Weekend Links

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day everyone!

Lemon & Raspberry Tart with Almond Crust

This is a guest post by Naomi of Bakers Royale. Welcome Naomi!

For as long as I can remember, the kitchen has been my favorite place. Baking up sweet treats has always been something soothing and calming for me. Don’t get me wrong, there are crazy days when nothing I’m making or testing turns out right. Then there are days when I can’t remember if I added ¼ or ½ cup of something to a batter.

Those are the days that I have to remind myself to take a deep breath. Relax. Baking and cooking are an act of sharing and nurturing others and not an act of culinary acrobatics. It’s this sentiment that Aimée does so well in fostering here at Simple Bites. That said, I’m excited to be here as a guest and share a deliciously simple Valentine’s dessert.

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The Health Benefits of Sourdough Bread (Recipe: Whole Grain Sourdough Bread)

Written by Shannon of Nourishing Days

I wish you could smell this bread. It smells of handmade farm tables and loaves shaped by the hands of our ancestors. It is the kind of bread that you slather thick with butter and eat with soup when snow falls and winds howl.

This is sourdough bread – tangy and moist, dense and nutty. It is the bread made for centuries before the invention of commercial yeast packets.

For over two years we did not make or keep bread in our home for health reasons. Bread now graces our table once again, but without the ill effects we felt before. And it is all thanks to the wonder that is traditional sourdough bread and the many health benefits it contains.

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5 Tips for Surviving with a Selective Eater

Today I’m guest posting over at Food for My Family. When Shaina announced her new series on “Breaking a Picky Eater” I was jumping up and down to have my say. It’s been a long, uphill battle for us, but over the years, we’ve seen much improvement.

In my post, I share a bit of our story, and give a handful of tips that helped us stay sane and kept the kids nourished. From the post:

“It has now been five years since that first spoonful of solids was obstinately pushed out of my firstborn’s mouth. Things are better. Much better. My eldest now eats meat, green vegetables, and many fruits. Yes, cheese is still limited to one variety (marble cheddar, SVP), berries are disdained, and orange vegetables are pushed aside, but he eats a myriad of ingredients most kids his age won’t touch. Beans, lentils, and chickpeas are all popular, served up in burritos, soups and curries. Fish disappears faster than the home fries, and cooked cereals are gobbled up every morning.

As I look back on the headway we have made over the years, I’m happy to report that as slow as it was, progress was made. Perhaps that is the encouragement you need to hear today.”

Head over to Food for My Family to keep reading the post and note my five tips for surviving a picky eater. I’ll see you in the comments!

Weekend Links: Blissdom ’11 Edition

To say my head was spinning after the Blissdom blogging conference was an understatement. Quotes, notes, stats, names, and faces all played themselves on a loop in my mind to the soundtrack of the top-secret flashmob that I performed in with 90 others. Yep, crazy times.

Jotting down the stream of information in point form has helped clear my head a bit since I’ve been back, as has forming one massive To-Do list, and putting names to Twitter handles and those handles to blogs –  but that pesky Miley Cyrus song still continues to roll!.

It’s daunting to think of summarizing Blissdom ’11, and I’m not going to attempt it, (although, if you’re curious, there’s a short, but thorough snapshot HERE) but I have to give a shout out to the incredible women (and guy!) that I connected with. [Read more...]