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kids' drawer

The Kids’ Drawer

Next time you hear the words, “Mom, I’m hungry; will you make me a snack?” we have a proposal for you. Send them to the “kids’ drawer.” Oh sure, there’s nothing wrong with making your kid a snack, but it gets old. Not to mention that if you’re solely in charge of the food, the […]

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Shopping List from a Six-Year-Old

In our ever-evolving efforts to get our picky six-year-old to expand his palate, we asked him to be chef for a night. This morning his job was to plan a menu and make a shopping list. Here’s what we have so far. Admittedly, this experiment is not off to a blazing start. That said, he […]

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wash fresh produce

Wash Fresh Produce, Please

Why don’t people wash fresh produce? Like, always. As a permanent default. We’re asking in part because we recently took the kids on a tour of an organic farm. As we puttered through the fields on a creaky tractor, the workers would hand us fresh-picked carrots, peppers, cucumbers, and other vegetables for munching. “You can […]

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Re-Thinking Ketchup – and Ketchup Alternatives

Is ketchup an ever-present condiment on your table? With all of the sugar (and often even high fructose corn syrup) involved, it’s time to start thinking about ketchup alternatives. Ketchup is Evolving True, ketchup is evolving. It’s come a long way since people tried to call it a vegetable. Some brands started by creating lower-sodium […]

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chocolate

Chocolate formula? Just say no.

We keep hearing about the mini-kerfuffle launched by food writer Marion Nestle in response to manufacturer Mead-Johnson’s new chocolate formula (this includes chocolate- and vanilla-flavored toddler formulas). At Jolly Tomato, we don’t cover baby foods so we aren’t spending a lot of time talking about formula. But since the product (Enfagrow) is meant for toddlers […]

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