Flowers, chocolates, perfume -- it's what most of us give the moms in our lives on Mother's Day. But why be conventional? After all, moms have many lives -- they work, they travel, they lead. Get a gift for the woman she is besides a mom.
Common Threads imparts to students the joy of cooking. What the students have taught Bernstein -- and me -- is the joy in discovery -- joy in discovering how to cut corn off the cob, delight in tasting tahini for the very first time.
Today, few kids can tell a snap pea from a string bean. Sautéing is as foreign to today's teens as a landline. A recent a survey in Australia found that 20 percent of kids think pasta comes from animals. 27 percent think yogurt come from plants.
Let's envision the financial windfall taxpayers should reap when we begin to make a serious dent in rates of childhood overweight and obesity. And let's put food education back in schools because we value our children and their prospects for long, healthy, and happy lives.
Then there's "poor old" Edith who loses her cousin-boyfriend on the Titanic in episode one. It's all downhill at Downton from there. She follows men around like a puppy, only to get rejected. Dumped by a burn victim, ditched at the alter, and crushing on a married man, Edith is sad sack.
I remember school cafeteria food -- with a certain amount of horror -- but not actually eating it. What I remember was our lunch lady cashier, who was huge and mustached and who scared the bejesus out of me. Once, as I paid for lunch, I dropped a coin into my spaghetti.
A film about the notion that if a school just has enough "heart" and "pluck," kids can eat organic lettuce and free-range chicken instead of canned peas and nuggets does a real disservice to the thousands of school food directors in this country.