S: (n) epicure, gourmet, gastronome, bon vivant, epicurean, foodie (a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink))
I'll start with an embarrasing confession... Pre-kids, my smug but well-meaning self proclaimed to anyone within earshot that my children would never eat chicken nuggets and mac & cheese for dinner every night or be completely, utterly and totally obsessed with candy.
Oh I was naïve.
You guessed it, my kid’s favorite meal? Nuggets and mac & cheese. Up until now out of some combination of desperation and surrender, (a husband, two small daughters, a household, a full time job) I’ve given in. Sure I bought those organic, free-range, antibiotic/hormone-free nuggets whenever possible, and the mac & cheese is Annie's, but boy have I had to eat my words (no pun intended.) And don’t even get me started on candy – it's literally the bane of my existence.
But those days are over. I want my two young daughters to love, appreciate and understand good food -- why it's important, where it comes from, how to enjoy it. Maybe it's asking for too much, but I want them to be little foodies. Desperately.
My desire is two fold: for one, I really don't want to cook two differently meals every. single. night., and there are only so many dinners of organic nuggets and Annie's mac and cheese that I can stomach. But my primary motivation is to create in my two daughters a healthier, more confident, more passionate attitude about food than I had as a teenager and young adult (for too many years, as as someone who came of age in the era of snackwells, food was the enemy.)
So this is the space where I’ll share our family's food "experiences" and where I'm hoping you'll share yours too, as I'm guessing I'm not alone here. What worked, what didn’t, what we cooked together, what we read, where we went and what we ate when we went there…
Welcome to our family food journey.
Let’s see how it goes!