Foodie Dad We Love—Gerry from Foodness Gracious

Posted on June 10, 2014 by Amanda Holliday | 0 Comments

With Father's Day right around the corner, we are celebrating some of our favorite foodie dads who aren't afraid to get dirty in the kitchen with their kids. We asked stay-at-home dad, Gerry, from Foodness Gracious to tell us about his philosophy of cooking with kids and about his challenges and triumphs as a stay-at-home dad. As a bonus, Gerry has an awesome recipe to share as well. 

Hi, my name is Gerry and I'm the creator and person behind the blog, Foodness Gracious. I've been blogging for about three years and it all began when my wife suggested I stop working and become a stay-at-home dad. Little did I know then that my work days would become much longer than my past day job. To all the Moms and Dads who take care of their kids everyday, you know what I'm talking about. It's extremely hard work but the rewards are precious.
I have two kids. My daughter, Miranda just turned nine and my son, Quinn is four. It's been quite a ride watching them grow at an incredible rate, especially Quinn who was the reason for my career change. It seems like only yesterday I was changing diapers and being so proud to see them both start walking and talking. Because of the five year age gap between them, each day is filled with very different dynamics. Quinn is at the independent stage and wants to do everything for himself. This is great but the hardest part is trying to teach him to let me know what it is he wants to do before I do it first. Miranda will be going into fourth grade after summer and has really made me proud with her academic skills, especially math. I know for sure she doesn't get that trait from me, I'm much more of a right brain person so it must be mom.

I like to have them help me in the kitchen as much as I can and with our peach tree supplying us with an abundance of fruit recently, homemade peach jam seemed like a great recipe to make. I had Quinn help me by adding the ingredients to the pot and stirring until things got a little hot. It's a simple recipe and goes great with any soft cheese. Lightly toast some baguette slices and you have an easy appetizer.

Peach Jam
originally from Martha Stewart

3 pounds ripe peaches, peeled and roughly chopped.
3 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1. Place the chopped peaches into a large pot.
2. Add the sugar, lemon juice and salt.
3. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.
4. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
5. Let simmer for about 30 minutes or until the jam has thickened and slowly falls from a spoon. Another great way to check if it's done is to spread some on a plate and let it sit. As it cools it should be like a jam consistency.

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