Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Tip #2, Ten Tips Continued

2. Keep it Simple.

You don’t have to be a master chef to cook dinner for your family. Pasta with bottled sauce and a salad is a perfect family dinner. I find my kids like some of the easiest and quickest meals to make. There are lots of sources for quick and easy weeknight meals. (Just Google "easy dinner" to get a few. Or browse your local bookstore; many of the new cookbook titles are for quick and easy meals.) Develop a few stand-bys and they are liable to become family favorites.

Happy Hanukkah! If you are Jewish, you can remember and celebrate Hanukkah over the next eight nights with your family—and keep it simple, too. My kids love lighting the candles; just getting the candles lit every night is an achievement and it feels like a special event! Remember-- any fried food can do for recounting the story of the oil. We usually go through the labor-intensive process of making potato latkes at least once a season, but we also rely on easy fried foods like French fries or even store-bought doughnuts as Hanukkah treats. We don't give presents every night (at some point that got too overwhelming), but we do try to do something special every night of Hanukkah, often that involves a special food!

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