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i've recently realized that i don't want to continue feeding my 8-month old food from a jar, so i am in search of some interesting baby food recipes that you've tried, or some informative weblinks i can look at. i've ordered some baby cookbooks from amazon, but haven't received them yet. thanks for any advice!

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  1. I've given "Feeding the Whole Family..." to new moms who are interested in preparing nutritious and delicious food. Take a look at the link, and read some of the "reviews" to see what you think.

    Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/prod...

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      Hungry Celeste

      An immersion blender is your best friend. Many things you're already cooking are baby-friendly if pureed...steamed veggies, pasta & tomato sauce, creamed spinach, various soups...

      1. My son ate whatever we ate, no need to make special food. The best thing I bought was a manual food grinder. I used it at home and took it everywhere with me. Just put some food in and 2 secs later my son had dinner too. I found one for under $10.00 at one of those big box baby retailers but check out the link below to get the idea.

        The other thing I did was on Sundays steam a bunch of fresh veggies- carrots, broccoli, asparagus, sweet potato etc) and run them thru the mill. The I would fill ice cube trays with the veggies and freeze. These were great for my son when we ate thing he couldn't yet (sushi, things with honey and the like). it defrost fast and is much cheaper than the same thing in a jar.

        Have fun- I loved that stage and watching my sons face as he tried new flavors. The best was his expression when he had poached salmon with a creamy dill sauce. His face just lit up when he had his first taste- I think he was around 9-10 months at the time!

        Link: http://www.onestepahead.com/product/8...

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        1. re: foodiex2

          wow, salmon w/ dill sauce! now i am excited at the prospect of introducing really good foods to my little guy so he can learn to enjoy eating as much as my husband and i do. thanks!

          1. re: foodiex2

            I know people who love that Kidco Food Mill, and it is very inexpensive. My baby is just getting to the age where I will probably be getting one, so I haven't used it myself.

            1. re: KathyR

              I give these as baby shower gifts and have had rave reviews. Simple, small, lightweight, easily washed, portable; you simply grind the food you're preparing for grown-ups (plainly seasoned) and there you have your baby food. No expenive immersion grinder needed.

              These folks have thought it out and now provide everything from a how-to booklet about baby foods to a grinder, fruit slicer/cuber, freezing tray and carry case. http://www.kidco.com/main.taf?erube_f...

          2. You really don't need a cookbook. The blender/grinder is a great thing, but often a fork works just as well. Yogurt, soft fruits and cooked vegetables mashed up, scrambled egg, avocado, various cooked cereals--anything that baby can't choke on is fine. My daughter was anemic, so I cooked chicken livers and mashed them up with strawberry yogurt, and she loved it (plus, 20 years later, I enjoy reminding her of her earlier tastes). We never bothered with jars of baby food, and I always felt sorry for people who had to carry them around and fiddle with them and throw them away half-full (but save a few of the ones you still have--they're good for storing screws and other miscellany).

            1. "Super Baby Food" is a good guide to what foods you can introduce when, and has good ideas about nutrition. Otherwise, yeah, just go for it. Whiz up some chard, or sweet potatoes, or brown rice; freeze it in an ice cube tray, then pop the cubes into a bag; and then find out how many cubes constitute a meal for your wee one.

              Remember that those tiny taste buds are anything but jaded, so in the first year(s) they're usually perfectly satisfied, even excited, with the taste of pure foods. Try some of that chard puree and see for yourself how fresh it is.

              Have fun!

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              1. re: heidipie

                I'm glad to see you recommending "Super Baby Food" -- that's the book I got my sister, who's about to start her 4-month-old on solids. It seems like a very useful, practical book with a good attitude.

                If you're using "table" food, do you have to be careful about how much salt you put into it (considering the baby palate used to "pure" tastes)?

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  Yes, it's good not to train the salt palate too early. We got lazy and let our younger one eat a lot right from our plates, and now at 19 months, she'll throw a tantrum over "more ham" or "more hammin" (which is smoked salmon).

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    i like this book too-- although i find the author needs to be taken with a pinch of sea salt-- she gets a leeeeeetle obsessive about the well-being of her precious little ones, and occasionally goes overboard in ways that make martha stewart look like a slovenly ne'er-do-well with poor attention to detail. if you know what i mean. :) your sister (JLafler, right?) will no doubt find the passages i'm talking about. still, a good book that is absolutely packed chock full of some great ideas