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Every Good School Day Starts With A Good Breakfast

Two recipes for a healthy breakfast using grapefruit and oats, Mimi Ito documents what her kids eat for lunch, and cultivating truffles like any other crop.

kid eating cereal for breakfast

Photo: Chapendra (Flickr)

Instead of feeding your kids cereal for breakfast, try our Grapefruit Brûlée or Steel Cut Oats.

Most Important Meal Of The Day

Kids will love the caramelized brown sugar on top of our Grapefruit Brûlée, but adults will enjoy the Griottine cherries. These seedless, sour cherries are soaked in a Brandy syrup.

Cook these Steel Cut Oats the night before and leave it in the pan on the stove. In the morning, the only steps remaining are to reheat the oats and apply the garnish of pecans and orange zest.

What’s For Lunch?

Last month, First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled the most sweeping changes to school lunch standards in 15 years. These new guidelines include more fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, a gradual reduction of sodium over the next ten years, limiting milk to no more than one percent fat and a ban on most trans fats. Many critics applauded the move as a major step forward — even if pizza is still a vegetable.

Over the next few weeks, Earth Eats will take a look at the school lunch program through the eyes of three people who live with it every day. Today, we speak with an especially tech-savvy mom.

Mimi Ito is an academic with a food habit. As Professor in Residence at the University of California Irvine, she studies how social media and mobile technologies shape our everyday lives. As the mother an 11-year-old and a 13-year-old, she is her family’s resident cook, preparing lunches for her kids to take to school. She documents the lunches on her bento blog, a Flickr account that includes photos of the meals along with a description.

A Reclusive Delicacy

Hunting for truffles can be a lucrative business as they commonly sell for $1000 per pound, but finding them is a trick — their growth is considered a rare natural phenomenon found primarily in France and Italy, and you generally need to employ the skills of a pig to find them.

Folks in Oregon are trying to show that truffles can be planted, managed and harvested just like any other agricultural crop. Chef Daniel Orr went on a field trip to Eugene, Oregon to attend the annual Oregon Truffle Festival.

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Grapefruit Brûlée With Cherries

grapefruit cooked under the broiler

Citrus fruits might remind us of warm temperatures, but they actually ripen in the wintertime. Enjoy a fresh grapefruit for breakfast during the cold months.

Steel Cut Oats With Orange Zest And Pecans

Steel Cut Oats

Cook this hot cereal the night before and simply reheat them in the morning. Couldn't be easier!

Mimi Ito’s Bento Blog Gives Value To Everyday Life

Mizuko Ito

Mimi Ito says lunch is the best time to introduce kids to new foods. After eight years of documenting their lunches, she now considers her kids to be foodies.

New Ways To Find – And Grow – Truffles

basket full of truffles

A group of American truffle lovers are trying to show that this reclusive delicacy can be planted, managed and harvested just like any other agricultural crop.

Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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