Matthew lost his third tooth this week and was giddy with excitement. That night, he jumped right into bed; there were no pleas to watch more TV, no arguments about brushing teeth, no last minute trips to the kitchen for water. At first light, he popped out of his room waving the dollar bill he had earned from the Tooth Fairy.  I was half asleep but I do believe the clock read 5:15….

It is hard to remember that magical moment you experience in childhood when you awake to discover money under your pillow; proof the Tooth Fairy really does exist. But as a parent I have discovered it is just as enjoyable to be on the other side of the fence because you are now in on the joke. When we tiptoed into Matthew’s bedroom to make the exchange, it was so hard to hold back our laughter and not wake him. We conducted the transaction, dollar for tooth, and ran out giggling when it was done. And of course, we both feigned amazement the next morning when he proudly showed us our his dollar.

Matthew has five more teeth loose at the moment. He is already counting the money. The other day he mentioned a friend had told him that his two big front teeth were worth 10 dollars each because they were the big ones! We gently broke it to him that it must have been a fairy tale his friend heard; it could not be true.  Having three kids, tooth fairy money adds up, we have college tuition to think about! Any parent out there reading this giving over a dollar per tooth please keep it on the down low…

I had planned to make corn on the cob this week but due to the Matthew’s lack of chewing abilities I had to make a few adjustments – I ended up doing sort of a corn salad instead.

Corn Crab Salad w/Pepita Pesto


Pepita Pesto

1 cup fresh parsley leaves, packed

1/4-cup grated Pecorino Romano

1/4-cup roasted pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds) *

1 clove garlic, minced

2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

1/2-cup olive oil

Salt & pepper to taste

* pine nuts are traditionally used in pesto but most any nut will do, pepitas work very well and are a lot less expensive.


Corn Crab Salad

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 onion, diced

2 ears of corn, kernels removed, about 2 cups

2 Tbsp pepita pesto (see above)

1 cup crab meat (optional)



For the pesto:

Combine the parsley, Romano, pepitas, garlic and lemon juice in a food processor. Pulse until it is a paste.


Add olive oil and pulse until well blended. Add salt and pepper to taste. If the nuts are already salted you probably don’t have to add any more salt. Refrigerate remaining pesto for up to one week.


For the corn salad:

In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onions and cook until caramelized, about 20 minutes. Add the corn and cook until warmed through, about two minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the pepita pesto.


Lastly, gently fold in the crabmeat. Shrimp would work well in this recipe too.

Serve warm or cold.


And the VERDICT is:

Matthew (age 6): “I like a good corn”

Dylan (age 4): “I ate everything in a row, this, this and even this leaf”

Liam (age 4): “ Did not like the things in this!”

A so-so verdict. I used the pesto on pasta the following night and it got a much better reception!


9 thoughts on “Milestones

  1. Who doesn’t like a good corn?!
    Ps in India they roast corn on the cob in the streets and its served with lime juice and chili powder- it is incredible!

  2. I think the corn/crab salad sounds good but I’m not a pesto fan. I fear I would echo Liam’s verdict about not liking the things in this! Very sweet story – stand your ground about the big teeth. Surely inflation’s not that bad!

  3. We loved the tooth story. when I was a kid we got a quarter. See what inflation does to the world? By the way, I love corn, Bil doesn’t so much so I throw it in chili and other veggie dishes where the taste is there and the color, but not a huge presence. I have even been known to throw it in tuna salad! It is a very versatile veg. In the winter, if you can’t get fresh, try the steamed corn…tastes like it just came off the cob, really sweet.

    Much love,

    Judy and Bill

    • I think we got a quarter too – need to confirm that with Lisa though… whatever it was I was pretty happy about it, that I do remember.
      Corn in tuna salad, I will try that – sounds interesting.

  4. We loved this recipe. The parsley and pepita pesto is a wonderful change-up from the basil and pine nut standard!


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