by FamilyCook Productions, a pioneer in culinary…
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In Sync With Nature: How Eating Seasonally Supports Child Nutrition

We live in an environment where child nutrition often takes the back burner in favor of convenience, even when educational programs designed to encourage healthy eating are in place. All too often, these programs are limited to the same narrow range of foods and fail to inspire lasting learning–but it doesn’t have to be that…
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Willow’s Kale Salad

Makes 6-8 servings Ingredients: Methods:

Planting the Seeds of Healthy Habits With Digital Communication Channels 

As parents and educators, we all want to encourage our children to develop healthy habits that span across their physical, emotional and social well-being. It’s no secret that digital channels play a large role in how young minds think and grow; but did you know it can also be an incredible tool for implementing positive…
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Building the Evidence Base for Teaching Kitchens: Demonstrating Sustained Effect

Having the funding and ability to follow participants in Teaching Kitchen (TK) interventions over time is extremely difficult and rare. Most programs are working off of philanthropic grants with shorter time frames and such funding sources are infrequently renewed. Hence just keeping a TK effort going is tough enough, let alone obtaining IRB approval and…
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The Effective Virtual Teaching Kitchen: Why recorded videos fail to support behavior change

In the many rounds of assessing teaching kitchen curriculum for young children, adolescents and families over the past couple decades, our team at FamilyCook have observed that support from other participants is a key motivator for people to enact change. The support that participants provide to one another, suggestions they share for surmounting a range…
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Creamy Pumpkin Spaghetti

Creamy Pumpkin Spaghetti  Recipe by FamilyCook Productions  “Easy”  Prep Time: 10 minutes    I    Cook Time: 15 minutes  I    Makes: 4 servings  One of the best ways to make eating more fun is to add a bright color to your dish. This spaghetti with creamy pumpkin sauce is jam-packed with vitamin A to keep your immune…
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Ginger Pear Crisp

Ginger Pear Crisp  Recipe by FamilyCook Productions  “Moderate”  Prep Time: 15  minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes     Makes: 12 servings  Fruit crisps are always a welcome treat, but the combination of pears with ginger is a delicious fall twist on the usual berry or stone fruit crisps of summer, and the ubiquitous apple crisps that usher in…
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Salad Nicoise

Salad Nicose Recipe by Lynn Fredericks Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Yield: 4 servings Salad Ingredients: 2 heads Boston lettuce 3 eggs 1/2 lbs green beans 2 cans or jars of Italian tuna 1/2 container grape tomatoes 8 potatoes 1/2 cup Nicoise olives 3 tablespoons capers Dressing Ingredients: 1/2 cup extra virgin…
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