For many of us, our early flirts with flavor were a mashed up bit of whatever our parents were eating. These first bites are stepping stones that develop our taste preferences, but the experience actually begins before any food touches our tongues. That mouth-watering sensation you feel when you walk into a restaurant is triggered by your olfactory sensors, making smell and aroma the first part of tasting something. It’s like your brain is taking a bite before you’re mouth does.
I've been enjoying cooking for my nine-month-old. Sure it required a bit of extra time to make simple purees for her first foods but now she's a full-fledged member at our dinner table. Most nights, I chop up a smaller portion of our dinner and let her munch away. Rachael Anne Hill's Baby and Toddler Cookbook: Deliciously Natural Recipes for Happy, Healthy Kids (Ryland Peters & Small) is a great starting point. You'll find yourself adding recipes like Salmon, Sweet Potato and Broccoli Chowder or Creamy Tomato and Basil Pasta to your roster of quick and easy meals for the whole family.
Let me know your baby's favorite homemade meal in the comments below for a chance to win a free copy of Hill's cookbook. One winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday, February 25th. Good luck!
Baby and Toddler Cookbook by Rachael Anne Hill is available at Amazon.com.
Congratulations to Liza and thanks to everyone for joining the discussion! Stay tuned for next week's giveaway.