Dear Ones, how patient you are.
Radio silence--and that after having to hear annoyingly about how my kids make their own lunch (and with panache, no less!) with little to no information about how children would get to this stage of culinary development. I'm sorry! This comes, you know (or should), after years of teaching them to cook--the kind of teaching where there are great, choking clouds of flour everywhere and Terrifying Knife Experiments, and lots of chaos and tedium. I'm sorry to have misled you. If your children are 2 and 4, then indeed, no, they won't be making their own Chopped-style lunch.
Speaking of: Can I brag? You know ChopChop, the scrappy little nonprofit kids cooking magazine that I'm the editor of? We won the James Beard Publication of the Year award! Can you even believe that? Did I have to crowd-source a cocktail dress on facebook? Yes I did. Did Birdy say, as I was leaving the house, "So. Wait. Sorry. Tell me again! It's just going to be, like, you guys and all the actors that have ever played James Bond?" If only! But I did get my picture taken with Ted Allen, the host of Chopped, to prove to the kids that it was not all lameness and drear.
Okay. Enough with the boasting (but thank you for indulging me).
I wanted to offer some links to things I am loving right now:
This book, which I tore through and couldn't stop reading, even though it's EPIC. And this book, which I am tearing through now, even though it's NOT LONG ENOUGH.
This game, which is like a cross between Puerto Rico and Agricola, but not as hard to learn as either of them. We are addicted to it.
But, for a non-gamer game, we are also loving this small, good-natured word game.
This origami documentary is so excellent.
Also--I've said it before but I'll say it again--this beer.
And this always useful and good cake.
I have two pieces up over at Brain, Child. This, that's new, and this, about Birdy's beloved Strawberry.
A recipe is coming soon. Thank you for bearing with me!