Food + Fun

THE PINT-SIZED FOODIE: An introduction to Stagioni

Each month, our 9-year-old resident foodie visits a different Charlotte-area restaurant that’s kid-friendly—but not a kid-topia. He orders something he’s never tried before and reports back with his recommendations for kids and their parents. Here is his review of Stagioni. …

Marinated Beef Filet with a Potato and Horseradish Cake

The best Valentine’s Day recipes, for me, should include beef — one large filet shared. This excellent marinated recipe comes with a coating of chopped fresh rosemary, garlic and olive oil, with further sprigs of rosemary tucked under the string of the tied filet.

Cache Me if You Can

The geocaching craze comes to Charlotte. Find out why parents and kids are engaging on treasure hunts using a GPS devise and why they are crazy about geocaching.

Resorts Kids Love

Parents plan family vacations fully intending to make everybody happy, but, let’s face it, if the kids ain’t happy, nobody’s happy. With that in mind, you’ll want to take special care to select a destination that appeals to the kids, even involve them in the planning process, so that it truly is a "vacation" for everyone!

Butter-Basted Lemon and Lime Turkey

A chilled lemon and lime butter, placed under the skin, adds a zesty twist to the traditional Thanksgiving turkey and solves the problem of dry breast meat. You’ll need to dispense with your rings, gird your loins and push that citrus butter up under the skin. It is a little fiddly (the butter will break up), and you may not like the slimy sensation, but it’s well worth it. To help the big day go smoothly, make the butter ahead. Let the kids help mix the butter, lemon and lime zest together,

Traveling and the New Red Tape

Since September 11th, we have been subject to many new security precautions. Knowing the alternatives, most of us understand we must tolerate these new regulations, along with whatever extra time and energy they require. But, as parents, we now have even more "red tape" to get used to. We have researched some of the new rules for you to help you become more aware and better prepared for your child’s next trip.

Recipe: Green Lasagna

The pluses to this recipe are boundless. Lending itself to bulk preparation, and then storage in the freezer, this variation of lasagna is healthy (the green comes from spinach), with some easy preparation, followed by brief sautéing and quick assembly.

Take a Time-Out for Love

Even if you can only spare a weekend away or a simple dinner-and-a-movie night out, a brief parental "time out" might be just the thing to clear your mind and revitalize your relationship, which is good for the entire family.

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