cooking with kids with sarah carey


I recently spoke on the phone with Sarah Carey, Editor-in-Chief of Everyday Food and host of Everyday Food with Sarah Carey. I’ve been a huge fan of the Everyday Food publication since it first came out, and now have a whole shelf at my house dedicated to a long row of the magazines with their multicolored bindings.

As Sarah and I spoke, our conversation naturally turned to our children. She has a boy and a girl. While both help in the kitchen, her daughter is particularly fond of cooking. She loves to make salads, salad dressings, and specialty drinks. Sarah expressed how important it is for children to help in the kitchen when they show an interest, as it gives them empowerment and a great sense of accomplishment.

Sarah herself owes her love of cooking to the idea of taking care of people and making them happy through the food she creates for them. On her new web show, Everyday Food with Sarah Carey, Sarah has a short video recording of something delicious everyday. We’re dying to try her Red, White, and Blueberry Pops this weekend, along with her Pinto and Rice Burgers, and her Vanilla Sheet Cake with Malted-Milk-Chocolate Frosting.

Last week, the kids and I tried her Creamy Orange Pops, which are a healthier version of Creamsicles.

After we watched her video, we tried making them at home. We even made a little video. It’s not nearly as beautiful as Sarah’s—ours is very home video looking. Plus, I’m not wearing any makeup at the beginning, and at the end, when I am wearing some, it looks like I went crazy, which I didn’t. But I look like a hoochie, and that wasn’t the look I was going for. But anyway, here goes.

book club for june: edenbrooke



I turned in my manuscript, and I just finished moving. I was a crazy person for a little while . . . well, crazier than usual.

But now things should be back to normal for awhile. And I can finally get up these posts I’ve been dying to write.

This one is long overdue.

This is Julie. I’ve mentioned her before. She’s the one who gave me that great banana bread recipe.

Several years ago, we were both writing books. Hers was a novel set in Regency England, and mine was a contemporary novel set partly in England. Naturally, there was only one thing we could do: we had to go there to see for ourselves.

We each saved our pennies (or opened up new credit cards), and met at the Gatwick Airport in London. What followed was a whirlwind of exploring the southern half of the country over the next five days. But it was enough for her to research what she needed to write Edenbrooke.

Edenbrooke has a deep meaning for me, as I was a witness that week to so much of what inspired her writing. Nearly every scene in the book takes me back to a place we saw there.

But for all of you who weren’t there with us, I think you’ll find Edenbrooke positively delightful. As many times as I’ve read it, I have a hard time putting it down. What I love most about it, is how Julie fully explores the relationship between Marianne and Philip, with several moments of clean, blissful sexual tension.

Once you’ve finished reading it, I’d love to know what your thoughts are. As with other reviews, be sure to write at the beginning of your comments, which chapter you’ve read through as a spoiler alert.


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