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March 26, 2008


The PreSchooler scares me. That list is amazing! He has better fine motor skills than my college students, and is probably better read.

I am dying over something called "TARD ROOT". How can you not be? Seriously? Tard root? Are you effing kidding me?

I like tofu.

Your preschooler and mine ought to get together. Only a week or so ago, mine was attempting to add stones to our soup. He proclaimed them to be scrupulously clean but I wasn't convinced. Eventually I allowed a smoothed stone to rest briefly in the soup. I couldn't bear the thought of it burbling around in there for too long though.

Oh and wow..my preschooler has just mastered his name.. that list is quite impressive!

Fortune favours the brave! I think the Pre-schooler should be encouraged...

Okay, so that first day may not have been one of your Top Ten parenting days, but the day you made the soup has GOT to be. He'll remember that soup forever!!! So cool.

And I like tofu too.

Heather: I believe it is supposed to be "Taro" Root. Not Retard Root.

I'll listen to you as soon as you're quiet???? Haaa haaa...That is freakin' brilliant! I wonder if my kids will fall for that?

Just a heads up - I mentioned you in yesterdays' blog post because I was talking about the people who work in the Cook's Illustrated test kitchens and I may have IMPLIED (or came right out and said) that you guys are ANAL and then I compared you to mice...which I'm confused about now, and then, I implicated you specifically, but all in a nice way and because I am a fan.

So, if you're pissed, just remember the love...


Sounds like a tasty soup, though I'm a little confused about why you need the stones.

I keep seeing references to this story. I suppose I should track it down and read it.

this kid is still in pre-school and can write like that? he has better spelling than me!

That has to be the best post I've read in months.

You're a good mom.

Exceptional. You've inspired me to use this as a positive metaphor to offset the incredible pain and outrage of a local rant (I'm about to have) about unwillingness to take care of ones neighbors.

I like tofu.

The ingredient list your son wrote is priceless. I know it's obvious but I had to say it.

My take on the story: Stones were probably a way to increase surface area in cooking vessels being heated over fire so as to control boiling and keep the water from gushing over the side. I can see a small child asking why the stones were in the pot and getting the fable as an answer.

I have to admit that everyone in my family loves Tofu, including my 7 yr old. Kids usually like it because it can be pretty bland. My son cheers when we have tofu.

Cooking with kids is awesome. I find the more they get to help, the more likely they are to eat it.

Wow, your kid's a good cook.

CC: Better than me, that's for sure!

Belle: I can see why the blandness of tofu appeals to kids, but adults? I think I tried it too late in my life to appreciate it.

Dad: That's a good theory. I like it.

Katrina: Like tofu? Or merely tolerate it? Here's how you can tell: does it bring a smile to your face?

Alecto: Or...you could dangle the soup in front of their noses and then whip it away real fast. NO SOUP FOR YOU! Why take the high road?

Sally: On some days.

Annie: What a nice thing to say. Thanks!

Sunny12: I know, I always want to spell "bean curd" with a "k".

Adele: My dad posted a scientific reason, but the story itself, in its many variations, starts with someone who has nothing but stones and water to eat. Somebody else comes by who only has carrots, and throws those in. Then somebody brings onions. On and on, until the soup is done and everyone can share. It's so totally unrealistic.

Yummy Mummy: That was a cute post! Anal doesn't even begin to describe the good folks at CI.

Husband: No, actually, I'm pretty sure the book had it down as Retard Root.

Gillian: Like, on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being halva and 10 being chocolate, where would tofu rate?

aforkfulofspaghetti: And so he shall...

izzy's mama: Yeah, as the stones were gurgling away, I was thinking to myself, I hope these stones aren't made of lead or mercury or something.

Heather: If you like tofu so much, why don't you marry it? (I have dibs on tard root.)

Ali: He scares me, too. He's already on chapter 8 of The Omnivore's Dilemma.

I loved that book too, but now have an adult's horror at the idea of having to make it. Glad to hear it turned out not-like-poison and that it was actually enjoyable.

Very fun post. Many years ago I taught first grade, and we made this soup every year after we read the book. We would hide a small stone in one bowl of soup (praying that the kid who had it wouldn't swallow the stone, giving the parents a reason to sue us.)

BTW, as a former first grade teacher, this is a talented kid you have!

You (and your preschooler) are brilliant! I think making stone soup is a fantastic way to interest the preschooler in reading and apparently since you have the Asian version, to involve him in other cultures. My stone soup book as a kid had things like cabbage and peas and mostly eastern European ingredients in it. Which is probably a good thing because I can't digest tofu. My body revolts against it. I don't really mind.

You let that little guy know that when he comes out here to visit Auntie, he'll get all the retard root he needs for his soup. Aunties are the best.

Ha! I did this with my son too, but fortunately we had an Americanized version of the story with a MUCH shorter shopping list. It's a good Mom thing to do. :-)

Now I want to add a stone the next time I make fridge soup.

"Ali: He scares me, too. He's already on chapter 8 of The Omnivore's Dilemma."


You got me. No, tofu does not bring a smile to my face. Rocks in the soup - that brings a smile.

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