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Tip of the Week: Fondue with the Family

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This Week’s Featured Recipe

One of my favorite family table activities has been our fondue night. Recently, we introduced the concept of fondue to our four year old son, Gentry. Fondue is the delicious art of dipping different types of food into a sauce. The great thing about fondue is that you can get very creative with the sauce and types of food you dip.

As I explained this to Gentry, you could just see him light up with excitement. So after dinner, I set up our little fondue pot at the table and got all the fruit out to prepare. I let Gentry help wash the fruit and pick out his favorite color skewer. That night we melted chocolate and peanut butter. Peanut butter seemed to be a big hit and something besides the traditional chocolate. There are many other options for fondue out there. See this week’s recipe for some ideas for your fondue night.

As I try to create more family activities, I am starting to see amazing results. As we were talking and having fun with our fondue that night Gentry said, “We are a family. I love our family! I love family time fondue!” Family activities show us a side of Gentry that we love so much.

Another one of my favorite things to hear my son say when we sit down to eat together is, “So, Mommy, how was your day?” In these moments I know we are teaching him the importance of family time and he gets it! I know this will benefit him in his social skills, peer pressure, eating habits, and education. Recently CNN provided some great tips on improving your family time at the table.

Our family is very busy, but that short amount of time at the dinner table together benefits our family in so many ways. There is nothing I love more than seeing our family have fun and enjoy conversation together!

Visit www.familytableonline.org for more information about the benefits of eating together as a family.

 

Hannah Keith 2012

Hannah Keith, Marketing Assistant, wife and mom of 2

Tip of the Week: Leftovers Improve with Dessert

The family table has always been a priority at our house, but finding time to prepare the meal is a challenge, especially when you have carpool to Scouts, band, dance class, or (fill in the blank.) So I prepare a large amount when I can, counting on the leftovers to get me by on a busy night. My children aren’t picky eaters, but they do get bored with the same recipes, and especially with leftovers.

My solution is to make a really cool dessert. I think they eat the meal without paying much attention to it in anticipation of the dessert. I made a large pot roast last week and knew it would serve a couple meals. I printed the strawberry mousse recipe found on a link in last week’s Family Table Tip of the Week. It is so easy that older grade school kids could prepare it on their own, and best of all, it tasted great! Light and refreshing after the heavier pot roast.

Do you have any tips for making leftovers a more appealing dinner for your Family Table?

– Laura, Sr. Director of Finance & Operations, wife and mom of 4

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