I came up with this recipe even before the Easter holiday is upon us because I know it’s going to happen: there’s going to be leftover candy. And lots of chocolate, because that’s most of what the Easter Bunny brings us each year. You could actually use any kind of chocolate candy bar to make […]

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So you’ve decided to help the Easter Bunny out this year by choosing your child’s Easter Basket. Good for you! (It’s really the least you can do, considering he doesn’t get the same “milk and cookies” treatment that Santa Claus does.) As you shop around, whether it be in brick-and-mortar stores or online, there are […]

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When a major earthquake and tsunami rocked Japan on March11, 2011, three Fukushima nuclear power plants were badly   damaged. Although a meltdown is not currently considered imminent, according to Japanese officials, substantial amounts of radiation are leaking from the plants and causing contamination through food, water, and air–and things are only getting worse. Misashi Kishimoto, […]

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Naruto Uzumaki, the main character of the hit Japanese anime TV show Naruto, has a favorite food: ramen. His favorite ramen recipe? He LOVES the stuff made at the Ichi Raku Ramen shop in the Hidden Leaf village. (Of course, if Naruto can’t get Ichi Raku ramen, he never hesitates to eat the instant stuff […]

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I’m kinda lucky. My son, who is now 10, has never been as voracious a candy-lover as I am. I’m sure this will serve him well as he grows into adulthood, as it will be easier to focus more on the healthy stuff without having to think about it. Don’t get me wrong–he definitely likes […]

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About 2 weeks ago, my son brought home a letter stating that his elementary school had been chosen by the Maryland State Department of Education to participate in the Meals for Achievement (MMFA) program. Through the program, all students would be served breakfast in their classrooms–free of charge, regardless of income. The program would last […]

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I read a heartrending story today on Yahoo News today: it was an interview with one of the Fukushima Fifty, as they have been dubbed by the media–the Japanese workers who are voluntarily working at the Fukushima nuclear power reactors damaged in the recent devastating earthquake and tsunami. According to 44-year-old Hiroyuki Kohno, the Japanese […]

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I originally came up with this recipe because my son–who had never seemed very interested in baked beans before–was suddenly asking for them. And, as luck would have it, I didn’t have any baked beans in my cupboard. Eager to capture the moment to have my son eat healthy baked beans, I went ahead and […]

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