Teens & Food: A Surprising Connection (what every mom and dad needs to know)

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As the mom of three teens (and one adult), I make it my business to know what’s
happening in their lives. Fortunately for me, my group is pretty low maintenance.
So, walks with my son to his favorite pizza spot, conversations over brunch or
dinner with my oldest daughter and watching her favorite show with my middle
girl seems to do the trick. Now, while the specifics of the time together seem to
evolve every few years or so, according to age and interest, for Hope (our young-
est daughter now 13) a good Ol’ fashion french toast platter (even for lunch or
the occasional dinner indulgence) is very much the thing. As a rule she likes them
pretty straight forward, though from time to time some apple or a berry compote
or even some Nutella makes it to the table for a time of casual conversation about
anything she wants.

Creating those moments when your teen can open up and talk is crucial specially
as they begin to navigate the world more independently. And I have learned, that
if all I have to do is create the environment conducive to conversation – like any
good meddling mom would, I need to seize the moment and stay in the loop.
Here’s our simple yet delicious french toast recipe… But be sure to add just the
right sides—for your own stimulating conversation.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

6 Large eggs
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground nutmeg
6 slices of challah, brioche, or sourdough
bread will work best (preferably a day old)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions

  1. Whisk together eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg in a
    medium bowl; set aside.
    .
  2. Place bread in a shallow baking dish large enough to hold
    bread slices in a single layer. Lay bread in egg mixture; soak
    2 minutes. Turn slices over and soak until soaked through,
    about 2 minutes more.
    .
  3. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place a wire rack on a baking
    sheet, and set aside. Heat 2 tablespoons butter and 2 table-
    spoons vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Fry half
    the bread slices until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
    Transfer to wire rack; place in oven while cooking remaining
    bread. Wipe skillet, and repeat with remaining butter, oil,
    and bread. Keep in oven until ready to serve.
    .
  4. Serve warm by adding some powdered sugar and/or maple
    syrup, if desired. Enjoy!
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