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Launa Stout
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About the BellaOnline Holiday/Seasonal Cooking Editor

I am just thrilled to be the new editor for the Holiday and Seasonal Cooking site.

To let you know a bit about myself: I’m a mom to six children and a grandma to twelve so you can well imagine that I have done a great deal of cooking. For the past forty years I’ve been cooking up a storm for every holiday imaginable.

I learned so many ideas and tricks for holiday cooking from my mother. For instance on Valentine’s Day we always had pink milk for our cereal and the supper was all pink or red food… beats, spam, and cooked macaroni with tomato soup as the sauce. It wasn’t really that good, but she was trying to make it special. I wanted to make holidays special for my children... So for them we did have the pink milk on the cereal, but I tried to find other pink or red foods to keep with the theme of the day. One year for the meal for St. Patrick’s Day I took the kids to the store and gave them each $5.00. They were supposed to find something green to be part of the meal…this lead to a very interesting, albeit not quite nutritional meal. There are so many really fun things that can be memorable for the family as we celebrate the traditional and inane events.

I have lots of great ideas regarding food for the holidays and am excited to share them with you. Find reasons to gather together in the kitchen to prepare food and share important conversations.

Currently, I live in California so we have fresh produce all year round and I plan to share some awesome recipes for fruits and vegetables and will include some ideas to introduce new foods to your picky eaters.

Cooking seasonal foods can help provide nutrition and enjoyment for your family. Take your kids to a strawberry patch to pick some fruit, then go home and make a strawberry shortcake dessert – they will be thrilled.

Let´s have fun together!

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