Monthly Archives: July 2009

Gastrokid Glossary – Emulsify

Emulsify is a fancy word for mixing two liquids that don’t want to combine, such as oil and vinegar. While you’ll never get them to blend into each other, you can break them down into tiny bubbles that will approach … Continue reading

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Soft Shell Crab Pasta

While I love soft shell crabs, I’ve always thought of them as single-serving food: one or two crabs per person. And when you’ve got a family of four, that can get pretty expensive pretty fast. The fish guy at my … Continue reading

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Gastrokid Cookbook Analyst Advises: Buy Buy Buy!

When Hugh and I first started this blog we already had a book in mind but we had no idea whether our slightly unhinged idea of documenting our adventures in cooking for our kids from Los Angeles and Cardiff respectively … Continue reading

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Goop Roast Chicken Video

You can’t go wrong with this video from goop.com that shows a good basic technique for roasting chicken. Ms. Paltrow does a nice job of deboning (popularly called butterflying; less popularly called spatchcocking) the bird for speedier cooking then makes … Continue reading

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Gastrokid Glossary – Burrata

This specialty cheese ball takes its name from “burro” which means butter in Italian. Its outside skin is made from stretched mozzarella and its center is filled with fresh cream and unspun mozzarella curds. – Matthew Find more Gastrotips like … Continue reading

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Blue Food

A recent snack requested by 7 year old Violet (appropriately named, it turns out). —Hugh

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Violet Hearts Food

We have a chalkboard in our kitchen for writing menus, shopping lists, shooting gastrokid stuff. I came home the other day to this drawing by 7 year old Violet. It reads: “Favorite Foods: Eggs, Greens, Blues.” She tells me blues … Continue reading

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The Gastrokid Cookbook: Our First Review

Rotterdam-based eco-family boutique and blog Shak-Shaku gets a major shout out for being the first to review the Gastrokid Cookbook. Thanks, Shak-Shaku, for getting what we’re all about. So glad you loved it and for sharing it with your customers … Continue reading

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A Vegetarian Family Feast in a Flash

The other night was proof positive that a regular farmer’s market run, and a smartly-stocked pantry will set you up nicely for that mid-week, what’s-for-dinner panic that besets even the most diligent gastrofamilies. We panicked. We chopped. We ate. Here’s … Continue reading

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Mexican Birthday Cake

Los Angeles and environs spoil us with numerous Mexican bakeries that excel at making what seem like the richest, most colorful birthday cakes on the planet. We were up in Summerland last week for a beachy getaway and bought a … Continue reading

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