If you ran over to Create Catering on Saturday, for one of Philip's pulled pork sammies and a Surly, but found him absent . . . he had good cause. Avery Sharon Dorwart was born on Saturday morning, so he was otherwise occupied.
I give a hearty welcome to the new girl and a big CONGRATS to the happy parents, as well as these tips for raising a fledgling foodist:
- The years from two to five are a dead zone. Just by making sure the string cheese is organic, you will feel better.
- Even if she happily noshes on frog's legs and dim sum in the young years, at any time, she may flip a switch and refuse anything but peanut butter and hot dogs. Do not freak out, this too will pass.
- Practice the mantra: There's no such thing as a kid's menu, there's no such thing as a kid's menu . . .
- Lie. "What is that? Oh . . . it's chicken-fish, super-yummy, you had it before and looooved it, remember? No, I didn't say anything about grouper, I think I said SUPER!"
- Even if you think you can keep her from a McD's-tainted life, you can't. There will be birthday parties, mother-in-laws, and team celebrations. You don't have to embrace it, but don't fight it, or you'll be finding double-quarter-pounder-with-cheese wrappers under her teenage bed.
- Get on the Gastrokid Cookbook pre-order list because as you will soon learn, everyone needs a little help sometimes.