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Zester Daily contributor Sally Sampson is the founder and president of ChopChop Kids, the nonprofit publisher of ChopChop, The Fun Cooking Magazine for Families. ChopChop, named 2013 publication of the year by the James Beard Foundation, is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Sampson is the author and coauthor of 23 cookbooks, including "ChopChop: The Kids Guide to Cooking Real Food With Your Family," "The Olives Table" (with Chef Todd English), "The $50 Dinner Party" and "Souped Up!" Sampson is a member of the board of directors for Action for Healthy Kids, and a food day advisor to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

She is a contributor to the New York Times’ Motherlode Blog with her Picky Eater Project. She has contributed to Bon Appetit, Food and Wine, the Boston Globe and Cooks Illustrated. She previously owned From the Night Kitchen, a cafe in Brookline Village, Massachusetts.

Sampson is a member of the board of directors for Action for Healthy Kids, and a food day advisor to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

A few tweaks can give a packed lunch more appeal. Credit: Copyright Carl Tremblay

Do you pack school lunches for your kids? Do those lunches come home uneaten? Even the most well-intended lunches sometimes get rejected. Here are seven tips

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Summer recipes are a good chance for kids to learn some simple cooking techniques and help out in the kitchen. Credit: Copyright Carl Tremblay

Summer break gives kids more time to spend in the kitchen, but sometimes it's just too hot to be near the stove. These seven

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Frozen fruit-salad pops are a perfect outdoor treat. Credit: Copyright Carl Tremblay

It's stone fruit season! Stone fruit includes peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots and cherries, all those summer tree fruits with a pit in the center.

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To make this sandwich even healthier, substitute lettuce leaves for the bread. Credit: Copyright Carl Tremblay

Summer is on the horizon, so enjoy the short-sleeve weather and spend some time eating outside. Yes, we're talking  picnics. We've got eight recipes to help

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Not leaving town for a spring break vacation? No worries! We have soups from around the world that will help your families explore seven different cultures -- all from the comfort of your own kitchen. Credit: Copyright Carl Tremblay

It's officially spring and many families will soon be traveling on spring break vacations. Not leaving town? No worries! We have soups from around

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Main photo: Kids love making smoothies -- for breakfast or an afternoon snack -- because they’re quick and easy, and can be made in so many delicious options! Smoothies can also be made in advance and carried in a travel-friendly water bottle or insulated drink container. Credit: Carl Tremblay

Everyone knows that traveling with kids means traveling with snacks. Snacks can help rescue your children from hunger and the ensuing crankiness. Trust us,

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Several weeks ago, I read -- and reread -- Pete Wells' column in The New York Times "Cooking with Dexter: Busy Signals." Wells is

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