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How interesting that so many parents out there who do not have picky eaters are so shocked that others do. Not only do they seemed shocked, I venture to say that many parents of none-picky eaters almost appear to blame the picky-eater parents for their dilemma. To them, I say (on behalf of myself and the other parents who dread mealtimes), be not so quick to judge. I am the parent of an extremely picky eater. I nursed him for 9 months (I say this for the benefit of the non-picky eater parent camp out there which purports that babies who are breast fed for a long time grow up to eat more varieties of foods...right). Once he was able to start chewing regular food in small pieces, he ate what mommy and daddy ate. I don't know what happened - I feel like it happened overnight. The next thing I knew, I had a child who would have a total fit over tasting something he had (for reasons I have yet to understand) decided he did not like. Meals are accompanied by stress, anxiety, crying, gagging, sometimes even vomiting. To the non-picky eater parent camp which is so sure that a child will not starve himself so just send him to bed hungry and he'll learn to eat what you put in front of him, I say, you don't really know what a picky eater is. For those of you who do, you know that the child would rather just not eat. For those of you in my camp, you know there isn't much help out there, and unfortunately, I don't have much to offer as nothing I've done has gotten us very far. What I can say is that the resources are few and inconsistent...

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Cooking Gear To Spice Things Up

  • All-Clad cookware
    I use the stainless line. I love it because you can put it in the dishwasher. If you like to cook it is sooo worth it to have quality pots and pans. I recommend buying a set on sale and then filling in extras as you need them. (Watch for sales and specials.)
  • Cast Iron Skillet
    Please get rid of all your teflon-coated non-stick plans and get a cast iron skillet. I use mine for searing meat, poultry, and fish and then finishing off in the oven. In fact, get two cast iron skillets—one large enough to hold two ribeyes and a smaller, fried-egg-sized one for making...well...eggs.
  • Food Processor
    Quickly slice/shred veggies and cheese, make hummus or other spreads in a snap, and make pie crust without making a mess.
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    I am partial to the 18 incher. Yep, I like big knives and I cannot lie. If you like to cook (or even if you don't) you deserve to have good knives. At least one.
  • Instant Hot Water Dispenser
    If you can't afford to have one built-in, this is a great alternative. It's nice to have boiling water at the push of a button to make tea, instant miso soup, or morning oatmeal for the kidlets.
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    It doesn't have to be fancy, but try and get the highest HP you can afford. I use my stick blender (+ attachments) for making salad dressing (weekly), pureeing soups, making babyfood, and whipping cream.

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