“Feeding the Whole Family” by Cynthia Lair (2008)

I’ve begun to buy cookbooks again.  I tried to restrain myself for a while, but there are some family/kids cookbooks that have recently caught my eye.  This is one of them.  I randomly found out about this book’s website while on an online forum.   It is at www.cookusinterruptus.com and their mission is “to educate viewers about how to prepare high-quality wholesome food within the context of busy family life”.  They do this by presenting funny cooking videos on their website.  I bought this cookbook on a whim because I thought it sounded pretty good.  I always try to read customer reviews before buying books.  Some reviewers of this book said that ingredients for the recipes could be hard to obtain — especially if you live in the Midwest.  Fortunately, I live in Los Angeles, where these ingredients are plentiful.  The problem I have with this book is that I haven’t been using it because I haven’t had time to look through it yet!

Our family ended up buying an annual membership to the zoo, so I needed to make another cold lunch item so that we wouldn’t have to buy lunch there.  “Asian Noodle Salad with Toasted Sesame Dressing” was very easy and quick to make.  I added some cooked chicken for protein.  I also added cilantro; a recipe similar to this one in the same book calls for cilantro so I thought it was a good idea. 

The cilantro was from my backyard and I had grown it from seed.  This cilantro was so fragrant, tender and unblemished — so much better than what I had been buying at the supermarket.  I went without an herb garden for a few years, but this year I realized how much I missed having one.  In February (one of the joys of living in Los Angeles is the mild weather) my toddler daughter and I planted several different herbs that are still mostly healthy (I get lazy about pruning them).

Some of the recipes in this book require the use of a pressure cooker — one of the few appliances I don’t own.  I’ve had an uneducated fear of pressure cookers (I don’t know much about them), since I first saw the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” many years ago.  The scene where Holly Golightly’s pressure cooker’s lid blows off is enough to scare me away from this contraption.  This means that I can’t make “Rice Balls Rolled in Sesame Salt” which sound very tasty, but requires the use of a pressure cooker.

I do plan to try the other recipes that don’t require a pressure cooker:  “Indian Rice and Lentils with Caramelized Onions”, “Three Sisters Stew” (corn, beans, squash — which grow well together), “Thai Coconut Chicken Soup” to name a few.

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