Dinner Parties

February 4th, 2008

I’ve been routinely shocked at what my daughters 4 year old friends eat when they come to my house for lunch or dinner. Frittata with swiss chard, beet pasta with a poached egg and lamb chops with creamed spinach to name a few recent meals. Now – let’s back up a step. Before they were invited over for dinner each child’s parent told me what a limited diet their daughter had at home and how she only ate nuggets and pasta and maybe a few carrot sticks. Well – once these kids were out of their comfort zone and realized that Maya (my daughter) was digging in with gusto – – they grabbed their fork and chowed down. And lo and behold – liked the meal, asked for seconds and, to a kid, have been talking about it ever since. I’m routinely accosted by Maya’s friend and neighbor asking when I’m going to make them rack of lamb again!

What’s the lesson here? Send them to someone else’s house for lunch or dinner every now and then (when they are old enough, of course). Don’t make any special requests (other than allergies, of course) and see what happens. Maybe they’ll come home hungry, saying that they didn’t like dinner but maybe, just maybe they will have tried a new thing and liked it. Sometimes kids need to fly the nest a bit to experience something new!

-Isabelle

This is our new blog!

February 1st, 2008

This is a new blog – neither Jessie or I have ever blogged before – so stick with us and we’ll do our very best. You’ll find some great recipes and general food tips, some product reviews, some suggestions on kids and mealtimes and just some random musings.

My first random musing is as follows. You know the saying – do what you love and it won’t feel like work. Well – even though we are working quite a lot I don’t feel like I am working. It is such a pleasure for me to meet new people, learn about their kids and families and try to help them in whatever small way we can.

However, the saying has many applications. Try this one on for size: If you make food that YOU love, it won’t feel like work to get your kids to eat it. Think back to a time when you really savored a meal. Then try to recreate that meal for the fam. . . within reason of course. I’ll bet that if the kids see you eating something that you really love – not a protein shake, or an egg white omlette or steamed salmon with veggies – but something really delicious – well, I’ll bet that they try it and probably like it. Maybe not the first time, maybe not every dish. But give it a go.

On a separate note, I highly recommend that you go out and get the book, Dinner with Dad by Cameron Stracher. It’s the story of a Westport, CT father who commits to being home for dinner 5 nights a week for an entire year. It’s a great read and very inspirational. I’ll discuss it further in a later post.