Earlier this week I was a guest on “Radio Times,” a public affairs show out of Philadelphia’s WHYY/NPR Sirius. (Thanks to those of you who listened and got in touch!) Joe Yonan, longtime Washington Post food editor (and author of Eat Your Vegetables), and I were there to talk about dinner, namely how to get it on the table without losing our collective minds, and I hope you get a chance to listen to it. (If you didn’t, it’s just long enough to get you through a six-mile run at my pace. Just sayin!) We covered a lot of ground — tips for the time-starved, how to address multiple diets, where we get our inspiration from, etc. — and one of the best ideas, I think, came from neither me, nor from Joe, but from a caller. She told us that every one at her table is required to take “gratitude bites,” one bite for every year they’ve been alive, as a way to show appreciation for the cook. So the two-year-old takes 2, the three-year-old takes 3, you get the idea. Not sure my 13-year-old would necessarily be on board with it — especially when it’s tofu night — but for those of you with little ones…try it out and let me know what happens.
Photo credit: Doug Schneider