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Chef Spotlight: Donnell Long

by Brian Azzarello | August 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm | comments

Being a home cook who uses a recipe book as often as a whisk (can’t forks do the same thing?), I’ve always been fascinated by what inspires professionally trained chefs to create intricate and innovative dishes, especially ones that are simple enough to create quickly and satisfy many. I recently had a chance to catch up with Chef Donnell Long of the Olde Towne Inn in Maryland to talk about recipe development, family mealtime

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Together Counts Health and Wellness Makeover

by Brian Azzarello | May 24, 2012 at 2:24 pm | comments

We recently partnered with Lifetime Television’s “The Balancing Act” to help a handful of “reality stars” set their fitness and health goals and achieve them! Viewers will get to see all of the hard work, determination and results of our stars’ efforts to reach their goals. You’ll be getting to know our stars this season, so, we wanted to introduce you to them, as you’re sure to be inspired by

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Spring Into Action

by Brian Azzarello | May 10, 2012 at 3:25 pm | comments

Let’s face it; getting the family all together to share regular meals or activities isn’t as easy as it used to be. Balancing hectic work schedules, after school activities and other social engagements with quality family time has become a job unto itself. We at Together Counts understand and have been helping families across the country solve these dilemmas by providing resources to get families enjoying more meals together and moving

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Semi-Homemade Meal Magic

by Brian Azzarello | October 24, 2011 at 3:23 pm | comments

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I was fortunate enough to grow up in New Orleans with a family that gravitated towards the kitchen. I was practically packing meatballs by the age of three and understood the “Holy Trinity” of Creole cooking before I knew the phrase in its original context. Clearly our family loves to cook. While I grew up and made friends from different backgrounds, I quickly learned

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Finding Your Fall Fun

by Brian Azzarello | October 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm | comments

Summer may have ended, but just because you won’t be sporting your swim suit doesn’t mean you should be any less active. With cooler winds ready to replace the summer heat, Fall is the perfect season to enjoy a new outdoor activity. Whether it’s as simple as an early evening walk around the block or as intense as a row on the lake, it’s important to find something you enjoy to

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Together Counts Rewards Healthy Habits

by Brian Azzarello | October 3, 2011 at 9:18 pm | comments

We’re thrilled to share the news that the Together Counts™ campaign has partnered with DailyFeats to reward families who “!eattogether” and get “!activetogether!” Those who register their DailyFeats Together Counts profile can now claim the Together Counts “feats” by sharing their families’ accomplishment and gaining points to win a variety of prizes (city tours, bike rentals, bowling matches, toys, restaurant gift cards, theater tickets and more). It’s as simple as

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Creating a Kitchen Tradition

by Brian Azzarello | September 23, 2011 at 3:30 pm | comments

Growing up in a large and loud Italian family, I quickly learned meals weren’t simply events to feed our bodies before rushing out the door – far from it. Our family would gather as a whole in the kitchen, and each member was responsible for some aspect of the cooking process, start to finish. While the kids took on the mundane tasks of setting the table or rinsing the vegetables

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September Back to School Sweepstakes

by Brian Azzarello | September 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm | comments

The back-to-school season can mean many things for families – new schedules, shopping for school supplies, after school practice, helping with homework – but getting back into a routine doesn’t have to be stressful or come at the expense of family meals and exercise. Instead, look at this month as the perfect time to set new exercise and nutrition goals as a family. Sometimes the activities that minimize back to

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