While the name “Cold Cereal & Toast” may sound a bit paradoxical for a blog about healthful food that nourishes the body and the environment, let me explain its roots.
I’m a Registered Dietitian who does not know is learning how to cook. One seasonal vegetable at a time. I named this blog “Cold Cereal & Toast” for a few reasons outside of the obvious food reference central to this blog. It is a is a tribute to my new husband, “J,” a meat-and-potatoes convert who loves to spend holidays on the couch watching classic Charlie Brown episodes. “Cold Cereal & Toast” references a line from “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”– when faced with the challenge of cooking a Thanksgiving meal for all of his friends, Charlie Brown exasperates, “All I can make is cold cereal and maybe toast.” Quite frankly, I can too closely relate to his sentiments. Cereal and toast, while classic breakfast items, require little thought in preparation and I often fall into a pattern of consuming simply prepared foods while, ironically, watching Rachel Ray whip up a comforting, nutritious meal in 30 minutes (including dessert!). No more excuses, time to take accountability… and I came to this realization over the holidays– I wanted to blog about food, too.
You will notice that the focus on local and seasonal foods whenever possible. In an effort to expand my culinary wisdom, the question “where does my food come from?” has spawned an interest and investigation into the world of food policy and public health. So while the name “Cold Cereal & Toast” implies a whimsical subject, you may find a smattering of heavy-hitting topics, as well. I will update the blog sidebar regularly with current links to interesting articles on sustainable agriculture and policy.
Whatever brings you to the site, I hope it brings a smile to your face and perhaps a bit of knowledge on the dynamic world of nutrition and food. If you try any of the recipes, relate to any of my posts, or just feel like procrastinating at work, I would love to hear from you. Thanks for reading!