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578 recipe submissions by the Mothering community.

Food, Glorious Food? (Plus Marble Loaf Recipe!)

                    I finally started trying to feed my oldest son, Parker, solid food after waiting and waiting in vain for him to show the slightest interest in consuming anything other than breast milk. I had had visions of my darling little boy happily gobbling up spoonful after spoonful of healthy, lovingly prepared homemade baby food, but the reality couldn't have been more different. Every time I extended my arm to proffer a pea-size amount of smashed banana or puréed yams or "super porridge," my son's brow would furrow, his lips would purse and his... read more

Stove Top Ghee (Clarified Butter)

Do you want the benefits of butter without the digestive side effects of lactose or casein intolerance?  You may want to try making your own clarified butter.    The equipment for making Ghee is simple.  You will need a stainless or glass saucepan, a very fine mesh strainer (I use a tea strainer) and a jar.  Use the best quality pasture raised, organic butter you can find.  Cultured, unsalted butter works best.  Raw butter is great, but it's not necessary in this recipe because you will be cooking it. Butter, saucepan, strainer, jar and stove - that's all you... read more

Healthy Homemade Popsicles: simple and unusual ideas the kids will love

  Homemade popsicles–what kid doesn’t love them? I know mine do. But, honestly, I have been guilty of lacking the creative motivation to push my popsicle making skills past the “Hey, let’s freeze up some organic apple juice!” stage. Then I came across the book Ice Pop Joy and the awesome recipes motivated us to explore some unusual ingredients. I found that popsicles are amazing tools to get all kinds of good stuff into the little ones, and could even be used as an on the run breakfast/snack food when needed. Plus, the kids love to help create... read more

The Dirty Dozen: What Fruits and Veggies Contain the Most Pesticides?

From “EWG’S 2011 Shopper’s Guide Helps Cut Consumer Pesticide Exposure,” released June 13, 2011. Environmental Working Group has released the seventh edition of its Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce with updated information on 53 fruits and vegetables and their total pesticide loads. EWG highlights the worst offenders with its “Dirty Dozen” list and the cleanest conventional produce with its “Clean 15” list. Analysts at EWG synthesized data collected from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration from 2000 to 2009.... read more

7 Simple Recipes to Bless a New Mom

          Sharing the Love, Sharing the Food   When I was pregnant with AnaBella, my first child, I had just begun attending a church of a few hundred people. There were many young families that cared for and supported each other in the months following the birth of their children. One of my new friends, a young mom with a daughter under a year, asked how many meals a week I’d like, and for how many weeks, after AnaBella's birth. I had no idea what my recovery would be like, but was hesitant to ask anything of moms who already had their hands full. So my... read more

omigosh, I got my first comment!

…and it was a spam thinger about texas hold-em. Le sigh. You know, pretty soon I am going to be mailing out swag to my favorite, most assiduous commenters. Because I am not above dangling the old carrot when it’s called for ; )  The kids are at work with me today, and behaving themselves, too. Honorée is walking around on stilts and Nathaniel is “vacuuming” with a random vacuum attachment that’s attached to nothing except his dear little imagination engine. I took us all to lunch at Backroads Pizza, a really yummy locally owned pizza joint in our Second... read more

It's the meatloaf that eats like a soup.

Last night I made meatloaf in a bowl. I was supposed to go to the store and get some kind of super-comfort-foody assortment–my seasonal yen meter was wanting roasted chicken, squash, potatoes and chard–but just when I was about to make the last mile there, my daughter’s bladder became fit to burst and I also noticed that I suddenly had this painful stomach bloat problem, and in my non-stretchy jeans to boot. We peeled off and went home. I was going to change my pants and eat something. She was going to pee. We were going to get back in the car…but no…home felt... read more

getting over myself in the kitchen

I was a big girl yesterday; I went ahead and baked cupcakes for my daughter’s birthday party. No big deal, right? Well, I have been frozen in trauma ever since I tried to bake up here at 7,000+ feet and noticed that the stuff I turned out was flat and dense, in a bad way. So then, I baked a few more times, in denial that I was up here in the high desert (and feeling attached to baking at sea level, which is what I lavishly did up to age 29)…and stuff was flat and dense. And then…I actually looked up the adjustments for how to bake up here, and implemented them,... read more

if (x) mad dash to the health food store

where x = (I was overcome and found myself on a) then y = seventy-some bucks deducted from my checking account, and z=satisfaction that comes from eating the foods that make my kapha-pitta body sing. I have been so bad over the last few months. I am old enough to know that if I eat certain foods, my body purrs like a performance machine. If I eat certain other ones, I am a bloated, backfiring jalopy. Wheat is not my friend. My body loves iron, but if I have more than a little beef, I get all backed up. Cheese? Definitely not the kind that melts in... read more

recipe for . . . success?

There are so many design- or production-related things things to blog about, but for right now, this is about all I can handle. (i.e., I’m under deadline and am supposed to be doing layout at this very moment—so I’ll make this quick!)I don’t (like to or choose to) cook. But I make an exception when it comes to . . .Laura’s Not-So-Secret Recipe forProtein-Packed Production Fuel, er, Oatmeal1/3 c rolled oats2/3 c water1T chopped walnuts1T raisinsdash cinnamondash salt1/3 c chopped apple1/3 c cottage cheese1. Throw everything except apple and cottage cheese into a... read more

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