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Cuddle Up With a Book on Valentine’s Day

The one enduring love of my life is books.

I never get mad at books for not making the bed. I’m never upset when books forget my birthday. And the only time I have to compete for books is when I want to read a new title at my local public library.

For all of these reasons – and regardless of how many sweethearts you have in your life – books are a great way to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day. Here are some book recommendations for you to share with kids because one of the best gifts you can give children at any time of the year is a lifetime love of reading.

The Kiss That Missed – David Melling

If You’ll Be My Valentine – Cynthia Rylant

Zombie in Love – Kelly DiPucchio

Guess How Much I Love You? – Sam McBratney

10 Valentine Friends – Janet Schulman

Love, Splat – Rob Scotton

A Giant Crush – Jennifer Choldenko

Happy reading!

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Food, Family, and Chinese New Year

There are few better – or cheaper – ways to introduce your child to other cultures than through food.

With so many great ethnic restaurants, it’s easy for parents to get children accustomed to foods from different countries from an early age.

However, parents may be unsure of what to order that’s kid-friendly.

In honor of Chinese New Year, which runs February 3-15, over the next few days KidCulture will provide some suggestions to help parents choose food in Korean, Japanese, and Chinese restaurants.

In each of these countries, people celebrate Chinese New Year by sharing good food with their families and friends – and that’s a custom worth adopting.

So stay tuned for some fresh, fun, food ideas to help you introduce your child to other cultures.

 

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Books About Chinese New Year

Here are some suggestions for children’s books about Chinese New Year. Enjoy!

Sam and the Lucky Money by Karen Chinn, Cornelius Van Wright, and Ying-Hwa Hu

My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz

Happy Chinese New Year, Kai-lan! By Lauryn Silverhardt, Jason Fruchter, and Aka Chikasawa

Dragon Dance: A Chinese New Year Lift-the-Flap Book by Joan Holub and Benrei Huang

The Runaway Wok: A Chinese New Year Tale by Ying Chang Compestine and Sebastia Serra

 

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Puchero

PucheroPuchero, an Argentinean beef stew, has been eaten for centuries and enjoyed by the rich and the poor alike.

It’s an easy recipe to modify depending on your budget.

If you’re feeling flush with funds, spring for a slightly more expensive cut of beef.

Scrimping and saving? Grab what’s on sale and stew the heck out of it.

This recipe is from a cool little book – again, found at the library (as you can see, I’m on a budget) – called Cooking the South American Way.

There’s a whole series of these little books from different parts of the world. Although they were shelved in the kids’ section, I was thrilled to stumble upon them and I spent a lot of interesting hours of my holiday break poring over them and choosing recipes to try.

The book did not include many pictures, but I found a really beautiful shot of Puchero from this website.

Puchero (Argentinean Beef Stew)

1 ½ lb. beef

1 tbsp. vegetable oil

6 c. water

2 tsp. salt

½ tsp. pepper

4 small, whole potatoes, peeled

3 carrots, peeled and cut into 6 pieces

8 pearl onions

½ lb. whole green beans, tips and strings removed

2 stalks celery, cut into bite-sized pieces

6 sprigs parsley or cilantro

Cut meat into bite-sized pieces. In a large saucepan, brown meat lightly in oil. Add water, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 1 ½ hours or until meat is tender.

Add vegetables, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve.

 

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