Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 6:58 pm
When it comes to feeding little kids, adults know best. But some nutritionists now argue that children could also benefit from a bit of autonomy at mealtimes.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that parents let kids as young as 2 years old serve themselves at home. And in 2011, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advised that child care providers should serve meals "family-style" — present kids with a few different dishes and allow them to take what they want.
Traditional Japanese cuisine, known as washoku, is now an intangible cultural heritage, according to the United Nations.
Tofu, mochi and miso are a few examples, but it's the buckwheat noodle, or soba, that many consider the humble jewel of Japanese cuisine. It's not easy to find in the U.S., but one Los Angeles woman is helping preserve the craft of making soba.
In a cooking classroom off a busy street in L.A., Sonoko Sakai is teaching about the simplicity of making buckwheat noodles.
"Basically, soba is only two things: flour and water," Sakai explains.
People walk in a park along the Hudson River across from New York City as snow begins to fall in Hoboken.
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Rick Mendenhall of Albuquerque, N.M., throws a snowball during a snowball fight with friends on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Thousands of flights were canceled, students got an extra day off from school, and the federal government closed its offices in the Washington area Tuesday.
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Pedestrians make their way through the snow in New York's Times Square.
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A snowplow tries to keep lanes clear in Philadelphia. According to the Weather Channel, the snowy weather will be affecting tens of millions of people in one of the nation's most-populated stretches.
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A man crosses the street as snow falls in Baltimore.
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A woman walks through the snow in Hoboken, N.J.
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Bashon Mann and his children sled down a hill at the Capitol as snow falls in Washington, D.C. Students and government workers were told to stay home while the winter weather hits the Mid-Atlantic region.
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Trucks with snowplows line up on a ramp near Interstate 95, as motorists make their way around in Weston, Mass. Heavy snow has been forecast and a blizzard warning was posted for portions of Massachusetts, prompting Gov. Deval Patrick to dismiss nonemergency state workers early.
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A man crosses the street Tuesday in Philadelphia. A fast-moving cold front will plunge the Northeast into a deep freeze and dump up to a foot of snow in certain regions, forecasters said.
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Here we go again. Earlier this month in St. Louis, Jerome Harris bundled up against frigid temperatures. Now, cold air is again rushing south from the Arctic and a "bomb" of a storm is brewing across much of the Eastern half of the nation.