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Peas: The Gateway Vegetable

Digging in the dirt? Super fun. Pulling weeds, pruning, dead-heading, thinning, fertilizing, battling ravenous bugs, and waiting several months to see the fruits of your labor? Not so fun, even for the most enthusiastic of green thumbs. That’s why peas make the perfect gateway crop for budding gardeners of all ages. (That includes parents, even …

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In Defense of Recipes

Ask yourself this question: Do you think good cooks don’t use recipes? I’ve noticed that a lot of people make this assumption, but the idea has always rubbed me the wrong way. And I know it’s a weird topic for a website where we try to emphasize moving away from recipes and toward trusting yourself, …

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Five Kid-Made, DIY Valentine’s Kitchen Projects to Warm All the Hearts

Let’s face it, kids can find Valentine’s Day baffling. An armed, flying baby assaults people, who then fall in love? Everyone in class is exchanging cards conveying vague affection? Once again—as always!—there’s tons of candy around, but we’re not supposed to eat too much? But while this quasi-holiday’s more romantic aspects may remain a mystery …

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Making Fresh Pasta With Kids

Our Kitchen Academy box “Oodles of Noodles” contains a delicious crash-course for kids on all things noodly, with quick and fun recipes for ramen and peanut sauce, a fold-out coloring map explaining the wide world of noodles, and more. When you’re talking noodles, of course, all roads do lead to Rome: Our main lesson teaches …

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15 Breakfast-in-Bed Recipes to Help You and the Kids Win Mother’s Day

There’s really no wrong way to celebrate Mother’s Day. (Uh, aside from forgetting entirely. Let’s not do that.) But there is an established right way: breakfast in bed, prepared by the loving hands of spouse and children, served at a decent hour. This ritual provides an ideal opportunity for Loving Spouse to impart good values, …

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Teach Kids About Flavor by Making America’s Wildest Ice Cream

Tyler Malek, cofounder of the West Coast ice cream brand Salt & Straw, covers one wall of his office with kids’ art: a messy, tacked-up collage of crayon-fueled exuberance. Every September, Malek and his cousin/cofounder Kim ask school kids to come up with flavor ideas—the weirder the better. That’s led to breakthrough ice creams like …

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