She knows I’m just kidding. I think.
But Parker does have a rather spotty history with Melissa, star of Food Network’s “Ten Dollar Dinners.” I’m pretty sure she won’t mind me reminding the world why. Particularly since this update has a much better ending.
It started about five years ago.
That’s when I got this “brilliant” idea for a new way to entice Parker to eat vegetables. I asked food television celebrities to develop recipes just for him, recipes designed to bring him to a table of produce.
It kind of worked. Though not really. You can read the whole sordid account of it here. It was a fun story.
All of the celebs were given basic rules — no hidden veggies, etc. — and told to come up with something that would appeal to my kid. And I made sure I warned them — Parker hates anything green.
Well, Melissa apparently skimmed over that line. She offered up a creamed spinach recipe.
Parker’s reaction to it was captured in this is the picture, which ran all over the country.
Despite Parker’s rude response to her recipe, Melissa and I became buds. She also now writes for me at AP. And that’s why these days we regularly cook Melissa’s recipes here.
And why I often offer them to Parker.
For the record… Melissa is on a total winning streak.
But his favorite by far? The slow cooker beef stew with chickpeas we tested and shot yesterday. I’ll share the recipe when it runs in a week or so. It was really incredible.
Suffice to say, I think Melissa finally has diluted her association with spinach.
The rest of today’s lunch — cheddar apple pie and a cider-glazed Parker house (appropriate!) roll.