Monthly Archives: December 2006

Cuteness Counts

You’re freaking out, thinking: what the heck am I going to buy my little gastrokid this holiday season? How am I going to get them something bright and colorful and kid-friendly without contributing to landfill? You could do worse by … Continue reading

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Somewhat Fast Pre-Holiday Bolognese

For years I subscribed to the Marcella Hazan philosophy of cooking bolognese sauce: cook it slow and low until everything breaks down into an unctuous, meaty, barely-tomato-y, orange-with-fat ragu. She suggests something like 3 or 4 hours. Indeed, things do … Continue reading

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The Monday Market Report: Nutmeg

Having bought the usual round of produce at the market this weekend, with nothing exotic or new or especially useful to report, thoughts turned to the kitchen cupboard and something quite seasonal (though always around): nutmeg. Finding its way into … Continue reading

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Shrimp, Pea and Porcini Risotto for Kids and Adults

Here’s a Sunday supper fave of ours that makes great baby leftovers (especially if you freeze individual portions). The key to great risotto (as you all know) is not just the constant stirring over a medium high heat, so ensuring … Continue reading

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The Gastrokid Holiday Gift Guide: The Panic Edition

Amazon can be ferociousy fast at delivering holiday gifts if you’re willing to pay, hence this guide comprised entirely of culinary toys from their site for the gastrokid on your gift list. Cutting Food Box from Melissa and Doug, $22.98 … Continue reading

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Smart Vegetarians – You are What You Eat?

New research from Southampton University in the UK says that children with a high IQ are more likely to become vegetarians later in life. Well Hugh, I guess that says a lot about you and me….. – Matthew

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Project Pan-Asia Continues: Seaweed + Teriyaki + Tofu

Project Pan-Asia continues in our household, as my wife and I try to break out of our Mediterraneanist ways in the kitchen, hoping to expose our kids to more global flavors. Last time I tried to incorporate a japonesque pan-fried … Continue reading

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Loving Ovens: Real v. Fake

The other day, unbidden, my 5 year old daughter asked if she could cook an egg for herself. Sure, I said. She cracked one into a bowl (i helped her fish out the shell shards). She whisked it herself. She … Continue reading

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A Gastrodad Learns His Limits

Last night I learned that life isn’t what it used to be, that is before kids. I just can’t go off and dive into risky culinary experiments whenever I feel like it. Particularly when the kids need a bath and … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name? – Food Subterfuge For Toddlers

Gastrokid reader, Amy, recently told us how she convinced her kids to eat tofu by calling it Princess Cheese. That got me wondering of the many other fictitious names we come up with to persuade/con our little ones into eating … Continue reading

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