America Makes Dinner
A huge THANK YOU to all the chefs, celebrities and family foodies who worked with us on America Makes Dinner to create delicios, affordable, and healthy family dinner meals!
Take a moment to learn a little more about the people behind the recipes:
Shauna and Daniel Ahern
Shauna and Daniel Ahern are the couple behind Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef. Shauna has shared her story of celiac disease with the masses and is the author of Gluten-Free Girl: How I Found the Food That Loves Me Back... And How You Can Too, and together they have brought us the cookbook, Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef: A Love Story in 100 Tempting Recipes.
Kristy Bernardo went from the VP of a large company to stay-at-home-mom overnight. Mourning the delicious restaurant food she and her husband were accustomed to, she became determined to teach herself how to prepare the same delicious meals she craved and loved. A short six years later, Kristy is a top food blogger, owns a successful business as a personal chef and teaches cooking classes to both children and adults. You'll find all types of recipes on her site, The Wicked Noodle. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband Alan and two little girls.
Chef Floyd Cardoz
In 1998, Chef Floyd Cardoz opened Tabla in the historic Flatiron District with restaurateur Danny Meyer and Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG). In January 2007, Floyd received the first-ever "Humanitarian of the Year" Award from Food TV and Share our Strength in honor of his continued commitment to community engagement. He is a James Beard Foundation Award nominee and executive chef at New York City's North End Grill.
Tom Colicchio and Maria Hines
Tom Colicchio co-founded the Grammercy Tavern in New York City and is well-known for his role on Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars. He also is founder and owner of Craft restaurants. In 2010, Tom was awarded The James Beard Foundation’s coveted “Outstanding Chef” award, the culmination of his 30 years of hard work in the restaurant industry.
Winner of the 2009 James Beard Award for Best Chef Northwest, Maria Hines has been turning heads and palates on the national culinary scene since she took the helm at Earth & Ocean in 2003. In 2005, she was named one of Food & Wine Magazine’s 10 Best New Chefs. Hines opened her own restaurant, Tilth, in September 2006. She is a board member of the PCC Farmland Trust and a founding member of Seattle Restaurant Week.
Crockin' Girls: Jenna and Nicole
The Crockin' Girls are Jenna Marwitz and Nicole Sparks, two moms who love the small town life in Texas, and have amassed a large and loyal following. Their are lots of reasons they think slow cooker dinners are great for family dinners - Jenna and Nicole say, "It frees up time that I would normally have to spend in the kitchen and allows me to get down on the floor and play with them!" and, "There is nothing better than putting together a meal for your family and not have to stress about walking in the door and saying 'What am I going to fix for dinner?'"
Laurie David and Kirsten Uhrenholdt
Laurie wants to help America’s overwhelmed families sit down to dinner in her book The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time. The Family Dinner is an inspirational, practical - and, of course, green - guide to the most important hour in your family’s day: dinnertime.
Cara Eisenpress is the co-author of In the Small Kitchen. She cooks and writes at Big Girls, Small Kitchen and edits at Small Kitchen College, the go-to site for undergrad foodies. She also works as a freelance food writer and recipe developer. You can follow Cara and Big Girls, Small Kitchen on Twitter (@BGSK) and on Facebook.
After making a pledge to cut out processed food from the family diet for 100 days, Lisa Leake and her husband continue to share their day to day journey and real food tips so others can join in. It's all on their blog, 100 Days of Real Food. The site received the 2011 Babble Reader's Choice award for Mom Food Blogger and was recognized as a top Healthy Eating Blog by Fitness magazine and Shape magazine.
Peyton plays Emma Ross in the Disney Channel comedy series "Jessie." List most recently starred in the comedy "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules." List will reprise her role as ‘Holly Hills’ in the feature film “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.” Born April 6, 1998, Peyton enjoys seeing Broadway shows, reading, dancing and directing home movies with her friends. List is also a StarPower Ambassador for Starlight Children’s Foundation.
Sierra McCormick currently plays Olive Doyle on the Disney Channel Series A.N.T. Farm. In 2007, Sierra beat out thousands of other kids and became a regular classmate on the popular FOX series “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?” She has worked with Miley Cyrus on Disney’s Hanna Montana, and on ABC, playing supportive daughter to sex surrogate, Jane Lynch, on David E. Kelly’s Boston Legal. Sierra has been nominated for a Kid’s Choice Award, People’s Choice Award, and is winner of the Family Television Award.
Chef Holly Smith
In 1993, Holly moved to Seattle and accepted a position with Tom Douglas at the Dahlia Lounge. Holly was sous chef at Dahlia Lounge for 4 years. In 1999, Chef Tamara Murphy encouraged Holly to become a part of the opening of Brasa. She spent that year as sous chef, leaving to open Cafe Juanita in April of 2000. Holly won 2008's James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Northwest. In 2011, Holly and Cafe Juanita were nominated for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef and Outstanding Restaurant. Holly was honored again in 2012 to be nominated for Outstanding Chef in the US.
Chef Alli Sosna
Chef-preneur Alli Sosna is a passionate advocate of teaching children in underserved neighborhoods about healthy eating and healthy living. As DC Central Kitchen’s executive chef based at Walker Jones Education Campus, she was instrumental in developing their pilot school lunch and nutrition education program that was awarded “Best School Food in America” by acclaimed chef Alice Waters. She currently works with Fitbound's summer cooking school to teach kids how to cook and eat healthy and is opening Pine Restaurant, a benefit corporation, in 2013.
Haile Thomas is an active 11-year-old from Tucson, Arizona. From a young age Haile developed a deep passion for cooking. She is the lead host of Kids Can Cook, the exciting online cooking show that aims to empower kids with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to prepare healthy meals for themselves and their families.
And a special thanks to our amazing food photographer, Lara Ferroni, who provided excellent recipe advice and food styling and made these dishes look as great as they taste!
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