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Our recipe for a family cookbook: We just wing it

My son Caleb Joseph envisions creating a family

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“Mummy, can you teach us how to make chicken curry?”

My heart should burst with joy at hearing these words but truth be told, I get a case of agita.

Growing up, I barely acquired any taste for the fine art of cooking. My mom’s labor of love kept our family well fed.

It was not until after I married and moved into my first apartment — and thanks to a cookbook — that I started my...

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Tina Fey on 'Admission' and motherhood

Actress Tina Fey made an appearance at a

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Best known for her Sarah Palin impression and silly antics on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," "Mean Girls" actress and mom Tina Fey has had quite a year so far.

In January, Fey took her final bow as character Liz Lemon on her hit NBC show "30 Rock" after seven seasons. And on the heels of the show's finale, she began gearing up for her new movie "Admission"...

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New workbook helps organize college applications

A new workbook by two Long Island moms

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If you have a junior in high school starting to think about the college admission process, a new workbook by two Long Island moms could help him organize the entire ordeal. “The College Bound Organizer” (Sourcebooks, $19.99) has charts to help him document his extracurricular activities, track his recommendation letters and chart what items have been accomplished and what still needs to be done.

“Applying...

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New 'American Girl' advice book for girls 10 and older

New American Girl book "The Care & Keeping

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A new book from American Girl called “The Care & Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls” ($12.99) is out this month, focusing on the physical and emotional changes facing girls ages 10 and older.

Some topics featured in the paperback book include “Period basics,” “Tips for starting conversations with parents and other trusted adults” and “Mood and stress management.” It delves...

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St. Patrick's Day craft for kids: Brussels sprout shamrocks

Brussels sprout shamrock craft from KitchenDaily.com, a cooking

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Get into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day with this kid-friendly craft from kitchendaily.com, a cooking and recipe website.

Brussels Sprout Shamrocks

What you'll need — Brussels sprouts — toothpicks — green pipe cleaners

Directions 1. Push one end of a toothpick into the bottom of a Brussels sprout. Then push the other end of the toothpick into the bottom of a second Brussels sprout....

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'Iron Chef' Michael Symon talks food and family

Chef Michael Symon on ?Iron Chef America."

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Best known for his speedy knife skills on Food Network's “Iron Chef America,” Michael Symon tries to slow it down at home, especially around the dinner table.

“It's so important to get your family around the table,” Symon said. “When I was a kid, it was seven days a week. Life is not nine-to-five anymore. But the more days you can take that hour break around the table as a family, the better...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Ringling Bros., St. Patrick's Day crafts and more

Talmage Farm Agway, 1122 Osborne Ave., Riverhead, is

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From the circus and "The Three Little Pigs" to St. Patrick's Day crafts and more, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for fun, family friendly activities this weekend:

1. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: "Built to Amaze!" at Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. A family friendly...

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Big Bird, Michelle Obama team up for health

Big Bird and Michelle Obama team up to

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Big Bird visits the White House for two new 30-second public service announcements featuring the yellow guy from "Sesame Street" with first lady Michelle Obama.

In the first clip, the two are in the White House kitchen. Big Bird bets Obama can get any food she wants there — and the first lady tells him what she really likes are “juicy fruits and crunchy vegetables.” She tells him...

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Feeding the kids: A St. Patrick's Day ice cream treat

An easy ice cream pie recipe, perfect for

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose an ice cream dessert, perfect for St. Patrick's Day. I found the recipe on Spoonful.com, a Disney website filled with thousands of crafts, games and recipes for children and families.

Easy Ice Cream Pie

Ingredients - 1 1/2 cups finely crushed graham crackers or chocolate wafers -...

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Saint Patrick's Day craft for kids: Leprechauns

Try this St. Patrick's Day-inspired craft from Spoonful.com,

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Even if you can't catch a leprechaun on March 17, you can still make one. Get into the spirit of Saint Patrick's Day with a fun craft from Spoonful.com, a Disney website filled with thousands of crafts, games and recipes for children and families.

Wee Leprechaun

What you'll need - Toilet paper tube - Green craft foam - Acrylic paints: green, skin-tone, pink, and brown - Black permanent...

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