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Jan Scott

Food writer/editor, blogger, party planner, www.familybites.ca

Jan Scott is a food writer and editor, blogger and party planner. She's also the face behind the family food blog www.familybites.ca and the mom of two school-aged boys.

Appetizers Tips for a Dinner Party

After years of serving hummus and veggies, and a cheese platter that boast the same triple cream brie year after year, it can be challenging to come up with new ideas that are easy to put together and don't break the bank when it comes to the entertaining budget. Here are a few ideas designed to bring new life to your entertaining menu this season:
10/18/2012 08:33 EDT
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Let's Do Brunch: Four Fun Ways to Serve Fruit

Round two of Let's Do Brunch is focusing on another must-have menu item: fruit. Please keep in mind that when preparing fruit for a brunch, it doesn't always have to be for a fruit salad. There are so many other interesting, and easier, ways to serve this morning food up to your guests. Here are four of my favourite ways to offer this must-have menu item...
05/28/2012 11:51 EDT
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Tween Boys Eat a Lot

Growing boys eat a lot. I know I'm not telling you anything new here, especially if you already have a boy over age eight living in your house. So, how does one keep these growing boys well fed? I've discovered it's all in a little thing called hash. The legal kind of course.
11/21/2011 12:23 EST
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The Magic of Roasted Root Vegetable Soup

This is the tale of a persnickety young boy who seemingly detests the beautiful, seasonal vegetables his mother places before him each night at dinner. One day his brilliant mother decides that instead of fighting with him, she's going to turn each of the ground-grown foods he bellyaches about into a pureed soup.
10/15/2011 09:13 EDT

Picky Eaters, the One-Bite Rule and the Power of Change

While I'm against force-feeding, I am a firm believer in the one-bite rule. Two or three would be preferable, but one will suffice. In my experience, what starts off as one usually ends up as three or four or even 10, eventually. And the less fuss I make about these bites, the more likely they are to be taken.
09/02/2011 07:53 EDT
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A Fund for Jennie: Food Bloggers Unite to Help One of Their Own

I was stunned and saddened to learn that food blogger Jennifer Perillo's husband passed away, leaving Jennie a devastated widow and single parent to their two daughters. Within hours I could see a flood of tweets asking the same questions over and over again: "How can we help? What can we do for Jennie?"
08/26/2011 10:12 EDT
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How to Win Friends and Influence People With Good Food

When it comes to influencing people, offer good food and you'll be surprised just how persuasive you can be. When my 11-year-old is feeling a little insecure about his best friend status, he quickly offers up a playdate complete with road hockey and cookies, which he is certain will set him back on track.
08/11/2011 10:46 EDT