September 2008 Archives

September 2008 Archives

Sneak Peak: Pumpkin Spice Muffins

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From: kricket
Sent: Saturday, September 27, 2008 12:36 PM


Subject: Ask The Sneaky Chef Question

Message: Love your book!   Our family eats a lot of vegetables but I
loved the idea of incorporating even more into our diets--especially
because I love sweets.  I have a toddler that will grow up thinking
that mac & cheese always has an orange puree in it!   Thank you!

My toddler and husband love the chocolate cupcakes and peanut butter
and jelly muffins.   Now that Fall is here I would like to make some
pumpkin muffins/cupcakes--or maybe even a Halloween cupcake. Any 
ideas?  Can I use the PB & J recipe and just substitute the PB for

 How about a cookbook with seasonal recipes? There is so much cooking
and baking happening this time of year.  I would love some healthy

Thanks again for doing such a great thing for us all!


Pickiest Eater on the Planet

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From: Shelly

Ok I have a 4 year old boy who is the pickest eater on the
planet!! Sense he started eating food I have had the hardest time
getting him to eat anything! He can barely handle any meat without
gagging and throwing it up. He hardly eats at all to tell the truth.
Bananas, Strawberrys, Grapes occasionally. He drinks about a gallon of
milk everyday! I give him a liquid vitamin everyday- which is a giant
struggle because it takes horrid.  He wont do gummy bear vitamins,
chewables, suckers or the like. I have tried it all.  And before you
suggest that he might have something blocking foods in his throat we
have done that test horrible test and drank the nasty chalk mixture.
Please help - Any ideas???? Shelly

Season of Change

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Lately there's a feeling to get back into the kitchen.  Our outdoor barbeque has been covered for the season, and it's easily cool enough to cook inside again.  But my urge to cook is coming from more than just the change in temperature. My two girls are back in their school routine, and they seem like they need an extra special touch of "mommy love" from me by the end of the day. It's now that I start to really put all of the extras that I can come with into every lunch I send with them, every dinner they come home to, and every snack that meets them at the door.
When I go to meet their school bus at the end of the day, the leaves around us seem to be hinting about starting to fall. The kid's demanding schedules are again ruling the days, and food seems to have  retaken its primary role of feeding their souls, as well as their bodies.

I watch all of the neighborhood kids around me, and it's obvious that transitions can be hard on them, even if they're confident like my daughter, Sammy. The first days of school can bring out snarls and growls and sometimes mysterious bad moods.  I've learned that responding with a barrage of words can be less effective than giving them a bit of space to relax, and bowl of warm soup to help them find their center again.

Plates of warm, sneakily enhanced chocolate chip cookies get devoured in the neighborhood in a matter of minutes, and the effect on the kids is wonderful. I remember that feeling when we were kids–playing hard, and my mother somehow knowing that we were hungry, even if we weren't aware of it, then magically appearing with a plateful of warm, delicious treats that made us feel so good inside. But it wasn't the food–I think mostly it was because she knew something about us that we weren't aware of ourselves, and we knew that she was always there, looking out for us.
Warm, nutritious foods, delivered at just the right moment, made us feel safe and happy and cared for, and there are few gifts I now enjoy giving as much as healthy, deliciously homemade treats for everyone around me.

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