To Hattie

This Thanksgiving, I wanted to delve into African American culinary traditions and try to create a Thanksgiving meal that would reflect aspects of this history. I am ashamed to admit that I learned, on a fascinating blog called Afroculinaria, that Abraham Lincoln’s official declaration of Thanksgiving as a national American holiday fell mere months after … Continue reading To Hattie

Crispy Fingers

For a while now, I’ve been trying to perfect an oven-frying technique that would allow me to easily create homemade chicken or fish strips. After all, what’s a blog about children’s food without a nod to chicken nuggets? Chicken nuggets and fish sticks are a staple of the American food scene for children. And I have … Continue reading Crispy Fingers

Pop (T)art

After living in France on and off in my twenties and early thirties, I can definitely say that my tastes changed because of it. Many processed foods that I had previously found acceptable and even tasty suddenly tasted artificial, overly salty or sickeningly sweet. To my husband’s occasional confusion, however, I still retain a fondness for certain garish … Continue reading Pop (T)art


Since we are nearing the most child-centered holiday on the calendar, I thought I would take little time to learn about the origins of Halloween. I had heard vaguely that it was connected to the Day of the Dead and the Catholic All Saints Day, but I was a bit sketchy on the details. In fact … Continue reading Halloween

Kentucky Pie

When I was growing up, we often went to Max and Erma’s, a Pittsburgh restaurant that is part diner and part TGIFridays but with better food. Strangely though, aside from the buffalo chicken sandwich, which I still love, I barely remember the entrées, but what sticks out in my mind are the desserts. Oh the … Continue reading Kentucky Pie