Salad days

June 2, 2014

Click here to learn why I’m blogging every day this month. Tess was in a stroller the first summer she visited the farm. Six months old, with a sunhat on her head and sunlight on her toes, she watched (and snoozed) as my husband and I and our CSA comrades picked the day’s crops, then [...]

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Extreme blogging, commence

June 1, 2014

Whenever I’ve seen other bloggers write about their participation in blogathons, I’ve broken into a cold sweat. The thought of blogging daily — for a month — has always sounded about as appealing to me as going back to daily newspaper journalism. (In other words: Hell. No.) I’m a little, well, anal, when it comes to research [...]

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Kids’ menus are for coloring on, not eating from

May 14, 2014

It’s been quiet on the blog lately while I wrap up a big project, but I’ve got another Parade piece for you, my latest as a regular contributor. This one is a topic I know strikes a nerve: Kids’ Menus are for Coloring On, Not Eating From. One of my goals with the Parade gig is [...]

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The one change that will drastically improve the food your kids eat

May 6, 2014

If you’ve been reading Spoonfed even a little while, you already know how I feel about artificial food dyes: all risk, no benefit. In this article, my latest as a Parade contributor, I explain how avoiding artificial food dyes leads to bigger change: The one change that will drastically improve the food your kids eat. Perhaps [...]

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Easter candy overload? Don’t eat it — experiment with it.

April 17, 2014

I’ve joined Parade.com as a contributor, which means I’ll be writing regular 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 [...]

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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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