My son is more apt to eat the broccoli at dinner if he cut it from the garden himself. Something about the interaction from seed to the puffy florets that keep his curiosity. He watches me do some weeding, pinch a bite of broccoli from the stock, pop it in my mouth, exaggerate my enthusiasm about its deliciousness and nutrition and then….v-w-alla….he’s following my lead.
There is a bridge with children called “me too”. They want so badly to be just like the big people in their life. So, we fill wine glasses with apple juice at New Years, hand them a razor-less handle for a mock shave,  give them fake make up sets and miniature tool sets. The “me too ” bridge is a way to connect, show love, and let them know you believe in them.
Chewp by Bat Chen Grayevsky is a collection of kitchen tools appropriate for children and adults to enjoy cooking together. Food preparation can become a daily task gone teachable moment. The handles are wee sized, the blades not too sharp, juicer is more compact for small hands as is the mortar and pestle. Super smart cutting boards have circular dentations to keep round produce from rolling away. These tools are likely to be used on fresh ingredients which leads me to their biggest attribute: encouraging healthy eating. Remember the way they want to do as you do? Chewp is dedicated to inspiring fresh cuisine for growing appetites, raising awareness for the somewhat forgotten foods that are best for everyone.

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Allison

Allison Parker is a proud stay at home mom maintaining a full schedule kissing boo boos and passing out hugs just because. Her days many times are spent between the garden and the kitchen. From a journey of learning whole food eating habits, she's taken on the challenges of baking bread, muffins and cakes from scratch and filling the cellar shelves with scores of her own canned goods each year. Writing is one of those things she does because its part of who she is. That and it's a nice break from the never ending work that comes with raising a family.

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