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Book Recommendation: Humpty Who?

One added benefit of my trip to New York has been that I had the pleasure of dining last night at Café Forant, the restaurant owned by Lea Forant and Carolyn Montgomery, the lesbian moms of Campbell Soup ad fame. Julien Sharp, whose writing some of you may know from Pam’s House Blend, was kind […]

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Lesbian Moms, Mmm, Mmm Good

Campbell Soup is the latest company to realize the value of marketing to the $650 billion LGBT market—and specifically, to lesbian moms. They have run a two-page spread for Swanson’s broth in the Advocate, featuring two lesbian moms and their young son. The women, Lea Forant and Carolyn Montgomory, are owners of Café Forant in […]

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“She Got Me Pregnant”: Episode 52

This week, Helen and I revisit what it means to be compared with Kate Clinton. I discuss my experience at a national LGBT bloggers’ conference and share a family heirloom. We also show you a tasty treat to prove that we really do follow our own suggestions from the vlog, and we discuss the virtues […]

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Healthy Fast Food Still On the Menu

We’re not a fast-food type of family. When I do need to stop for an on-the-road sort of meal, I’ll look first for a sandwich shop like Subway. My son likes a turkey sub with extra olives and pickles. I was delighted, therefore, to read that activist Mike Rogers (with whom I partnered for Write […]

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What’s Cooking?

Iron Chef and lesbian mom Cat Cora, in an interview with the Food Gal, has spoken out against Prop 8. She also mentions that she and her partner Jen Cora are expecting their third child in April. Congratulations! (Thanks, After Ellen.) This is as good an excuse as any to move from politics to domestic […]

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“She Got Me Pregnant”: Episode 49

Helen and I celebrate this week’s season premiere of Top Chef with a vlog about teaching children to cook. We wield some of our favorite kid-friendly kitchen implements, offer tips on how to involve even the youngest tots, and share some of the many ways cooking can help children learn. We even let viewers in […]

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That Was No Ladle, That Was My Knife

Just for fun, as a break from all the politics: A sculptor friend of mine, Julia Levesque, has created an interactive art installation about identity. In it, she asks viewers to share the type of fork, knife, spoon, or other piece of silverware that best represents them. Her Web site explains: Our terminology for self-description […]

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Healthy Food Songs from Erin Lee and Marci

Children’s musicians Erin Lee and Marci bring us the next of their regular posts with thematic recommendations for kid-friendly music, plus activities to make the songs an interactive experience for the whole family. Look for Erin Lee and Marci here on the first Monday of each month, or visit their homepage, www.gottaplay.org. I’ve created links […]

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Butch: It’s What’s for Dinner

(The Butch Cookbook, discussed below, isn’t about parenting per se, but since food forms a large part of most parents’ lives, I thought it was relevant. I had interviewed one of the editors, Nel Ward, in her role as head of the American Library Association’s Rainbow Project of LGBT-inclusive children’s books. She was kind enough […]

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Book Giveaway: Love Tips and Trips

It’s all to easy, it seems to me, for us parents to become focused on our kids to the detriment of our own relationships. Today’s giveaway just may help remedy that. Michele O’Mara (who blogs at Bilerico) is an award-winning therapist, educator, and author based in Indianapolis who specializes in “the social support and personal […]

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Mmm, Chocolate Milk

Another “we could have guessed that” scientific study: Scientists in Denmark have found that the foods a nursing mom eats can flavor her breast milk. As far as I can remember, though, all of the nursing moms I know were told by their doctors to watch what they eat when nursing, just in case certain […]

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We’re Not Snickering

Yet another reason to go to the candy-free checkout lane in the grocery store: Mars, Inc./Masterfoods has decided that homophobia sells Snickers bars. In a new clip from AMV BBDO London, an effeminate speedwalker is chased by Mr. T, who shoots Snickers bars at him with a Gatling gun, shouts “It’s time to run like […]

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A Moment of Domesticity: Lemon Meringue Pie

One of the little joys of visiting Helen’s family in San Francisco, besides visiting them and going to Pride, was coming back with a bagful of Meyer lemons from the tree in her brother’s backyard. Meyer lemons, for those of you unfamiliar with them, are less acidic and slightly sweeter than regular lemons. They are […]

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Massachusetts Governor’s Daughter Comes Out

In a move to remind all the same-sex couples flocking west to marry that Massachusetts is the original Gay State, Katherine Patrick, daughter of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, has just come out as a lesbian. I jest about the motivation, but the fact of the matter is true. In an interview with Bay Window’s Laura […]

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Rate Your Foods

I’ve always been a foodie, but food seems to impinge even more upon my consciousness now that I’m a mother. I suspect it’s the same for many of you. The new food-review site Zeer intrigued me, therefore, when I read about it at TechCrunch. Zeer is “a grocery product community that helps you ‘believe in […]

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Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 29, is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s. Yep, that’s right. Free cones at any B & J’s participating Scoop Shops. No purchase necessary. (Though if you come home with an extra pint or two, don’t blame me.) What’s your favorite B & J flavor? I have a perverse love for […]

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Oatmeal Hack

Here’s a little mealtime trick I thought I’d pass along. (If you use Irish oats, you can consider this a St. Patrick’s Day post.) My son loves oatmeal, but doesn’t like waiting for it to cool down after I make it. If I add cold milk when it’s done, it ends up too soupy. My […]

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Some/thing Borrowed

For my third contribution to Robin Reagler’s blog carnival, here’s Some/thing Borrowed: a recipe for Valentine’s Day. What better for Valentine’s Day than something chocolate? What better for parents on Valentine’s Day than an easy chocolate project to whip up with the kids? When I saw these Chocolate Pretzel Buttons, I knew they were winners. […]

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Hack Your Hearts

The good thing about Valentine’s Day, which can at times seem like nothing more than a chocolate-fueled celebration of heterosexuality, is that the ubiquitous Sweethearts Conversation Hearts are at least pretty inclusive. Oh, you have to throw out some gender-specific ones that don’t apply, but you can always give the “Lover Boy” ones to your […]

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Cat Cooks for Kids

Iron Chef Cat Cora appears in this month’s Parents magazine (and on their Web site), talking about cooking for her two young sons. Her youngest, at eight months, gets jarred organic food, and her four-year-old gets whatever everyone else is having. “I attribute his good eating habits, at least in part, to the fact that […]

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New England Hanukkah

I’m technically Jewish, since my parents are, but we were never a very observant family and my own beliefs today tend toward the agnostic. I am, however, what I’ve heard called a “culinary Jew,” which means I have a fondness (and occasional mad cravings) for certain foods of my heritage. I whipped up a bunch […]

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Queering the Kitchen

There’s a bit of a food obsession going around the world of LGBT women at the moment. Since parenting and food seem to go together like peanut (or soy) butter and jelly, I thought I’d do a quick roundup. After Ellen has a lengthy feature piece on Iron Chef and lesbian mom Cat Cora. Author, […]

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Mixing It Up

I just bought myself the mixer of my dreams: the Kitchenaid 600, a 6-quart, 575-watt beauty. I’d been eying it for some time, since I’ve gotten into bread making in a big way since staying home with my son. I thought about the smaller and cheaper 5-quart model, but decided to hold out. Yesterday, however, […]

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Cat Cora’s Thanksgiving Recipes

Reader Debbie let me know that Iron Chef Cat Cora and her partner and kids “were featured in this week’s People Magazine talking about their Thanksgiving traditions, and giving tips.” The full article isn’t online, but her grandmother’s mustard recipe is, along with Cat’s recipe for a Pomegranate Balsamic Reduction you can blend in to […]

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Lesbian Mom Holiday Recipe Exchange

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us here in the U.S., so I thought it might be fun for us to share some recipes for that or other upcoming holidays. Leave a comment here or post on your own blog and leave the link. Recipes from non-lesbians and non-moms welcome, too. For my own contribution, I’ll offer […]

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