As parents we like to have a plan, but a huge part of being a parent is thinking on your feet. Sometimes it’s how to answer a difficult question posed by a kid. Sometimes it’s figuring out how to clean up a major diaper blow-out with no wipes on hand. Sometimes it’s explaining to your curious toddler why that nice police officer just pulled you over. Sometimes it’s navigating the unspoken social contracts on playground. Sometimes it’s just doing whatever you possibly can to get your baby to sleep.
All of my life, I have hated mushrooms.
My memories of mushroom-aversion run deep and wide, all the way back to that traumatic time as a kid when my gag-reflex over being forced to eat the mushrooms on my plate got me into what I thought was some terribly unjust trouble.
Over the years though, I came to start appreciating mushrooms’ culinary uses. Contrary to my long-standing belief that it was their ability to “absorb” flavors that was supposed to make them great — a claim I always found dubious — I found instead that they were actually an excellent source of flavor themselves.
Eventually I would find out why, when I came to be familiar with the concept of umami, the so-called “fifth taste” beyond those of sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. Sometimes it’s explained as “savory,” but the Japanese word actually translates to give a meaning more like “deliciousness.” Umami is something found in foods which are high in glutamates, and one of the highest glutamate foods is, as it turns out, mushrooms. With this knowledge — and frankly, having married a woman who loves mushrooms — I was happy to begin experimenting with using mushrooms in my cooking. As it turns out, they’re actually really good when given a chance. Who knew?
Their request? Come up with a quick and easy mushroom recipe, and encourage others to do the same, for a chance at winning $500 for the best recipe.
I’m more than happy to oblige!
Mother’s Day is, as you may have heard, coming up quickly. My friends at Starbucks and Life of Dad have put out the challenge to see who can wrangle his kids to show their mom just how awesome she is, and prove himself the real #LatteRomeo. And what better way than with breakfast in bed?
Being a family of avid (well, enthusiastic, at least) gardeners, we’re no strangers to the problem of sometimes having way more fresh, ripe produce than we can use. Last year we had seven rather abundant tomato plants, for goodness sake. As a result, we have had to learn to preserve what we grow. That has definitely meant a lot of canning, and pickle-making, but for some foods my experience has led me to prefer one method over the rest: freezing.
I’ve had a lot of questions recently about the new addition to our family, ever since her subtle introduction in a post graphic a couple of weeks ago. Little did I know that people would wonder about who they were seeing, and I thought it was time to properly introduce her to the world.
We officially adopted N’elle (full birth name Cottonelle Care Routine) into our lives several weeks ago, when she was delivered smoothly via UPS, after the volunteering to give her a good home. It has been a whirlwind adventure ever since she uttered her first words: “Let’s talk about your bum!”
The assignment was simple: make a quick, fun Instagram video that tells the story of how milk with breakfast turns me into #SuperMilkMan! With the help of my lovely wife, we put together this fun little micro-film, co-starring my charming boys and a recently constructed Mega Bloks Skylanders robot (who frankly owes more than a little from his performance to the legendary Daleks), with a supporting role by some delicious brioche french toast, and featuring a cool glass of milk.
I’m not exactly a coffee connoisseur, but sometimes I like to pretend I am.
You know, the guy who only buys his beans whole, then coarsely grinds just enough for a single pot at a time, brewed in a French press — of course! — to preserve the natural oils and what-not.
(Then I add a lot of flavored creamer, and lose all credibility.)
“The #SuperMilkMan Contest?” you ask. “What the heck is the #SuperMilkMan Contest?”
I’m so glad you asked!
My friends at Life of Dad and the Breakfast Project campaign are teaming up with The Rock — yes, THE The Rock — to hold an awesome contest, and I am one of the lucky few who have been invited to be a participant.
In the coming few days, with the help of my production crew (a.k.a. my 2 year old and my 4 year old) I will be creating a short video for submission, then posting it here, there, and everywhere. Watch for it soon, and when you see it please share! I could win a trip to hang out with The Rock in LA or NYC, and maybe — just maybe — he will share with me whatever he has been cooking all these years that smells so great.
In the meantime, this Thursday I am really excited for my first ever gig co-hosting a Twitter Party!
This is your chance to win something, as we’ll be giving out 5 “The Rock – Milk Gift Packs” (valued at $98 each) and one Grand Prize of a 16GB iPad Mini Grand Prize (valued at $329)!
So please follow and join me (@ChrisRoutly), our hosts @LifeOfDadShow and @MilkMustache, along with my fellow co-hosts @TommyRiles, @CuteMonsterDad, and @DiaryDad this Thursday, August 15, at 12:00 noon EST and use the hashtag (you guessed it!) #SuperMilkMan.
Who knows? Maybe The Rock himself will even show up.
Watch for my video soon! And in the meantime, here’s The Rock’s meager entry, from SuperBowl XVII:
Disclaimer: I am being compensated by Life of Dad, LLC for my participation as an Official Entrant in, and promotion of, the #SuperMilkMan Contest. Seriously, they are paying me to compete to meet The Rock. How cool is that?