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March: Mardi Gras! Time for a Little Cajun Jambalaya

When the season of Lent arrives, families who observe it more stringently will be incorporating dietary limits that can make those 40 days feel more like 400. The big items on the Lenten food hit list? For Catholics, it's meat on Ash...
With New Orleans being the hub of Mardi Gras celebrations in the U.S., we focused our monthly family cooking foray on that region's signature cuisine: Cajun food.

Anxiety Still Rampant in Hurricane Katrina Kids, Study Says

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu talks about the city's recovery and future in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 19. Credit: J. Scott Applewhite, AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A startling number of Gulf coast area children displaced by Hurricane Katrina still...

Celeb Clan Close-Up: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Maddox Hit the Super Bowl

Angelina Jolie, Maddox Jolie-Pitt and Brad Pitt are seen leaving Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Credit: Alexander Tamargo, Getty Images
Super style: Forget the Saints. Or the Colts. Or whoever it was playing in...

Mardi Gras With Your Family - Links We Love

The celebration of Mardi Gras-like celebrations can be traced all the way back to the time of the Romans, brought to America by French settlers who landed in Louisiana. Mardi Gras, which literally means Fat Tuesday, marks the end of the Carnival...

Brad Pitt Hates Paparazzi - Says Family Makes Him "Rich"

About once a year Brad Pitt sits down with the annoying Ann Curry of the Today Show for a grilling about both his professional and personal life. Papa Pitt is ready and eager to talk about the professional side of things--he's currently promoting...

DailyDish - Monopoly still the king of board games

With multiple players, varying levels and thematic design, Monopoly is a game that can be enjoyed by the whole family, even young children....

How old is too old for trick or treating on Halloween?

My father, who's birthday is on Halloween (lucky guy!) would tell you that you're really never too old to celebrate Halloween. His love for the holiday is probably the reason Halloween is my favorite day of the year. That said, we've all opened...

Reese Witherspoon teaches for a day

Reese Witherspoon made a surprise visit to a group of students at a New Orleans school where she performed teaching duties for the day. The star paid a visit to the Children's Defense Freedom Fund School in New Orleans, Louisiana where children...

Did Brad and Angelina tie the knot?

Can you imagine being Angelina Jolie and trying to plan a quiet, intimate wedding? Can you say impossible? Brad and Angie don't seem like the types to shy away from a challenge, however, and they may have actually pulled it off. OK! magazine is...

Pregnancy 2, electric boogaloo

Well, if there is one thing I have to say about the second round of pregnancy, it's that those digital pregnancy tests really work. I mean, they're accurate. Say what you will about the faint blue line, but when I forked over what seemed like a...

Best travel guides for families?

So, ParentDish readers, I have a question for you! I've been thinking about it and researching it, but I haven't been able to determine which (if any) of the travel guides is best for families. So I pose it to you--which is your favorite travel...

Have baby, will travel--planning our first real vacation as a family!

Well, the heat is on. My husband, new son and I are planning our first major vacation together, and we're all really excited. Sure, we've traveled to see family in the past, but that was different. That was fun, but that was family. There's a...

2008: Year of the positive resolution!

The other day, I think it was in a magazine, I read something about resolutions that stuck with me. They tend to be negative--lose weight, stop smoking, lay off the cupcakes and booze, that kind of thing. Rarely do they direct us to love, enjoy or...

Elvis and Lisa Marie Presley sing a duet

I am a big Elvis Presley fan and have been keeping my eye on his daughter, Lisa Marie, for quite some time. She looks a lot like her dad and has a great voice, but somehow she hasn't managed to hit the big time with her music career. While...

Nicolas Cage and son create comic book

I am a big fan of actor Nicolas Cage. He's not traditional Hollywood leading man material, but that is exactly what I find appealing about him. I imagine if I ever actually met him, he would be as quirky and interesting in real life as he is in the...

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