Kid Chef Zucchini Bites

Cooking Magic for Kids


Zucchini has been eaten by kids in Central and South America for thousands of years. When Columbus brought it to Italy, it was developed into the summer squash we know today, rich in antioxidants, potassium and vitamin C. Kid chefs can preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Cut three small organic zucchinis lengthwise and place on a cookie sheet. Drizzle the zucchini with a little organic extra virgin olive oil. Cook 10 minutes, remove from oven and top with chopped organic tomatoes, black pepper, garlic, parsley, oregano, and sea salt. Sprinkle with fresh shredded Parmesan, Romano, and Asiago cheese. Cook 7 more minutes, slice into bite size pieces, and serve.

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Kids Go Organic

Cooking Magic for Kids


Kids can learn organic gardening to grow the most delicious and healthful food. At Conejo Elementary School, kids are growing veggies in their courtyard. They applied for and received a grant from Whole Foods Market for their raised bed garden. Gardening organically produces tasty food that is good for kids and for the environment. Most commercial agriculture uses toxic man-made chemicals and inorganic fertilizers in the soil and pesticides on the crops. Instead, kids can use kitchen and garden waste to recycle into compost to grow food grown for its flavor and nutrition and picked fresh for the next meal. Organic agriculture is grown according to strict standards to achieve the U.S.D.A. Organic Label, using naturally produced fertilizers and compost. Kids can look on packages at the store for the U.S.D.A. Organic label, the NON GMO label, the Fair Trade Certified label, all requiring rigid requirements and pure ingredients. When…

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on a red wagon

Here is a beautiful but very tragic story about the loss of her son by a new found friend of mine Dieva Marina. If any of you parents out there could give her words of solace and comfort, that would be greatly appreciated.

Paulette Le Pore Motzko



Sun-bleached now the red wood paint, the Radio Flyer has been towed around the world for 26 years.

My friend’s children the last to ride and mostly now with pot plants to be moved or just to fill a sacred space in my backyard — a space seen from my window, a glimpse each day of the child that he was.

This wagon, sent as a flat pack from the Midwest to the North of Italy on the occasion of his 2nd birthday, my son.

An American icon in Italy, the Radio Flyer, with wood-slatted sides for removal and bumping down a steep hill with legs splayed and the toddler in between — rare moments of abandon with uncertain wheels on the rutted and hardened earth of a hillside in urban Venteto.

And to the market the wagon would take us with only the boy at first, but on return the boy and…

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Mother (translated)

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Note: Translated version for my hindi poem “Maa”.

On the eve of Women’s Day I would like to dedicate this poem to my Mom who is always a great source of inspiration to me and a wonderful woman I encountered by fate :):). Love you Mumma :*) Happy Women’s Day .


You understand everything without me telling

You know for what my heart is yelling.

You fulfilled all my wishes

And gave it even if it was meant for riches.


When I feel little uneasy

Coming to you makes me breezy.

 All my sorrows get finished

and all my worries are diminished.


You taught me how to walk with proud

You showed me true path that bestowed.

You nurtured  me with delicious food and great care

And so for that even your anger I can bear.

It  motivated me to be successful

And for that you played…

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