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Mary Pickford

If this is the Mary Pickford, then what is the Theda Bara? Something more sultry and less sweet!

Jan 13, 2012
mamma_spice in Recipes

Open Table - Always a Bad Table

I have often got the best table in the house, though I use open table in much smaller markets, like the Outer Banks (the Left Bank is fabulous by the way!) and Gervasi Vineyards in Canton, OH.

Aug 27, 2011
mamma_spice in Not About Food

Where Are the Healthy Drive-Thrus?

What about the smoothie places? I miss my old neighborhood's Planet Smoothie with a drive-thru window. It was near my pediatrician's office so great for a new mom to grab a healthy meal without lugging child out of the car (the real reason fast food windows are used by health-conscious moms!). My new neighborhood has a great healthy smoothie place, but I have to get the kid out of the car to patronize it. Same thing with Chipotle and other Mom-and-Pop places.

Jan 28, 2011
mamma_spice in Features

Roasting red peppers

Good ideas here for using the oven/broiler--i don't have a gas burner. My question is this? Why do you have to peel it? Does the char taste that bad?

Jun 18, 2009
mamma_spice in Home Cooking

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

Yes, we had the same goulash too--absolutely NO flavor. Mom also made "Spanish rice"--the same thing with rice instead of elbows. Those were the dishes that sent me over the edge and made me take over the cooking at age 10. No offense to those who like it, though, I just like spicy!

Jun 01, 2009
mamma_spice in Home Cooking

How to Grill (Almost) Everything

Anyone have any ideas about how to grill whole garlic bulbs? I want to make roasted garlic and red pepper hummus but it's too rot to roast them inside!

Jun 01, 2009
mamma_spice in Features

Help! I need Toddler-friendly healthy snacks without High Fructose Corn Syrup, etc.

Sounds great! DD liked Mahi last time we had it. DH is not a salmon lover but if I could recruit my daughter that means we can have it more often...yay!

May 29, 2009
mamma_spice in General Topics

Help! I need Toddler-friendly healthy snacks without High Fructose Corn Syrup, etc.

oooh that sounds tasty!

May 29, 2009
mamma_spice in General Topics

Help! I need Toddler-friendly healthy snacks without High Fructose Corn Syrup, etc.

Makes sense. Thanks for the maple syrup info!

May 29, 2009
mamma_spice in General Topics

Help! I need Toddler-friendly healthy snacks without High Fructose Corn Syrup, etc.

Here's the link to the soup recipe. It is scrumptious! I heart kale is a great blog!
http://iheartkale.blogspot.com/2008/0...

May 29, 2009
mamma_spice in General Topics

Help! I need Toddler-friendly healthy snacks without High Fructose Corn Syrup, etc.

My daughter is in the stage where she doesn't like to be spoon fed but doesn't have teeth so meals get very messy--which is fine at home but when we are snacking on the go I don't want to have to change her clothes (or mine!).
Nice blog! Ahh..rationing bananas and baby crack (I mean graham crackers!), yes, add in dirty diapers and saying "No!" and that is my life....;)

May 29, 2009
mamma_spice in General Topics

Help! I need Toddler-friendly healthy snacks without High Fructose Corn Syrup, etc.

Great! I'll have to try the crisps. Any recipes are appreciated!

May 29, 2009
mamma_spice in General Topics

Help! I need Toddler-friendly healthy snacks without High Fructose Corn Syrup, etc.

Thanks!

May 29, 2009
mamma_spice in General Topics

Help! I need Toddler-friendly healthy snacks without High Fructose Corn Syrup, etc.

Oh yes, she loves hummus and pita. Her first real hummus (when she was a baby her "hummus was just pureed chickpeas and roasted garlic with oil--now she is old enough for tahini) was at Jazz Fest in New Orleans!
Thanks for reminding me, we are out of apple butter! Got to go to the farmers market soon!

May 29, 2009
mamma_spice in General Topics

What's for dinner tonight?

It all sounds so good, I'm drooling! Well I forgot to post what I ended up making.
I started with some frozen chicken breast tenderloins (not enough to do very much with for three people besides making a meat sauce!), a shallot and garlic, the lonely leftover heirloom tomato, some tomato paste (to make up the difference), olive oil, balsamic vinegar, pesto, oregano, lots of feta cheese, greek olives and whole wheat rotini. I didn't know what it was going to be until it was almost done. When DH called and asked, "what's for dinner?" I told him that I wasn't sure and not to get excited cause it probably wasn't going to be any good. We all loved it and later he commented that my nervousness is a sure sign of a good dinner experiment! It was a good use of leftovers! The ripe tomato and the sweetness of the balsamic paired well with the creamy feta and salty olives! I didn't like the dark color of the sauce--but otherwise it was good enough for company!

May 19, 2009
mamma_spice in General Topics

What's for dinner tonight?

sounds like my cooking style!

May 19, 2009
mamma_spice in General Topics

What's for dinner tonight?

Yum! Is your recipe top secret?

May 19, 2009
mamma_spice in General Topics

Help! I need Toddler-friendly healthy snacks without High Fructose Corn Syrup, etc.

Thanks everyone for the great suggestions! Here's an update.

I went to whole foods and got a couple of healthier versions of what I know she likes--Cheddar bunnies, stone wheat crackers, and vanilla wafers (with actual vanilla in it!!!).

I bought a couple of travel containers so that I can take messier snacks on the go! I'm still looking for cute and eco-friendly bento boxes and lunch boxes/wraps.

DD tried tofu for the first time last night---Yum! She likes it with teryaki sauce and toasted sesame seeds. And so do I.

Does anyone know:
When do kids start eating chocolate? Honey? Maple syrup? We use dark chocolate in our healthy cookies, and would like to make them for her.
Here's the recipe link:
http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/...
seriously--make them!! they are great!
And I put unsweetened chocolate in my black bean soup which I think she would like too...just wondering...

May 19, 2009
mamma_spice in General Topics

Help! I need Toddler-friendly healthy snacks without High Fructose Corn Syrup, etc.

so true!

May 19, 2009
mamma_spice in General Topics

Help! I need Toddler-friendly healthy snacks without High Fructose Corn Syrup, etc.

The plantain chips and rice crackers sound like good ideas--I'll have to buy lots so I can snack too! DD loves plantains--we eat them alot!

May 19, 2009
mamma_spice in General Topics

Help! I need Toddler-friendly healthy snacks without High Fructose Corn Syrup, etc.

What would we do without Trader Joe's? I'm afraid that I'll find out soon. We're moving and the city that we are moving to (Akron, OH) doesn't have one yet. DH and I are already talking about making regular TJ's runs. We tried tofu last night and she loved it! I bought some travel containers so that we can take some along for a picnic lunch!
I'll have to try sunflower seeds!

May 19, 2009
mamma_spice in General Topics

Help! I need Toddler-friendly healthy snacks without High Fructose Corn Syrup, etc.

Freeze dried asian pears?! yum! We'll have to try!

May 19, 2009
mamma_spice in General Topics

Help! I need Toddler-friendly healthy snacks without High Fructose Corn Syrup, etc.

Interesting, oatmeal with S&P. I think I would like that! I crave savory foods and always preferred my cottage cheese with s&p instead of sweet fruits! DD is still acquiring a taste for pepper (I hope!) she freaks out whenever she gets a taste of black pepper. I've been seasoning her veggies and some other foods separately in the meantime.
She does LOVE oatmeal!
I've been looking for graham flour--where do you buy it?

May 19, 2009
mamma_spice in General Topics

Help! I need Toddler-friendly healthy snacks without High Fructose Corn Syrup, etc.

Thanks! I'll have to try cooking edamame myself for her--I usually only get it in trail mixes or at restaurants. I'm sure she'll love that. Question, how long does it keep once you cook it?

May 19, 2009
mamma_spice in General Topics

Help! I need Toddler-friendly healthy snacks without High Fructose Corn Syrup, etc.

I'll have to try the Puffins! Thanks for the advice!

May 19, 2009
mamma_spice in General Topics

Help! I need Toddler-friendly healthy snacks without High Fructose Corn Syrup, etc.

oohh That sounds tasty. DH makes healthy cookies using bananas and almond meal so I always have it on hand!

May 19, 2009
mamma_spice in General Topics

Help! I need Toddler-friendly healthy snacks without High Fructose Corn Syrup, etc.

I noticed that too when comparing ingredient lists! I thought that multi-grain would be better--til I compared the sugar content! Oats must not need as much sugar to sweeten as the other grains!

May 19, 2009
mamma_spice in General Topics

Help! I need Toddler-friendly healthy snacks without High Fructose Corn Syrup, etc.

She loves peas! Can you have too many peas? I try not to feed them to her everyday, but she would love that! I also eat them like candy!

May 19, 2009
mamma_spice in General Topics

Help! I need Toddler-friendly healthy snacks without High Fructose Corn Syrup, etc.

Sorry, didn't come out well. I have trouble feeding my little one anything that I don't like--that means that I had to make my own baby food and also learn to try a lot of new foods (it's been good for us!) We didn't have healthy snacks in our house as kids so I am mostly learning through what I see other moms offering. I just feel weird offering her snack foods that I find unpalatable!

If only she had teeth!!!! I can't give her too many raw fruits (she loves fruits but gets a diaper rash if she eats too many and she can handle bananas, berries, and really ripe things. I have to cook apples and mush up oranges. She won't use a mesh feeder--we've tried several times!) or raw veggies even some cooked are too much for her. She loves asparagus and green beans but can only suck on them! LOL!

May 19, 2009
mamma_spice in General Topics

Help! I need Toddler-friendly healthy snacks without High Fructose Corn Syrup, etc.

Thanks! I made bean pancakes too! I still make them when we have leftover rice and beans. They make a good appetizer for adults too when served with salsa and sour cream!

May 19, 2009
mamma_spice in General Topics