3 Tips for Parents of Picky Eaters

I recently did an interview with Mikhaela Ackerman for her blog, Edge of the Playground. (It’s a great site about navigating autism for folks both on and off the spectrum, and you should read it 🙂) One question she asked was about how to help parents of autistic, picky eating children. I thought it was a great question, so I decided to write a bit more on the topic. … [read more]3 Tips for Parents of Picky Eaters

Beating Picky Eating Requires Trust

I had a realization the other day while writing some of my Picky Eater posts. I’ve been writing about specific dishes that helped me develop a taste for new things. It’s true that cooking food the “right” way has been a critical part of expanding my palate, but that’s only part of it. … [read more]Beating Picky Eating Requires Trust

Making Great Carrots

The thing about carrots is that they’re aggressively crunchy. Sort of. Kind of soft, but also definitely not. It’s a weird combination that I don’t appreciate. The flavor is whatever, but the texture has always been enough of a turn off that I find the taste irrelevant. Even after chewing for a bit, they still have a soft-but-crunchy-but-crispy-but-mushy texture that’s just strange. Just pick one and stick with it. … [read more]Making Great Carrots

Why Labels Matter

My wife once asked why I cared about getting a formal autism spectrum diagnosis and why I felt the need to label myself accordingly. She said that labels can be problematic. Children are frequently tagged as something (Asperger’s / ASD, ADHD, high anxiety, or whatever), and are then treated differently to help them “cope”. But treating them differently often causes trouble. … [read more]Why Labels Matter

Learning to Like Onions (Sort Of)

Tonight, my wife and I decided to cook saffron-braised chicken with a recipe from one of our favorite cookbooks. The dish is pretty straightforward – put chicken in a pot, cook for a bit, add spices, cook for a bit more, add liquid, cook one more time, and you’re basically done. The thing is, it calls for an entire onion. And that’s crazy talk. … [read more]Learning to Like Onions (Sort Of)