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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Home Cookin': Dinner, Two Ways

Different takes on tacos for kids and adults

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Tacos for kids (left) and adults (right)

In the year or two before I had kids, I was finally hitting my stride as a home cook. My newfound interest in the kitchen was piqued by my relocation from New York City to Burlington. It was July when my husband, Jeff, and I arrived. I remember driving to Hannaford in the New North End the night of our move and being dazzled, and a bit disoriented, by the long, brightly lit aisles and the ease with which we could load our bounty into the car and drive home.

The beautiful farmers-market produce, breads and cheeses further inspired my culinary endeavors. Not to mention the flower-lined porch in our backyard, which made long, alfresco meals possible.

But when our daughter, Mira, was born, the painstakingly prepared cheese plates and slow-simmered green-curry-chicken dishes came to a halt. Our son, Theo, arrived three years later. There was no time to prepare an elaborate home-cooked meal when one child was trying to tear open a bag of rice and the other was pleading with me to have a tea party, so I didn’t even try. That’s not to say we subsisted on microwaved meals and takeout pizza. I still cooked for my family, but it was rushed and not much fun.

But now that my kids are almost 6 and 3, I’m feeling a renewed love for making dinner. But I’ve had to reimagine my role as a home cook to figure out how to make meals work for two vastly different palates.

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Alison Novak

Alison Novak

Alison is the former managing editor at Kids VT, Seven Days' parenting publication and writes about education for Seven Days.


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