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My Vegetarian Family

Jan. 3, 2011 12:41 pm 
Updated: Sep. 6, 2014 5:16 pm
I have one resolution this year - to purchase a new freestanding range - cooktop with oven. I don't know what  I want, besides having a slight preference for gas and a great need for a good oven. We also make a lot of pizza (once per week). I have been looking on the internet for the last two… MORE
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Apr. 8, 2009 4:38 pm 
Updated: Nov. 20, 2010 4:59 am
I swear, he used to eat vegetables. Now all he wants to eat is pasta and burritos. He says the braces make it (1) impossible for him to eat anything except those two "food groups" and (2) impossible for him to eat with his mouth closed. I had braces. I know neither of these is true. but how… MORE
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Mar. 5, 2009 2:36 pm 
Updated: Mar. 7, 2009 2:05 pm
Still working on getting more fruits and vegetables into the kids diets. I have been more diligent about including at least one serving of fruit or veg at all meals (one at breakfast, two at lunch, two at dinner).   That still means we need more. So… I have been working on evolving the… MORE
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Jan. 22, 2009 12:34 pm 
Updated: Jan. 22, 2009 1:54 pm
This week I tried hiding the vegetables in familiar foods. First I tried something I used to do when cooking for preschools: I ground up steamed carrots, and added the puree to a red sauce. This works remarkably well. I am regretful that I have not been doing this all along. Somehow I lost the… MORE
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Jan. 12, 2009 12:40 pm 
Updated: Jan. 15, 2009 2:36 pm
Last night at dinner, my mother told us (me, Tom and the our two kids) that she believed my siblings children ate more fruits and vegatables than mine did - and ours is the vegetarian family. At first I spluttered and flailed for reasons why this is not true - my mother lives in Texas and does… MORE
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About Me
I started cooking working alongside three generations of my Greek family on the Gulf Coast of Texas. My cooking experiences include creating seasonal menus for preschools, owning a catering company, and developing recipes for children with phenylketoneuria. We get a farm share in the summer, and I love cooking spontaneously based on what I find in the box each week. In general these turn out to be Mediterranean-style dishes, like my chard recipes. I also have an edible garden with herbs, berries and figs. And a small sunny spot for zucchini and tomatoes. That usually means we have times when we are eating one thing every day for weeks during the harvest. I am always looking for new ways to use figs and zucchini. I have worked for Allrecipes since the days of I love my job.
My favorite things to cook
We get a farm share in the summer, and I love cooking spontaneously based on what I find in the box each week. In general these turn out to be Mediterranean-style dishes, like my chard recipe.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Cooking with my family is my favorite tradition. I involve my family in the process including planning, shopping, and cooking. My eldest child, Eamon has many ideas for meals and snacks. These are usually dishes that that he loves, and I have made only once or twice because of the time involved. However, he really loves Olive Puffs. He made several batches, froze them, and then I helped him bake them for parties throughout December. He was happy with the results, and even took them to a school party. I think the teachers ate them. This weekend, my 3 year old and I made pizza dough. He loves the mixer. His contribution consisted of adding scoops of unmeasured water and flour to the bowl. He loved this. Luckily he only partially filled the 1/8 cup measure each time, allowing him to add many scoops while not changing the proportions much. Later he mixed shredded cheese, flour, and salt (he loves the salt shaker) in a cast iron pan while I prepped the pizzas. The kitchen was a mess.
My cooking triumphs
Learning that the simplest recipes are usually the best. OK - really - I think I make a terrific fig jam. My hummus is also pretty tasty. Both of these recipes use fewer than 5 ingredients. See, simplest is best.
My cooking tragedies
Too many to count - bread not rising, bread rising too much; jam never setting up, jam burning - you get the picture.
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