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Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe
Michelle Gordon poured rice into a pot in preparation for dinner in her Dorchester kitchen.
Gordon measured water she then used to cook rice.
Gordon chopped vegetables to steam as part of dinner.
Gordon said she often serves steamed broccoli and carrots.
Gordon added fresh onions to a base of store-bought salsa.
From left: John Kolodij and daughters Hollis, 4, and Charlotte, 6, helped prepare Vietnamese Pho soup.
The pantry in the kitchen of the Kolodij family's Newton home.
From left: Ruby, 3, Catherine, Hollis, 4, John, and Charlotte Kolodij, 6, ate the dinner they prepared together.
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