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Dad Can Cook Too

January 10th, 2008 . by 21st Century Dad

This blog is evolving and growing. I’ve written about things I didn’t originally envision. Some topics I planned to cover haven’t yet been touched upon. Cooking is one of those topics originally slated for coverage.

Food is a broad and general topic, but I can focus on how it applies to families today. What will you learn from me, other than high fructose corn syrup is evil?

  • The secrets on how to make some of my not-yet-famous entrées and side dishes.
  • What to stock your kitchen with. The freezer is your friend.
  • Ideas for quick meals that are really quick.
  • Concepts for a more efficient workflow in the kitchen.
  • The occasional tidbit of nutritional wisdom.

Here’s my biggest challenge. How am I going to teach you when I don’t follow recipes? I’m following in the footsteps of ethnic grandmothers everywhere. All that information is stored away in my head. The measuring spoon is buried in my kitchen junk drawer. Solving this problem is worth the effort to my readers. If you’re so inclined, you’ll learn how to make some delicious meals that are usually healthy. Be forewarned. I’m a big fan of butter.

I’m looking forward to this. The next best thing to doing something you enjoy is to write about it.

Pediatric Associates – Ariana’s 4-month Checkup

December 13th, 2007 . by admin

Ariana with Dr. Juan Reyes of Pediatric AssociatesToday, I made small-talk with a woman who stuck sharp metal objects into my child. It was time for her 4-month checkup and the next round of vaccinations for Twilli. I’m happy to report that she is doing very well. She has now grown to 15 pounds and 24.5 inches! Our observations were confirmed by Dr. Reyes. Twilli is a strong and healthy baby.

After Twilli’s last visit to the doctor, I did a write-up on choosing a pediatrician over at 21st Century Parenting. That article was an overview on how to choose a pediatrician. Over at Renee And Elliott, I covered the more personal side of our relationship with Pediatric Associates.

During today’s visit, the first thing I noticed today was a humongous binder at the front desk with information on the recent rash of toy recalls. I have been silent on the topic, but it’s not out of ignorance. I am humble enough to know that this isn’t the only blog you read. (Admit it. You’ve got DaddyTypes open in another browser tab pandering to stroller lust). So many others are covering it, and probably doing it better than I could. Pediatric Associates has a big box smack in the middle of their homepage with pertinent links about toy recalls and lead exposure.

Ah, but I digress. Today’s topic is vaccinations. At first, the wife and I were hesitant. We know we can’t jump at every warning given to parents, but this one held our attention long enough to postpone the vaccination process until the two month mark. Dr. Reyes assured us that Pediatric Associates uses only the highest quality vaccines and they are all mercury-free.

Now I know the real reason there’s 3 rounds of rotavirus vaccine. It’s orally administered and Twilli spit up most of it.

For most vaccines, there is nothing mythical or proprietary about them. Perhaps it’s this fear of the unknown that has stopped many parents from vaccinating. A vaccine is just weakened or dead microorganisms. Your immune system doesn’t know the difference between the vaccine and the real virulent version. Your doctor is giving you the flu when you get a flu shot! In its weakened state, it’s not as debilitating as the full-blown disease. Your immune system sees the pathogen and remembers its signature. The next time you encounter said pathogen, BAM! White blood cells – 2. Flu virus – 0.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers an Instant Childhood Immunization Scheduler on their website. Plug in your child’s birth date, then it gives you a schedule from birth to 12 years.

If you find this information helpful, please help me continue helping others.

High Fructose Corn Syrup Scorecard for 11/26/07

November 26th, 2007 . by admin

Dr. PepperI didn’t do the last grocery run, and I didn’t do a scorecard. This week, I purchased 67 food items at the supermarket. 5 items contain high fructose corn syrup. The usual suspects were there, but there were a few surprises. As you know, I am continuing to expose the products that contain this substance and highlight the ones that do not.

This week’s scorecard features some obvious culprits, a surprise appearance in some foods, and one surprise absence.

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High Fructose Corn Syrup Scorecard for 11/11/07

November 11th, 2007 . by admin

The last two weeks, I didn’t plan the grocery outing, so we ended up “outsourcing” more than I care to. Last week, I did a mid-week trip and brought home less than half of what I usually do. It was easy to avoid the dreaded substance.

This week, I did the full trip, with a bill to match. Out of the full week’s take, only three items contained high fructose corn syrup.

  • Publix Premium multi-grain bagels
  • Publix brand chocolate chunk granola bars
  • 2-liter bottle of Publix brand root beer

I can understand why it’s in the root beer, but granola bars and multi-grain bagels? Isn’t multi-grain anything supposed to be better for you?

For those of you outside of Florida, Publix is the leading grocery chain here. Many of their store-brand items are on-par with or exceed the quality of national brands. Their tagline is, “Where Shopping Is A Pleasure.” Publix Supermarkets are an oasis in a world where owners’ profits are more important than employee and customer satisfaction.

No High Fructose Corn Syrup!

November 6th, 2007 . by admin

I went grocery shopping today. No items in my cart contained the dreaded substance and I didn’t even go to one of those organic food markets!

For several years of my adult life, I somehow knew it couldn’t be good for you. I haven’t studied it in-depth, but I’ve learned that it’s an engineered mutant substance and significantly less expensive than cane sugar or beet sugar. The temptation is too great for a food service industry firmly entrenched in capitalism, enslaved by the almighty bottom line.

Even the foods we think of as healthy contain it. Budget some extra time for a slightly longer trip to the supermarket. Read the ingredient labels on what you buy. Don’t worry, it won’t add much time to your trip. HFCS isn’t buried too far down in these lists. On a bottle of soda, it’s usually the second one. Most of the time, you’ll see it in the top five.

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