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Katie Morford
Katie Sullivan Morford is the voice behind the blog Mom's Kitchen Handbook [] and author of the book Best Lunch Box Ever (Chronicle Books, 2013), with a second book due out in 2016. Her recipes and writing have been published in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Real Simple, Cooking Light, Self, The Kitchn, and Daily Candy, among others. She brings her expertise as a registered dietitian with a master's degree in nutrition to the table in her work and her home. "Raising Fresh-Food Kids in a French-Fried World" is the tagline for her blog and her philosophy in feeding her own children. Katie lives in San Francisco with her husband and three daughters.

Entries by Katie Morford

Trying to Embrace My Ever-Aging Face

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 12:24 PM

There is beauty in the cracks.

She reached across the table and ran her hand along my cheek. A tender gesture from the new wife of my father's best friend as she remarked on "my beautiful young skin." I was in my early 20s and didn't think of my skin...

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Is Bacon So Bad? Getting to the Meat of the WHO Report

(2) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 12:45 PM

A report on Monday by the World Health Organization (WHO) linking processed meat with cancer has been the subject of big time media headlines. Fox News, among others, jumped on the bandwagon with an alarmist (and highly inaccurate) story lead, proclaiming, "Eating processed meat like hot...

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The Halloween Candy Conundrum

(1) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 5:07 AM


For a few years there I got away with buying little bags of whole grain pretzels, boxes of raisins and packets of sugarless gum to give away on Halloween. No more. Apparently, it's embarrassing to have the mom who doles out anything less...

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Sometimes the Tears Take You By Surprise

(6) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 6:57 PM


Bittersweet, that's what it was, sitting with my husband and oldest daughter across a desk from the counselor at school. Not the school psychologist, mind you. Or the academic counselor. The college counselor, for my daughter, who is in her senior year of...

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15 Healthy Foods to Buy at Costco

(9) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 6:25 PM

2015-09-28-1443467667-1372633-Image.jpgThose who think that eating healthfully means spending big bucks and shopping at specialty stores and organic markets hasn't been to Costco lately. A recent spin through the aisles turned up a surprising number of wholesome offerings, making a lot of good food accessible...

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Is a Need to Please Making You Fat?

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 12:01 PM


Back in April I gave up sugar for a stretch of several weeks, during which time I abstained from the white stuff in all of its many forms. A few positives came out of skipping the sugar shaker: My afternoon sweet cravings diminished...

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5 Ways to Boost Veggies at Breakfast

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 4:34 PM

Vegetables. That's probably not the first thought that popped into your head when looking at a steaming tower of pancakes waiting to be drizzled with maple syrup. But that's exactly what you see. Pumpkin, to be exact, stirred into pancake batter along with cinnamon, ginger, and other warming spices. As...

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The Bittersweet Side of Parenting With a Bittersweet Recipe for Valentine's Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 9:35 AM

Bittersweet, that's what it was, sitting with my husband and oldest daughter across a desk from the counselor at school. Not the school psychologist, mind you. Or the academic counselor. The college counselor, for my daughter, who is closing in on her junior year of high school.

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Why I Bought a Stranger a Pie

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 4:50 PM

As I hurried across the street, I saw her approaching from half of a block away. Reflexively, I looked down, doing what I sometimes do when things get uncomfortable. Face the ground. Ignore what is so clearly right in front of me.


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How to Make and Freeze Smoothies

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 5:15 PM

Our household blender gets a mighty workout around here, spending most of its time whirling fresh and frozen fruits, leafy greens, kefir, yogurt, nuts, seeds, and grains into frothy nourishment. Often, the result is more smoothie than can reasonably be consumed in one sitting. In the past, I've poured any...

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25 façons de manger mieux. Choisissez-en une

(2) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 2:48 PM


Il est toujours possible de mieux manger. Je repense toujours ma manière de prendre soin de moi, qu'il s'agisse de faire de l'exercice ou d'améliorer ma diète. Il s'agit de petits changements sur la longue durée. Dans cette optique, voici 25 idées pour...

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6 Steps to a Superb School Lunch

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 3:57 PM

The National School Lunch Program has taken a lot of heat over the years for its shortcomings in nourishing American school children. Well, according to a recent study at Tufts University, many parents aren't doing so well either, sending lunches that are loaded with packaged foods and sugary...

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12 Speedy Breakfasts for Busy School Day Mornings

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 7:52 PM

I'm trying to be brave today. I'm not very good at brave when it comes to my children and growing up.

ER visits? Gnarly splinters? Friendship woes? Anything involving blood? I'm your gal.

Outgrowing a newborn onesie? First day of kindergarten? Graduation? You'll find me I'm in a puddle of tears, handing the...

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25 Simple Ways to Eat Better: Pick One

(18) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 9:37 AM


There's always room for fine tuning our eating habits. I am forever reworking how I manage my health, from mixing it up on the exercise front to tweaking the quality of my diet. It's a process. Two years ago I gave...

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A Dietitian's Top 20 Picks at Trader Joe's

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 11:50 AM


In a perfect world, I'd do all of my grocery shopping at a leisurely pace at the farmers' market, make my own yogurt, cheese and butter, can all of my own fruits and vegetables, and have pastured chickens grazing in my backyard providing...

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Soured on Summer Camp Snacks: What I Did About It

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 5:19 PM

Picking up my youngest daughter after her first day at soccer camp last week, I was filled with delight. Dozens of girls of all ages were running around on the expansive green of a university field as energetic young coaches encouraged them along. The blue skies overhead and majestic backdrop...

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What Would You Pay for a Pound of Peaches?

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 4:52 PM


When my friend Meg stopped by yesterday, she commented on the bowl of cherries adorning my kitchen counter. "Cherries," she said. "Where can you get affordable cherries?"

"You can't," I told her. "I paid five bucks a pound for those."

Yes, a bowl...

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My Daughter Asked Me to Quit Soda

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 5:17 PM

It wasn't unusual. Me, going on a rant about soda consumption, rattling on about its contribution to the obesity epidemic and soft drink companies' insidious tactics to make consumers out of kids. My own three children were at the receiving end of this diatribe, their eyes glazed over.


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Turn a Slice of Watermelon Into a Tasty Salad

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 4:04 PM

In addition to being the enduring objects of unconditional affection, kids have many other important functions in our lives. Top among them is keeping our egos in check. If ever we get too big for our britches, they can take us right down to earth with a look, a comment,...

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Will the Real 'Best Diet' Please Stand Up

(2) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 8:22 PM


Last fall I sat with my 13-year-old daughter Rosie as she hosted a bake sale at our neighborhood farmers' market. At one point, a darling girl of about 3 toddled up to eye the cookies, quick breads, and granola that Rosie and I...

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