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Between the Bytes With Mary Kate: Dinner Time, Dear

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Hey, guys! It’s Mary Kate from Between the Bytes here! So, with finals (and graduation) looming dauntingly on the horizon, I’ve been slowly working my way into being a real grown-up with apartment hunting and job hunting. I’ve also recently acquired a slow cooker, which is super exciting. But, I was in need of good slow cooker recipes (or just regular recipes), so to Pinterest I went!

On Pinterest I found plenty of “Easy Crockpot Cheesy Chicken!” and a very scary recipe for “The Best Homemade Lollipops You’ve Ever Eaten.” Y’all. No joke, there were Brussels sprouts involved. Needless to say, the Pinterest foray was brought to a halt and given up for the time being.

Then, as I was researching my blog post for today, I came across the >PBS Digital Studios channel “Farm to Table Family.” The channel follows Patricia Wong, a mother of a family with little kids (who are seriously the cutest!), who started thinking about the kind of food she was feeding her family. After taking stock of it all, she decided to focus on feeding her family what she calls pure food (pure food being whole, organic foods).

In her videos, Patricia goes through how to cook amazing food that is healthy and colorful and, best of all, tasty! She lives by the philosophy, “When food tastes good, it will be eaten.” This philosophy is what she applies when feeding her kids but the videos she makes and the food she cooks is by no means the chicken nuggets and fish sticks of the cooking world. She makes Korean BBQ Short Ribs, Modern Mac and Cheese With Sage, Real Fried Rice and so many more recipes that sound amazing but you would never guess they are made with whole foods  … and they’re definitely not your traditional kid food!

So, though my Pinterest excursion was a failure of scary proportions, I found something better than Crockpot cheesy chicken (although I’ll definitely take that any day, too): “Farm to Table Family.” It might be focused on the kid aspect of cooking but let’s face it; we’re all kids at heart right? So, check out “Farm to Table Family” from PBS Digital Studios for fantastic recipes, cooking goals to aspire to or even just to watch her super cute kids! Also, leave me some of your favorite healthy recipes in the comments; I’d love to hear them! Anything to keep me away from the Brussels sprouts lollipops.


“Farm to Table Family”

PBS Digital Studios

Mary Kate Mansfield is a senior at the University of Central Arkansas working toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Journalism and will graduate in December of 2017. She is also the editor of the UCA yearbook “The Scroll” and an intern for AETN’s Marketing and Outreach department.