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How to Prepare Pepitas, a Great Fall Snack

One of our favorite fall foods are pumpkin seeds. Since we’re carving pumpkins for jack-o’-lanterns this month, it’s a great time to save the seeds for snacks. If you don’t have any pumpkins on hand, you can buy raw green pumpkin seeds without their shells at the store.

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Guest Blog: In the Family Kitchen – Blogs from The Kids Cook Monday Initiative

The Kids Cook Monday (KCM) loves that ChopChop Family aims to inspire families to find time to cook and eat meals together.  With the hectic back-to-school season, parents and children will face the challenge of finding time for cooking and eating together. However, with some planning and adjustments, families can incorporate this important ritual into their busy lives.

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Cooking Classes in Michigan Are Changing Kids Lives

It’s always a delight learning about like-minded organizations, individuals, and programs. That’s why, when we heard about Flint Kids Cook, we were excited to share what they’re doing with our readers. Flint Kids Cook was initiated in October 2017 as a six-week program for children (ages 8 to 14 years) at the Flint Farmers’ Market in Flint, Michigan. Created by Dr. Amy Saxe-Custack and Sean Gartland (Culinary Director at Flint Farmers’ Market), the program, facilitated by a chef and registered dietitian, is designed to allow children to actively participate in chopping, peeling, measuring, mixing, roasting, and sautéing fresh, healthy foods while learning about the importance of nutrition. Learn more about Dr. Saxe-Custack and how kids are cooking and learning life skills in Flint, Michigan!

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Get to Know a Kid Mushroom Farmer and Business Owner

We love meeting kids who are doing creative projects in the food world, like running their own businesses and volunteering to help at-risk communities. That’s why we were excited to interview a kid mushroom farmer, Te’Lario Watkins II, who is also one of our new Kids Advisory Board members. Te’Lario founded Tiger Mushroom Farms at the age of seven and began selling his mushrooms at local farmers markets. He has received attention from several local and national media outlets, including the Steve Harvey Show. Get to know him more in the interview below.

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Meet the 2019-2020 Kids Advisory Board

One of the things that sets us apart from other nonprofits and organizations is our Kids Advisory Board (KAB). Working closely with ChopChop Family, the KAB shares ideas on how to inspire others to cook real food in the kitchen. The members provide valuable perspectives on kids cooking, family meals, and overall health and wellness. We love how the KAB highlights the power young people have to create impactful changes within schools, communities, and beyond. Get to know our 2019-2020 board members by reading about each of them below.

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Advice from an Expert: Adam Ried on Eggplant

Throughout the summer and into the fall, when eggplants are abundant, inexpensive, and at their peak of flavor, I cook them at least once a week. My favorite approach is to turn the flesh into a salad that I keep in the fridge ready to be used as a light lunch, a healthy snack, or a no-fuss dinner side dish. 

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NOT EASY BEING GREEN

Many cooks I know claim to hate green bell peppers. They think of them as no more than bitter versions of their sweeter red, orange, and yellow brothers. Me? I love them. But I admit that my reasons are as much personal as culinary.

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An Interview with Julia Child

Happy Birthday, Julia Child! To celebrate what would be her 107 birthday today, August 15, we are sharing an interview Sally Sampson (founder of ChopChop Family) did with her when Julia used to live in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Sally used to own her own take-out shop near Boston, and many of her questions for Julia Child had to do with the food and restaurant scene in Boston at the time of the interview. Several of those questions have been omitted for the purposes of this blog post. Read Sally’s interview below, and get a greater glimpse into the thoughts and life of Julia Child!

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