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Life is Short. Make it Sweet.

Friday, August 12th, 2011

I had these lofty ideas of my summer break with the kids, that the boy and I would spend leisurely afternoons in the kitchen while the foodie bebe napped. Of course, it turned out that we’ve spent many days rushing from camp to story time to the pool, and I’m lucky to throw together a quick dinner most nights. But today, we made time for a trip to the store (between the dentist and baseball) and the boy and I finally baked something sweet — a peanut butter pie. For fellow blogger Jennifer Perillo and the unexpected reminder that life is often far too short. Read her post (with tissues handy), and bake something with the people you love this weekend.

peanut butter pie for mikey

the foodie tots bake peanut butter pie

(The recipe for peanut butter cream pie can also be found on Jennie’s blog.)

10 Posts I Didn’t Write in 2010

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Before I pull together my own year-in-review for 2010, I wanted to share 10 posts I didn’t write in 2010, but wish I had. These are posts from the blogs that fill my feed reader, the ones I turn to throughout the year for support and inspiration. If you’re not already reading them, I hope you’ll check them out.

10. Marion Nestle is a must-read on food politics. This post, “Food Corporations Buy Silence from ‘Partners,‘” shows how the food wars are only just beginning, even as the Child Nutrition Act has been signed into law.

9. Speaking of the food wars, a first-grader known as the “Little Locavore” took on Sarah Palin in “Red Carrot’s Anti-Fast Food Guidebook” (at Little Locavores)

8. Organic Gardening Q&A via Good Life Eats — a helpful read if “grow your own” is one of your 2011 resolutions

7. I only got as far as freezer, uh, sauce and vanilla-preserved strawberries this spring, but next year I aspire to Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Strawberry Preserves with Mint and Black Pepper

6. 26 Kitchen Organizing Tips from Real Cooks, at Simple Bites

5. Musings on Feeding Baby from Stacie of One Hungry Mama — especially relevant as the foodie bebe will be beginning solids very soon!

4. Strategies for getting family dinner on the table, and recipe for Mustard and Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin, by Christina of Take Back Your Table for the Rachael Ray blog

3. “School Lunch Reform — Stick a Spork in My Eye” — school lunch reform realities from What’s Cooking with Kids

2. It’s not a blog post, but everyone who cares about kids and/or food should read Chef José Andrés‘ “Food for Thought” talk at the Economist’s The World in 2011

1. “Let’s Ban the Phrase ‘Picky-Eater’” from Spoonfed, one of my new favorite blogs. As you ponder your family’s new year’s resolutions, this is great inspiration: drop the labels, embrace real food, and your kids will follow. Really.

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In the Garden: Fighting Pests with Bugs and Flowers

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Thus far my gardening education has largely been in tidbits picked up via Twitter or around the gardening blogs. I did pick up two books to read, Grow Great Grub and The Gardener’s A to Z Guide to Growing Organic Food. Another Twitter friend also recommended The Garden Primer, which I may turn to next. So I’ve gleaned little bits about companion planting, like that basil and tomatoes grow well together — so I stuck a basil plant next to my cherry tomatoes. And that marigolds help repel pests — so we threw a couple of those in as well.

And, I’ve heard before about how helpful ladybugs can be, so when Tiffany mentioned that she found some at our local garden center, we rushed over to pick some up this past weekend.

I’m pretty sure that all the ladybugs quickly fled for cooler climates (in typical DC fashion we went from frost advisory to 90s and humid in the span of about a week), but it was a fun experience for the boy. He bonded quickly with the little critters, even giving one a kiss… (above right).

They did seem to set in quickly on whatever was eating my basil, so hopefully a few of them will linger around for a while!

And now, 5 links for Friday:

1. FoodieTots around the web: our “Local Potluck Tuesday” was mentioned on the Washington Post; and our kitchen garden experiment was mentioned in “Mom’s Guide to Gardening with Toddlers and Preschoolers” at SheKnows.com.

2. Let’s Move! Some of my favorite chefs (and foodie moms) participated in today’s “Chefs Move to Schools” launch at the White House; read about it in Jane Black’s article at the Post.

3. Farm-to-School: While chefs talk at the White House, DC’s Farm-to-School Network hosted a city-wide “Stawberries and Salad Greens” event in DC’s public and charter schools this week. Erin of Sustainable in the City made my strawberry agua fresca for 160 elementary school kids!

4. Back in the garden, check out this beautiful post on “Here’s What Could Happen if You Grow Tomatoes” over at Raising Foodies. (I’ll settle for the boy *eating* a tomato from our garden, asking for it for dessert would be icing on the cake!)

5. And be sure to visit goodLife{eats} for this week’s Grow Cook Eat round-up, featuring a call for chard recipes. Our CSA starts next week, so we’ll be looking for new chard recipes, too!

5 for Friday

Friday, February 26th, 2010

I have a bad habit of “starring” links in my Twitter feed to share later, and then never getting back to them. (Surely someone out there could create an app that reads those links and sends you back a cliff notes version, right??) So I thought I’d try sharing a few favorite things with you on Fridays, with the caveat that I may not get to it every Friday. But I hope you find it useful and will share anything interesting you’ve come across during the week, too, okay?

  • Health Note of the Week: A new study gives hope that some of the negative effects of exposure to BPA (you know, if you used plastic baby bottles pre-2009, or ever eat food or beverages from a can, or use toilet paper, or … ) may be offset by eating leafy greens and soy. Bring on the miso soup!
  • Food FAIL of the Week: New York City schools have decided that kids can buy pre-approved packaged snacks like Doritos and Pop Tarts at school bake sales, but not homemade treats with all those frightening real sugars and non-trans-fats. It would almost be funny if it wasn’t just so flat-out maddening.  Speaking of bake sales, remember to save the date for the National Food Blogger Bake Sale on Saturday, April 17 — coming to a city near you!
  • timeforlunchLunch Bite of the Week: Moms are getting fired up for Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative, and particularly for getting healthier food into school lunches. Here’s a great post from Ilina at Dirt and Noise.
    (Have you emailed your Congressman/woman yet?)
  • Recipe of the Week: The Jewish festival of Purim is this weekend, and I promised the husband homemade hamantaschen this year. Anyone got a favorite recipe to share?
  • Blog Find of the Week: One of my favorite parenting blogs, Simple Mom, has launched a new food site, Simple Bites. Even better, Simple Bites is edited by one of my favorite foodie mamas, Aimée of Under the High Chair. (Why do I love Aimée? Check out the adorable Pat-the-Bunny cake she made for her younger son’s first birthday.) And there’s the new Simple Organic, too. Love.

Recipe Swap Sunday

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

I find a lot of great new recipe ideas from the foodbloggers I follow on Twitter, and in my daily blog skimming, and instead of just saving them to my own favorites I’ve started a “recipe retweet of the day” to share what I find. For those of you who aren’t on Twitter, here’s what I’ve added to my collection recently:

  • Recipe RT @sugarlaws Salmon with Fennel, Olives and Dill, link {looks amazing!}
  • RecipeRT @Lelonopo “green alien” smoothies, link. {another way to eat your daily greens!}
  • Today’s RecipeRT @RuthDaniels Seared Scallops with Peruvian Parsley Salsa, link {have seafood on the mind!}
  • RecipeRT – A variation on the usual curried butternut soup, link.
  • RecipeRT @jerseybites whole wheat pasta with salmon in pumpkin sauce, delicious and healthy!!, link.
  • RecipeRT @sophiemostly New blog post: Breakfast quinoa with clementines, sour cherries and pecans – Mostly Eating, link.
  • And on the cheeseboard this week, Beecher’s Flagship Reserve & Isle of Mull cheddars.

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