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Worm Food

I have an ongoing battle with my children. No, not the “please lift the toilet seat up when you pee” battle, but the “just try one bite”  battle, which is waged primarily at dinner time. Yes, I know, I shouldn’t be making food a battle ground; and no, food shouldn’t be a control issue; and yes, I should probably be doing the sneaky chef pureed this-and-that in order to prevent …

All doughnuts are not created equal

I don’t like doughnuts. I’ve never fully understood the allure of Krispy Kreme and as for runnin on Dunkin? Nope. Doughnuts are usually too sugary, too puffy, and they sit in my tummy like a big ball, which really needs no extra roundness these days, thanks. But. But then…there’s the Doughnut Plant. Their doughnuts have actual tastes and textures, unlike DD doughnuts, which taste like deep-fried 7-up. If there’s a heaven, they’re …

Maybe ketchup IS a vegetable, and other thoughts on lunch

The SV Mom Bloggers Network had an opportunity a few weeks ago to join a conference call with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about Michele Obama’s new initiative against childhood obesity, Let’s Move.  These two things, plus Jamie Oliver’s campaign to improve children’s diets, has me thinking (again, still) about the lunchboxes I pack every morning. I don’t know about your kids, but mine have a devotion to routine that makes …

What’s For Lunch?

Which would you rather serve to your child? A snack-size package of Cool Ranch Doritos or a small home-made brownie?  A cellophane-wrapped factory made cookie or a home-made cupcake with sprinkles? According to the Panel for Educational Policy (aka PEP, a misnomer if ever there were one), the Doritos and factory-made cookies are “approved” foods, but the bake-sale staples of brownies and cupcakes are so unhealthy that they need to …

Candymonium…in the family!

  This post is a shout-out to my cousin’s wife Beth, who I always knew had a “knack” for candy and sweets (let’s just say that at a family dinner, you always want Beth to bring dessert. Not that she can’t cook other things wonderfully, but just…read on and you’ll see). Beth and Will, my cousin, run Bigtips Candy, too, as well as some other cool ventures, and Beth has written …