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Transformations

Which farmer's market vegetable can be made into chocolate cake, muffins or pickles and tastes good with eggs, on pizza or in tacos? The zucchini! Its versatility makes it an easy vegetable to add to your family's summer meals. The flavor of zucchini is mild enough to incorporate into cuisines as varied as Thai, Mexican and French. >More
 Mad school cred

"Back to school" means shopping for school supplies. Anthology, a new shop at 218 State St., offers novelty folders, recycled-paper notebooks and a button-making station for personalizing backpacks and tote bags. Among the store's most popular items are attractive folders and stickers from Japan. "I'm not sure if it ties in with the manga culture or if there is just something about Japan that appeals to the preteen," says Laura Komai, Anthology's co-owner. Inventory changes rapidly, but that's part of the charm. "I think there is appeal in shopping at a locally owned store, where the two people who stand behind the register have had a hand in making, selecting, buying and displaying everything," says Komai, adding that Anthology includes items sold on consignment by about 20 local artists. >More
 Arty kids

Madison is justly famous for its bicycle paths, lakes and world-class university. If you ask parents why they love the city, chances are they will name the school system as a reason. But one aspect of Madison that is frequently, and unjustly, overlooked is the wealth of artistic opportunities for children of all ages. >More
 Dine with the kids at Bean Sprouts Cafe in Middleton

Bean Sprouts cafe in Middleton Hills is one of the successes of that community-based architectural gambit. Bean Sprouts caters to parents and grandparents with a cafe that's specifically designed for young children but makes all ages feel at home. >More
 Little Locavores Recipe: Chard Cheese Pie

Rainbow chard's multicolored tones are a distinct advantage over mono-colored vegetables for eye-catching kid appeal. The yellow, orange and red stems and dark green leaves are as bright and colorful as any candy and might just pique the interest of those who travel at eye-level with the farmers' market tables. >More
 Kids Culture Bin

Michael Popke and Linda Falkenstein review David Landau's Live at the Noodle Factory, Antoinette Portis' Not a Box, and several performances coming to Madison in July. >More
 Asparagus: Speedy spears

Make the asparagus eating conditions great at your house by sharing facts about this spear-shaped vegetable with your kids. Plus, try the recipe for Roasted Asparagus with Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce! >More
 Marshal the martial: Martial arts for kids

"There's no such thing as a bad martial art," says Jeff Christensen of Karate America in Verona. "They're all different." And all of them, devotees agree, can change young lives for the better. The trick is matching a school, a style and a discipline to your child. >More
 A guide to Madison-area martial arts styles

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 Culture bin: What's hot for tots in June 2008

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