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Good Local Markets kicks off farmers market season

When we lived in California years ago, one of the perks we enjoyed was the abundance of real farmers markets where you can visit and connect with growers and artisans in the area. When we moved to Dallas, White Rock Lake Market (WRLM) was the only one we found where we had the same experience. Now our favorite community farmers market is kicking off the new season under the banner of Good Local Markets and …

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Tribute to Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" (photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com)
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Nutella Hot Chocolate

A record snow day in Dallas! 7 inches fell last night and Dallasites woke up to a beautiful sunny blue skies and a winter wonderland. Our East Coast friends will laugh that our kids were kept home from school but what a novelty to be out and feeling soft powder flakes crunch beneath our Ugg boots. We didn’t have snow gear but armed with a bit of imagination and Sterilite storage lids, The IttyBittyFoodies went …

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Pane Turano - photo courtesy of Turano Baking
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Brian Luscher took the Turano Bread Challenge. Will you? #TuranoHack

Are you a sandwich wizard? Like to get creative between the slices and have an Iphone to capture a 30-60 second video? Take the Turano Bread challenge and you could win $500 in the #TuranoHack contest. To give a quick backstory, Turano Baking Company is a Chicago-based artisanal bread company in it’s 53rd year of baking.  They have an extensive line of breads and rolls delivered fresh around Chi-town. For those of us outside of the windy …

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Asian style pulled pork goes well with rice (photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com)
Home Made

Asian Pulled Pork Crock-Pot recipe

The Crock-Pot is my BFF on days when the kids have after school activities. This Asian style pulled pork recipe is versatile with rice for dinner and leftovers in slider buns for lunch the next day. I buy a 4-5lbs pork shoulder roast (bone in) to feed our family of five with leftovers. Like all IttyBittyFoodies recipes, prep time is minimal. This recipe consists of simply seasoning and searing the pork before letting the Crock-Pot do it’s magic. Slow …

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How to store your food and keep it fresher
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Tips on how to store your food longer #foodhacks

My fridge is a disaster at the end of the week. How’s yours? Every Sunday evening, I invariably find floppy carrots, slimy spinach leaves, browning beans and prune-like ginger root. Throwing out rotten food is like chucking money away. With a little preparation these simple food hack tips will show you how to store your food properly. Steps like storing asparagus stems upright in water or putting in a piece of paper towel with leafy greens in the fridge …

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Master Chef Junior's Gordon Ramsay with his favorite chef, Riley (photo courtesy of MCJ)
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Meet MasterChef Junior contestant, Little Chef Riley

MasterChef Junior (MCJ) on Fox has riveted our household the last few weeks. Watching other kids cook has inspired our IttyBittyFoodies to stretch themselves in the kitchen and more so when one of the contestants, Riley is a classmate. The eight year old was MCJ’s youngest contestant ever and put up a good fight till episode 4 when he was eliminated. Riley didn’t win MCJ but he won over hearts, including that of infamously fiery tough …

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Crusted, seared and ready for the oven (photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com)
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Sesame seaweed crusted salmon recipe

I was in a dinner rut last week looking at how to jazz up boring old salmon. The boys and I started eating their favorite seaweed snack in the kitchen when I had my light bulb moment. Why not combine the salmon with seaweed and add a little sesame seed for crunch? The results were completely nosh worthy and the recipe couldn’t be simpler. As always the IttyBittyFoodies recipes  are very easy for time poor parents who still …

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Pomegranate season (photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com)
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How to ‘spank’ a pomegranate

  What I’m about to tell you is a game changer the next time you want to eat pomegranate. These little jewels are not just nutrient dense and also antioxidant rich. Pomegranates contain high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols, potent antioxidants offering protection against heart disease and cancer. A glass of pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than red wine, green tea, blueberries, and cranberries. They burst with flavor and add a pop of color to any …

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Gift one. Give one. Tiny Bee Gift Co (photo courtesy of Tiny Bee Gift Co)
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A Holiday Gift Guide That Gives Back

Finding the right gift for someone involves thought and time. There’s much joy in giving and more so when local small businesses take the joy of gifting to a new level by giving back to the community! Imagine decking out your Christmas tree with origami ornaments that also help provide clean water to communities in developing countries or stocking a school library in need with new books because of a purchase you’ve made. Here’s the IttyBittyFoodies …

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Pho Kitchen brings fast and fresh Vietnamese food to NorthPark center (photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com)
Restaurant Reviews

Pho Kitchen at NorthPark Center

NorthPark Center is really stepping up it’s mall food options. First with Green House Market which has become so many of my friends’ new favorite cafe and now with the newly opened Pho Kitchen that is sandwiched between Which Wich and Snappy Salads. If the guys behind the counter look a little familiar, that’s because this is not their first rodeo or pho joint. They are the same crew behind East Wind in Deep Ellum. …

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Celebrating in style at Neighborhood Services Tavern in Addison's Village on the Parkway
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Googie’s 2nd birthday at Neighborhood Services Tavern (Addison)

Happy birthday, Googie! How is it possible that you are two so soon? You had such a rough start in life but thanks to the awesome doctors at Presbyterian Hospital and good old fashioned prayers, we managed to take you home at 3 weeks old. Yes, so much to be thankful for this season and we’re happy to report, he’s absolutely perfect! In true IttyBittyFoodie form, Googie counts olives and salmon as some of his …

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A kale dish so tender, even a little toddler can eat it.
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Smothered Kale and Ham Recipe

The IttyBittyFoodies like kale chips but we haven’t had much success with kale salads because the leaves tend to be too tough. However, kale is such a nutritional powerhouse with it’s antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and cancer preventative health benefits that we have decided to explore other ways of cooking it like this Smothered Kale and Ham recipe. By cooking it down lightly, the kale leaves become soft enough that even Googie (now nearly 2 years old) is …

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Artisanal Cheese plate (photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com)
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Dallas Design District’s Ascension is more than a coffee shop

There’s been a slew of coffee shops opened in the last eighteen months in Dallas but Ascension stands out from the rest. However, it took me a little while to figure out why this Design District coffee shop keeps us going back for breakfast, lunch, dinner (many dinners!) date night drinks and Sunday brunch. It’s more than a coffee shop, it’s a cafe. Unlike most coffee places, the food isn’t prepackaged in a counter for you …

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6 yr old Pikelet loves his Happy Geo - (photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com)
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Indoor kids activities: Make “Happy Geo” 3D structures

The IttyBittyFoodies love unscheduled, free play especially outdoors but the last dog days of summer are so hot some indoor play is welcome. We’ve been bringing out the “Happy Geo” by Studio ROOF. Happy Geo is a modern toy set of basic geometric shapes that fit together to create cities, planes, robots and just about anything your child can imagine in a 3D structure. Best of all it’s great for holding their attention for hours, indoors. Like …

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Grilled striped bass with two salad sides
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Green House Market at Northpark Center – healthy mall fare

Believe it or not, our new favorite healthy eating spot is at the mall. Green House Market at Northpark Center with it’s chef driven, farm-to-table menu is a game changer to mall food. The little spot tucked behind AMC theaters (directly above Breadwinners) is opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner and features handmade pastries, pressed juices, locally sourced ingredients, desserts, Blue Bottle coffee, organic wines and craft beer. Like this:Like Loading…

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