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Giving Thanks for Family Traditions

It's true - the kitchen is the heart of the home. Ever notice how people always gather there? Whether baking treats, making dinner or spending time with family and friends, the kitchen is my favorite place to be. Since my day job is Consumer Test Kitchen Project Manager for the NestlÈ Test Kitchens, you can bet I love to stir things up. This column lets me pass along to you some of my best recipes, tips and baking secrets.

Make Mac Cheese-Easy

Macaroni and cheese, the classic American comfort food staple beloved by kids and adults alike, just got easier to prepare. No, not packaged or frozen-from your own stovetop (no baking) in under 30 minutes.

Warm Up To Fall

I love it when the days are cool and the evenings have just a bit of a chill in the air. It's cool enough for my favorite fall sweater, but I can leave the winter coats in the closet for a little bit longer.

Eerie Halloween Eats

Make no bones about it, it's time to conjure up some creepy cuisine for a ghoulishly good Halloween party for the kids. In addition to making the tasty recipes below, here are some other fun ways to turn ordinary munchies into something monstrously yummy.

Meals that Make the Grade

With after school activities, late workdays and long commutes or carpools, many families struggle to find time to sit down together to eat dinner. When they do, the meal may consist of prepackaged or fast food options, which can increase food costs and skimp on good nutrition.

Fresh and Tasty School Lunches

Finding school lunch ideas that stay fresh can be challenging. But with a few simple solutions, you can provide your kids delicious and tasty sandwiches.

Stoney’s Cajun Shrimp Bacon Quesadilla

• salsa fresca

A Lane County Valentine's Day: Food, Fun and Family

<a href="http://www.oregonfamily.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/fruitheart.jpg"><img class="alignright size-full wp-image-565" title="fruitheart" src="http://www.oregonfamily.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/fruitheart.jpg" alt="" width="156" height="156" /></a>This Valentine's Day, share the love with friends, family and neighbors by making these sweet treats or fun crafts. There are also lots of events happening in and around the Eugene area, giving you lots of choices for how to spend your day.

Taco Cups

These fabulous appetizers have a great Southwest flair.   <img src="file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Sandy/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/moz-screenshot.png" alt="" /><img src="file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Sandy/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/moz-screenshot-1.png" alt="" />

Chocolate Mint Brownies

This St. Patrick’s Day, entertain your little leprechauns with this delicious treat.