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Charity Curley Mathews
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Charity Curley Mathews is a mom who dreams that her kids eat real food. A former VP Interactive at, she now heads up Mini Foodies in the Making…Maybe. She lives in Rome, Italy with her husband and their small children.

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5 Easy and Adorable Easter Recipes

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 10:34 AM

I can't lie, I'm not usually into culinary origami. Don't get me wrong; I deeply admire all of those amazing bento lunches I've seen other parents carefully pack and photograph. But with three small kids under the age of 5 at my house, I just don't have the...

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7 (Pretty) Healthy St. Patrick's Day Foods for Kids

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 5:42 PM

It may not be a major holiday, but who can resist one that's full of rainbows, pots of gold and even little leprechauns? From preschool parties to simple snack time at home, these are our favorite ways to ring in St. Patrick's Day, from our kitchen to yours....

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10 Rules for Kids Who Eat Healthy, Whole Foods

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 2:10 PM

Ever since the first of our three children were born, I've been trying to uncover the secret sauce that turns babies, toddlers, preschoolers and even their older counterparts into tiny people who enjoy eating real food. People who are open to trying new flavors and eating vegetables, fresh...

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10 Tips for Cooking with Toddlers And Preschoolers

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 12:32 PM

'Tis the season for baking, and if you're in the kitchen a lot these days, that's exactly where your kids -- the messy ones who don't always listen to instructions -- want to be. But it can be fun. It'll be slow and you'll have flour in places where the...

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I'm a Food Blogger, and I'm Not Judging You

(2) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 12:39 PM

It happens all the time. The minute I mention my blog Foodlets, which is about trying to cook for kids, this is the reaction I get from other parents: "OH. You can never come to my house for dinner then." Then they laugh. A little.

As though...

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The Downsides of Cooking from Scratch for Kids

(12) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 11:38 AM

It all started in Italy. When my husband and I moved to Rome four and a half years ago, I didn't speak a word of Italian (yet) and found the grocery stores mystifying. There was a bit more produce, infinitely more cheese and much less in the way of processed...

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When to Worry About Gluten, and Why I Don't

(25) Comments | Posted April 28, 2013 | 12:11 PM

Dear gluten,

There is no room on the list for you. When it comes to things to worry about, we're all full up here with things like SIDS, drowning at pool parties and how to raise our kids to someday be those amazing adult siblings who want to take...

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Out With Plastic, In With Porcelain: Why I Replaced the Kids' Dishes

(12) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 5:56 PM

The time has come. As a mom who blogs about cooking for kids, there are two things that I keep reading about: an inspiring Montessori approach to eating, and weird news stories about BPA. That's why I decided to pack up the plastic dishes...

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How to Eat Dinner with a Toddler Without Losing Your Mind

(16) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 2:52 PM

It's such a dream, The Family Dinner. From the moment I saw my first ultrasound, I could see it so clearly. A happy family sits around a table, passing heaped platters of colorful food, digging into a juicy roast chicken just as someone says something hilarious. There's probably a freshly...

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2 Things Japanese School Kids Are Learning at Lunch

(3) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 5:00 PM

First it was the French, and now there are foodie rumblings from the Far East. Japanese school kids are eating a better lunch than Americans, so says a recent article in The Washington Post.

That's because kids in Japan are eating something American kids aren't:...

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Where's the Food? My First Trip to an American Grocery Store As a Mom

(73) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 11:06 AM

Before we left Rome, I got together with a friend of mine who had just returned from a summer spent in Brooklyn. "Brace yourself," she told me as we walked up the steps of Villa Borghese. "It's overwhelming." She wasn't talking about her family's temporary transition back to the States...

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Firing the Food Police on Christmas and Other Strategies for a Low-Stress Family Meal

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2012 | 3:07 PM

There are things to worry about over the holidays; Santa's gifts arriving on time, icy roads, whether you'll lose it when your mom tells you to stop worrying because after all, you turned out OK! But stressing out over what the munchkins eat is definitely not one of them. Not...

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Why I'm Still Buying Organic Food for My Family

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 3:26 PM

Oh boy. Aren't the cynics laughing now? This week, USA Today reported on a new study, noting that organic produce may not be more nutritious than conventionally grown vegetables. But just a second.

As I've often mentioned on Foodlets, my blog about cooking for...

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How to Get Kids to Try New Foods (Without Begging, Bribing or Losing Your Mind)

(15) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 2:34 PM

Every meal with 18-month-old Estelle starts the same way. I lift the fork to her lips, just as she clamps them shut. "No." There's twisting, frowning and eyebrows furrowing and it would be maddening if this lasted for more than five seconds, but we're on to her. At this stage,...

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A Surprising Way to Cut Dinnertime Stress

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 10:50 AM

There's a hilarious someecard circulating on Pinterest with a woman hunched over the arm of a chair in despair. The caption reads "Why do they want dinner every single night?" It's funny... because it's true.

But it doesn't have to be so hard. I recently read about an...

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Why French Kids Eat Everything

(365) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 11:31 AM

Here comes another one... but it's not what you think. French Kids Eat Everything is a surprisingly charming memoir about a family who moved to France with two picky eaters in tow and returned to Canada a year later with a happier, healthier, more educated outlook on food....

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Are Celebrity Chefs Making Us Fat?

(90) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 4:45 PM

In a word, no. But from Paula Deen, whose battle with diabetes has become very public and at least a little controversial when paired with an estimated net worth of $14 million, to my beloved Ina Garten, another wealthy woman of the kitchen with seven cookbooks,...

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Stop Making Two Dinners: Versatile Ideas for the Whole Family

(6) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 2:59 PM

The other night I made herbed turkey burgers for dinner. Since our two-year-old has always been a die-hard condiments fan, I put neat little dots of ketchup and mustard on her bun, silently congratulating myself on knowing her so well.

That's when the screaming started.


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5 Ways to Teach Toddlers Table Manners

(18) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 8:28 AM

I head up a blog about cooking for kids called My aim is to make healthy, delicious food, both with and for kids so they'll grow up to cook themselves, and better yet, enjoy sitting around a table full of family and friends for years to come....

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Are Picky Eaters Just Spoiled Kids?

(299) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 11:17 AM

A friend of mine relayed a familiar scene with her four-year-old on Facebook.

Lucy: "I don't like these meatballs." Me, noticing that they are still in big pieces: "Hmm, do you want me to cut them up a little more?" Lucy: "That won't make them yummy."

So goes the battle...

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