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Burnt Hills mother gets a \Thumbs Up for new cookbook

One of her kids' favorite creations that's included in the cookbook is called a "fruit topped muffin." Fitz makes a spread out of cream cheese and vanilla yogurt, puts it on a whole wheat English muffin and finishes it with either apples or strawberries. Smoothies are also a popular treat and easy to make fun, she said.

"I pick up fun, cheap gadgets. I used to buy Zoo Pal plastic knives and let my youngest cut up fruit. At every age there's something they can do to help or entertain," said Fitz.

Fitz takes expanding kids' palettes a step further with her participation in Price Chopper Kids Cooking Club, a free resource for families that comes with a monthly newsletter, three recipes to try at home, video clips of Fitz cooking with randomly chosen Kids Club kids and announcements of when she's out demonstrating. Visit www.pricechopper.com and search under "program signups" to find it. Some of her recipes are also posted online at www.cdparentpages.com under the "Let's Cook" heading in "columns."

Fitz may seem like supermom and master chef wrapped into one, but she said that's not the case.

"I always say I'm not the best cook and I'm not a chef, but I am a mom who thinks the kitchen is a great place to be with your family.""

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