Alisa. 37. New Hampshire. Married for almost three years to this wonderful, funny, smart guy. Previously married. Went through in-vitro fertilization to have my five year old magical son Keegan. Stepmother to the charming Isabelle (6). Gushingly in love with our baby boy Harper(1). Policy Wonk and dreaded bureaucrat. Lover of fine cuisine, honeybees, truly romantic moments and the underdog.
Curried Beef Short Ribs

Note: I found this was more realistically four servings.

Finishing this dish with lime zest and juice brightens its rich flavors.

Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces ribs, 2/3 cup rice, and about 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce)

2 teaspoons canola oil
2 pounds ...continue reading

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Gag Me With A Spoon

Mom advice I never want to see again:

1. Eat healthy and diverse foods while pregnant and breastfeeding as this can influence your child's taste. I ate it all and nothing seems to have gotten through.
2. Expose your child to new foods over and over. It can take around 15 exposures before they like something. He has had eggs 300 times and is no closer to liking them.
3. Role model healthy eating for your child so they will be more likely to eat fruits and vegetables and new foods. He thinks that when he is a grownup he will magically like food. He also can explain to you how healthy foods help you grow and junk should be eaten in moderation. He can tell you every ingredient we buy and the proper kitchen implement to prepare them but nothing more than a tiny taste gets down his throat.
4. Involve your child in the growing and preparation of healthy foods so they will want to try them. He is the first one to want to pick tomatoes or carrots from the garden. He loves to help cook no matter what we're making.

If these work on your kid it is not because they were a picky eater, they are a cautious eater or exercising some sense of control. Come on over to my house and I will show you pickiness that mirrors anxiety and sensory/texture issues. It is so deeply rooted I believe it might be genetically based.

Oh and internet you can keep your hundreds of picky eater recipes too. I don't want to sneak foods into my kid. It is dishonest and doesn't get them any closer to adapting to the tastes of things. And keep your adding vegetables to common dishes recipes too. They are based on the assumption that my kid likes potatoes, rice, red meat in any form, pork in any form, any deli meat besides bologna, soup and any dish in which several ingredients touch each other.

I may have hit my breaking point the other day on cooking two separate meals. But so far there is no help out there. I am going to end up raising the only gourmet chef who doesn't eat his own food.

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