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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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The Gastrokid Holiday Gift Guide: Part One

With only about 8 business days left on the calendar to buy, wrap, and ship presents, Matthew’s last post just about put me in a panic. So in the Gastrokid spirit of infinite riffs (and in the spirit of the … Continue reading

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Cuddly Vegetable Gifts – Giving Your Baby Gastrokid Something to Chew on

I filed this under hardware but it should really be software. Need to add another cuddly toy to that overflowing menagerie of bears, birds and pandas cluttering up your living room? Well, why not go vegetarian this holiday season and … Continue reading

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Chop Talk

My wife scored all sorts of cool things at my daughter’s school fundraiser. Not only did she get that awesome salty seaweed we’re now addicted to, but also these very cool chopstick clips called Fun Chop Chopstick Helpers. It’s basically … Continue reading

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A Silent Smoothie: is there such a thing?

Every morning, my lovely wife makes amazing, satisfying, sustaining, foundational fruit and yogurt smoothies that I’m certain keep our family in good health, low cholesterol, and generally decent spirits. (Check out our smoothie strategies on this earlier post). But the … Continue reading

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Shock Box

Terrify your righteous foodie friends by sending your kid to school with this Wonderbread Sandwich container. The anti-artisanal design has a certain contrarian appeal. All the better if you load it with a mortadella and roasted pepper panini on ciabatta. … Continue reading

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For Baby. For Bubbly.

My kids are too old for this, but for some time I’ve been trying to come up with an excuse to buy one anyway. I asked myself: How does one justify spending over 500 dollars on a high chair? I … Continue reading

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Sushi Chef Training Set

Beyond California Rolls, much of the world of sushi and sushi prep is off limits to kids (too raw! too challenging to the palate! too sharp!). But the sushi set from the awesome toy company Melissa and Doug allows them … Continue reading

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Thinking Outside the Lunchbox

Dora the Explorer and Sponge Bob Square Pants lunchboxes are all well and good, but what could be cooler for school than a multicolored melamine bento box? Speaking of sustainable (never a non sequitur these days), the separate washable compartments … Continue reading

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It’s 10 O’Clock. Do You Know Where Your Knives Are?

Knife check—one, two. Knife check—one, two. While our risk-averse five year old daughter has spared us the worries of cutlery containment, my two year old son, with all his hardware fascination and exploratory ambition, is making us reassess our knife … Continue reading

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