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Meet Kelsey, The Naptime Chef

April 10th, 2014

Kelsey Banfield is the author of The Naptime Chef blog. She is a mom and a foodie and believes these titles should never be mutually exclusive. The Naptime Chef blog features a wide variety of family-friendly recipes, entertaining tips for casual get-togethers and ideas about how to make every occasion extra-delicious (while still being mindful of limited time and limited budgets). As The Naptime Chef, Kelsey’s goal is to focus on the pleasure of cooking and eating great food and how it can fit into family life.

Kelsey became The Naptime Chef when, as a new mom, she found the only time she had to cook was when her daughter was asleep. She quickly realized that naptime was a potentially great solution to her cooking dilemma: how to still enjoy making and eating great food but also realistically fit meal prep into her new life as a parent.

Kelsey’s first cookbook, The Naptime Chef: Fitting Great Food Into Family Life was published in March 2012. A tasty playbook of meals features recipes for the busy mom, all adapted to be made in a limited timeframe, without sacrificing quality or flavor. Her second cookbook is slated to be released in spring 2015.

Kelsey grew up in Cooperstown, New York, and learned cooking basics from her parents. She graduated from Emma Willard School, where she was a member of Emma’s Own Baking Co., and Bates College. She also spent a semester eating her way through Scotland and Europe while a student at the University of St. Andrews. She currently resides in southern Connecticut with her husband and two children.

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A Dofino Christmas Poem

December 19th, 2013

Merry Christmas from Dofino!

Holiday Appetizer Recipes

December 17th, 2013

Does the thought of planning a perfect holiday feast stress you out? Never fear, we’re here to help! Whether you’re hosting a sit down dinner or a walk around buffet, these great appetizer recipes will be sure to impress your guests.

1.  Warm Spinach and Gouda Gateau – This savory crepe cake with spinach and Gouda is a stunner. Be sure to serve it warm while the cheese is melted!

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San Francisco’s Most Remarkable Markets

November 30th, 2013

With over 30 farmers markets operating around the city each week, San Francisco is a paradise for fans of locally-sourced food. All the bazaars have one thing in common:  booths run by area cultivars selling fresh…well, nearly everything! But each market itself has a unique personality and specialties that deserve to be highlighted. Here’s the rundown of some favorite spots:

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Located next to a turn of the century landmark on the waterfront, the Ferry Building, the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The weekday offerings are more modest, and smaller vendors are highlighted (If you’re looking to visit when the crowd-level is low, this is your best bet). The Thursday market features an extensive array of artisan street food and San Fran eateries. In association with the nonprofit Cuesa, the Ferry Plaza Market hosts a number of educational programs, cooking demonstrations and panels on food and health, usually scheduled on Saturdays. Check out Cuesa’s website for a calendar of events if you’re fixing to learn and eat on your market outing.

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Photos of Fiesta on the Hill

November 26th, 2013
The Dofino table - with Sliced Gouda!

The Dofino table – with Sliced Gouda!

The day always begins quietly

The day always begins quietly…

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How to Get Kids to Eat Vegetables

October 29th, 2013

When I was little, my mother allowed me to eat half a batch of chocolate chip cookies for dinner because otherwise she thought I would starve to death. If you’re a parent, you know what I’m talking about; sometimes getting kids to eat anything at all, let alone something healthy, is extremely difficult. Which means that sometimes you have to be a little sneaky—or should I say, “strategic”—when putting dinner on the table. Here are some ideas to help:

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Best Fancy Grilled Cheeses

October 23rd, 2013

Grilled Cheese used to be the humblest of meals – two pieces of white bread, two slices of cheese, some butter in a pan. It’s a dish that doesn’t need to be fancy or expensive to be delicious. Then again, if you happen to have some black truffles on hand, who’s to say a good thing can’t get better?

Inspired by our love of all things grilled cheese, we did a little digging to see how luxurious this childhood favorite can get. And so, in order of increasing lux, we bring you our list of favorite Fancy Grilled Cheeses:

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