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This book also contains much more than recipes and tips. By solving problems on a practical level for parents, Seinfeld addresses the big picture issues that surround childhood obesity and its long–term (and ruinous) effects on the body.

With the help of a prominent nutritionist, her book provides parents with an arsenal of information related to kids' nutrition so parents understand why it's important to throw in a little avocado puree into their quesadillas.

She discusses the critical importance of portion size, and the specific elements kids simply must have (as opposed to adults) in order to flourish now and in the future: protein, calcium, vitamins, and Omega 3 and 6 fats.

Jessica Seinfeld's book is practical, easy–to–read, and a godsend for any parent that wants their kids to be healthy for a long time to come.

At long last, the owner of New York Citys legendary Fat Witch Bakery shares her top secret recipes for decadent and delicious brownies, blondies, and bars.

Patricia Heldings rich, intensely chocolatey Fat Witch brownie is a New York obsession, an internet sensation, and arguably the very best brownie to be found on the planet. Unlike other bakeries that feature a range of desserts, Fat Witch, launched by Helding in 1998, specializes only in brownies—baking and selling over 2,000 each day.

In Fat Witch Brownies, Helding showcases for the first time her favorite spins on the classic chocolate brownie with creations like the Banana Bread Brownie and the Breakfast Brownie, and she expands her repertoire even further with recipes for other scrumptious bar-shaped confections.

With over 50 recipes that can be baked in the same 9 x 9-inch pan and require fewer than 10 ingredients, Helding shows that baking from scratch is neither expensive nor time-consuming. All of her recipes include ingredients from local grocery stores, and are ready to serve in one hour or less.

Beginning with tips on the proper tools, timing, and techniques, continuing with five chapters of recipes, and finishing with fabulous frostings, Fat Witch Brownies allows you to explore the versatility and richness of brownies and bars and create the incredible desserts in your very own kitchen that have made Heldings bakery famous.

Mix It Up With Jenny - Sensational Sleep-Overs

(Family Features) - Whoever coined the phrase "sleep over" must still be laughing - because, as many of you know, very little sleeping actually goes on! I'm always looking for fun ideas and recipes to keep the night-owls happy - here are some that you might like to try, too.

Make a Sleep Over Pillow: Buy and pre-wash some inexpensive white pillowcases. Then hand out fun fabric pens so guests can create a one-of-a-kind souvenir they can take home. (If you put a piece of cardboard inside the pillow case, it will keep ink from seeping through to the other side.)

Go on a Backyard Treasure Hunt: Hide all the goody bags in one place somewhere in your backyard. Then create some clues to lead guests in search of the treasure. Tape the first clue to the back door. When they reach the next spot, have another clue already there to lead them on, until they get to the prize. You can make the clues like riddles, or give the guests a compass and write directional clues to follow.

Mix Up Great Munchies: Part of the fun of a sleep over is munching on some yummy treats. Brownies are always a hit - and these Chocolate Caramel Brownies are sure to be party favorites. And they're super simple, too! For a fun twist on party mixes, try some Toll House Party Mix - sweet and salty combine for a taste so good you might want to make an extra batch.

For more sleep over treats, go to www.VeryBestBaking.com.

Jenny Harper is Consumer Test Kitchen Project Manage for the Nestle Test Kitchens andVeryBestBaking.com.

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Trick Or Treat? Chocolate Made with Child Labor

Newswise: Chocolate bars are a popular Halloween treat, but some come with a cruel trick: abusive and hazardous child labor in West African cocoa farms.

Few of us will give any thought to how the 90 million pounds of chocolate candy given out this Halloween was made, who made it and under what conditions, write Charita L. Castro, PhD, and Jialan Wang, PhD, assistant professors at Washington University in St. Louis, in an opinion piece published today by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

In 2001, journalists uncovered labor abuses of children in the Ivory Coast's cocoa plantations. Since then, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and U.S. Rep. Elliot Engel, D-N.Y., have put pressure on companies to eliminate the use of hazardous child labor from their candy-making process.

After a decade of back and forth with the industry, Tulane University and Global Exchange report that chocolate makers have made little progress toward promised reforms to address the worst forms of child labor among cocoa suppliers.

At least two million children are currently involved in the production of cocoa in Ghana and the Ivory Coast. This wouldn't be the first time that candy has consumed children instead of the other way around, write Castro, an assistant professor at the Brown School, and Wang, an assistant professor of finance at the Olin Business School.

In their op-ed piece, they write about how Jane Addams established Hull House in Chicago in the late 19th century and helped little girls who were exploited and fatigued from working six weeks straight for 14-hour days in a candy factory. When finally given a chance to taste the hard-won products of their labors, the girls turned down the candy because they couldn't bear the sight of the candy they were offered.

Castro and Wang say that while solutions to the larger child labor problem are not simple, buying fair trade certified chocolate or purchasing chocolate from companies owned by cocoa farmers are small steps to help children.

Read more of Castro and Wang's comments in their St. Louis Post-Dispatch Don't be tricked by treats: Say 'boo' to chocolate companies that use cocoa made from exploiting child labor.

Released: 10/28/2010 12:10 PM EDT
Source: Washington University in St. Louis

Charita L. Castro
314 935-5926
Brown School
Washington University in St. Louis

Jialan Wang
314 935-3561
Olin Business School
Washington University in St. Louis

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Chocolate Caramel Brownies Recipe

  • 1 package (18.25 ounces) chocolate cake mix
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 cup Nestle's Carnation Evaporated Milk, divided
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted
  • 35 (10-ounce package) caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Nestles Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • Preparation

    1. PREHEAT oven to 350 deg F.
    2. COMBINE cake mix and nuts in large bowl. Stir in 2/3 cup evaporated milk and butter (batter will be thick). Spread half of batter into ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
    3. BAKE for 15 minutes.
    4. HEAT caramels and remaining evaporated milk in small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until caramels are melted. Sprinkle morsels over brownie; drizzle with caramel mixture.
    5. DROP remaining batter by heaping teaspoon over caramel mixture.
    6. BAKE for 25 to 30 minutes or until center is set. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into 24 squares.
    Serves Yelds 24 brownies

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    Easter Brownie Fun - Hop To It!

    Put a new spin on Easter; serve brownies in bunny and egg shapes - an easy way to make a yummy impression. Even Peter Cottontail would be proud to deliver these fudge treats!

    Simply bake a pan of brownies using your favorite mix or recipe. Cool completely, then smooth on fudge icing. Bunnies and eggs will practically hop out of the pan when you use comfort-grip cutters. These easy-grip stainless steel cutters have extra deep sides, perfect for cutting shapes from thick desserts like brownies, sheet cakes, fudge and crispy rice treats.

    Decorate brownies using the pastel palette of the season. Create cute bunny faces by piping icing to make eyes, ears, muzzle and tongue. Finish the eyes with candy-coated chocolate pupils and add a jelly bean nose.

    Brownie Bunnies will love sharing the Easter basket with colorful Egg-stra Special Brownies adorned with pink and blue sugar stripes and accents of confetti sprinkles. Everyone will look forward to these springtime treats in their baskets, so hop to it!

    Every few weeks, grocery stores have very brownie mixes on sale for $1...Buy a few boxes.
    I know there are added ingredients, but if you only eat brownies once a month, no harm done.

    Spending $1 for a box and making a pan of brownies (usually all you add is oil and 2 eggs)is actually less expensive than making brownies from scratch!

    And, there are a couple good mixes out there that are just as good or even better than some home-made brownie recipes!

    Toll House Party Mix Recipe


    • 2 cups toasted cereal squares
    • 2 cups small pretzel twists
    • 1 cup dry-roasted peanuts
    • 1 cup (about 20) caramels, unwrapped and coarsely chopped
    • 1 2/3 to 2 cups (11- to 12-oz. pkg.) Nestl Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Butterscotch Flavored or Premier White Morsels


    1. COAT 13 x 9-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
    2. COMBINE cereal, pretzels, peanuts and caramels in large bowl.
    3. MICROWAVE morsels in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 1 minute; STIR. Morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted. Pour over cereal mixture; stir to coat evenly.
    4. SPREAD mixture in prepared baking pan; cool for 30 to 45 minutes or until firm. Break into bite-size pieces. Store in airtight container.

    Yields 8 servings

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