Family mealtime resources

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Family mealtime resources

This is by no means a comprehensive list, but here are a few resources that can help make family mealtime a little easier to achieve:

Websites:

CASAFamilyDay.org for conversation starter questions, recipes and games to play with kids around the dinner table.

Facebook.com/MakeEveryDayCount for daily tips to help connect as a family, around the dinner table and elsewhere.

Emeals.com for menus paired with sale items at your local grocery store, recipes and shopping lists.

Recent cookbooks:

"Dinner: A Love Story" by Jenny Rosenstrach (HarperCollins, 2012, $29.99). The "sub-subtitle" is "It all begins at the family table." The author and her husband, Andy Ward, cook dinner for their family every night. In this book with lots of family photos, Ms. Rosenstrach talks about how they learned to cook and made family mealtime a priority.

"Food Family Style: Simple and Tasty Recipes for Everyday Life" by Leigh Vickery (Revell, 2012, $14.99). In the intro to this cookbook written for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International, the author relates how she refused to sit down to dinner with her family one night because she was too busy getting ready to fly out the next day to give a speech on the importance of family mealtime -- generating a chorus of snickers and jeers from her family.

"The Mom 100 Cookbook" by Katie Workman (Workman, 2012, $16.95). Recipes for tried-and-true family favorites like pasta and meatballs, taco night, chicken and matzoh ball soup, and grilled chicken breasts, plus more upscale dishes.

"Quick Cook: Family Meals" by Emma Jane Frost (Octopus, 2012, $9.99). Every dish can be prepared three different ways -- a 10-minute, 20-minute or 30-minute prep time option for each.

"Recipes Menus Prayers for Family Gatherings" by Carolyn Anderson (Dinner Table, 2012, $15.95). Recipes for regular dinner food, holiday specialties, seasonal produce, breads, desserts, breakfasts and more.

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