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Cranberry, walnut & goat cheese salad – the salad of of all salads. This is one good salad. It will make all your salad dreams come true. Ok, that might be a slight exaggeration, but it is really good. Would you look at all this yumminess in one little bowl?
I thought I had sworn off [cooking] salmon. I don’t know why, I just could not cook salmon no matter what I did. I can cook a lot of things – but salmon just wasn’t one of them. I decided that when I wanted my fix, I would get it at a restaurant. But I decided to give it one more shot. Everyone says how easy it is to cook and if everyone is saying that…well…I must be doing something wrong! I’ve tried foil packet salmon, blackened salmon, baked salmon, you name it, I’ve tried to make it. I always end up thinking it’s not done, so I end up cooking it for too long. And that, my friends, has been my fatal error. Salmon is supposed to be pink – very pink – when cooked through. So don’t wait for the pink to go away, or you will be suffering the same fate as I have – dry, overcooked salmon.
So after 6 months of being exclusively breastfed, I was beyond excited to start purees with Layla. I couldn’t wait to see her face as she experienced new flavors and textures, figure out what she liked and disliked and made a huge mess of herself. As soon as she turned 6 months, out came the butternut squash from my garden that I baked, pureed and froze months earlier (only the best for my little girl!!). I thawed it out, got her settled in her high chair, opened one of the (many) packages of spoons I have and gave her a bite. Her first bite of food! I was sure her eyes would light up, realizing just how tasty food was…but BOY was I wrong. Layla screamed bloody murder when I tried to feed her. So the next night I tried rice cereal. Then avocado puree. Then I tried carrots and green peas. Nothing worked. For a month, we battled at dinner time while she screamed the entire time, closed her mouth as tight as possible, spit out whatever I managed to get in, etc. You get the picture. So one day, I had had enough. I dumped the puree on her high chair and let her play around with it and she actually smiled. She attempted to put it in her mouth, and may have even swallowed some. Dinnertime was fun again! So I realized something. My daughter wasn’t opposed to food…she just didn’t like purees! Whether it’s a texture thing, or she’s just Miss. Independent and wanted to do it all herself, I”ll never know. But the point is, she wanted to eat! Check out her face on the left (oh helllll no Mama get that spoon away from me) and on the right (this whole food thing is fun Mom – why didn’t we start this awhile ago?!).