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The Gastrokid Scamp of Approval: Whole Foods Lowers Prices on Heritage Chickens

Great news for those who want a superlative chicken in every pot——or slow cooker, or braiser, or grill, or smoker, or wood-fired oven, as the case may be. Whole Foods has lowered their price on Mary’s Organic California Bronze Heritage … Continue reading

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$20 Roast Pork For Twelve

Before spring arrives and has us putting away our braising pots and roasting pans, I thought I’d post perhaps the most amazing and amazingly cheap family feast we cooked this winter. It’s a pork roast inspired by a dish we … Continue reading

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Food Thoughts – Pimenton Addition to Milk Braised Pork

I ate yesterday at the Commonwealth Club restaurant in London and encountered a good, Gastrokid-friendly variation on a dish both Hugh and I love – pork loin braised in milk. In the past we've slow-cooked the pork so that the … Continue reading

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Gastrokid Mac and Cheese

Foodie parents rejoice: at Gastrokid HQ we’ve been working on this an awesome, one-stop, near-Biblical, family food cookbook coming out in August. It’s succinctly titled The Gastrokid Cookbook: How to Feed a Family in a Fast Food World, and it’s … Continue reading

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Cheap and Easy Buffalo Bolognese

Lean, mean, cheap, and easy, this might be our new favorite family pasta. It’s got virtue all around: earth friendly, heart friendly buffalo meat (6 bucks for four patties frozen at trader joe’s); Barilla Pasta Plus spaghetti, with more protein, … Continue reading

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Budget Bruschetta

  The end of a stale loaf of artisanal bread. The bottom of a jar of sun dried tomatoes. The last sliver of a pack of prosciutto. The final handful of grated mozzarella. The leftover chopped tops of wilted parsley … Continue reading

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How to Defuse a Family Meal Tantrum in Six Not So Easy Steps

Aimee calls me at work to see if I’d be home on time for a family meal. It’s a busy day for her and the kids: half days for 7 year old Violet and 4 year old Desmond. A playdate, … Continue reading

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Celery Root “Risotto”

It’s risotto week at GK HQ (see Matthew’s master recent recipe for “leftovers risotto” and mine for a fregola version). To continue with the theme this time it’s a family-friendly, time-sensitive, and budget-sensitive  approximation of a risotto, with a a … Continue reading

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Sunday Night Risotto

Do you ever reach that time on a Sunday evening where you’re looking to put a family meal together but haven’t done a real shop? That’s where risotto comes to the rescue. As long as you have arborio rice, some … Continue reading

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Fregola Valenciana

Here’s an unorthodox Italian-Spanish mash up that works: Toasty fregola pasta (that tiny orzo-like semolina pasta that’s been toasted so that it’s a mottled mix of tiny golden, tan, and brown bb-sized noodles), used as if paella rice and all … Continue reading

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