About this idea
I’m terrified of chicken nuggets. Questionable ingredients aside, I’m scared about someday having children who only eat chicken nuggets or boxed macaroni and cheese and the like. How can I avoid this fate? I’m not sure but for now, I have an idea.
My dream is to have children who eat food, real food, natural food, often organic, rarely processed, sometimes ethnic, food. And that we’ll do all of this eating together, at a table, making polite conversation and happy eating sounds like “mmm” and even “thanks for dinner!” The thing is, I’m not entirely sure how to do it. Our first child is under two years old and our second is still on the way. But still, the dream won’t die. It’s pesky like that. The good news is, I’ve got loads of ideas, experts to ask, recipes to recommend and even more to try out. SO, here goes…
My name is Charity Curley Mathews. My hope is for my little people to appreciate food and everything that comes along with it: health, happiness, community, conversation, nutrition and as often as possible, deliciousness. I’m not a chef but I am a cook who likes to cook. And I’ve had some experience online. Before this venture, I’ve been fortunate to work for some great places, places with lots of great ideas about food & home: Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, HGTV and iVillage.com.
Myself, I became a food lover late in life. I never ate (or really even knew about) goat cheese until I was twenty eight years old. In fact, when I moved to New York City after college, I spent the first two years walking around saying, “Wow, I’ve never…” and filling in the blank with things like: enjoyed wine with dinner. Had duck. Eaten Ethiopian food. Crunched into a fresh red pepper. Seen cheese with chili flakes in it. And so on.
Now, along with my husband, toddler and newborn, I live in Rome, Italy where they take food and family very seriously. This seemed like a now-or-never sign for starting the site I’ve long daydreamed about. Along with the move to Rome came a new gig; I started a web consultancy & freelance writing business, which gives me the time to try this idea for real. And there’s more. With hope and prayers, bambina number two arrived in February and will be eating soon herself. That makes a family of four. Now back to the blog.
Far from food snobbery, this site is about suggestions. It’s about sharing ways to get kids to eat, to get them excited and at least at the table. So, I’ll toss out ideas and articles plus recipes and even craft projects–all in as many interesting ways as possible. If you offer your opinions plus your own great ideas, we just may be on to something here.