Learning to cook … one kid at a time

small style July 28, 2011

Filed under: Small Style — gastromami @ 6:35 am

I love my daughter

but I have to admit that the thought of all those cute boy clothes remaining boxed up (for a couple more years)

makes me a little sad.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m loving my endless quest for  cute girl clothes but there is something that I just really love about a classic boy look.  You know, the “throw on a pair of pants and t-shirt and look cool” look that boys either have or don’t

(and, being his mother, I believe my son “has”)

Cubs hat:  hand me down from cousin Sergio

Red face:  compliments of the East Coast Heatwave

Amber necklace:  Inspired by Finn via Green Baby Bargains

“Hola” t-shirt:  Tea Collection, gift from his Tia Lindy (and her boat)

Shorts:  Gymboree (size 12-18 months from last summer – skinny kid!)

Shoes:  Keen (Zappos)

Duck Whistle:  Ride the Ducks, Philadelphia

I’ve been wanting to link up for Small Style at Mama Love Papa for months now but was unable to get my act together

I snapped this picture of Ren on my iPhone during a Starbucks/BigJumpsMama! date the other day and couldn’t resist how cute he is looking; even though the evidence of “boy no longer baby” is clear as day and, I must admit, makes me a little sad


Wheatberry Salad with Beets July 25, 2011

Filed under: Recipes,Uncategorized — gastromami @ 3:39 pm

I’m still on the wheat berry kick.

The nutty, chewy flavor of this little wonder-grain has me hooked!

Plus, nothing is better during the summer than just pulling out a cold, yummy salad from the fridge for lunch – especially when it’s a day or so old and all the flavors have melded together.

My mom mentioned that she pulled a few beets from the garden this week and I must say, the most appealing part of our next month in Erie will be raiding their massive garden for every meal!

After apartment living with not so much as a basil plant to call my own I can not wait to gather fresh eggs, tomatoes, cilantro, peas, broccoli, cucumbers, zucchini – I could go on and on (seriously, I could – the plot is massive!)

Looks like I’ll have to make this salad with some fresh beets!

4 medium beets

(as with all beet recipes you are making for kids, I would recommend golden beets.  That being said, they aren’t the easiest to find, so then I recommend dining with a full bib – or without a shirt on 🙂

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1 cup uncooked wheat berries
2 cups water
1/2 cup unsalted pumpkinseed kernels, toasted and divided
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup diced celery
1/4 cup thinly sliced shallots
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1/4 cup celery leaves

To prepare the wheat berries:

Place in a medium bowl and cover with water (at least 2 inches above the grain)

Let sit for 8 hours

Drain and rinse.

Place in saucepan, cover with water (at least 2 inches above the grain) and bring to a boil

Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for one hour

Drain and rinse with cold water

(I like to do these steps the day before and put the berries in the refrigerator until I am ready to use them)

To prepare the beets:

Pre-heat the oven to 400˚

Leave the root and about 1″ of the stem on the beet, scrub well

Place on the center of an aluminum oil sheet and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil

Tightly seal package and roast for 1 hour 20 minutes

Unwrap beets and let cool

Peel skin off and cut into wedges

Place 1/4 cup pumpkinseeds in a bowl and crush with the back of a spoon

Add honey, dijon mustard, sherry vinegar, salt and pepper

Mix well with a whisk and, while continuously whisking, mix in remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil

In a large bowl combine wheatberries, beets, celery, shallots, chives

Toss gently

To serve, top with remaining pumpkin seeds and celery leaves

Ren approved

** Recipe from Cooking Light


July ONE July 1, 2011

Filed under: ONE — gastromami @ 8:58 am

I just wrote “June ONE”

Where the HECK did June go?

Reny is 2

Fiona is 2 1/2 months

* Inspired by Adventures in Babywearing