I know you're secretly ogling my new Ikea smaaalaablorf duvet set, but you need to focus. We're looking at the magazine, which Ben is reading, because he is suddenly all about learning to cook. More on this fact soon.
Hey, you guys, I have some exciting news! I'm going to be doing some work for an awesome nonprofit, ChopChop--and get a load of their mission:
ChopChop’s mission is to educate kids to cook and be nutritionally literate, empower them to actively participate as health partners with their families, and help establish and support better eating habits for a lifetime of good nutrition.
Um, hello, perfect fit! Basically, it's a kids' cooking and recipe magazine, and its mission is to fight childhood obesity, but really it's great for any families who want to eat healthfully, have a way to talk to each other about food and nutrition, and--and of course I love this part--teach their kids to cook. Another thing I love--their Food Philosophy:
We believe in the simple values of cooking together as family and sharing healthy meals. [me too!]
We don't do calorie counts or post nutrition content, but everything in this publication is reviewed and approved by our medical and nutrition advisors. [me too! except for the advisors and approval, etc., which is always implied here on the blog, if not factually obtained]
We don’t demonize any individual foods. [me either! except head cheese. and eggplant, sometimes, but only if it's kind of undercooked.]
We believe that consuming healthy, wholesome meals is a vital step toward a resolution of America’s obesity epidemic. [so do I!]
I especially love the cooking and eating together, and also the not demonizing of any individual foods. Yay! Because salt, sugar, butter--you know I still want you.
I'm going to be doing some writing and blogging online for them (I'll post links here), and in the meantime, would you consider subscribing? For one thing, you're going to love it: the recipes are great and nicely geared towards cooking children (oh geez, but you know what I mean), the kids are totally real and beautiful, and there are puzzles and games that make it a great magazine to leave around the car when you're not cooking from it. Plus, if you subscribe, and then come back here and tell me about it, you'll automatically be entered to win. . . what? That's another thing you can tell me! A cookbook? A batch of homemade granola? A framed photo of Ben's pink Hello Kitty suitcase? Subscribe, tell me your heart's desire here, and we'll see what we can figure out. I know you're thinking Enough with the contests or What the hell kind of a contest is that? but this is what we're doing, so you're going to indulge me, right?
I might have to post again soon, because there's still so much I want to tell you. Like about what we've all been reading around here. Let's do another book-title sway, Get yours ready, okay?
Happy Passover. Happy Easter.
xo p.s. Please feel free to comment here, even if you haven't subscribed--I just won't enter you in the special Mystery Sweepstakes that will take place next Friday.