Celebrate the holidays with our Food Issue

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Janice Biehn, Managing Editor ParentsCanada MagazineWho does the cooking in your house? Both my husband and I love to eat and entertain, but after a few years of marriage, it became clear that he cared more about what went on the plate than I did. If it were up to me, we would eat simple meals. He craves variety in his menus and hates having pasta two nights in a row. What’s wrong with that, I ask you. So, he cooks, I clean.
But his work will take him out of town this month for two weeks, so our daughters (11 and 14) and I will divvy up the cooking duties and try to follow his lead. The girls love cooking, whether it’s pancakes or crepes for breakfast, or quesadillas for dinner. The last time my husband had a long business trip, I made a schedule and we all took turns making dinner. They were happy to contribute and the posted schedule helped us stay organized and eliminate any conflict (yes, there is conflict in our house). I plan to use the same strategy again.
If we’re stumped for ideas, we’ll turn to food editor Julie Van Rosendaal’s archive of recipes on ParentsCanada.com. And when my husband returns, we’ll scour through the November/December issue of ParentsCanada (our Food Issue) and pick out some new recipes for the school bake sale or our neighbourhood potluck.  
This issue is more than just recipes. We also talk about the importance of eating meals as a family, kid-friendly international foods and how to manage dinner drama with your toddler. And our new nutrition column focuses on the health benefits of beverages – turns out some do more good than others.
This December as you enjoy (hopefully) some special meals with your family, feast your eyes on our magazine, too!

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