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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Thai Style Fish Chowder

Recipe by Lynn Fredericks  Prep Time: 25 minutes     Cook Time: 20 minutes     Makes: 16 tasting servings   Ingredients:  7 cups Chicken Broth  3 cloves Garlic  ½-inch piece Ginger  1 Thai Chili Pepper or Jalapeno, or Habanera/ Scotch Bonnet  1 Potato  1 box/bag frozen Lima Beans  1 ½ pounds White Fish Fillets or Cod, Sole, Halibut, etc.,   boneless, skinless  1 can Coconut Milk  3 ears Corn  1 ½-inch cube Tamarind (or liquid Tamarind concentrate to taste)  ½ bunch Cilantro   ½ bunch Asian Basil   ¼ bunch Mint  6 Kaffir Lime Leaves (optional) …
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Veggie Tacos

Recipe by Lynn Fredericks Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Yield: 6 servings INGREDIENTS 2 medium eggplants 4 tablespoons (60 ml) olive oil, divided Sea salt 1 large onion 2 large cloves garlic 1 pound (455 g) tempeh 2 tablespoons (15 g) ancho chili powder 1 tablespoon (7.5 g) chipotle chili powder 1…
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Three Sisters Salad

Recipe by Lynn Fredericks, FamilyCook Productions Serves 4 INGREDIENTS · 1 medium zucchini · 1 ear sweet corn (raw or quickly blanched for 1 minute) · 1 can (15 ounces) of Goya small white beans or white cannellini beans cut in half, drained and rinsed · 15 grape or cherry tomatoes halved, or 2 vine…
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FamilyCook’s Teen Battle Chefs Collaborate on New School Breakfast Items

New leadership will generally bring about change and, hopefully, new opportunities. When the new NYC Department of Education Chancellor came on board in fall 2018, healthy school meal advocates like FamilyCook began hearing some exciting overtures from OFNS!  Partnerships are on the rise and FamilyCook’s Teen Battle Chef program has developed an exciting opportunity to…
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USDA Announces Teen Battle Chef Included in the 2019 SNAP-Ed Toolkit!

As a result of the post 2008 recession stimulus funding added to the federal budget, one of the very largest federal nutrition education funding mechanisms has been SNAP-Ed. Shortly thereafter, the SnapEd toolkit debuted to provide a compendium of model evidence-based programs that states could use to ensure their Snap-Ed grantees would be running effective…
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FamilyCook Employs Youth to Strengthen NYC Summer Meal Participation

When it comes to employing summer youth, the NYD Dept of Youth and Community Development’s Summer Youth Employment Program is a huge boon to high school students who need experience in the responsibilities that come with entry-level employment. This summer, through support from the American Dairy Association North East, FamilyCook is delighted to hire 15…
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