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Introduction to Grace’s Kitchen

A few weeks ago, my friend Robyn (who is, incidentally, giving away a $100 Amazon gift certificate RIGHT NOW) and I were talking about the play kitchen and associated paraphernalia that Gracie was going to get for Christmas.

Robyn commented to me that Grace is a foodie in the making, and I agreed. She enjoys eating all kinds of foods, she loves to “help” in the kitchen, and she adores her play kitchen and pretend foods.

And so Grace's Kitchen was born. In the coming weeks (always on Thursday), I'll talk about Grace's pretend and real adventures in cooking and eating.

I'm also thinking about a weekly blog carnival using Mr. Linky: Kids in the Kitchen, posted on Thursdays. Would you be interested in participating to share ideas?


Grace loves to eat. She's always loved to eat, aside from when she's sick. Then, not so much, but that's excusable. I think she learned her love of food from me.

Joe marvels at Grace's palate. She will eat almost any fruit or vegetable and almost no meats. As a former vegetarian, I delight in and enjoy in her preferences, but they don't surprise me.

I made Grace's baby food. She ate only fresh fruits and vegetables, cooked and pureed by her mother. I froze the purees, and then heated them when it was time to feed the baby. The purees were wonderfully tasty, and I made all sorts of them.

Mango, peach, apple, sweet potato, green bean, corn, avocado. You name it, I cooked it and froze it in ice cube trays for my baby to eat. (I'll tell you more about making homemade baby food later.)

You name it, I cooked it. Except no meat. I don't like meat to begin with, and I wasn't about to stick it in the blender and make liquid meat. The thought of that made me gag, so I just didn't do it.

I encouraged Joe to make Grace some meat-based baby food, but he declined.

I'm thinking that Grace never developed a taste for meat. I think she will eventually, but it will take a while.

I'm interested in hearing about your experiences with toddler's palates. Did your toddler refuse meat? When did she stop refusing?

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26 thoughts on “Introduction to Grace’s Kitchen”

  1. I bet our daughters would get along wonderfully! My daughter LOVES her play kitchen, helping me in the kitchen, and she is a great eater.

    I made Sweetpea’s baby food too, though I did make her chicken in the blender…I couldn’t bring myself to make anything else, but the chicken wasn’t too bad when mixed in with veggies. (I never made it plain for some reason)

    To this day she enjoys most anything. She will eat meat, but not much of it. She prefers vegetables and pasta or rice. I also don’t give her much in the way of sweets, and what is sweet I try to make sure is naturally sweetened.

    I love the idea of the Grace’s Kitchen feature and a Mr. Linky!

  2. I bet our daughters would get along wonderfully! My daughter LOVES her play kitchen, helping me in the kitchen, and she is a great eater. I made Sweetpea’s baby food too, though I did make her chicken in the blender…I couldn’t bring myself to make anything else, but the chicken wasn’t too bad when mixed in with veggies. (I never made it plain for some reason)To this day she enjoys most anything. She will eat meat, but not much of it. She prefers vegetables and pasta or rice. I also don’t give her much in the way of sweets, and what is sweet I try to make sure is naturally sweetened. I love the idea of the Grace’s Kitchen feature and a Mr. Linky!

  3. Logan didn’t eat baby food meat of any sort. We tried, but he wanted nothing to do with it. He’s a good eater (though I wish he’d eat more veggies other than potatoes!), and loves ANY kind of meat – especially fish. I can’t see any reasoning behind it except that he discovered he liked the flavor of meats.

  4. Logan didn’t eat baby food meat of any sort. We tried, but he wanted nothing to do with it. He’s a good eater (though I wish he’d eat more veggies other than potatoes!), and loves ANY kind of meat – especially fish. I can’t see any reasoning behind it except that he discovered he liked the flavor of meats.

  5. BB would eat all fruits and veggies, and he would eat meat if it was mixed with fruit or veggies. Now, at 2.5 years, he won’t eat hardly anything. He started being really picky right before his 2nd birthday. I’m hoping it’s a phase!

  6. BB would eat all fruits and veggies, and he would eat meat if it was mixed with fruit or veggies. Now, at 2.5 years, he won’t eat hardly anything. He started being really picky right before his 2nd birthday. I’m hoping it’s a phase!

  7. I like your new blog idea! I loveed my play kitchen when I was little. Not because I wanted to cook, but because I liked organizing all the stuff that went with it. Now I see my daughter doing the same thing.

  8. I like your new blog idea! I loveed my play kitchen when I was little. Not because I wanted to cook, but because I liked organizing all the stuff that went with it. Now I see my daughter doing the same thing.

  9. Can’t wait to see her on the Food Network one day!
    Let’s see our son used to love to eat the gerber carrots and peas when he was a baby. But as he has gotten older he’s not too much into veggies. He loves his fruits though. He’ll get in the mood for a salad sometimes but it’s mostly just carrots w/ranch dressing. Doesn’t like to try new foods. Have to beg him to get him to try something new. lol!

  10. Can’t wait to see her on the Food Network one day! Let’s see our son used to love to eat the gerber carrots and peas when he was a baby. But as he has gotten older he’s not too much into veggies. He loves his fruits though. He’ll get in the mood for a salad sometimes but it’s mostly just carrots w/ranch dressing. Doesn’t like to try new foods. Have to beg him to get him to try something new. lol!

  11. Oh and he wasn’t too big on red meat, he liked eating chicken. He just recently at 8 starting eating red meat, and still it’s once in a great while.

  12. Oh and he wasn’t too big on red meat, he liked eating chicken. He just recently at 8 starting eating red meat, and still it’s once in a great while.

  13. My kids (10 and 7) did not develop a taste for meat until they could feed theirselves and were well on solids. Their father insisted on cut up hot dogs or vienna sausages as part of their meals (uhg). Now they’ll eat any kind of meat- BUT! my son (10) eats a very wide array of foods and is a very advenurous eater. My daughter (7) is not like that. She’s picked up her father’s picky tendancies and that’s posed a challenge.

    She loves to cook, so yes, I can participate on Thursdays :o) however- she does not cook everything she helps fix, or fixes, so that theory was shot straight out of the water for me ;o)

    Wendy
    My Blog

    PS~ I already have a cooking adventure in photos from last week- I’ll schedule those to post this coming Thursday!

  14. My kids (10 and 7) did not develop a taste for meat until they could feed theirselves and were well on solids. Their father insisted on cut up hot dogs or vienna sausages as part of their meals (uhg). Now they’ll eat any kind of meat- BUT! my son (10) eats a very wide array of foods and is a very advenurous eater. My daughter (7) is not like that. She’s picked up her father’s picky tendancies and that’s posed a challenge.She loves to cook, so yes, I can participate on Thursdays :o) however- she does not cook everything she helps fix, or fixes, so that theory was shot straight out of the water for me ;o)WendyMy Blog PS~ I already have a cooking adventure in photos from last week- I’ll schedule those to post this coming Thursday!

  15. We got our kids a play kitchen for Christmas too and they love it! My daughter also asked for a little Chef’s hat and apron with pretend cooking gadgets and she loves to wear that when she “cooks”. She’s also a huge help in the kitchen when I’m cooking!

    She never really developed a taste for meats. She’ll chew on pieces of meat but then she’ll spit them out. I think maybe it’s just the texture or something. She loves seafood though so that’s one of the ways I get extra protein into her!

  16. We got our kids a play kitchen for Christmas too and they love it! My daughter also asked for a little Chef’s hat and apron with pretend cooking gadgets and she loves to wear that when she “cooks”. She’s also a huge help in the kitchen when I’m cooking!She never really developed a taste for meats. She’ll chew on pieces of meat but then she’ll spit them out. I think maybe it’s just the texture or something. She loves seafood though so that’s one of the ways I get extra protein into her!

  17. I can't wait until Lola is old enough for a play kitchen! We're attempting baby-led weaning and skipping cereal/purees. I'm loving that I can fix a part of whatever hubby & I are having for dinner so she participates in every meal!

    She's not eating much (or really anything yet) but it's still really early. I hope for the same results you had and I look forwarding to reading this series!

  18. I can't wait until Lola is old enough for a play kitchen! We're attempting baby-led weaning and skipping cereal/purees. I'm loving that I can fix a part of whatever hubby & I are having for dinner so she participates in every meal! She's not eating much (or really anything yet) but it's still really early. I hope for the same results you had and I look forwarding to reading this series!

  19. I’ve lost the ability to speak/type! LOL!!

    Correction #2-

    You know I just realized an error in my last comment-
    “however- she does not cook everything she helps fix, or fixes, so that theory was shot straight out of the water for me ;o)”

    Correction: She doesn’t EAT everything she fixes, or helps fix … lol

  20. I’ve lost the ability to speak/type! LOL!!Correction #2-You know I just realized an error in my last comment-“however- she does not cook everything she helps fix, or fixes, so that theory was shot straight out of the water for me ;o)”Correction: She doesn’t EAT everything she fixes, or helps fix … lol

  21. I have three daughters who all had a play kitchen right by mine, who cooked as I cooked. It is fun to watch them. I think it also helped them try different foods, as I always told them whatever they were cooking was fabulous. Good luck and I love your blog.

  22. I have three daughters who all had a play kitchen right by mine, who cooked as I cooked. It is fun to watch them. I think it also helped them try different foods, as I always told them whatever they were cooking was fabulous. Good luck and I love your blog.

  23. My daughters will eat almost everything that I make, they refuse most baby jars foods though. I guess homemade has more taste. Their favourites are beef casserole and chicken with fruit!

  24. My daughters will eat almost everything that I make, they refuse most baby jars foods though. I guess homemade has more taste. Their favourites are beef casserole and chicken with fruit!

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