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A Week of Leeks:
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Why We Love It
Partners in Flavor and Season
Picky Eater Tips
Money Saving Tricks
News from the Farm
White Fish and Leeks en Papillote
Roasted Leeks and Butternut Squash Salad
Buying the Best
Storing for Flavor
Prepping Tricks & Tips
Recipes, Recipes, Recipes
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<<Especially for Families
Is a picky eater making mealtimes less than pleasant in your household? Here’s a
tip to help break his or her stranglehold on the family’s mealtime fun: Whatever
dish you’re serving, top it with melted cheese! Think about it:
Are there any kids who don’t like cheese? Not many.
And what dish can’t be enhanced with a little cheese? Again, not many.
Use these facts to your advantage. Serving a new casserole? Top it with cheese.
How about a new vegetable? Sprinkle grated cheese on top. This month’s recipe
for Potato, Leek and Tomato Lasagna is a perfect case in point: For adults it can
be made with just a sprinkling of fresh parmesan or feta cheese. For kids it can
be topped with Swiss or kid-friendly mozzarella cheese.
But what about the fat and calories? It’s true that cheese is high in fat and calories,
but here are three things to keep in mind. As a general rule, kids don’t have to
worry about these things to the same degree as adults. Secondly, it takes only a
moderate coating of cheese to serve as a diversion. Finally, this strategy is only
intended for temporary, transitional purposes. Gradually reduce the amount of cheese
so it is no longer a crutch, allowing your child’s taste buds to mature and appreciate
the true taste of a vegetable or other dish.