The Open Post

Last week I mentioned we were going to try out this new weekly feature called The Open Post. The idea is to turn the mike over to you all to hear what’s going on in your lives. Feel free to post anything relevant to parenting, marriage, self, kids, etc. It can be a question, a comment, a story, or a link to something you’ve read that you found interesting. We’ll use the comment section as the forum.

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So, how was everyone’s weekend? Hope you enjoyed Father’s Day.

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  1. i am always struggling to figure out what to cook for dinner. looking for inspiration, i bought a cookbook called “barefoot contessa at home”. i have long admired her books – they’re so beautifully designed and the food looks so good. after trying a different recipe every night for a week, we decided the contessa is too rich for us (her mashed potato recipe called for a whole stick of butter!) it makes me wonder if there’s some cultural or regional thing going on here. two questions:
    1. do you think taste is regional?
    2. where do you get your dinner menu ideas? we are eating lots of the same stuff around here and need some inspiration

  2. Dinner ideas: We also have a few recipes that we use a lot and then every so often try a new one. It seems the litmus for whether a new recipe joins the ranks is whether it’s relatively fast to prepare, relatively healthy, and we all like the way it tastes. Needless to say, that’s a tall order and most recipes don’t make the cut.

    I like the Barefoot Contessa books, although I agree her food is rich. She has good soup recipes.

  3. dcslugabed

    Hi Stacey: I’ll try to post more timely in open post next week. But I thought you’d like to check out a front page article in today’s Washington Post that relates to your play posts–groups concerned about kids not getting enough outside play. Right now once the weather is nice our kids play outside as much as possible in our and our neighbors’ yards, at the parks, out on the sidewalk walking the dog, wherever. It’s their preferred place to be. The kids in the article were older–I guess maybe a change happens when kids’ lives get more structured around 6 years old–and when they start using computer games. I hope we don’t turn into one of those families who have a big back yard that the kids never use.

  4. Thanks! I’ll check it out.

  5. Back again. I read that WaPo article that DCSlugabed recommended. You can find it here:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/18/AR2007061801808.html?hpid=moreheadlines

    It’s about our nation’s children suffering from nature deficit disorder. It’s interesting to think that it’s not just that parents are keeping their kids from running free in the neighborhood, but also that this generation of kids is just not interested in playing outside. (These are older kids, as DCSlugabed mentioned.)

    Can’t parents control or limit the use of computers and video games? If kids aren’t allowed to do all the sedentary stuff, maybe sheer boredom will drive them outside.

  6. annamcclendon

    OK- I am late too. But just read something that you all might be interested in that was brought to my attention. The issue: the Farm Bill:

    This resolutely unglamorous and head-hurtingly complicated piece of legislation, which comes around roughly every five years and is about to do so again, sets the rules for the American food system — indeed, to a considerable extent, for the world’s food system. Among other things, it determines which crops will be subsidized and which will not, and in the case of the carrot and the Twinkie, the farm bill as currently written offers a lot more support to the cake than to the root.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/22/magazine/22wwlnlede.t.html?pagewanted=1&ei=5070&en=33e9c2a6bdc26392&ex=1182398400

    Basically, the federal government writes a check to farmers based on the amount of corn, soy, wheat, and rice they produce. These products are the building blocks of our high energy dense foods plagueing American society. So the more a farmer produces, the more he or she gets paid, and the more carbs and fats are in our foods. In addition, this overproduction leads to lower prices. So there are MORE energy dense foods available for LOWER prices, leading to the obesity epidemic, especially affecting lower socio-economic classes.

    BUT this doesn’t just affect the poor. The school lunch program is supported by this same legislation. Yep, you got it, more high energy dense foods for lower prices!

    This piece of legislation is not a complete conspiracy to fatten Americans; it was created in a time of concern of undernourishment. But now when society is at an all time high of obesity and obesity related diseases, it is slowing killing society.

    But, as the article explains, we can try to make a difference… write your local legislator to change the Farm Bill.

  7. This is interesting and it makes sense. I’m astounded at how much healthy food costs, especially if you want to eat organic. But even just plain old fruits and vegetables.

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