It has been an extremely busy week collecting data from my favorite foodies. As most of you are aware, I am running a series of articles on these amazing cooks and bloggers and it has certainly been a whimsical ride. I work with them every day, we correspond and chat throughout the morning and afternoon and I am so grateful that they have so graciously let me a little deeper into their lives. It has been an incredible read going through their blogs and their writings paired with the information they have provided me for this series. I love the uniqueness that makes up every one of them and I hope I can deliver that across to you the reader.
Of course one of the reasons it is so enjoyable for me to work with them is because I have such a large appetite and love for food, however I do have one small confession. I had one phobia when it came to food. Yes, me, I did. Just the thought of eating anything healthy gave me the quivering shivers. I remember the health foods from my childhood, the texture of wheat germ covering my shredded wheat, I know, shredded wheat was punishment enough, the bland flavor of whatever I was sure was cardboard on my plate and every once in a while I swear I can taste the horrid bitterness of brussel sprouts still to this day. The only term I can come up with to describe this insidious fare is that it was something that rabbits or squirrels might or might not eat. I am grateful my mother passed through that phase fairly quickly. So as you can well imagine after such a noxious assault on my taste buds, I as an adult, gave that rabbit / squirrel food a wide birth when looking for a restaurant, a recipe, or basically anything that was going to be passing through my lips.
As I had been searching all over the internet looking for recipes and fun things to feed the fam, I stumbled accidently upon healthy options. I say by accident because at first glance, this dish did not appear to be good for me. The presentation was beautiful, the photograph was full of color and after the reading the recipe it looked as if they would be surprisingly bursting with flavor as well. So, I did the unthinkable. I went to the market, gathered the ingredients and got to work in the kitchen to prepare an uber healthy dish. What I tasted was a wonder. After many years of running from fruits and vegetables, not only I am inclined to include them in my meals, I search for more recipes that I can add to the dinner menu. I have Heather Tallman of Basilmomma to thank for a small miracle.
In December of 2010 Basilmomma a busy mom who likes to cook, went live online. She puts out four posts a week, posts for a newspaper column and is as the title depicts, a very busy mom. When Heather is writing for her blog, Basilmomma, she doesn’t concern herself with the “flavor of the moment”, and most certainly does not feed her family any food from a box. She lovingly prepares foods for her gang and then thoughtfully posts them online for us. Heather believes strongly in building fellowship with likeminded people and thoughtfully writes about her adventures in cooking and family adventures. Her focus is on the family unit and that is evident to you the moment you begin to read. Everything she concocts is extremely good for her boys and she works hard to make good for you, taste good to you. If you are a parent, especially a very busy parent, you know that is not always an easy endeavor, not easy, but after reading a few posts, you can see that it is possible.
She shows us that a busy mom needs to be adaptable, make a quick change at a moments notice and to be able to roll with the punches as well as humanly possible. We read through her day, the trials, the frustration, the joys and we can relate and connect. Our situations may not be exactly the same, but we all have moments we wish we could put in a box and forget, days without enough hours and most of all we love, care and do the best for our families every day, and that is the connection. Upon reading her many heartfelt posts, I have found her to be a gracious lady with a generous spirit and that is conveyed mightily in all of her work. If you are going to be reading her writing for the first time, you are in for such a treat.
So thank you Heather, you have inspired me to make some very healthy and yes, tasty dishes for my family! There will never be rabbit / squirrel food on our table and for this I and my children can’t thank you enough.
You can visit Heather at her blog Basilmomma and her FB page: Basilmomma She will be there waiting to bid you welcome!