Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Top 10 Kitchen Products to have when Cooking with Kids

Making sure you have the proper tools will help to remove some of the stress that tries to creep in when you are cooking with kids.

Here is a short list of kitchen items and gadgets you should have on hand in order to make working with kids as stress free as possible.

Curious Chef Knives

  • Self-contained vegetable chopper – kids get to pound on something while being helpful and dicing vegetables to your liking.

  • Garlic peeler and garlic press – no need to teach the smash and peel, let them roll the skin off and then squeeze the garlic until it turns to a semi-mush.

  • Wooden stirring utensils – wooden utensils work on all surfaces, no need to worry about scratching the non-stick skillet.

  • Small skillets and pans (good for little hands) – these are the little 5”-7” pans which are great to learn temperature settings and how to properly handle pots and pans.


  • Crinkle Cutter- Kids love to make crinkle cucumber or carrots with this easy gadget.

  • Muffin Scoop- Use for scooping muffins, cookie dough, ice cream, melons, and more.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Chicken Chili


Ingredients
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely minced
2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 can green chilies, drained and minced
2 cans white or black beans, undrained
4 cups diced tomatoes
2 cups rotisserie chicken meat, shredded
1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
*Optional, tortilla chips or strips, avocado or sour cream for toppings.

Directions
Saute onion and garlic in olive oil in a large soup pot.
Stir in spices; cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper and stir well.
Add green chilies, diced tomatoes, shredded chicken, and 2 cans of beans. Cook 15-20 minutes. Serve with any of the optional toppings.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Kitchen Science-Egg in a Bottle

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Kitchen Science Experiment-Dancing Raisins

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Ideas for Substitutions in Gluten-free Baking

When embarking on gluten free baking it's important to accept that the foods you love most may not taste the same in gluten-free form. However, you may find that you like them even more than before so don't lose all hope. In addition, you need to understand that there is no identical substitute for foods and the textures and flavors will be different. They won't taste bad, just different.

When trying to convert an old family favorite to gluten free it's important to understand what the ingredient does to the recipe in terms of texture and flavor. Even the raw texture will be different. Batters might be thinner than what you're accustomed to, or just look completely different. It's important to not adjust the recipe expecting it to be the same as the gluten versions.

The other important thing to remember is that if you aren't using a commercial gluten free baking mix you will likely need to mix in more than one type of flour to get the results you want in the recipe. It's also important to take a lesson from baking schools. In bakery school bakers learn to bake by weight and ratios based on the desires of the final results rather than by cups and spoons full.

If you learn the ratios of the different types of baked goods you'll be able to substitute easier when you know how everything works.  Learning to bake by weight and ratios will help you create better recipes over all. When a recipe calls for 1 cup of flour, try using 140 grams of a gluten free substitute instead. Better yet, mix two different gluten free choices together for a better result.

Most of the things you cook at home are really truly simple. Pancakes, muffins, quick breads, are as easy as switching out the regular flour for a gluten free variety. For yeast breads like pizza dough you will need to add another binder and thickener to ensure that it works better such as chia or flax seeds. It's also important to learn the different qualities of various flours. For instance coconut flour holds liquids very well; you might need to add extra liquid to avoid a dry result.

The most important thing is to just try different combinations to see if it works. Other than that, you can carry on as normal when turning your baked goods gluten free. Make your own flour mix and try it out. Try mixing different combinations of rice flour, oat flour, sorghum flour, millet flour, and potato starch. Store in a cool dry place and use in all your recipes. Using a mixture of different flours will give you a better result.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

7 Cooking Frugal Tips for College Students

If you are eating on a tight budget, there are a few things that you can focus on  without sacrificing your health. Whether it is using up leftovers to smart pantry stocking –Here are frugal tips for college

7 Eating Frugally Ideas for College Students

Check your Dorm kitchen: 

Many universities are today coming up apartment-style living quarters that are well equipped with modern cooking facilities. While such quarters have well-equipped built-in kitchens, college student’s resources are usually limited. It’s totally different when you cook in your mom’s kitchen than on your own.

Besides lacking a well-stocked pantry, you’ll be required to follow campus rules and adjust to limited cooking equipment. Microwaves might be allowed in your college kitchen, but electric pots, hot plates and toaster ovens might be prohibited. It’s recommended that you check with your college before purchasing.

Equipment Essentials: 

Always stock up the basics: a plate, silverware, bowls, and a can opener. If you can access a kitchen, also get a good knife –a steak knife or even a chef’s knife –and a big pot. If you lack bowls for mixing, you can use a large pot to mix the ingredients.


Keep Cooking Basics on Hand: 

Keep some of your favorite foods on hand to avoid late night fast food visits. Canned products are great –especially canned beans –as they always works well in microwaves. Supplement the canned goods with rice and you’ve got a good meal. Always stock your pantry with salt and pepper, and other seasonings, such as Cajun mix, to keep your meals interesting.

Also remember to always stock the basic starches, such as pastas, rice and even potatoes as they keep for longer time. You can always make something with these starches plus a few fresh and canned veggies. It’s good to learn to substitute especially if carrying or getting supplies is a problem. For example, you can purchase bouillon cubes instead of canned stock.

Shop smartly to save: 

Your budget will be tapped out after paying for tuition and purchasing textbooks. While fast foods might seem cheaper and time saving, it’s more economical and even healthier to prepare your own meals. Always buy in bulk the items that are on sale especially if it’s something you love eating regularly. A great cost-cutting tip: even when cooking for yourself, it doesn’t mean that you reduce a recipe for one serving. Make the full recipe and have the leftovers for lunch the following day or even freeze it for a future dinner.

Take advantage of coupons alongside sales if possible to save as much money as you can. You may find generic or store bran items best for you, so do some math before choosing.

Avoid the Freshman Fifteen: 

While it might seem easy to eat pizza for every meal and very tempting to chow down on fries and ice cream, it doesn’t mean you should. You should get some variety in your daily diet. Ensure your diet includes all the essential nutrients: eat your vegetables and some fruits to stay healthy.

Avoid wasting food: 

Make use of all your leftovers. You can use leftovers for lunches, for the next dinner, or to create another recipe. For instance, use leftover meat and veggies with a few new ingredients to make an excellent casserole or soup. If you can’t eat something you prepared right away, freeze it for later use.

Draw a budget: 

Make a reasonable budget for food, and always try to stay within the set budget. Set aside a few coins on a weekly basis for stocking your pantry as well.


Frugal Living Resources

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Frugal Grocery Shopping Tips
Tips on Frugal Living 
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Part 2 -Breakfast Chefs
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Around the World Cooking Ideas- Video

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Homemade Play Dough- Video

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Easy Meals- Salads and Sandwiches

What is worse than the dreaded question, “What’s for dinner mom”? In the summer, it’s the thought of turning on the stove or oven to make dinner. I thought it would be good to share some great summertime dinners, everyone in your family will love. Not only do they not require any cooking, but they are healthy and delicious as well. In the summer many families enjoy some wonderful salads. Here are a few of favorites. Of course you can incorporate whatever ingredients your family prefers.  

Not your traditional tossed salad 

A traditional tossed salad is awesome and easy to make, but sometimes as a standalone meal, it may not fully satisfy those hungry appetites at dinner. To enhance a traditional tossed salad try adding some of the following ingredients for extra flavor and protein:
  • Chunks of cubed cheddar cheese
  • Slices of lunchmeat, like turkey, chicken breast or ham
  • Leftover chicken breast
  • Zucchini squash slices
  • Yellow squash slices
  • Crumble some leftover taco meat, tortilla chips and Catalina dressing for a taco salad
Find more salad recipes.

Chef’s Salad 

Basically a chef’s salad is an upgraded tossed salad. Just add hard-boiled eggs, chunks of cheese and sliced ham, turkey, chicken breast and roast beef and voila, you have a chef’s salad. Hearty and yummy!
 

Spinach Salad

Made with yummy spinach leaves or baby spinach leaves, a spinach salad is cool, refreshing and yummy! I like to add shredded cheese, slices of ham, turkey and roast beef, cucumbers, pickles, black olives and for added zest some jalapenos! I top mine with an Italian dressing or balsamic vinaigrette.

Sandwiches

Another great meal idea you can create without cooking is sandwiches. Yes, sandwiches for dinner. When it’s too hot to cook, some cool sandwiches are the ticket. Not only are they easy and heat free, but they are also less filling than a big huge dinner! Some great summer sandwiches are:

I love chicken salad and love to have a batch made up for last minute, easy on the go meals. Serve some on a pita or flat bread, in a tortilla or in a croissant to change things up a bit.

I love to sink my teeth into a yummy, thick sandwich filled with all of the fixings of a deli. Pile on the meats, cheeses, and veggies!

Some of my favorites are:
  • Turkey 
  • Roast Beef 
  • Chicken Breast 
  • Corned Beef 
  • Salami 
  • Pepperoni 
  • Bacon 
  • Alfalfa or Bean Sprouts 
  • Cucumbers 
  • Pickles 
  • Tomatoes 
  • Romaine or leaf lettuce 
  • Green Peppers
Serve on thick bread with brown mustard, if you like, and mayonnaise.
Find more sandwich recipes and ideas.


Dinner doesn’t always have to be a huge 3 or 4 course cooked or baked meal. A hearty salad or sandwich will satisfy your kids, hubby and guests, while keeping you cool at the same time.
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Cupcake Decorating Class and Decorating Set GIVEAWAY

I'm rather excited about Craftsy's new giveaway. cake decorating is a hobby of mine and we love cupcakes the most in our house. I've written about having a cake decorating kids cooking party here.
This decorating set is a perfect addition to add to your kitchen so I encourage you to join the giveaway.  All you need to do is create an account with craftsy.com (its free) and they have a lot of free online courses as well.

GIVEAWAY! One lucky winner will get a 55-piece Ateco Stainless-Steel Decorating Set PLUS free enrollment in the new online Craftsy class The Perfect Cupcake! In this online class, you'll learn how to combine creative cupcake flavors, fillings and frostings with gorgeous decorating for out-of-this-world treats! WINNER ANNOUNCED

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Making Homemade Salad Dressing

Fresh salads and healthy lifestyles go hand in hand. After all, what could be better for you than a big plate full of leafy greens, fresh vegetables, fiber-rich legumes and lean proteins? Unfortunately, you could end up negating these delicious and healthy choices if you aren’t careful about the type of salad dressing you use.

Taking a quick look at the list of ingredients on your favorite bottle of store-bought dressing can be a real eye opener. In fact, you may be surprised to see a host of ingredients you weren’t expecting, including high-fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners, trans fats, MSG, and an assortment of artificial colors and preservatives to make it all seem more fresh and natural.

How to Make Homemade Salad Dressing

Fortunately, making your own homemade salad dressing is faster and easier than you might think. Plus, you get to control how much you make at one time, so you don’t have to worry about throwing out your hard-earned money if you don’t use it all in time.

When it comes to homemade salad dressings, vinaigrettes are fast, easy and delicious choices. One general rule of thumb to keep in mind when creating your own vinaigretts is to use 1 part vinegar (or other acidic ingredient) to 3 parts oil.
In other words, if you use ¼ cup vinegar, you’ll want to use ¾ cups of oil. If you like a little more kick to your dressing, try a 2:1 ratio instead.

When choosing these key ingredients, don’t be afraid to get creative. Think beyond plain white, red or cider vinegar and give rice vinegars, aged or white balsamic, or fruit-infused varieties a try, as well. Citrus juices, such as lemon, lime, oranges and grapefruit, also work particularly well.

When it comes to choosing your oil, it’s hard to beat a high-quality extra virgin olive oil. However, you may want to consider other healthy alternatives, such as a more delicate grape seed oil, as well. Olive oils infused with garlic, rosemary or other herbs are also great choices.

A third ingredient you may want Dijon mustard. Dijon is a popular choice because it tastes great and helps bind all the other ingredients together.
t to add to your vinaigrette is

Beyond these three ingredients, there are countless ways you can customize your vinaigrette recipes to complement your salad ingredients. For example, you can add minced garlic, onion, shallots, fresh or dried herbs, honey, or a variety of fruit juices or zests.

Basic Vinaigrette

Here is a basic recipe to get you started:

3/4 Cup olive oil
1/4 Cup balsamic vinegar
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons honey
1-2 cloves finely minced garlic
salt and pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl or container with tight-fitting
lid. Mix or shake vigorously to combine thoroughly.

Starting with this basic recipe, I bet you can come up with dozens of yummy options to suit whatever salads are on your menu. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Teriyaki Steak Wraps


1 Tbsp butter
1 lb. beef steak, cut into thin strips
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
4 (8 inch) tortillas
1 cup finely shredded cabbage
sour cream and chives (optional)

In a skillet over medium coals on campfire or grill, melt butter. Add the cut up steak into the skillet and cook quickly until just browned, then remove to a plate and keep warm. Pour teriyaki into hot skillet and stir until slightly thickened. Add the cabbage and cook until just starting to soften. Put meat back in skillet and stir until just heated through, then remove from fire. Lay out the tortillas flat and divide the meat/cabbage mixture into the center of each tortilla. Fold up the sides then roll over the mixture to form wraps. Serve hot. Makes 4 wraps.



You can serve with sour cream flavored with chives or other toppings if you wish.




















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Monday, July 7, 2014

What to take to the beach

Summertime means beach time in our family. We live in a state with lots of beautiful lakes so we spend lots of time cooling off at the beach on those hot summer days.

Of course this entails packing enough good healthy, easily to tote foods, that will keep your family satisfied for the whole day. I try (emphasis on try) to take wholesome foods that don’t have a lot of packaging to keep down on the garbage waste. I also try to take foods that aren’t in big bags, that little, sandy hands won’t be reaching into them and ruin the whole bag. There’s nothing worse than biting down on a grain or two of sand.

Here are some ideas for feeding your family at the beach that are easy, healthy, satisfying and cooler friendly.

Oranges:

They’re easy to peel and you can throw the peel in the grass for the deer or other animals to eat!  

Apples:

Great choice for the beach. Again you can throw the core on the ground for the animals, but make sure you throw it out of the path where people walk.  


Pickles and cheese:

One of my kids’ favorite beach snacks. I put a few pickles in a sandwich bag and some slices of cheese in a separate baggie. This one you’ll want to make sure little hands are clean before they reach in and grab.  

Prepared sandwiches: 

I used to take a loaf of bread, the lunch meat, cheese and all the fixings, but it’s much easier to make the sandwiches at home, pack them in a zippered baggie and tote them in the cooler. You will want to place them on top of the ice, for obvious reasons.

Individually wrapped snack cakes or cookies:

Probably not on the top of the list as far as healthiness goes, but for some reason those little chocolate snack cakes taste so good at the beach. Take them out of the box before toting. If they won’t melt in the heat, carry them in a cloth bag as opposed to a plastic bag. (Side note: the cloth grocery bags they have now are GREAT for toting food to the beach!!!)

If they will melt, say they have chocolate in or on them, then place them in zippered baggies before placing in the cooler. The plastic that is already on them won’t prevent melted ice from seeping through.

If you do decide to take chips, make up individual baggies for each person. This will help save little, sandy hands from ruining the whole bag!  

Watermelon slices :

These are cool, refreshing and delicious. But, how do you make them cooler ready for the beach? You can cut up 1/2 inch squares and place them in individual baggies. Or you can cut into regular triangles and place one slice in a baggie or plastic wrap.

Prepared Hamburger Patties to Grill:

If you decide to grill hamburgers on the beach, prepare your patties ahead of time. I’ve taken a chunk of hamburger meat to the beach; forgetting beaches usually don’t have hot water and soap to wash the raw, greasy meat off your hands. Know what I mean?

So, make your patties ahead of time, have your veggies sliced and ready in little baggies, as well as your cheese.

As far as condiments go, I buy separate bottles specifically for the beach. That way if they get sandy, it’s not a big deal to toss out or try to salvage some before you toss the whole bottle.

Beach time is fun time and can be a great family bonding experience. Toting food doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking if you prepare in advance using the tips and suggestions above.
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Monday, June 30, 2014

Homemade Fruit Popsicles

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Raspberry Coconut Ice Pop 

Ingredients
1 cup sliced banana
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup raspberries

Method 
Pour a cup of sliced bananas and milk into blender and blend well until smooth. Pour into molds, adding chunks of raspberries in layers. Snap tops of molds on and freeze.

If using wooden ice cream stick, semi-freeze t for about 2 hours and put the wooden ice cream stick in the middle. Now freeze it for 5 hours. (Serving for eight)
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Watermelon - Nature’s Healthy, Sweet Treat

It’s that time of year again - time to enjoy some of nature’s most delicious foods. Summertime yields some of the juiciest and sweetest fruits there are and watermelon is on the top of my list. Why do I love watermelon so much? It’s sweet, juicy and refreshing.

Just the thought of a juicy slice makes my mouth water, especially on a hot summer’s day. Not only that, but some of that pretty red and green fruit brightens up any plate or table; not to mention how good it is for you. All the water in watermelon will fill you up and naturally cleanses your body. Yes, I know the seeds can be a little annoying, but to me, they are worth the work of picking them out (or spitting them out…politely of course) for all the other benefits you get from watermelon.

There are many ways you can incorporate watermelon into your meals or eat it as a healthy snack. 

Here are just a few of my favorites.

Traditional Wedges

The obvious is to slice it up into triangular pieces, small enough for little hands. Divide them up into storage containers and place them in the fridge for easy access. I know if something is in sight and easily accessible my family will eat it up. On the other hand, if it takes a lot of work or is out of sight they won’t touch it. Obviously you will want to take out the seeds first, before storing it for the smaller kids.

Watermelon Fruit Bowls

For a beautiful side dish on any table, lay the watermelon on its side and cut about 1/4 of the top off using a zig-zag motion, which will make a nice oblong “ watermelon bowl”.  Slice about a 1/4 of the bottom off to make a stable base. You can use a round watermelon as well.
 
Create little melon balls by scooping out the fruit with the help of a melon-baller. Remove the seeds as much as possible while scooping. You will want to place the melon balls in a bowl while scooping, then once the inside of the melon is fairly clean and smooth, place the melon balls inside the watermelon bowl.

You can add other melon like cantaloupe and honey dew as well, if desired. The top part of the watermelon can be used as a lid if transporting. Be sure to use the flesh from the lid as melon balls as well so not to waste any of the delicious goodness.

For the more creative readers, create shapes out of the watermelon like fish and cars.
For breakfast, dice up some seeded watermelon; layer with banana slices, apples, oranges or other fruit of your liking. Add some yogurt and granola for a tasty and healthy morning starter.

Watermelon Checkers

A fun appetizer is to make watermelon checkers. Cut equal sizes of 1/2 inch thick squares of watermelon and your favorite cheese. Layout like a checkerboard, alternating watermelon and cheese. Cut small circles of the watermelon and cheese to use as checkers. What a fun creative appetizer to serve at any summer outing.

Watermelon Cones

For a fun and healthy summertime treat kids will love, make watermelon “ice cream” cones. Using regular cake cones fill the bottom of each cone with a tablespoon of pineapple cream cheese frosting. Then place a spoonful of dried Craisins over the frosting. Using an ice cream scoop, place a scoop of seedless watermelon over the Craisins, then top with sprinkles. You’ll have a healthy, delicious and adorable treat kids ask for again and again. Great for birthday parties, 4th of July or anytime.

Frosted Watermelon

Another fun treat kids and adults both enjoy is Frosted Watermelon. Use your favorite cookie cutters to cut out cookie-like shapes from the watermelon. Frost with flavored yogurt and sprinkle with granola. You can also use classic watermelon wedges instead of cookie shapes.

These ideas will brighten up any table, plus give the added benefits of eating something delicious and healthy. Watermelon really is nature’s healthy, sweet treat.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Spaghetti Braid


















A recipe we have included in our Vegetarian Cookbook is Spaghetti Braid. Turn a simple spaghetti and garlic bread dinner into something fun and easy!

Ingredients

1 loaf of bread dough-thawed from your freezer or make your own
1 box of spaghetti noodles, cooked
1 jar of thick or chunky style spaghetti sauce
8 oz vegetarian cheese, cubed, optional
Vegetarian Parmesan cheese
Fine corn meal
Vegetarian butter
Parsley flakes
Garlic Powder

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line flat surface with parchment paper and sprinkle with cornmeal, roll your dough out into a large sized rectangle. Let it rest for about 15 minutes on your counter while you cook your spaghetti noodles.

Mix the spaghetti and thick sauce together, and place in the center of the dough in about a 3 1/2 inch strip. Top with cubed vegetarian cheese, if you choose to use it. Make cuts approximately 1 1/2 inches apart along the sides of dough, leaving up to 1/2 inch between slit and spaghetti.

Braid the strips, left over right, in direction consistent with covering the spaghetti and sauce filling. Mix melted vegetarian butter, garlic, parmesan, and parsley.

Brush the spice and butter mixture over the top of the braid. Move the braid on the parchment paper to a baking sheet. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the top is lightly browned. Cool, slice and enjoy!

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Campfire Trout

Campfire Trout

4 fresh trout, cleaned and patted dry
1/3 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup flour
3 Tbsp oil for frying
3 Tbsp butter for frying
2 Tbsp butter for sauce
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp parsley flakes
2 Tbsp lemon juice

In a shallow pan, mix together milk and salt.
In another shallow pan, put the flour.
Dip the trout first in the milk, then dredge in the flour; set aside.
Put the skillet over fire, add oil and the butter for frying and heat skillet until it sizzles.
Add trout to hot pan and fry until crispy and flaky; remove fish from skillet to platter.
Add the remaining 2 Tbsp butter to skillet to make sauce, stirring in the mustard, parsley flakes, and lemon juice, letting the mixture come to a boil, stirring constantly.
When sauce has thickened a bit, remove the skillet from the fire.
Pour this sauce over the trout and serve immediately.
Serves 4

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Korean Beef Pita Pockets -Crockpot Recipe

Happy Father's Day
















Try this easy crockpot recipe for a fun Father's Day recipe


Korean Beef Pita Pockets

3 to 4 lb beef roast
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup soy sauce
5 garlic cloves, grated
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1/2 Tbsp grated ginger root
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste
pita bread, lightly toasted in oven, to serve
1 bag (16 oz size) finely shredded cabbage (coleslaw)

Place the beef roast in the crockpot.
Put the remaining ingredients (EXCEPT cabbage and pita) in a small bowl and whisk to combine, then pour over the beef.
Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 9 hours or until beef is very tender.
Remove beef to a cutting board and shred (using a couple forks should work) then return the beef to the crockpot, stir, and heat through again.
Warm the pita bread on a baking sheet in the oven set on low heat until just toasted lightly.
When ready, serve by opening up pita bread and stuffing with shredded beef and top with some cabbage coleslaw mix.
May spoon on a bit of sour cream also.
Serves 6 to 8.
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Cooking around the world

A great way to teach your kids about geography and cooking is through our World Studies Unit.
Over 20 countries included in this large learning ebook. Each country includes: 
  • Fun facts about the county
  • Facts on what the country is famous for
  • A printable dinner menu invitation designed for each country
  • Kid friendly International recipes unique to that country
  • Photos of attractions, scenery or areas of interest in the particular region

See more details on our world studies unit

 

 

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Food Group Activities and Worksheets

 
Introduce your kids to healthy eating through out food group activities and worksheets. You'll find this product and a whole lot more food, cooking and healthy eating worksheets in our store!



















Food group activities and worksheets

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Orange Smoothie

1 Cup water
1 (6 oz.) can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 (6 oz.) carton vanilla yogurt
1/2 Cup frozen strawberries
1/2 Cup cold milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
10 ice cubes

How to Make It:
Pour the water in the blender.
Add the juice and yogurt to the water.
Carefully stir in the sugar, milk and vanilla.
Cover the blend until the mixture is smooth.
While blending add in 3 to 4 ice cubes at a time and blend after each addition.
Continue to add the ice cubes until you have reached the thickness you desire.
Makes 4 servings

See more smoothie recipes in our two Smoothie Cookbooks

 Easy Smoothies for Kids
Green Smoothies



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Friday, May 9, 2014

7 Great Mother’s Day Cooking Gifts

Mother’s Day is a day to show your mother your love and appreciation. One way you can show your mother how much you care about her is by presenting her with a thoughtful gift.


Think of the things your mom has talked about over the past year and take steps to make her cooking thoughts become culinary reality.

Gourmet Cook

If your mom is a gourmet cook then perhaps you could select an item that she has been dying to get her hands on. Chances are you have heard about this item over and over but if you do not have any idea where to begin looking rest assured there are many, many choices to be found for the cooking connoisseur. Some ideas might be a gourmet knife set; those new pots and pans she has had her eye on; a new set of spices or unusual spices she has in mind for a special recipe; a gift certificate for companies like Pampered Chef, Taste of Home or other direct sales food company fan so she can get her favorite new product.

Learn How to Cook

You say your mom doesn’t cook or she has been wanting to learn something new? Well, then the perfect gift might just cooking lessons and that is something you could even take together. There are all sorts of cooking lessons from learning the most basic to more advanced or specific culinary techniques.


Cookbooks for Mom

Is your mom a fanatic for a Italian, German, or French food? Perhaps a cook book with mom’s favorite cuisine or by her favorite chef would be an ideal gift.

Mom's Favorite Meal

How about an evening of mother-daughter cooking? Put together the ingredients for your mother’s favorite meal and spend time together making memories.


Kitchen Tools

A basket filled with kitchen gadgets is a useful idea for any mom. Think of things that your mom does over and over in the kitchen. Is there a doodad that would help her save some time in meal preparation? What about a tool that she might only use a few times a year but she would love to have for those special recipes.


Dessert for Mom

Mom’s favorite dessert is always the right way to go. You can make it for her and deliver it in a nicely decorated box or have her favorite local bakery make her favorite confection and surprise her. If your mom’s sweet tooth bends more toward chocolate or candy then get a bunch of her favorites and give it to her in a multi-purpose container. Every time she takes a bite she will think of you and your kindheartedness.
 

More Help on making Mother's Day Special

 Find recipes for breakfast in bed, a Mother's Day Tea Party and/or a Mother's Day Spa here.
7 great Mother's Day Cooking Gift Ideas
Tea Party Theme Ideas

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Cheesy Rainbow Peppers

What You Need: 
1/2 of a large green pepper
1/2 of a large sweet red pepper
1/2 of a large yellow pepper
1/2 of a large orange pepper
1 C of Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
2 T ripe olive, chopped

How to Make It: 
Allow the broiler to preheat while preparing the appetizers. Cut each pepper half into 9 strips making 36 strips in all.

Place the peppers skin side down on an ungreased rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle the cheese over the all the peppers.

Place the olives over the cheese on each pepper strip. Sprinkle on the red pepper flakes. Broil 6 inches from the heat for 5 minutes or until the peppers are crisp tender and the cheese has melted.

Makes 36 appetizers


You can add this to a rainbow theme dinner!



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