Monday, May 10, 2010

we are Eating the Alphabet [A a]

One of our favorite books ever- Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert. She is a genius with paper and scissors.

We started on page one and bought all of these A foods........







Then it was taste test time! We are not the hugest fans of avocado just by itself- some lemon juice, salt, pepper, and tomato made it all better.


This one was a little harder- but with the help of the trusty Better Homes and Garden cookbook- we trimmed the ends of each leaf, boiled it for awhile, drained on paper towel, then ate with lemon butter sauce- the sauce was very good. I am not the hugest fan of artichoke, but the sauce made it bearable.

apple- we love apples- A+ from the Mincy family
apricot- we could not find fresh, so we had dried- definitely an A+ here and we will buy more.
artichoke- ummmmm, I kinda have to agree with Dave's assessment that this should be enjoyed as a plant and not a food....but the lemon butter sauce was amazing and the artichoke is so interesting to look at, so C-
asparagus- I would love to love asparagus. I know it is good for you and all that- I like it OK- and better than artichokes for sure. The kids and Dave are not fond of it, but we will not give up. Also good with the lemon butter sauce. C+
avocado- very yummy and so good for you- I give it an A, but the kids would give it a C-

Now you have to vote- which is your favorite of this list. Which is your least fave? We all have our guesses as to which will be the most popular/least popular, so this is your chance to stick up for some of these misunderstood veggies, or fruits.

We have a long road to go before we are finished with this book- (25 letters left!) but I think the ride will be a tasty one.
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Mother's day lunch at our house- Dave grilled salmon, made fresh green beans, picked a good watermelon, and made homemade ice cream. How am I going to top this for Father's Day???!

21 comments:

thedomesticfringe said...

Love the idea of eating the alphabet! You're so smart. Your hubby's dish also looks delish.
-FringeGirl

Lauren said...

Yummy! Apples are always loved at our house! My rules: I do not say NO to apples and books!

Avocado is my least...tastes like crisco. I'm sure that an artichoke would be my least, but I'm afraid to try it.

Yeah to you and your fun food activity! Your children will taste test many more foods than I have, which is definitely GOOD FOR THEM! :)

Laura D said...

Have you ever tried a good artichoke dip? We have a recipe my husbands Step-dad makes and its too die for! So not healthy though as its chock full of mayo and cheese and cream cheese... We have it on very special occasions. I've also had artichoke on pizza and have found it to be surprisingly good. I've never tried it on homemade pizza though, I'll leave that to the shops who know how to make things taste good.

We'd probably go with apricots first (especially dried!) and avacados or asparagus last. I've really tried to like both, but have been unsuccessful. I even had a fresh avacado in Africa where the pinapples are like candy. Everyone else on the trip thought they were awesome. After a taste test, I let them enjoy my portion too!

Rachel said...

I love to make steamed asparagus and then sprinkle it with grated parmesan cheese and a little butter when it comes out of the steamer. It is really good and my 4-year old likes it!

Sara @ The Football Wife said...

Did you roast the asparagus in the oven? If not, give it a try. I toss mine in olive oil, pepper, & a little bit of kosher salt on stoneware at 375.

It's such a great idea to get kids to at least *try* new things! Awesome idea!

manda said...

I would say asparagus sauted with garlic and butter is my fave followed closely by apples. Who doesn't love a crisp, sweet apple?

gailsgarden said...

Yum to asparagus and apricots! Avacado is good on veggie wraps! I have never in all my @%*$ years tasted artichoke, I don't think, but I am up for a try! Call me when you get to okra.

mrs.pabody said...

You have the coolest ideas EVER, Sara!! Your kids might like avocado better as guacamole. Even if they don't I know they would love this video about making guacamole. Trey loves it, if for no other reason than for it's dance-inspiration qualities. Ha! He may not be able to read a lick yet, but he can sure spell g-u-a-c-a-m-o-l-e!!
Also, we make a thin crust (no red sauce) Spinach, bacon, artichoke pizza that is SO good. . . but the artichokes are cooked and flavored, so that makes a difference. Can't wait to see more of your alpha-eating adventures! :)

Garth and Becky said...

What a great idea! I'm going to have to look for that book!

Ruth said...

My favorite would be the apricots~dried or fresh, asparagus would be next. I am definitely not a fan of artichokes either.

Mother's Day meal looks very yummy!!

Ruth

Stephanie said...

I love this idea, and now I want to eat the alphabet!
Favorite would be artichokes... but I prefer them marinated out of a jar (I know not fresh but sooooo good in a pasta salad!)
Least favorite an apple. I do like them, but compared to the rest on this list, it is my least favorite. Can't wait for the B's :)

Jane said...

Jaime Oliver would be so proud! Did you see his show Food Revolution? In one episode a whole room of kindergartners could not name a tomato!

My favorite is the avocado made into guacamole. And, I love the Barefoot Contessa recipe the best.

Sun-Kissed Scholars said...

Very Eric Carle-like! I need to look for that book...and then totally copy your fabulous idea!

I love all of those foods!! Avocado is my top pick. I love avocadoes alone, or in wraps, on sandwiches, in salads, or made into guacamole. My least favorite is apricots, but they still get an A+ from me. I love apples, too.

Artichoke is great cooked and made into dip. Mmmmmm....

Asparagus is fabulous sautéed in olive oil and fresh herbs, with onions and romas, and added to linguini.

Jenn A said...

I like apricots fine. I enjoy avocados a LOT as guacamole with tortilla chips (or anything else Mexican). I am the only one in my family that likes asparagus which is very good roasted or even just sauteed with lemon juice, salt, and pepper. I like artichoke hearts in a yummy salad recipe I have and a cheesy dip recipe, but I've never had them the way that you fixed them. Apples are always good as long as they are crisp and juicy. We eat lots of apples. I like your eat the alphabet idea! It is a great way to try new things!

Lexie said...

Sara, I love asparagus and artichokes! I think that is a California thing, but then again, didn't Dave grow up in CA?

ByHISgoodGrace said...

love this idea! I'm going to see if I can find that book!

kellyH said...

Hi! (I am a friend of steve & sarah's).
We just got that book and as my son gets older, I love your idea of using it to cook thru! thanks for the inspiration!
we love all those, except only artichokes as a dip. (which probably negates eating it as a veggie) :)

The Whiteley's said...

Try to saute the asparagus in a little bit of butter. When it is cooked through sprinkle with a little bit of kosher salt. Put on a plate with grilled chicken and sweet potato and you have one of our favorite summer meals!!

Laura said...

You can try to eat the artichoke cold. Boil till done then place in the fridge to cool (I sometimes to the freezer in a pinch). The dipping sauce I use is super simple: mayo, lemon juice and dill (dried) I absolutely love it!

Adrienne said...

canned apricots are good too. nice and tart and better than most canned fruits.

Brooke said...

Please promise me you will look to see if Lois Ehlert has a blog, and send her these posts. What a fantastic idea, and your photography is awesome! You should think about doing a scrapbook of this for your kids. They would love it!

Avocado is one of my favorite foods in the world. Smooshed on a tortilla with any toppings you can think of....turkey, black beans, cilantro, corn, cheese, spinach, cucumber, tomato, grilled chicken. So yummy as a wrap! But my favorite way to eat it is GUACAMOLE! :-)