As WordPress puts it, “Hello, world!” Thanks for taking a moment to visit our little corner of the kitchen.
Who are we? A mama (Lindsey) and her two sons, living a normal, busy, chaotic, fun life in a small-ish town in Pennsylvania. We do the same things that most young families do: we rush out the door to school every morning, play soccer in the backyard, read lots of books, build with Legos, paint, have living room dance parties… and we like food. A lot. We come up with recipes while driving in the car. We look forward to stocking up at our town’s weekly farmers’ market and taking family trips to the grocery store. Our love of good food is a common thread that ties us together, even if our definitions of “good” differ a little: while I hem and haw over curly vs. lacinato kale at the farmers’ market, the boys are usually debating cookie vs. turnover at a nearby baker’s stand. They tend to clutch a gummy bear the way I hold the garden’s first cherry tomato of the year. And while you might catch me swooning over a slice of homemade bread topped with fresh mozzarella, basil and a drizzle of olive oil, my sons are likely to put just as much loving care into making a ketchup, mustard and pickle wrap.
The challenge? It’s more than just “getting them to eat” (as so many of us describe our mealtime goals as they relate to our children)– it’s encouraging them to develop taste preferences that go beyond pizza and macaroni. It’s figuring out how to cook one –just one– dinner that appeals to the whole family. It’s how to prepare healthy, kid- and adult-friendly food when we’ve been out of the house all day, everyone’s hungry, and bedtime is looming. Developing healthy eating habits has been a big focus of mine ever since son #1 started eating solid foods, and as a result, nourishing goes hand in hand with nurturing in this house. You might never find a matching pair of soccer socks in the drawer, but you can count on there being a can of coconut milk in the pantry and fresh veggies in the fridge at all times. (Next challenge: organize the sock drawers.)
5 slices of cheese? Really? Isn’t that a bit excessive? Maybe to those of us who have spent years in the kitchen, or who have even a rudimentary knowledge of nutrition. But to a six-year-old, 5 slices is just right. My older son brought home a tiny notebook from school and, when asked how he was going to use it (as a sketch book? a record of spy observations?), decided to write down a collection of his own recipes. First up: Grilled Cheese, featuring 2 slices of bread, tomato, and 5 slices of cheese. You will soon see that experimentation and creativity are welcome in our kitchen, especially when they occur on paper and can be discussed and revised before a sandwich is left on the stove for 30 minutes.
Without further ado, our first recipe* of this new blog, as written by B:
*FYI, this recipe has not been tested in our kitchen. It is not meant to inform as much as to amuse. Maybe even to inspire you to create a silly sandwich recipe with your child. But, please, don’t cook a sandwich on the stove for 30 minutes.