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    Kids and Eating

    I've had two kids. One has been a challenge in eating and hardly eats anything, but my 11-month-old is a totally different eater. She eats everything.

    Tonight the tiny one gobbled up a tablespoon of caviar, sucked on a meyer lemon for a while, ate some Thomas Keller Ad Hoc chicken soup I cooked up a couple days ago, inhaled a spoon full of unpasteurized Maille mustard that would have brought tears to my eyes, picked out the beans of a tepary bean salad, and had a good solid portion of pate. She loved it all.

    What do your kids like to eat? I probably cook a couple more times a week just because this little nugget keeps eating everything I put in front of her. She skipped purees and is already on to big-boy food.

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    "In Japan they don't call it Japanese food, they just call it food." -- Children's Hospital Quote

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    My kids eat what we eat. The big one(2) loves bangers and mash, granola, sushi, and salt. The young one(<1) likes raw carrots, pickles and smoked fish.

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    I guess we have been lucky, my kids also eat everything we eat, (it drives me nuts when people cook separate meals for every person in the family) my 3 year old boy is easily distracted and seldom sits down while eating, but as long as you have his attention he will eat anything with favorites being home made mac and cheese My 1 year old girl inhales anything and everything, even with only 4 teeth, but she is particularly fond of ham and any cheese.

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    Interesting about the sushi. My picky eater child LOVES sushi -- nigiri are her favorite. She picks it apart like an Oreo and pinches out the rice grains that might have wassabi on them. And when we were in DC the last couple of times she ate snails. She just won't eat mixed foods really.

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    Rose used to eat just about anything. I had her eating frog legs at 10 months old. She loved hummus. Ate oysters. We took her to Au Pied du Cochon in Montreal and she ate it up. At about 4 it stopped. Picky eater stepped in. I think it's a control thing for her. She wants to eat on her terms. Last night she didn't want what was fixed for dinner so she went to bed with none. Her stock favorites are chicken nuggets, beef patty with gravy and baked sweet potato. I am proud that she loves calamari. And she won't eat oysters any more but she's a great shucker (steamed).

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    Up to the age of 4 my kids have eaten everything: serrano/taleggio sandwiches, sun dried tomatoes, pickled herring and so on. But when they turned 4 it suddenly changed. Everything not processed through a factory were deemed not Kosher. They frown upon my chicken-katsu and demand nuggets, mashed potatoes are not as good as the powder variant and etc. But they still prefer 18 month old cheddar (hardcheese) over the mild cheeses wich pleases me. There are some hope.

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    We train our kids, 2 girls 7 and 5, to eat what we eat. We are Vietnamese, and my wife and I are very diverse eaters. Compared to other kids that we know, our kids are pretty diverse too. They tend to eat everything not spicy. They can eat everything from fish sauce to shrimp paste, love raw sushi/sashimi. At times when they won't try something because it is new, we have a rule that they have to try it first before they say the don't like it. It has happened more for the older one saying "ewe" before she has tried something, since she is more influence by her friends and at school. We still try to adhere to the rule though. She still love sushi though.

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    Great rule. I wonder if it is too late for us. She's 5 1/2 now. Going to try it though. Don't know what happened when she turned 4 but it was like a switch.

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    My kid has always been a bugger, but not in a bad way really. My first solo feeding of her when a baby, wife went on manuvers with her unit for a month... We had just reached the puree and cerials and I sat her on my lap to shovel it all in... She would have nothing to do with it, she always ate these same things with Chris now why is she fussing when I feed her the same things, ARGH... She was sitting quietly on my lat so I decided to grab a few bites of my dinner, pork fried rice, a few spoonfulls and I notice her tracking the spoon with her full attention. So I grab her spoon and try the puree and cerial... Nope that aite going down at all... I see her looking at the togo box... So I gave her a few pieces and she just about bit off the tip of the spoon CHOMP...

    16 years later she still tries to steal the food off my plate...

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazmtb View Post
    we have a rule that they have to try it first before they say the don't like it. .
    My kids had that rule as well...with the alteration....try it with a smile. ;-) As a result they loved practically everything....and still do. Youngest daughter has cooked professionally for some of the nicest restaurants in Napa Valley, including Bouchon and Bistro Jeanty. Not a pro these days...too busy teaching her four kids to.... try everything with a smile. <g.

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