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Inspiration for mom this time, not the kids


Whenever I have a little free time — you know, all those vast hours of uninterrupted space and time afforded mothers of small children everywhere — one of my favorite things to do is check in with a few of my favorite food blogs. 

I’ve come across a great new bookmark — Chocolate and Zucchini by French foodie, blogger and author Clotilde Dusoulier.

It has nothing to do with helping you feed your kids or getting a healthy meal on the table in 30 minutes or less. It’s just pure enjoyment of food and leisure. I haven’t even tried a recipe yet — I’m still stuck on the gorgeous pictures from her trip to Croatia. Here’s a photo diary from the trip. Amazing.

You can almost imagine what it’s like to be a 29-year-old impossibly chic Parisian food writer (aren’t they all?) lazing about for a week or two on the shores of the Adriatic.

Posted by Katie Ryan O'Connor on Saturday, October 11th, 2008 at 9:35 am |
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A few months ago, we embarked on our most ambitious summer project yet.

An organic vegetable garden in our backyard! We planted tomatoes, zucchini, green chilies, basil, cilantro, peppermint, cucumbers and bell peppers.

To our delight, most (R.I.P cucumbers) of the vegetables survived our less-than-perfect tending. And we had our first harvest last week!bell-pepper.JPG

The kids enjoyed getting their hands dirty and watching the veggies “being born.” But the best part, they say, was popping the cherry tomatoes into their mouths, soon after harvesting them.

The project allowed the kids to make the farm-to-table connection, and they’ve grown a special fondness for yellow bell peppers. Bonus!vegbasket1.JPG

Posted by Swapna Venugopal on Thursday, August 14th, 2008 at 12:32 pm |

Great idea for a veggie sneak


<P>Colleague and foodie extraordinaire Liz Johnson has a great reader-submitted recipe for zucchini pesto on her blog, Small Bites. It looks like a slam dunk for veggie-averse kids — go Montebello mom Daniela Sepulveda! </P><P>I’m going to try it this week and report back. And since we’ve been talking so much about eating cheaply and locally, this could be a hit on both fronts. My local farmer’s market is overflowing with zucchini right now. </P><P>(And I already know the baby will love it — she was the only one to appreciate the fried zucchini “cakes” I made a few weeks ago and devours anything with basil pesto. I guess one out of three isn’t bad!)</P> zucchini.jpg<P>(Poughkeepsie Journal file photo)<P>  

Posted by Katie Ryan O'Connor on Sunday, August 10th, 2008 at 10:10 am |
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Independence found in a spoon


It happened. My darling, little butterball, who until a few days ago ate whatever was put in front of her, has suddenly decided to shake her head and purse her lips in protestation. It started the other day when Zyla, who recently turned one, refused a spoonful of homemade mashed sweet potatoes—the orange spuds she had no problem finishing off from the baby jar—and then this morning with her oatmeal mixed with bananas.537142_11607001-2.jpg

She wouldn’t even try the sweet potatoes, difficult for me since I’m of the mind that you should try something at least once before rejecting it. I find her newfound resolve amusing, but know it won’t be long before frustration sets in. I was inventive though last night when she wanted the penne but not the zucchini and sweet peppers mixed in with it. I wound up hiding the veggies, stuffing them inside the pasta. She fell for it. Score one for sneaky mom, I thought.

As I reflected on that small victory, I realized that there will be countless times I will be called upon to be creative in my daughter’s life. It’s bittersweet for me to witness her budding independence. But I guess that’s motherhood and as she grows, I grow too.

Posted by Marcela Rojas on Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
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Enemy vegetable


It seems a long time ago, but when my oldest son was going through his “I hate vegetables” phase, my husband decided to allow him one enemy vegetable. It’s good to give in once in a while, he said.

That is, until Billi decided he would change his enemy vegetable every day, depending on what was on the menu.broccoli.jpg

His aversion to vegetables changed when we started going to a Chinese restaurant in our neighborhood. The menu included a broccoli appetizer that had sauteed garlic sprinkled over it. Boy! Did he inhale that plate! Soon it was a staple when we ate at the resturant, along with Peking Duck.

Billi’s appetite for vegetables changed after that. His favorites are now spinach sauteed with garlic and dried red chilli peppers, grilled zucchini, and green peas with cilantro and ginger, all of which I happily cook at home.

That makes me wonder if our kids don’t like vegetables because we present them in such an uninteresting way. My theory is that in the West vegetables are an afterthought; something we throw in after we’ve decided what the main menu is. We eat it because its good for us. As adults we understand that, but do kids?

In many eastern cultures, vegetables are a big part of the diet. In India, where I come from, many people are vegetarians and therefore work to make vegetables interesting. We should, too. Maybe kids will then eat vegetables.

Wishful thinking, you say? Give it a try.

Photo by Carucha L. Meuse / The Journal News / LoHud.com

Posted by Hema Easley on Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
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You make it, they eat it, right?

As most parents soon discover, feeding a family is rarely that easy, whether its nursing a fussy newborn or trying to get a hot meal into a squirming toddler (or attempting both at the same time.) And that's not even the days when work runs late, the main course burns, or your adventurous little sushi eater announces from now on she will only eat food that is pink.

As parents ourselves, we've been there, done that, even learned a few tricks along the way. And we're pretty sure so have you. Maybe together we can make eating together as a family -- gulp! -- fun again.

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Hema Easley Hema Easley has been a reporter for The Journal News since July 2002, first covering municipal government and then nonprofit agencies, women's issues and the South Asian and Muslim community in the Lower Hudson Valley. In her previous job, Hema was a correspondent for the Associated Press in South Asia. She lives with her husband and two sons in Orange County.
KatieKatie Ryan O'Connor, a Journal News editor and 35-year-old mother of three, never quite appreciated the work that went into feeding kids until she had to do it herself as a mother. If she had a food-and-kids philosophy it would be something like this: try your best to offer as much healthy food as possible, but sometimes fruits just have to be counted as vegetables and there are far worse things than chicken and spaghetti. Again.
TraceyTracey Princiotta, a 37-year-old mother of one, loves to cook, bake and eat, and is relieved that her son appears to be equally willing to chow down -- even if it's baby food and formula right now. Despite her husband's intense aversion to vegetables, she has high hopes of nurturing a true chowhound who will try everything at least once. And if all else fails, she's not above sneaking veggies into other foods.
Marcela Rojas Marcela Rojas has been a municipal reporter with The Journal News since January 2003. She is a native of Putnam County and grew up eating Peruvian food. She didn't realize until she was 13 that rice did not come with everyone's meal. After several years of living in Los Angeles -- where she grew a fondness for Thai food -- she returned to Putnam County where she now lives with her husband and daughter. Zyla (rhymes with Lilah) just turned 1 in March and, so far (her mother is pleased to note), loves to eat everything.
Swapna Venugopal Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy, a Journal News reporter, started her career as a journalist in 1999 after graduating with a master's degree from New York University. Before joining the paper in 2006, Swapna worked as a municipal reporter for the Home News Tribune in New Jersey, and took a baby sabbatical to care for her two children, now ages 7 and 5. She has currently outsourced feeding her children and husband to her mother, who is visiting from India. Her friend and colleague Katie O'Connor, informs Swapna that she wouldn't mind being fed Indian food by her mother, too.
Randi Weiner Randi Weiner has been a reporter with The Journal News since 1989, having covered police, government and schools in Westchester and in Rockland. An Ohio native and 1976 graduate of Bowling Green State University, she worked for daily newspapers in Ohio and Michigan before moving east. She has tended bar and danced in a beledi troup and sat on the boards of two community theaters. She plays mandolin with the Shamrogues, Connecticuts largest Irish band. Randi lives in Connecticut with her husband and has three children.

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