Cincinnati Family Magazine

Top Toys: Bring Back Imaginative Play


A child’s brain grows rapidly in early childhood, and that’s why experts say it’s essential to provide imaginative playtime for little ones who prefer their iPads. It’s important to give little kids toys that will inspire playing “house” and other fun childhood rites of passage at home. While gadgets are great, little kid brains need playtime without electronics for healthy development. Put down the tablets, turn off the TV and let’s play!

Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs


Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs   Serves 8. Ingredients 3 tablespoons soy sauce 3 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons sherry 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into 2 inch pieces 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained skewers   Directions In a shallow… Read more »

Preventing Picky Eaters


Finicky eaters are a huge frustration to parents in the early years. Your approach to eating and food choices will set the tone for years to come. Mom Nicole Koenig knows all too well the pitfalls of picky eaters. Mealtime meltdowns are a regular occurrence with her son, Albert, now 5, and have been for… Read more »

Mom’s World


It’s all about moms this May, so take a few moments to find ways to treat YOU!   Want to give your family some hints about awesome Mother’s Day gifts?  Click here for Shelbie’s Mothers’ Day Gift Guide for all kinds of fun odds and ends! 11 Secrets of Happy Moms by Christa Melnyk Hines “Happiness… Read more »

Seared Catfish Creole


Seared Catfish Creole   Serves 8. Ingredients 4 whole catfish, cleaned with head and tail removed 1/2 cup prepared yellow mustard 1/4 cup cracked black pepper 1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup butter   Directions Pat the catfish dry, and spread a layer of mustard over the surface. Place the cracked pepper onto a plate,… Read more »

Taco Bowls with Guac-A-Salsa Salad


Taco Bowls with Guac-A-Salsa Salad Ingredients 1 package corn tortilla chips, any brand or color (yellow, blue, red or white) will do 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided 1 1/2 pounds ground beef 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped 2 medium onions, chopped, divided 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 tablespoon… Read more »

Italian Chicken & Orzo


Italian Chicken & Orzo Serves 6. Ingredients 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces 1-1/2 small zucchini, chopped 1-1/2 (10 ounce) tubs PHILADELPHIA Italian Cheese and Herb Cooking Creme 3/4 cup chopped tomatoes 3 cups hot cooked orzo pasta Directions This recipe’s Ingredients were scaled to yield a new amount. The directions… Read more »

Easy Taco Pie


Easy Taco Pie   Ingredients: 1 pound lean ground beef 1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup) 1 package (1 ounce) Old El Paso® taco seasoning mix 1 can (4.5 ounces) Old El Paso® chopped green chiles, drained 1 cup milk 2 eggs 1/2 cup Original Bisquick® mix 3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese… Read more »

Let Them Eat Cake!


The weekend’s a good time to splurge a little and enjoy something sweet. Here are three classic cake recipes that are quite yummy:   PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE You’ll need: 1 box yellow cake mix 1 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup butter 1 20-ounce can pineapple slices in juice (reserve the juice) 1 jar stemless… Read more »

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