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Skill Reinforcement: Driver of Behavior Change

Skill reinforcement is a driver of behavior change for healthy eating patterns.   I’m always a bit surprised at how much faith teaching kitchen program designers place on cooking demos. No question: Demos can be very inspiring. They provide concrete ideas. They teach radically different (and much healthier) meal concepts than what their audience (usually…
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Colcannon

Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes Yield: 6 servings Colcannon is a traditional and hearty Irish vegetable casserole with potatoes, kale, peas and cabbage. Make your St. Patrick’s Day (or any occasion) greener and celebrate with this creamy, festive dish! 1 pound russet potatoes 2 medium parsnips 1/2 pound green cabbage 1/2 pound…
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Skill Building

Skill Building: Driver of Behavior Change

Skill building is a driver of behavior change for healthy eating patterns.   Teaching kitchen program design isn’t complete without skill building. While researching how our drivers of behavior change work at different ages, we learned something very interesting about skill building. For adolescents and adults, the process of skill building is the heart and…
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Nordic Wrap | Family Cook Productions

Nordic Fall Veggie Wraps

Our interns from Denmark are taking over the kitchen this week with their favorite Nordic recipes. This wrap is made of collard greens—a quick steam in the microwave softens them just enough to roll up. They’re filled with a delicious pumpkin spread, a perfect way to use up all that leftover pumpkin from Halloween! Follow a few…
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Moroccan Stew | Family Cook Productions

Moroccan Vegetable Stew

MOROCCAN VEGETABLE STEW  Prep Time: 15 minutesMakes 4 full or 10 tasting servings   That simple vegetables could be transformed into such a delectable flavor shows the power of artful use of spices. Once you have gathered the spices, this dish is very inexpensive to make again and again, yet so rich in flavor your family…
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Mercedes' Stew | FamilyCook Productions

Mercedes’ White Bean & Chorizo Spanish Stew 

This easy and delicious recipe is from our own FamilyCook RD, Mercedes Sanchez. It’s adapted from a recipe she enjoyed growing up in Madrid, Spain. 🇪🇸🇪🇸🇪🇸  Mercedes’ White Bean and Chorizo Spanish Stew    1/2 yellow onion  1/2 red or yellow bell pepper  1 small zucchini  2 cloves garlic  1/2 pound Spanish chorizo sausage or Portuguese linguica sausage (do…
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What is a teaching kitchen

What Is a Teaching Kitchen?

Creating Helpful Definitions for Teaching Kitchen Initiatives We’ve been busily developing projects for a wide range of new and potential clients across the US. As we do so, it’s become clear that many Teaching Kitchen-related terms lack consistent definitions. Just this week, I was asked to explain the difference between cooking classes and a Teaching Kitchen! And…
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4 Ways FamilyCook Can Help You Overcome Funding Challenges

Funding is by far the #1 challenge our Teaching Kitchen (TK) colleagues face. Conducting effective programming in Teaching Kitchens is expensive because: it’s best when it’s hands on; cooking classes take time, and ideally involve multiple sessions; food is costly (we’re talking seasonal produce); and staffing is typically multidisciplinary. It’s also challenging to find a…
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Recipe Concepts

Recipe Concepts: A Driver of Behavior Change for Healthy Eating Patterns

This is the seventh article in a new series to illuminate key ‘drivers of behavior change’ around healthful eating. After 20 years of designing, evaluating and retooling curriculum to increase successful behavioral outcomes among all ages, we have identified 10 distinct behavior drivers. We are currently investigating these 10 drivers in a new study in…
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Palate Development: A Driver of Behavior Change for Healthy Eating Patterns

This is the sixth article in a new series to illuminate key ‘drivers of behavior change’ around healthful eating. After 20 years of designing, evaluating and retooling curriculum to increase successful behavioral outcomes among all ages, we have identified 10 distinct behavior drivers. We are currently investigating these 10 drivers in a new study in…
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