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Make Your Own Baby Food!

Making baby food is a snap with the proper prep and a dash of know-how. Try these dishes from Baby Love, a cookbook by MSNBC's chief Washington correspondent, Norah O'Donnell, and her husband, chef Geoff Tracy, parents of three little ones. Bon appetit!
Strawberry-Banana-Pineapple Soup Strawberry-Banana-Pineapple Soup (10+ Months)


1 1/2 lbs. fresh or frozen strawberries
3 bananas
1/4 pineapple
1 cup water

1. Remove strawberry stems and then wash the berries. Slice each banana into 4 to 6 pieces. Cut the pineapple into berry-size chunks.

2. Put everything into a 4-quart pot and cook, covered, on high for about 6 minutes, stirring once. Carefully pour the mixture from the pot into a strainer with a bowl underneath to save the juice.

3. Pour the cooked fruit into a blender. Puree until smooth using 1/4 to 1/2 cup juice to adjust consistency.

4. Pour into two ice cube trays, and cool. Wrap, freeze, and defrost cubes as needed.

Yield: 3 1/2 cups

Chef Geoff's Notes: Bananas are the perfect food -- they're packed with potassium. If you have a few that are ripening too fast, simply peel and freeze them to cook with later.

Baby Love by Norah O'Donnell and Chef Geoff Tracy. Copyright © 2010 by Norah O'Donnell and Chef Geoff Tracy. Reprinted with permission by St. Martin's Griffin.