Edmond Native Encourages Others to 'Love Real Food'

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Parents of picky eaters, take heart! I was the pickiest of eaters when I was young. I went through a peanut butter sandwich phase—no crust, hold the jelly, white bread only. I would only eat canned green beans—certainly not my grandmother’s garden-fresh green beans. I always loved pizza, and still do, of course. Fortunately, my Mom always made sure to offer salad and fresh fruit at the dinner table. I’m pleased to report that my taste buds have expanded exponentially since I left for college. 

The fresh ingredients on the table back then generally came from the produce section of a grocery store. These days, I enjoy picking up my produce at farmers markets whenever possible. I like to talk to the vendors and find out more about the food they brought with them. It's also fun to watch kids find their favorites and ask questions about fruits or vegetables they haven't seen before. They're probably more likely to try new tastes when they’ve helped pick them out!

My parents would never have guessed that I would grow up to become a food blogger and write a cookbook, but that has happened. If you’re wondering what to cook up with your surplus farmers market finds, here are a few of my favorite recipes from my new cookbook, “Love Real Food: More Than 100 Feel-Good Vegetarian Favorites to Delight the Senses and Nourish the Body.”

BIO: Edmond native Kathryne Taylor is the personality behind the hugely popular blog Cookie and Kate (cookieandkate.com). The blog is the No. 1 vegetarian cooking blog in the country. In six years, the vegetarian and all-natural food blog has grown from a hobby to a full-time project, and now garners more than two million visits per month. Kathryne researches, develops, cooks, photographs and writes every recipe on the blog. She now lives in Kansas City. Her cookbook “Love Real Food” is published by Rodale.

[Editor's Note: Kathryne is the daughter of MetroFamily publisher, Sarah Taylor and her husband, John.]

Click through the following pages for special recipes for your farmers market finds.

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