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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Kids Cooking Halloween Videos

Brains on the Half-Skull with Alien Potion and Vampire Cocktails




Zombie Cocktail




Halloween Cooking Ideas

12 Halloween Theme Cooking Activities
Easy Jack O Lantern Sandwiches
10 Easy Halloween Ideas
Halloween Recipe Ideas- for snacks, dinner, dessert
Halloween riddles and fun quotes
Halloween Theme Ideas- with spiders, bats, witches, etc.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

10 Halloween Meal Ideas

10 Halloween Kids Meal Ideas

Scary Eyeballs 

Make deviled eggs and add a little more mustard into the egg centers or a thin dollop under where you will lay a black olive into the creamy center.


Ghost Sandwiches 

Cut your bread into ghosts, add the filling of your choice and your children will have a ghostly treat for their school or after school sandwich.


Wormy Hot Dogs

Thinly slice your hot dogs and then microwave. This will make them curl to look like worms. Put them on a hamburger bun and dress with mustard, catsup and pickles to make a slimy swamp underneath.

Ghostly Toast 

Toast your bread. When it is cool enough to cut, with a gingerbread girl cutter or a plain knife, cut to make a ghost body. Top with whipped cream cheese or flavored yogurt with raisins or dates cut for eyes.


Orange Jack O Lantern 

With a toothpick, gently carve a face into the orange. Careful not to injure the meat/pulp of the orange, your child will have a small version of the Jack O Lantern that is healthy and edible.



Salty Bones 

Making breadsticks for your spaghetti tonight? Here’s a Halloween twist. Unroll a tube of refrigerated breadstick roll and separate the triangle pieces.

Stretch each individual piece to make a long bone like figure. Cut about a 1 and a half inch slit in each end with your kitchen scissors.

Roll the remaining 4 flaps into what would make the end of a dog bone. Sprinkle with coarse salt and bake as directed.



Graveyard Snack

Take a cup of plain or buttered popped popcorn; add a half cup each of mini pretzels, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, goldfish crackers and raisins.


Spider Snack 

Taking two round cookies with cream in the middle place 8 small pieces of black licorice. 4 on each side to make the legs. Add a dot of cream from the middle to place the eyes on the top.



If you'd prefer a non-dessert spider try this one with crackers.



Goblin Tongues 

Using mini bagels, spread cream cheese or mayonnaise, your preference, onto bagel. Cut slices out of circular pieces of bologna lunch meat to look like tongues and put into the top center of the bagel, leaving it to hang out like a tongue.


Pudding with Eyeballs

Create a batch of your favorite pudding from a box or homemade and add candy eyeballs. If you don't have candy eyeballs available, use mini marshmallows and add a dot of chocolate icing or melted chocolate in the middle.
These are just a small sampling of things you can do to impress the kids or grandkids. Nothing fancy, quite simple for you but they’ll love them. Presentation and excitement is part of children accepting new and different things.

Let them help you when creating these treats and they may just be a little more receptive to the new Halloween changes in foods they already love.

Halloween Cooking Ideas

12 Halloween Theme Cooking Activities
Easy Jack O Lantern Sandwiches
10 Easy Halloween Ideas
Halloween Recipe Ideas- for snacks, dinner, dessert
Halloween riddles and fun quotes
Halloween Theme Ideas- with spiders, bats, witches, etc.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Scrambled Eggs

When your kids are just learning how to cook on the stovetop one of the best recipes to have them start with is scrambled eggs.

It is an easy and quick snack, breakfast or lunch.

My daughter made us all eggs and she was super proud of herself too.

Learn more about cooking eggs.

Help for teaching kids to cook.
 
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Friday, October 26, 2012

Making Homemade doughnuts

Today for our cooking lesson we invited friends over to make doughnuts. We made a simple rising dough. Let it rise for 30 minutes. Rolled out the dough, cut the dough out with a doughnut cutter and let it rise again for 30 minutes.





This lesson is great for prepping one part of the recipe. Cleaning up and having a break. Going to step 2 and taking a break again while it has its final rise. Then come back and fry the doughnuts. We used a deep fryer and then shook sugar on some and dipped in glaze for the others. Then we shared with dad's work and family.


The kids loved it and it is a great lesson on rising bread and using yeast.




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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

English muffin pizzas

The kids helped make a batch of English muffin pizzas for dinnertime and extra to pack in their lunches. I like to make my own English muffins and freeze them in ziploc bags, 10 per bag. It works well for toast or egg sandwiches for breakfast or pizzas.

Making pizzas is probably one of the first things my kids ever helped me with in the kitchen and they still are anxious and happy to lend a hand with pizza making.

Another tip I always add a little extra veggies to the sauce, in this batch I added a roasted eggplant. To roast place eggplant on a cookie sheet and poke several places with a fork or knife. Bake at 450 degrees in the oven for 1 hour. Let it cool, peel it and puree it. Then stir it into the sauce.



Want to make your own pizza crust instead? Homemade pizza dough

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Cookbook Author: Amy Houts Interview

Amy Houts is an author of 32 children's books and 3 kids cookbooks.  Her first cookbook is  Learning Through Cooking Activities.  Her second cookbook, Cooking Around the Calendar, helps teach kids to cook throughout the seasons as well as tips on what kids can do in the kitchen.

Her newest cookbook, Cooking Around the Country with Kids, gives children and adults the opportunity to learn more about food and recipes throughout the USA. She's also included some food trivia about the US as well giving readers a tasty experience.

All three are unique cookbooks that kids will enjoy learning to cook with.



Ms. Houts was so kind to answer our interview questions as well as share a recipe from her new cookbook. Thank you!

Cooking Around the Country with Kids: USA Regional Recipes and Fun Activities



















What is an interesting food trivia fact you enjoyed learning about in your new cookbook Cooking around the Country with Kids: USA Regional Recipes and Fun Activities?
There were so many interesting facts I learned while researching for Cooking Around the Country with Kids. Children might be interested to know that livestock--cows, pigs, and chickens--eat “feed corn,” which is harder and drier than “sweet corn” that people eat. Another fun fact is that hot dogs used to be called “hot dachshunds dogs” because of their resemblance to the long-bodied dogs.


Have you always enjoyed cooking?
When I was in seventh grade, I baked an apple pie all by myself for the first time. It was fun! My family complimented and encouraged me. That was the beginning of a life where food and cooking has always been a backdrop. When I was in high school, I often cooked dinner for my family, at first to get out of doing other more tedious chores.

Soon I realized I wanted to learn more about cooking and planned to have a career as a chef. At 17, I attended the Culinary Institute of America for a year before working in the kitchen of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Memphis. That was when I realized professional cooking was not for me, but I’ve always enjoyed cooking with my two daughters (now grown) and for my family and friends.


What is your favorite thing to cook?
I love baking bread, cake, and especially pie. Pie is a favorite of mine because I like the way the dough feels when I’m rolling the crust. Baking is such a sensory experience where you smell sweet aromas, touch soft dough, and taste the delicious results!


What do you think is the best time of year to get kids involved in cooking? Why?
Parents have an opportunity everyday to cook with their kids. As far as the best time of year, I would say the winter when it’s too cold to play outside for very long. Baking or cooking in the cozy, warm kitchen is a fun activity when you choose a recipe that children can take part in. My cookbook suggests what children can do such as, measuring, pouring, and/or stirring. Depending on their age and ability, children can help choose a recipe. Time the recipe so you can have a snack when it’s done!


Is there anything you want to add?
Each geographical region in the USA has its own special flavors and foods creating an abundance of delicious dishes. The special foods from each region are directly related to the melting pot of people who settled here and the geography of the landscape. The fruitful plains,the fertile valleys, and the fresh and salt waters produce an abundance of food.

The following is a flavorful recipe from the Southwest chapter. It tastes good with chili, soup, or stew.

Confetti Corn Bread
Red and green chilies look like confetti in this cheesy cornbread.
1 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup yellow corn meal
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 (8 1/2-oz.) can creamed corn
1 (4-oz.) can diced mild green chilies and/or diced pimentos
1/4 cup oil
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch square pan. Children can measure flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt into a medium-sized bowl. Make a well in the center and add milk, corn, chilies, oil, egg and cheese. Mix just until dry ingredients are moistened, about 50 strokes.

Pour into prepared pan. Bake 20 - 25 minutes or until light brown.
Cut into 9 squares. Best served warm with plenty of butter.

Yield: 9 servings

Easy variation: Use 2 packages corn bread mix, made according to package directions, adding 1 (8 1/2-oz.) can creamed corn, 1 (4-oz.)can diced mild green chilies, and 1/2 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Halloween Riddles

Halloween Riddles for All Ages

1. What did Dr. Spook give the witch who had a sore throat?
Answer: Coffin Drops

2. What do Ghost’s wear when their eye sight is failing?
Answer: Spookicles

3. How do you make a witch stew?
Answer: Make her wait!

4. What do lady ghosts put on their skin?
Answer: Vanishing lotion

5. What do you get when you cross a witch with an iceberg?
Answer: A cold spell

6. How do bats learn to fly?
Answer: They take batting lessons.

7. If you worked in a mortuary, what would you call your free time?
Answer: Coffin Break

8. Why do skeletons always catch a cold?
Answer: the get chilled to the bone.

9. What is a vampire's favorite fruit?
Answer: Necktarines

Tombstone Quotes to Make You Giggle

Bonnie Parker (Bonnie and Clyde): “As the flowers are all made sweeter by the sunshine and the dew, so this old world is made brighter by the lives of folks like you.”

Tombstone Arizona: “Here lies Lester Moore; Four slugs from a .44; No Les No More.

Pennsylvania Tombstone, US: “Here lies the body of Jonathan Blake. Stepped on the gas instead of the brake.”

England Tombstone: “The children of Israel wanted bread and the Lord sent them manna. Old Clerk Wallace wanted a wife…and the Devil sent him Anna.”

Massachusetts Tombstone: “Under the sod and under the trees, lies the body of Jonathan Pease. He is not here, there’s only the pod. Pease shelled out and went to God.”

Dentists’ Tombstone: “John Brown is filling his last cavity.”

Can you come up with more funny or spooky tombstone ideas?

Halloween Cooking Ideas

12 Halloween Theme Cooking Activities
Easy Jack O Lantern Sandwiches
10 Easy Halloween Ideas
Halloween Recipe Ideas- for snacks, dinner, dessert
Halloween riddles and fun quotes
Halloween Theme Ideas- with spiders, bats, witches, etc.


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Friday, October 12, 2012

Spring Rolls

A super easy meal we have just started to incorporate at our house is spring rolls.
They are great for kids to make because they can pick and choose what they'd like included in their own meal. You can also chop your vegetables nice and small and it works great for kids to eat and stuff the spring roll with.



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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Convenient Meal Ideas

The average American eats six convenience foods daily. If it is fast, edible and requires little-to-no preparation or clean-up, people will go out of their way to get to it, just to save a little time. If you are a family on the go, you understand the importance of convenience food. The faster, the better.

The thought of “convenience food” usually paints mental images like the ones seen in advertisements today. Cars pulling in and out of drive-through lanes, stopping in for a quick taquito at the local gas station, or even the dreaded “quick snack” vending machines at work. The fact is, there is a healthier way to eat while still keeping the same convenient mindset. Let's examine some of the healthiest convenience foods to enjoy at each meal so you can stay healthy on the go:

Breakfast

Many studies show breakfast to be the most important meal of the day. By skipping breakfast, your metabolism never gets up to speed and you feel like you are ten seconds behind for the rest of the day. But, breakfast is one of the most-skipped meals due to the inevitable rush to get out the door. Who's got time to make eggs, oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, hashbrowns, and all those goodies? Instead, breakfast for many often consists of a processed block of dough and powdered sugar, simply because it's more convenient. The biggest meal of the day doesn't have to come in a greasy paper bag.
Easy Breakfast Meals and Recipes

Why not start the morning off right with a breakfast burrito? Three minutes in the microwave, ding, and you are dining in style with a good amount of fiber and protein and not all of the empty calories. Or, plan ahead and make pancakes or waffles and freeze them. There are hundreds of recipes from whole grain to low-carb to gluten free. Warm them up in a toaster or skillet, add peanut butter and banana slices, and you have a well rounded breakfast of champions in just minutes.

Fruit and cereal bars are also great healthy, convenient breakfast foods. Grab a banana, an apple, and a cereal bar, and head out. The fruit is packaged by mother nature and ready to travel. And don't forget a cup of milk or juice. Throw that fruit and milk in a blender and you've got a great, healthy breakfast in a mug. If sitting down to a full course breakfast doesn't fit with your morning's schedule, that's alright; you've got a healthy meal on the run with these few simple foods.

Lunch

In the healthy convenience food arena, lunch is typically boring. A salad. Why not spice up your lunchtime with some instant couscous with tuna and whole wheat crackers? You get a healthy meal with protein, omega-3s, and fiber. Or, how about a bean, cheese and rice burrito? Quick to heat up and packed full of fiber and protein, it is the perfect lunch for the active adult. The fiber will keep you full and the protein will give you the energy to make it through the day.

For the bigger lunch, spring for a salad with vinaigrette dressing, holding the cheese and croutons. Your local grocery store will most likely have packaged salads in a great selection to satisfy any lunch craving. Put a couple slices of grilled chicken on top and you have a filling meal that will carry you the rest of the day.

Light lunch your trademark? Try yogurt with frozen fruit; a rich source of calcium, protein, and antioxidants. You can even mix this lunch up before you leave home, throw it in your refrigerator at work, and the fruit will thaw in the yogurt and be all ready for you to enjoy at lunchtime.
Check out some Kids Lunch Ideas


Snack

It is amazing how far a handful of trail mix will go. Not only is it convenient to grab and go, but it is full of healthy foods such as nuts and dried fruits. If your snack needs a little more 'umph,' you can try some carrots with hummus, tabbouleh salad or even a couple stuffed grape leaves.

The idea behind your afternoon snack is to give you a little boost through the midday blahs. Choosing a snack that picks you up instead of weighing you down is the smart thing to do. You can make your own trail mix, veggie and dip, or fruit plate so you control the ingredients, and the nutrients they provide. These smart snacks will help you zip through the rest of the day.
Kids Healthy Snacks and Recipes

Dinner

The last meal of the day should be comforting, nutritious, and filling. While it is usually not a great idea to go to bed on a full stomach, a hearty dinner is a great way to end the day. Using a can of clear broth or stock to make soup or stew is a great choice for healthy and convenient meals. A simple soup made with mixed frozen vegetables and brown rice in a pot of broth, is just as convenient as opening a can of prepared soup.

You can crank up the nutrition while keeping the convenience by adding a can of black beans to the soup. Corn gives soup or stew a great crunch while mushrooms or garbanzo beans round out the meal and add extra nutrition. In other words, you don't have to stand over the stove for hours simmering soup for it to be delicious and nutritious; a few cans can make a meal.

There are many canned options that are now offered in low sodium, reduced fat, and no sugar varieties. The healthier choices now available have taken away the unhealthy aspect of opening up a can of something for dinner, and don't we just love that convenience!

Convenience food does not have to mean drive-through or gas station. Finding healthy convenience foods for families on the go is not a difficult task. Grabbing a simple banana is convenient; putting two cans together can be healthy if you buy the right cans. Finding the healthiest convenience foods is simple if you look around your home and read the labels before you buy.
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