Monthly Archives: September 2006

The Friday Family Meal: Freakishly Easy Tuscan Feast (plus a microscopic Italian language lesson)

This is one of those meals that teaches kids the very important (and under taught) lesson that dark chicken meat is much more flavorful than breast meat and thus needs much less adornment. It also takes about 17 minutes to … Continue reading

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Nannies Who Lunch….Badly

Could the likes of Gastrokid and our legions of readers (well the couple of dozen anyway) be fueling a new age of parental healthy eating zealotry? That’s the question the New York Times raises today (never one to miss a … Continue reading

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Truffle Oil for Tots

Before foodier-than-thou critics trounce me for suggesting that truffle oil is nothing more than a synthesized approximation of the real thing, I cede the point. That said, it’s an excellent gateway condiment to the real thing when it comes to … Continue reading

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Organic Soy Yogurt, Ick! (a guest post from gastromom Alexandra Zissu, co-author of The Complete Organic Pregnancy)

I don’t know what is wrong with me. I love to eat. I also love to feed. I’ve been excited since I found out I was pregnant about feeding the baby when she was ready. I pictured happy moments pureeing … Continue reading

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Taming the Wild Rice

Wild rice and brown rice have never been favourites of mine – they just seem too…well…healthy for a carb to be honest. Starch in my book means mash, or fries or yummy spanish rice lathered in olive oil, a touch … Continue reading

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A Technique Twist Gets a Kid to Eat His Broccoli

Could technique be the saving grace for otherwise shunned kid vegetables? A recent lazy move led me to this thought. Tired of grilling, but spoiled by the fact that grilling doesn’t raise the temperature of our still hot Southern California … Continue reading

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Damsons in Dis-Dress

Damsons are a fickle fruit. Supposedly introduced to Britain’s shores by the Romans, the mini-plum with the cloudy blue hue (they always look in need of a good spit and shine) has a brief but glorious season – and we … Continue reading

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Wine Tasting for Tots

Okay, not so much tasting as smelling. My kids have witnessed a fair number of glasses of wine swirled, sniffed, and sipped (and quaffed). Of course they’re curious (and of course, at 2 years old and 5 years old we … Continue reading

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Kimchi and Sippy Cups – the Perfect Wedding Anniversary Celebration

It’s our wedding anniversary today (the sixth which we’ve celebrated by buying a rocking-little cast-iron skillet – iron being the gift de ano for this occasion). Rather than spend money on baby-sitters we decided to celebrate en famile masse at … Continue reading

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Awfully Good Offal

Plus a recipe for mushroom and pork ragu I’m grilling a chicken. I take the giblets and sautee them in olive oil with a crushed clove of garlic, a sprig of thyme, a sprig of rosemary. My plan is: chop … Continue reading

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