Families In the Kitchen Cooking Together #Refresh2014

Looking back at the past year, I realize that when it comes to setting goals and resolutions, 2013 might be hard to top.  At this time last year, I was getting ready to speak at the Cookbook Conference in New York City, a first for me. By July, I was hosting my own conference, the Food and Wine Conference in Orlando. Since then, there have been numerous speaking engagements, campaigns and partnerships that I could only have dreamed about just two years ago.

Our Sunday Supper Family continued to grow in leaps and bounds. We reached our highest audience ever on the week we hosted Sara Moulton around the family table, over 3 million followers. We continued to add leaves to our family table to accommodate our growing virtual family and were thrilled to launch our new on-line magazine during a special two year Anniversary Event. It was an honor to announce Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez as our Sunday Supper Movement Online Editor-in-Chief.

Yes, 2013 will be a year that I will never forget. I know that these goals would not have happened without the support of my family. As you can imagine, when you have a year that you set high goals, time together as a family is cherished more than ever. They have inspired me to go after my dreams every step of the way and those are the moments that I will never forget.

As we ring in the New Year, I am happy to announce that we are partnering with HSN to continue our mission of bringing families back to the table. Our goal for 2014 is to inspire families to not only spend time around the family table but to actually have fun cooking together. HSN is giving away 15 prize packs valued at up to $500 to inspire you in the New Year, and 3 will include a great array of kitchen tools and equipment to get you and your family cooking in the New Year! Check out the #Refresh2014 Pinterest board and enter here.

Here are my top 5 tips to help you cook together with your family and have fun in the kitchen:

1. Shop Together – Our family loves to wake up on a Saturday morning and head to our local Farmers Market. Many weeks we are inspired by local fish, fresh cheese, gorgeous breads and beautiful produce.

Farmers Market Artisan Bread

 2. Let Everyone Take Turns — choosing their favorite meal. You will be surprised how everyone loves to get in the kitchen when they have a say in choosing their favorite cuisine. When our daughter is home from college, she loves coming up with fun and unique salads. This Red Cabbage Citrus Salad was a huge hit.

Red Cabbage Citrus Salad 2

 3. Break the Rules — Every once in a while, it’s okay not to sit in the kitchen. This is especially true at our home during football season. We tend to go a little more casual. Crock Pot Meals are perfect for Game Days! It’s a toss up between Spicy Portuguese Pulled Pork and Teriyaki Pulled Pork.

Football Sunday Teriyaki Pulled Pork #SundaySupper

4. Recipes Inspired by Travel or Favorite Restaurants — I had the opportunity to travel quite a bit this past year. It was so fun coming home and recreating some of my favorite recipes from my travels and letting my family see different areas through food. This recipe for Stone Crab Scampi came about after we enjoyed our local Stone Crab Festival. We couldn’t wait to try making stone crabs at home.

Stone Crab Scampi #SundaySupper

 5. Gather Family, Friends, Neighbors, and Teammates– It’s amazing how much fun it is to cook for a crowd. Reis’s Stop Light Salsa was the hit of our Cinco de Mayo Party.

Assembly line prepping for our Cinco de Mayo Party

Most importantly — create memories that will last a lifetime in 2014! We had so much fun in the kitchen with Vo-Vo making Chorizo Bread and listening to stories of baking when she was young and lived in Portugal.

Chorizo Bread

What are your tips for getting your family cooking together in your home? Make 2014 the year that your family cooks together as a family. Keeping your New Year’s resolutions has never been so rewarding! We’re giving away 15 prize packs valued at up to $500 each to inspire you in the new year. Check out the #Refresh2014 Pinterest board and enter here.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by HSN, all opinions are my own.


  1. says

    Wow! What a big year you have in store for 2014! And how great to be a part of another campaign to get families cooking and sharing meals together. It’s wonderful to see your partnership with HSN and glad to see such a company get behind the basic fundamentals of a family meal.

  2. says

    This is an exciting endeavor! Yes, 2013 was an amazing year, but I have no doubt that 2014 will be even better. I love the central idea of getting families cooking together in the kitchen, as well…I think that is such an important way to connect and stay close. I love all of your tips, and whole heartedly agree.

    One of my tips? Break out the cookbooks! My kids have always loved pouring through them to look for ideas and things that they want to try making (and eating).

  3. says

    I love love love your goals Isabel! I wish we had a farmers market that sold bread like all that goodness you have going on. One of my fondest memories of trying to tackle motherhood was when Boo was just at walking age, I brought her to a local farmers market and she helped me pick out each and everything I chose, she was so happy helping me and I’ll never forget the moment, thank you for remind me that I MUST do this more often! I also can’t wait for her to be able to pick a favorite dish besides Mac N Cheese LOL! :)

  4. says

    Love your top five tips. That is where so many of my memories have been made with my family, in the kitchen, sharing food together. Looking forward to a fabulous 2014!!

  5. says

    I’m with Heather–breaking out the old cookbooks–while I have my own collection, this year I plan to delve more into my mother-in-law’s old cookbooks. A few were given to me when she passed, and I know hubs loves it when I prepare foods his mom used to make!

  6. says

    My kids no longer live at home so we plan meals together. This year my son’s girlfriend wants me to teach her how to cook so we will be breaking out the cookbooks and finding things that we can all cook together.

  7. says

    I am definitely with you – cook with a crowd! Some of our best times are spent in the kitchen together…making a batch of fresh pasta together…chopping vegetables, drinking some wine…it’s such a great social setting (and tasty too)!

  8. says

    Wow 2013 will be hard to top but I imagine 2014 has a lot of amazing surprises in store for you. Since my daughter is only 2 getting her involved isn’t much right now. But it is a passion of mine that I can’t wait to full unfold as she gets older. Even now she loves “helping” me in the kitchen. I bought her a special stool that she knows she is allowed to scoot over to the kitchen counter and I give her things to help stir. I often fill small bowls filled with the ingredients already portioned out and she gets to throw them in to a larger mixing bowl. Allowing her to help in smalls ways while she is young is what I hope will help keep her interest in the kitchen as she grows.

  9. says

    What an AMAZING year you had in 2013! And I am sure your 2014 will be another fantastic year! :-) I love all your tips! My kids are still very young, but we already go to do groceries all together and choose our meals together. :-) My 4 year old is particularly keen of doughs and when I make pasta, she’s always helping! 😉

  10. says


    Congrats on having such an awesome 2013. I know 2014 is going to be another great year for you.

    I love the tips! In the last few years we have had Farmers Markets popping up all over the place. My oldest daughter and I have enjoyed shopping them together. This year we have a new strawberry & tomato U-Pick farm that just opened. I am planning a trip with all three of my granddaughters to pick strawberries. I can’t wait to see their smiling faces. They are going to have a blast. I may attempt strawberry freezer jam with the two oldest so I can pass on my love of canning and preserving to them.

  11. says

    I am so happy for you and proud of your accomplishments in 2013. 2014 is going to be another amazing year for you, Isabel!

    These are excellent tips for getting the whole family involved! My favorite suggestion is about creating memories. The moments with family (and the photos that captured those moments) are precious and years from now they will be even more special. Cheers!

  12. says

    I love these tips! It is so important to keep our families together, especially in this busy (and getting busier) world we live in.
    I love coming together with my family in the kitchen, laughing, cooking and spending time.
    Great article!

  13. says

    Love the 5 rules and one I think is most important is to involve everyone. The kids can get a sense of achievement and the spouse can feel part of the action. Everyone can take pride in the finished meal — cathy

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