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    Wishing for a peanut-free planet?

    Tue Mar 24

    My family recently found out that my four-year-old cousin is allergic to peanuts. This diagnosis could send anyone spiraling, thinking about all of the hazards associated with this allergy. However, my aunt--ever the Manhattan mom of simplicity--found a great resource called Peanut-Free Planet for ordering peanut-free (not to mention gluton-, soy-, egg-, wheat- and dairy-free) snacks and spreads. The site offers everything from granola bars to peanut butter alternatives, holiday chocolates, candy bars, baking supplies--even lunch and dinner options. The best part is that you can order all of it online and have it delivered to your door, taking away the stress of skulking around tiny NYC grocery stores, scouring every label for a possible peanut-y ingredient. My cousin can't get enough of the sunbutter bars , and even her non-allergic older sister loves them--proving that peanut-free can be delicious, too. Of course, if you read our January article on scoring yummy...

    Jif contest winner announced!

    Mon Mar 23

    Last week we wrote about Jif's annual "Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest." The final five contestants appeared before judges on Friday to find out who would win a $25,000 scholarship. The lucky kid? 10-year-old Jordyn Boyer of Lebanon, Pennsylvania for her Po' Boy Peanut Butter Chicken Cheesesteak. If that makes your mouth water like it does mine, gather your little foodies tonight and fix up a fex of the winning sandwiches using Jordyn's recipe, which is included in full after the jump. Enjoy! Sauce mix: 3 Tablespoons Jif Creamy Peanut Butter teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 2 teaspoons honey 1 teaspoon honey mustard cup water Chicken mixture: 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1 small onion red pepper yellow pepper apple (any kind) cup mozzarella cheese shredded 4 chicken breast slices or any deli lunch meat chicken Hoagie/sub roll Cut peppers into strips, cut onions into rings and slice apples in strips. Put into sauce pan with olive oil and cook...

    M.I.A.'s baby not named "Ickitt"

    Mon Mar 23

    When we reported on M.I.A.'s newborn kiddo a couple of weeks back, we were a little unsure as to whether "Ickitt" was actually her son's real name. We figured it probably had a deeper meaning or was a nod to her Sri Lankan heritage. Our suspicions were validated today when news broke that the boy's real name is Ikhyd. It does sound nearly identical to "Ickitt" so we can understand the confusion. But Ikhyd just looks so much prettier than Ickitt, right? Check out the official docs over at TMZ.

    Not the way the Girl Scout cookie crumbles

    Fri Mar 20

    It's tough all over, even for 8-year-old entrepreneurs! According to the NY Times, North Carolina Girl Scout Wild Freeborn (yes, that is her name) is in trouble for posting a video of herself saying, "Buy cookies! And they're yummy!" on YouTube. Her mistake, according to GS, was posting an online order form, which would give her an unfair advantage over other girls in the area competing for cookie dollars. Interestingly, the Scouts spokesperson initially cited personal danger as the reason the organization forbids using the Web for sales, and yet, what could be more dangerous than meeting strangers in an empty apartment hallway? Growing up in Sunnyside, Queens, I visited a couple of apartment buildings in addition to the rows of single-family houses. I found some of those apartment encounters alarming, to say the least. I think Freeborn was smart and enterprising, and exhibited a number of skills--entrepreneurship, independence, creativity--you're supposed to learn by...

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