Fall Side Dish Vegetables

What is it about babies?

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I have a thing for babies.  You probably do, too.


I’m drawn to them.


I guess it’s more of an obsession.


Lots of people have wondered about why this is…Darwin said we’re drawn to them because our attraction to infants helps the species survive.  Others have suggested that we respond instinctively to a baby’s unique features: their relatively large head and eyes, for instance.  Lately science has identified a specific area of the brain that fires up around infants, and helps to form the parent/child bond.  All this might be, but it certainly doesn’t explain why I’m gaga over babies of other sorts…

Just look at these baby turnips,

And those teeny potatoes—I roasted them with some olive oil and my homemade spice mix the other night.

How adorable are these little pumpkins—

And what about these little guys, they’re my latest baby obsession.  They’ll come in so handy when I need that extra kick in my fall baking, or in an after dinner coffee.  But to be honest I’m collecting them just because they’re so irresistible.
They look exactly like their parents…how cute.

Do you have an obsession with miniatures?  Do tell!


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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    October 2, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Yes, I too have an obsession with baby/miniatures. I have a collection of mini all white animal pitchers. I always buy baby vegetables when I see them. I just like the look of them. Cute post!!

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    October 2, 2011 at 8:31 am

    i ADORE baby critters–i think even baby opossums are precious, and that’s a stretch for a sane person to admit! i love mini foods too, cupcakes and bundts in particular. 🙂

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    Sarah (Snippets of Thyme)
    October 1, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    How cute! How funny! I love the kitten looking down at the little mouse wit such a perplexed expression. How appropriate since we just came home from our local museum program where we helped the cutest little kids make the cutest little crafts. Watching a little child use scissors, for example, is precious.

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    Brownieville Girl
    October 1, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I think that small food (veg, fish etc) are much more flavoursome – maybe all the flavour is concentrated into a smaller amount of food???

    I looked after my sister’s baby the weekend before last – that has seen to my baby obsession for a while!!!!!

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    A Home In The Highlands
    October 1, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Well I actually have a baby to feed my obsession, but you are right, it is funny how we like minature anything, when I went to hospital to have my baby, I even took miniature size toiletries with me, and they are crazily expensive compared to their “parents”!

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    October 1, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Susie- Just got Barefoot in the mail- thanks so much!Everything looks really yummy but I’m going to first make your pumpkin bread w/choc.

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    October 1, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Cute post. I love those little teeny tiny potatoes too. And those little turnips are gorgeous. I bet they were great.