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Celebrity chef Jehangir Mehta gives kids a taste of cooking

Chef Jehangir Mehta, right, promotes healthy eating for

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A lesson in the fine art of cooking served up by restaurateur and celebrity chef Jehangir Mehta can whet the kids’ appetite enough to get them into the kitchen and cook up a storm. (They may still not want to do the dishes, mind you.)

Mehta, a contestant on Food Network’s “Next Iron Chef Redemption 2012” and the runner-up at “Next Iron Chef 2009,” has a lot on his plate.


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Knitting weaves our family together

A red and navy fringed sweater and hat

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From the day last summer when I learned that my son and daughter-in-law would be presenting us with our first grandchild, I’ve been plotting what I could knit for her.

I’m far from an expert knitter and have only been working the needles for a few years, making mostly scarves and blankets — easy-to-stitch squares and rectangles. Ironically, it was my daughter taking up knitting that got me...

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10 fun Presidents Day ideas for kids

Children can create a Year of the Snake

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While many Long Island children's winter breaks were cut short due to superstorm Sandy, most schools are closed on Monday for Presidents Day. So if you're sticking around town for the long weekend, here are a few things to do on President's Day, including family-friendly performances, crafts, indoor play, free events and more.

1. New York Rangers Hockey Weekend at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Harlem Globetrotters, magic lessons, circus and more

The Harlem Globetrotters play at Nassau Coliseum in

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From magic lessons and a circus performance to the Harlem Globetrotters and more, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for fun, family-friendly activities this weekend:

1. FreckleFace Strawberry at BroadHollow's BayWay Arts Center (265 E. Main St., East Islip). On Saturday at 2 p.m., enjoy a musical based on Julianne...

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Rocking for a cause: Raising funds, awareness for autism

Developmental Disabilities Institute is hosting a benefit for

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Local musicians will band together on Feb. 17 to rock and roll and raise funds for Smithtown-based Developmental Disabilities Institute, which serves children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.

For a $30 donation, guests at DDI’s sixth annual Rockin’ for Autism can enjoy music featuring bands such as Soul Dr. G’s All Star Veteran Band, The Cold Spring Harbor Band,...

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Feeding the kids: Shortbread Sweethearts

The Shortbread Sweetheart cookie recipe can be found

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a Valentine's Day sweet treat. I found the recipe on Spoonful.com, a new website from Disney that's filled with thousands of family-friendly crafts, games and recipes.

Shortbread Sweethearts (makes 8 cookies)

Ingredients ¾ cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling 2 ounces...

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Time to rethink squirrel hunting contests for kids?

The seventh annual Holley ?Squirrel Slam? to be

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Here’s a contest open to kids that some would argue is just not fair game, especially after the Sandy Hook shootings. The seventh annual Holley “Squirrel Slam” to be held upstate on Feb. 16 is a contest in which children and adults are awarded cash and gun prizes for killing the heaviest squirrels.

The fundraiser, which encourages children as young as 12 to take a shot at gray and red squirrels...

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5 free cooking apps for kids

The Pizza Crazy Chef app lets kids create

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Have shows like "Cake Boss," "Chopped" and "Cupcake Wars" awakened your children's inner chef? Are they asking for the latest in pretend kitchen toys, like cake pop makers, baking sets and mini chef hats and aprons?

Well to further increase their culinary skills, and to help them channel their inner Julia Child, here are five free apps that encourage...

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Jillian Michaels talks adoption, motherhood, new fitness book and more

Jillian Michaels, star of NBC's "The Biggest Loser"

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Jillian Michaels may be best known for her aggressive weight-loss approach on NBC's "The Biggest Loser," but the bestselling author has shown a much softer side since becoming a mom of two last year.

In May, Michaels and her partner Heidi Rhoades adopted their daughter Lukensia, 2, from Haiti. That same month, Rhoades gave birth to their son, Phoenix. After her kids arrived, Michaels...

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Valentine's Day crafts for kids: Lollipop flowers

The lollipop flower Valentines can be found on

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Sometimes nothing says "I love you" quite like a homemade gift. So if you're looking to leave your kids a special Valentine in their lunchbox, or for a fun craft to do together, here's an easy DIY Valentine's Day card from Disney's Spoonful.com:

Lollipop Flowers

What you'll need -Red and green construction paper or card stock -Scissors -Lollipops (use a variety of colors) -Glue...

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