Can you imagine these little birdies peeking out of a bread basket? Or on the edge of a salad plate? Pretty adorable, right? Like any shaped bread, you'll never get two that look exactly alike, but that's part of the charm.
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In this week's Perennial Plate episode we visit a school garden and take a class on radishes with Ashley Rouse of Georgia Organics, a non-profit that connects organic food from Georgia farms to Georgia families. When Ashley introduced the kids to different types of radishes, including the French breakfast radish, one kid asked: "does that mean French people eat these for breakfast?" It's a very sweet video.
Raising a newborn is a trying experience for any couple. New York Times journalist and novelist Keith Dixon recounts the first year of his daughter's life in Cooking for Gracie: The Making of a Parent from Scratch. Coupling stories with recipes, he describes the ups and downs of starting a family, and of attempting to find peace in the kitchen.
I promise this isn't the usual (vaguely insulting) case of "Here's how to sneak vegetables into your kids' diet!" I've actually been making this moist, fragrant quick bread for years, and not just because it's virtuous. I return to the recipe because it's so flavorful—moist and rich from the carrots and toasted walnuts, not too sweet and fantastic with a steaming mug of Earl Gray.
These turkey and kale meatballs are a big hit with my kids Flannery, three-years-old, and Wyatt, 18 months. It's easy to get in a rut serving kids bland proteins (poached chicken, roasted salmon, sliced turkey...) but these meatballs are full of flavor and they're a great way to sneak a healthy green vegetable into the mix.
These meatballs are moist and tender, the tomato sauce takes on a rich meaty flavor and they are just great over noodles with additional freshly grated Parmesan on top....
Around Halloween, a lot of attention is given to things that go bump in the night. But for a moment, let's consider things that wobble: the Jell-O Jiggler.
Recently, one of the leading debates in food policy pertains to the impact that food advertising has on young children. A recent study by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University demonstrated that children are more likely to desire foods that are advertised with familiar cartoon characters—but these foods are often less healthy than alternatives. McDonald's has come under fire for using similar advertising techniques in their Happy Meals, which experts say are often far too caloric and fattening for small children. So how can change be implemented?
String cheese isn't called cheese, it's called string cheese. For a reason. You're supposed to string it. But there was always that kid on the playground who just bit into it like a candy bar. Who gave him this right to ignore the "string" part? Later on in life, I realized that many people—I knew and respected—were that kid. You mean you could just chomp on it and live with yourself? To me the cheese always tasted better in wispy strands than in big chews. Plus, it'd last longer this way. But I've stopped judging. So tell us, what type of string cheese eater are you? Take the poll! »
This weekend in the New York Times, Shivani Vora wrote about taking her child out to eat, having discovered that many high-end restaurants go out of their way to cater to the highchair set. But it's one thing to wheel the stroller into a pizza parlor; it's another to expect youngsters to behave properly at a formal restaurant. What do you think? Should parents bring their kids to fine-dining restaurants?
Peanut butter and raw fish—two things that sound like they should never go together. Maybe I'll challenge that notion someday, but for now, here are some fun ways to eat peanut butter inspired by the Japanese art of maki rolls, minus the actual fish. It sounds a little more edible than Peepshi, no?
Did every baby attend the same conference on how to propel cereal and get spaghetti everywhere except in their mouths? Babies are professional mess-makers, but a new product may prevent all that. Introducing the Baby Diner, a device that secures plates and bowls to surfaces so they don't get launched in every direction. Even if you don't have a baby or have any interest in this product, the promotional video is worth watching for the montage of chubby-cheeked munchkins getting food everywhere—especially the little girl covered in blue yogurt.
Ronald Howes, a lifelong inventor responsible for creating the Easy-Bake Oven died last Tuesday. Thanks to him, many small hands have baked brownies and cakes by way of a lightbulb. And many stuffed animal tea parties have benefited greatly because of it. Do you have fond Easy-Bake Oven memories?
Aww, cute. CNN has the story of nine-year-old Johnny Di Palma, who makes pizza at his dad's pizzeria, Antico Pizza Napoletana in Atlanta. After opening only four months ago, Antico Pizza has been getting a lot of buzz in the city. The video, after the jump....
ABC's Good Morning America Weekend is looking for kids who share a name with a celebrity chef for a holiday food competition on air. Note: The spelling of the kiddo's name does not have to match exactly (just the pronunciation). [via The Food Section] Related: 'Koodie': Another Term to Describe the Children of Food-Obsessed Parents...
Fooditude is an upcoming food show for kids that covers cooking and nutrition, food science, environmental stewardship, culture and history, and gardening, with the purpose of empowering kids to eat more healthily. Here's an overview of what's to come. Watch the video after the jump....
You've come a long way, baby koodie. ["Ravenous Girl," print available at Plan59, starting at $16] Koodie is a new term making the rounds in the online food space. Coined by Phil Lempert, "Supermarket Guru": koodie: -noun Slang. A kid keenly interested in food, especially eating, cooking, or watching reruns of Julia Child. A kid who has an ardent or refined interest in food; a mini-gourmet; usually trained by one or both parents to have an unusual, and sometimes fanatic, desire to eat unusual foods. Evolution from the now-defunct word foodie. Can my eyes roll any harder?...
Kids Eat For is a database of restaurants that offer free meals or specials for kids. Use it to help you figure out where to save money with your family—or where to avoid being surrounded by kids. It's also available as an iPhone and Android app. [via Neatorama]...