12 Adults, 16 Kids, 8 Years of Family Dinners

by Bettina Elias Siegel on March 29, 2012

[Ed. Note:  This post was written as part of the wonderful Blog for Family Dinner project, where it is cross-posted today. This month's B4FD theme is "All Kinds of Families." ] On TLT I write a lot about the importance of family dinner, but I know all too well that for busy working families, getting everyone […]


My Son Learns to Cook, But Who Is Teaching the Rest of Our Kids?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on August 4, 2011

Lately my nine-year-old son has shown some interest in helping me out in the kitchen, so I recently enrolled him in a five-day cooking class.  On the first day he was reluctant to go but when I picked him up a two hours later he was positively brimming with excitement, eager to tell me (and […]


In my post yesterday responding to Mark Bittman’s op-ed on food taxes, I cited a 2011 OECD study which ranked America dead last among twenty nations surveyed in terms of time spent cooking — Americans currently devote, on average, only thirty minutes or less each day in food preparation. So the findings of a new […]


From Barilla Pasta: Feed the Hungry and Get a Free Cookbook!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 16, 2010

I was recently contacted by the pasta brand Barilla regarding their “Share the Table” program, which was created to help families come together more often over shared meals. Between now and October 15th, visit www.ShareTheTable.com and click on the icon that says you “believe in meaningful meals.” When you do, Barilla will donate $1 to […]


Am I a Control Freak? — A Reader Pushes Back

by Bettina Elias Siegel on August 27, 2010

Yesterday I expressed some minor disagreement with the goals of a new website, Zisboombah, which claims that it will end “kid friendly meal battles” in your house by allowing “children to take control of meal time, and pick their own chow!”  Kids play a game to come up with menus which are then sent to the […]


Playing With Food at “Zisboombah”

by Bettina Elias Siegel on August 26, 2010

I just learned about an interesting new kid-and-food web site called Zisboombah which is designed to “help parents create kid friendly dinners with the help of their children.” Kids play a game called Pick Chow! to create a dinner they’d like to eat, and this meal is then sent to their parents.   Kids have to […]


Family Dinner Dilemma: “No Take Out”

by Bettina Elias Siegel on August 26, 2010

As part of our Family Dinner Dilemma discussion, Lunch Tray reader (and friend) Donna recently alerted me to “No Take Out,” a free recipe service that provides you with a new dinner menu each night. There’s a lot to like about No Take Out.  First, cooking steps are divided into “When You Walk in the […]


Family Dinner Dilemma: Tools for Easier Supermarket Shopping

by Bettina Elias Siegel on August 25, 2010

Part of the hassle of getting dinner on the table is, of course, shopping.  Short of having your groceries delivered (and of course, there are lots of ways to do that now), shopping still involves sitting down and making a list and then trying to get in and out of the store in the least […]


Family Dinner Dilemma: “Peace and Love in the Kitchen”

by Bettina Elias Siegel on August 17, 2010

Just one day before launching my “Family Dinner Dilemma” series about getting weeknight dinners on the table, I got an email out of the blue from Waverly, the parent and writer behind “Peace and Love in the Kitchen.”   I visited Peace and Love and guess what?  It turns out to be a beautiful and […]


Family Dinner Dilemma: An S.O.S. from a Working Parent

by Bettina Elias Siegel on August 12, 2010

In response to my post announcing our current discussion of family dinners, Gretchen, a full-time working parent, wrote in with this comment  (shortened a bit for space): . . . . [A]s a full-time working mom, putting family dinner into practice is a constant challenge for me. I don’t get home until 6:00 and I […]