What Does Jennifer Garner Feed Her Kids?
Jennifer Garner is nodding alongside the chef of the lovely Blue Hill at Stone Barns restaurant as he waves around fresh-picked produce. Of course, the chef doesn't have a chance, no one can take their eyes off of the actress in her bright pink, non-kitchen friendly, silk dress.
I was all ready to be dismissive of the actress's cooking skills until she started asking the chef questions and adding in her own comments and I realized she really does cook! But what does she make?
I was lucky enough to be watching Jennifer Garner cook with kids in this beautiful spot just outside of New York city. The event was hosted by Frigidaire, to promote the importance of fresh food and cooking with kids. Jennifer Garner partners with Frigidaire to promote healthy cooking and to raise money for Save the Children.
This is not the first cooking event I've been to in the last few months. I have been to a couple of other occasions that purported to be about cooking but were really about assembling food.
I came away from those events wondering if anyone cooked from scratch anymore. I spent an evening watching someone make a casserole with mushroom soup and onion soup mix to feed their kids. I also spent the day at the Kraft Kitchens where they made banana bread with Miracle Whip.
And it was a good reminder for me that not everyone has the time, knowledge nor the inclination to wander around to cook from scratch using the freshest products. People are busy with jobs and family life and shlepping kids to gymnastics; for them, pouring salad dressings and canned soup over pieces of meat seems to be faster. I get it.
But I encourage people to cook with fresh food because it has more taste, more texture and because it is better for them, their families and the environment. The truth is mixing together a marinade for your chicken doesn't take much longer than opening a bottle, and a marinade has four to six ingredients, a bottle of salad dressing has sixteen. I even have a recipe for an easy marinade/salad dressing, but you have to do more than just look at it, you have to commit to buying the ingredients and cooking fresh.
Which leads me back to the pretty little town outside of Manhattan with Jennifer Garner standing in her hot pink silk dress waving around zucchinis. Jennifer Garner has teamed up with Frigidaire to get families in Canada and the U.S. to eat fresh. If you go to the site: maketimeforchange.ca and click the button to commit to eating fresh, Frigidaire will donate one dollar to Savethechildren.ca. The money will go to help Canadian kids thrive (there is also an American site). Once you click you can also enter to win a Frigidaire Professional French Door Refrigerator, which will of course, keep all your food fresh.
On the site, there are the recipes from the lunch they served and what Jennifer cooked with the kids. I recommend the salad and the zucchini spears. Jennifer seemed to like the zucchini as well.
Jennifer Garner never uttered the names of her kids or her husband but she did say that she loves to grill and make chicken. She has a garden that grows fresh herbs, and veggies that she planted with her kids. She said her favourite family outing is a farmer's markets and she cooks with her kids often. And I believed her, or she is an even better actress than I think.
Full disclosure: Frigidaire paid for my trip to New York to attend the event. You can read all about my crazy adventures tomorrow, it was a wild ride! The picture is the Canadian contingent of: Denise Smith from savvymom.ca, Irene Ngo from Chateliane, Stephanie from Frigidaire, Jennifer Garner and HaleyO from Today's Parent and me
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