Inside The Cookbook
The MOM 100 Cookbook contains a wide variety of extra helpful elements throughout. Where relevant, many recipes have notes on the following topics to provide more information.
Tips on how the dish, or parts of it, can be made in advance.
Miscellaneous bits of advice, clarifications, shortcuts, and other info about preparing the recipe
Fork in the Road:
Throughout the book you will notice a number of dishes marked as Fork in the Road recipes. This addresses the need to adapt a recipe to suit the needs of a family where picky palates are prevalent. Basically a recipe is made fairly simply up to a certain point. Then some of the dish is removed (think plain pasta sauce, pita chips, and sauteed chicken cutlets) and set aside for the kids or for those with milder palates. Then you continue on with the rest of the dish, adding some additional ingredients and flavors for those with more adventurous palates. The result is that you get to make one dish for the whole family. Everyone is sharing the same meal, but the grown ups are eating something with more interest and sophistication, while the kids are eating a great meal that doesn’t push them past their limits.
What the Kids Can Do:
There’s no guarantee on this, but it’s often the case that when your kids help prepare something, they are more likely to try it. With that in mind each recipe is accompanied by tips on what your kids can do, though of course you have to make the determination based on their age and ability.
There are so many ways to tweak a recipe and lots of them are presented throughout. But don’t hesitate to come up with some of your own to best suit your families tastes; switch in a favorite vegetable, change up the spices, make the recipes your own.