Baby Food Flavor Hacks

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    Dear Readers,

    Squash with saffron, baby food puree. Photo by Christine Han

    Happy Fall! I am VERY excited to be back blogging after a far too long absence. A lot has happened in the last several months. I’ve been taking my cookbook, Around the World in 80 Purees: Easy Recipes for Global Baby Food (Quirk Books 2016) out on the road and doling out warm Saffron Cinnamon Applesauce to any baby who will take it.  Publishing has been a huge adventure and also a huge learning experience. It’s exactly like having a newborn baby–excitement, lots of nerves and lots of love. You hope grow and learn as a parent, and in this case, as a new author. Also, this has been a huge career change for me. I’ve gone from practicing law, to career counseling, to staying at home with my two daughters (now 6 and 3.5), to writing a book. I’m pretty sure I’ve found my passion, but navigating the path is hard!

    Anyway, I’m happy to be back to writing, cooking, blogging and hopefully inspiring babies and parents to have fun eating, and eating with flavor.  I don’t always know if I’m reaching people, and there are days when I wonder if I’m doing the right thing in life. And then I have a great experience with a reader and mom and I’m so overjoyed. This Saturday a mom from my daughter’s ballet class came up to me and showed me a picture of the Sweet Potato Aloo Gobi dish she made from my cookbook for her little one.  Her adorable, sweet-potato covered cutie was happily eating and enjoying my recipe. And like every parent, grandparent, nonna, or papa who’s ever cooked something for their child, your heart just swells.  Not only because they are eating your cooking, but also because in that moment you’ve taught your little one to enjoy flavor and food, one of the essential pleasures of life.

    Since this is my new website, and some of you may be reading for the first time, I’d like to share some easy hacks for busy parents looking to get their child to eat more diverse foods.  In fact, let’s make it a baby food challenge for the week. The next time you make a fruit puree for your little one, add a pinch of “baby-friendly” spice like cinnamon or cardamom. Or if you are making a savory puree, like carrots or squash, try a pinch of garam masala, basil or oregano. It’s a simple thing, but it can go such a long way in making food flavorful. Make “add a pinch” your mantra for the week and let me know how your baby likes it!

    I hope to connect with all of you more now that I have my blogging voice back. I’d like to thank the AMAZING team at for my new website. You can find links to my older posts, information about my cookbook and where to buy it, and lots of other yummy information.

    From my little one’s highchair to your little one’s, bon appetit!


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