I’ve joined Parade.com as a contributor, which means I’ll be writing weekly articles about food literacy, food advocacy, and challenging the culture around kids and food. I’ll also write occasionally on other topics. And I’ll post each link here.

This is the first, a piece about using all that Easter candy for science experiments (and why that’s better than eating it): Too many treats? 7 fun kids’ experiments with leftover Easter candy.

Also, in case you haven’t yet dyed your Easter eggs, check out my simple tutorial on using natural dyes. Easy peasy. And so pretty.



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Natural egg dyes, simplified

March 28, 2014

The web is awash in tutorials for homemade natural dyes, one more elaborate than the next, with detailed instructions and fancy techniques and killer photography. And kudos to all those kitchen-crafty people who make things so darn pretty. But here’s what we do, egg dyeing at its simplest (with recipes inspired by my friend Kris Bordessa of Attainable [...]

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Have you ever listened to yourself talk?

March 25, 2014

The day after the Super Bowl, I was in a class at the gym, surrounded by fit, healthy women of all shapes and ages. This class kicks our butts every week. It challenges us, makes us feel strong. It’s exhilarating. Except, that day, this happened: As we were gathering equipment and then warming up, the instructor [...]

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Kids aren’t the problem. Parents are.

March 11, 2014

Nearly every week I read an essay or blog post in which the writer, a parent, declares her outrage over no birthday cupcakes in school or no chips at soccer games or (fill-in-the-food-affront-of-the-day). “Let kids be kids!” the argument goes. “It’s just one cupcake… one party… one day a week.” Someone slaps on a link-bait headline, [...]

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So many reasons to love maple season

February 25, 2014

Fake maple syrup bums me out. And not only because it rarely contains real maple. (Most brands are a mix of high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives and artificial flavors.) It’s because maple syrup is perfect just as it is. Naturally sweet, it also retains trace vitamins and minerals, even antioxidants. It’s still sugar, so let’s not [...]

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The mom label

February 20, 2014

This list is making the rounds this week. It features some remarkable food activists, including a couple I count as friends and colleagues. And it was developed with input from another colleague who is a champion of activism and reform at every level. And I don’t want what I’m about to say to diminish them or their [...]

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Birthday party sanity (and yes, that includes cake)

January 15, 2014

Tess turned 10 last month. That means I’ve been hosting and attending kids’ birthday parties for a decade. What a wild ride that’s been. Cakes so electrifyingly bright they could make your hair curl. Drinks worthy of a WTF. Goodie bags that instead should be called sugar bags or gimme bags or keep-Oriental-Trading-in-business bags. And of course pizza, pizza, pizza! But I’ve also seen parties [...]

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A last-minute gift that’s easy but meaningful

December 23, 2013

If you’re looking for a gift that’s quick yet still different and meaningful, consider this: Make a donation to a cause you care about, in the names of people you care about, then commemorate the gift with an ornament that symbolizes the donation. This year, we made a donation to a local food pantry in honor of [...]

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Enough with the kid food

October 11, 2013

When Lunchables alone are a $1 billion dollar business, you know the concept of  “kid food” is out of control. When children’s menus and kid parties offer nothing but junk as the (accepted) default, when veggies are something to be hidden and endured, and “picky eater” is a national bonding cry, you know we’ve all lost our everloving minds. [...]

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The things we keep

October 4, 2013

Our daughter’s Hello Kitty thermos was supposed to be passed along, one of those outgrown things that has no place in our new pared-down life. But then a friend posted a picture of a Hardy Boys thermos she and her husband found while replacing a porch. Maybe it’s because the mod outlines of Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson snapped me back to my own ’70s [...]

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