This Plate has Changed my Life

Is it depressing that a dinner plate has changed my life?  Perhaps.  It might be true that I need to get out more. But anyway, Babyman recently got this plate as a gift.  Now we are going to need several because every (and I mean every) lunch and dinner is served out of it, which translates into yet more washing of dishes during the day.  Yikes. But actually, the dish has had a very positive impact on meal planning in our house.  Specifically, it has given rise to a very toddler-friendly phenomenon I like to call the Pick 'n' Mix Meal.  The beauty of the Pick 'n' Mix Meal is that it can ... [READ MORE]

Eating Organically on “Modest Means”

I liked this little article.  The list of the most important fruit & veg to purchase organically is especially useful. Eating Organically on Modest Means ... [READ MORE]

It All Started with the Avocado…

I realized I have made several references to the Almighty Avocado since starting this blog, so you may already be sensing that I am obsessed.  Avocados are a superfood.  They are packed with nutrients.  They are full of fat, but it’s the good kind, like almonds, or olive oil.  They are creamy and delicious like butter, or cheese.  They require no teeth.   Flashback to Babyman around 6 months of age.  Sure, we’d tried brown rice cereal and sweet potatoes, but it was the avocado that really rang his little gastronomic bell.  This tiny person could take down a  half an avocado, mixed ... [READ MORE]

Dip It!

As previously mentioned, fruits and veggies aren't exactly Babyman's cup of tea these days, which is ironic since our CSA is supplying us with so many vegetables!  I did some reading on getting kids to eat fruit & veg and lots of people recommend smoothies.  (Oh, by the way, this segment on the Today Show caught my ear this morning while I was packing lunches.  I've been buying a lot of frozen berries for the smoothie experiment.  Going to pay more attention going forward.) I've had limited success with smoothies--Babyman wanted nothing to do with the most recent batch and I wound up ... [READ MORE]

Chicken of the Sea

I made fish sticks for Babyman for dinner tonight, which is actually one of my favorite things to cook for him and I don't do it nearly enough.  These fish sticks are one of those enduring favorites that, much like avocado, never seems to go out of style despite his changing tastes. I was going to use white fish (tilapia or sole) but I found myself at the best-kept-secret fishmonger in San Francisco, Gigi's Sotto Mare in North Beach, which is a restaurant with a little fish retail business on the side.  Gigi's just got a catch of wild salmon from the Columbia River, and it was so gorgeous I ... [READ MORE]

Getting Out of the Kitchen

I believe rather strongly in taking children to restaurants.  And I'm not talking about McDonalds.  Real restaurants, with waitstaff and other patrons paying $10 or more for an entree. I remember when I was little and we would go to Georgio's on Clement @ 3rd Ave.  My sister and I would each get a 7up (and only one--no refills) and the family would share antipasti and calzone.  It didn't have to be fancy; it's the experience of dining out that counts. Having a baby sometimes feels like having a lobotomy, but let's be honest, you're still the same person and you still enjoy--and maybe ... [READ MORE]

More on the Floor?

  I went back to work four months ago, a move that coincided with a rather unhappy turn in Babyman’s gastronomic evolution: his transition from happy, hungry baby to picky, mealtime-is-my-battlefield toddler.  The child who once gobbled up anything we put in front of him has developed some serious opinions about what he will eat (“Like it!”) and won’t (“No.  No.  No.”).  In fact, as of this writing, avocado is the only vegetable he will eat in its natural form.  (N.B.: I mentioned this to a friend at a party recently, and he helpfully reminded me that avocado is, in fact, a fruit.  So ... [READ MORE]