Food + Drink

Jonesin’ for Some Soda

While I’m a fairly noncompetitive person, and I’m not so much about the one-upping around the birthday party circuit, I have to ooh and ahh over what has got to be the coolest party favor ever for my daughter’s next bash.

Whatcha Got Cooking?

It’s no secret that cooking doesn’t usually inspire warm and fuzzy feelings in me. I’m especially hesitant to try new recipes – after all that effort, will it turn out well? Or will it end up dumped into a napkin when I turn my back and shoved into the nearest receptacle or willing household pet?

I Don’t Have a Drinking Problem

Just this week I was browsing the juice box aisle for my toddler, thinking how convenient it would be to be able to stash one of those in the diaper bag and forgo the sippy cup. And then I remembered that the last time we tried juice boxes it entailed a change of clothes. For both of us.

Dinner for One, Hold the Microbes

Whoever invented the Tiny Diner Portable Placemat has definitely walked a mile in my shoes. Whenever we go out to eat, I have no choice but to put pieces of food right on the table because my year-old son is known to send his plates sailing without so much as a head’s up, suckas!

Go Ahead and Get Fresh

I considered making my own baby food for a total of five minutes. I had a challenging infant and I desperately cut down on chores; however as a conscientious (albeit tired) new mom, I didn’t want to give up on good, nutritious food either.

Your Kids’ Guaranteed Favorite Gift This Year

While it’s not indicated on our calendars, every parent knows that candy season starts just before Halloween, progresses through chocolate turkeys on Thanksgiving, peaks gloriously on Christmas day, and then trickles to a close with nervous dental visits in early January.

Sushi For the Jonesing Preggo

Recently, after confessing an irrepressible pregnancy craving for very forbidden spicy tuna rolls, I found out that I was far from alone. But only one thing was more comforting: A sushi recommendation that gets thumbs-up from even the most cautious OBs. Perhaps because it’s not actually made from raw fish.

Divvies: Hold the Peanuts, Keep the Sugar

When I was a child, everyone ate peanut butter sandwiches and drank milk – no questions asked, no concerns voiced. Fast-forward twenty-five years, and I’m overwhelmed by the number of children with food allergies, especially life-threatening ones. It took the perspective of becoming a parent myself for me to grasp this new reality, and now I routinely ask parents before playdates: "Does your child have any food allergies?"

Chocolate: It Does a Boobie Good.

With so many important causes that speak to me, I find it hard to keep track of them all. And while I do attempt to donate time or money to at least one charity a month, I’m fairly certain that I can singlehandedly fund breast cancer research with this one.

I’ll Pass on the Plastic Flavored Juice

It’s one thing when you sniff your kid’s clean plastic juice cup and it smells like a menagerie of the last few days of delightful drinks. Ick. But it’s a whole other issue when you read about the leakage of chemicals from the plastic into your kid’s digestive systems. That’s just plain bad news.

PB & Everything

I distinctly remember when Peanut Butter & Co opened its doors in New York’s Greenwich Village several years ago. The whole city was abuzz – what could someone possibly do with peanut butter that would be worth a wait down the block?

Feeding Your Brain

With all the scary stuff in the news about lead in lunchboxes, I’m leaning towards the old reliable brown bags when my daughter hits "bring your lunch" age. But little did I know, today’s lunch bags can be just as good for your kids as the food you put inside it. Cheetos not withstanding.

Super Dishes!

When I was a kid, our chores included washing our own dishes after dinner. Entirely coincidentally, my brother managed to break his plate en route from table to sink at least once a week. Imagine that.