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A do-ahead dinner to make back-to-school smoother

Today at 3:58 p.m.

Those first few weeks when the kids head back to school can be among the most hectic for families. The lazy days of summer quickly give way to crazy schedules, homework and after-school activities. And don’t forget somehow managing to slip dinner into the middle of all that.

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