Katy Killilea

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Katy Killilea lives in Barrington with her husband, their sons (2001 + 2003), and a dog named Grover. Katy loves reading, cooking, loud pants, the Beehive in Bristol, and learning everything she can about Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease. She says more about that at Bigfoot Child Have Diabetes.

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Great Cookbooks for Families: Bean by Bean

Great Cookbooks for Families: Bean by Bean

[ 0 ] March 12, 2012 |

Fart avoidance tips are offered in most bean recipes. It seems this is an earnest concern among bean consumers. Crescent Dragonwagon addresses the topic (i.e. the fermentation of oligosaccharides by intestinal bacteria and controlling the volume/fragrance of any resulting gas) in the preliminary chapter of her new cookbook, Bean by Bean; after we’re reassured that nothing too unladylike will result from the cooking and eating of her bean recipes, we’re treated to more than 175 of them–starring fresh beans, canned beans, dried beans, tofu, and miso in soups, spreads, salads, stews, and desserts.

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After School Special

After School Special

[ 6 ] February 14, 2012 |

So many chilly, gray afternoons. One method for combatting midwinter malaise is to play England: I Have a Stiff Upper Lip About These Gray/Grey Days and a Platter Full of Scones as Well. Just when our primal need for carbs an cozy beverages is peaking, Duck and Bunny has introduced a twist to its usual giddy afternoon tea: After School Tea.

Like Duck and Bunny’s standard fabulous tea, After School Tea includes finger sandwiches, sweets, and cup after cup of tea.

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Great Cookbooks for Families: They Draw & Cook

Great Cookbooks for Families: They Draw & Cook

[ 0 ] December 14, 2011 |

The totally fun blog They Draw & Cook is now a book!

If you like to draw and cook, you are probably familiar with this international site of cookies, carrots, and quirk. Much snugglier than a screen, the sturdy book version features illustrated recipes (107 of them) from cook-artists who live all over the world. As on the blog, each cook-artist has a distinct style—some pages look like favorite children’s book illustrations, others more like beautifully designed packaging; some are silly, some are graceful, others are bizarre—to clue you in to the mood of the dish.

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A Child’s Diagnosis

A Child’s Diagnosis

[ 11 ] November 28, 2011 |

Two words that look yucky together: child and diagnosis. I had the wind knocked out of me by a diagnosis of head lice two years ago, and found myself searching the night sky for clues: Why me? More recently, my eight year old was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, and I had precisely the same […]

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Just Can’t Get Enough: Andy Stanton’s Mr. Gum

Just Can’t Get Enough: Andy Stanton’s Mr. Gum

[ 0 ] September 20, 2011 |

It would be dreadful to run out of this deadpan goodness any time soon. We dole it out slowly. Avoiding a binge doesn’t take much willpower, because they’re practically impossible to find. Even Amazon doesn’t have many in stock: Andy Stanton’s series of books about the daft, cruel Mr. Gum, who hates “children, animals, fun, and corn on the cob.” (On the other hand, it’s not all hate—Mr. Gum loves the BBC television show “Bag of Sticks,” which features a 30-minute shot of sticks. In a bag.) The books also feature a fairy (she’s rough), a dog named Jake (he’s kind and oblivious), and rhymes, which make us choke and cry (in a good way).

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To Market, To Market

To Market, To Market

[ 1 ] August 22, 2011 |

The cut-paper artwork of Nikki McClure is immediately recognizable. And magical. How can her work be so subtle and subdued when the lines are so heavy and the colors so bold? Despite the thickness and opacity, McClure is able to reveal the precise facial expression of the discerning apple shopper and the rumpled softness of the lacinato kale leaf. Good thing she has these mysterious revelatory skills, because her new picture book is about people shopping for food.

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Play With Your Food

Play With Your Food

[ 3 ] June 21, 2011 |

From observing her cooking class, you might assume Leah Cherry is some kind of children’s cooking fairy. Pretty as a princess (a princess in a ponytail, apron, and clogs) and able to hold the attention of many children at once, she is, in fact, human. For most of her adult life, Leah has worked in […]

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Care for a Friend in Need

Care for a Friend in Need

[ 9 ] June 18, 2011 |

We asked our own friends and neighbors what they remember as good choices during their own times of need. The main theme that emerged: whatever it is, make it easy to use or to pop in the freezer for another day. And make it easy to understand. Here is a list of food suggestions from the wise (including a recipe), perfect add-ons to any meal, and other non-food items not to forget.

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Why, Thank You

Why, Thank You

[ 2 ] June 2, 2011 |

People love handwritten letters and bemoan their scarcity. Thank goodness part of our population is still cranking out handwritten letters in significant quantities: the birthday girls and boys. Our children are keeping the handwritten letter alive with their scrawly stacks of thank you notes.

At our house, this ritual is never painless. Even with fresh Sharpies and Wallace & Gromit foldover notes, it’s not much fun.

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When Books Know They are Books

When Books Know They are Books

[ 7 ] April 25, 2011 |

I am sure I’d love a Kindle. Actually, no. I’m not at all sure I’d love it, but I’m pretty sure I’m ready to stop hearing about how super they are. Many people like paper and ink books as art objects, or because the binding glue smells good, or for the feel of the paper […]

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