It feels like just when you get the hang of cooking for yourself or for yourself and your significant other, it's time to start learning to cook for a family. From getting anything on the table when you have a newborn, to trying to get your older kids (especially teenagers) to help in the kitchen, feeding your family can seem like a challenge.
Thankfully there's plenty of advice out there for making dinnertime feel like less of a battle, and more like the family dinner you envisioned. Here are our best takeaways from 2015.
The littlest ones may just be watching you, but even having them in the kitchen is a good way to start them out with a love of cooking.
When it comes to teaching teens the basics, start at the beginning and teach them how to shop for and store their food.
The last thing you want to do is give them more work to do.
Yes, we'd all like to be able to bake the perfect sourdough boule, but knowing how to get dinner on the table is far more practical.
When you're teaching your teen or tween to cook, make sure they know how to turn a pot of pasta into a full-fledged meal.
At least from the menace known as the toddler who won't eat anything.
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Most importantly, have a plan and stick to it.
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If you did everything right but still ended up with a persnickety eater, relax — we have tips on how to cope.