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I'm so glad you posted this list because I was actually going to ask what your approach was going to be -- especially with two kids. I'm thinking of snacks and such, but I guess it just means we drop out the processed stuff (crackers, etc) in favor of fruits and veggies. What a concept!:)


Oh! I have a bunch of Cilantro in our garden. If you need some to help you out let me know!!!


Ever since my DH read Michael Pollan's latest book we've been talking about going local, but haven't done much yet. I attened a fabulous "familyfarmed.org expo" (in Chicago) last month and that really motivated me. I recently held a party for which I purchased all locally made food (not necessarily grown). It was more work and more expensive than a simple trip to Costco, but I felt really good about spending money in a way that best impacts the local economy. (I have a run down of both the Family Farmed event and my party food list on my blog).


This is kind of off the subject but I figured you would know the answer. I have a black thumb so I'm not the best with plants - for instance, I once killed bamboo. BAMBOO. I thought that stuff was supposed to be indescructable.

Anyways, I don't have much room for a garden in my yard but I do want to have my own herbs in the kitchen. How do I go about doing this? can I just buy the ones they sell at the markets and then just plant them in a potter near my kitchen windowZ (We get the morning sun)
Will my herbs last or die in a shrivled brown heap?

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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.
  • Global Knives
    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.
  • Microplane Grater/Zester
    Use this to grate citrus zest, nutmeg, and cheese. You could get a coarser one, but you don't need to. I have one and I use it for everything.
  • Penzey's Spices
    A great resource for all your herb and spice needs.
  • Rice Cooker
    Every family should have one.
  • Silpat
    Silpat is a silicone mat used for baking. They come in various sizes. Items will not stick to it. It is a must for any home baker.
  • Stick or Immersion Blender
    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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