Spinach and Wheat Berry Salad with Miso-Gomashio Vinaigrette

A Zen philosopher once stated, now is all we really have. Each day my son grows older, I marvel at how his personality is developing and am reminded of the importance of savoring each moment. At two he is charming and has a lovely sense of humor. He loves jumping in puddles, numbers, avocados, raspberries, and… Read More

Low-Tech Parenting & Miso Tahini Soup

[Media is] the biggest competitor for our children’s hearts and minds. -–Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, Pediatrician  Last month the New York Times had an interesting article titled, Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent. In it, the author writes how Steve Jobs—along with a number of other technology chief executives and venture capitalists—significantly limited his children’s… Read More

Kale and Sweet Potato Soup

Apparently, beginning at around the age of two, children suddenly express very strong opinions about food. They also can be a bit quirky about it, insisting on having the same food at every meal—for weeks—and then suddenly refuse to eat it, only wanting something else as their “new favorite”. My son, aged two, is going… Read More

Family Traditions

Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world. —Susan Lieberman I love the opening song Tradition for the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof. In the song, the main character, explains the roles of each social class (fathers, mothers, sons,… Read More

Petit Appétit: Purées

Purées Below, I’ve listed purées that I enjoyed making for my little one when he started eating solids. Although he eats foods with more texture now, I still make and feed him quite a few purées. Partly because he still only has four little teeth and also, besides using them as first stage baby foods,… Read More

Mini Banana Apple Bran Muffins

With all the flavor of a big muffin, these mini muffins fit nicely into little hands, and big ones too.  As a mother aspiring to raise a “Petit World Citizen,” I was happy to accept a recent invitation to a morning café with French speaking mothers and their children. As my French speaking ability is far… Read More