Wherein Katharine Rambles About Food

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Food makes me paranoid.

Especially since I have a toddler (and, as an aside, before Kylie I really didn't realize why the phrase "toddler" is so appropriate, but seeing her lurch from side to side like a sailor on a drunken bender, it's all become clear. But I digress...) food has become my nemesis. Not only am I paranoid about what's appropriate to feed her and how much and such, she also has become an incredibly picky eater over the last few months and has decided she'd like to subsist on a diet of milk and occasional apple juice if she's in the mood and I put it into a bottle.

This can be very discouraging.

Part of the problem is that I've always had anxiety about cooking in general. I don't enjoy it. Or, more accurately, I don't enjoy the time it takes. I have all the attention span of a caffeinated-squirrel and I have a bad habit of picking up a book while I'm waiting for a pot to come to a boil, only to realize a chapter later that my stove is on fire. This is not a good thing.

Also, it can be very stressful trying to cook for someone else (i.e. a husband). Because while I might be willing to try something new or even eat something that I've ruined, he might not be in the same mood. And then there's the "I've just got home from work and am tired and don't want to think about food" mood and the "I've just spend all day with a frenetic toddler and don't want to think about food" mood and... well, you get the idea.

I'd like to be a good cook, I really would. I think the first thing I need to do is to change my attitude -- telling myself I will always be a bad cook is probably a self-fulfilling prophecy. And I really want my family to be eating healthily (see this frightening series about childhood obesity in the Washington Post if you'd like some more anxiety in your day) and then there's the frugal nature of eating in, which I've also been thinking about lately. So, conquering my fear is a necessity.

Any suggestions?

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We (mostly Sherrie) end up in the same cooking predicament, and it makes it harder since we don't sit down to plan meals for any length of time in the future. To help us get some good ideas from other people we started a recipe blog (http://kitchen.losanderson.com), I'll send you an invite and you can contribute what good food experiments you've had. We've got Gary and Joyce's family contributing, along with Sherrie's family.

Sherrie was quite relieved when I told her that your little girl prefers a diet of milk to anything else, Annalee is exactly the same. She'll pick at food here and there and once in a blue moon eat heartily, but she just loves milk. We used to give her as much as she wanted right before bed, we figured that might be contributing to it, so we've started to break her of that habit. I'll point Sherrie to your post and maybe she'll have some additional input.

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