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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Freeze your bananas!


I love freezing bananas for smoothies and banana bread!

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Spices around the World

Herbs, spices and other seasonings are a natural and healthy way to add a lot of flavor to your recipes without adding a lot of extra calories.

With a little practice, you can create an endless variety of delicious recipes, such as Mediterranean-inspired favorites bursting with the fresh flavors of lemon, garlic and rosemary and spicy Mexican dishes featuring cilantro, cumin and chili powder.

A wide range of herbs, spices and seasonings are used throughout the world to make food taste better, and in some cases, last longer. 

Experiment with Spices

With a little creativity, you can put a fresh spin on some of your favorite tried-and-true recipes by simply swapping out the herbs, spices and seasonings you use.

For example, if you add fresh or dried basil or oregano to diced tomatoes, chopped onion and finely minced garlic, you have the makings of a wonderful red Italian pasta sauce.

On the other hand, if you replace the basil and oregano with cilantro and lime juice, those same ingredients become the foundation for a fabulous homemade salsa recipe.

Spices from Around the World

To help inspire you, the following chart shows some of the most popular culinary ingredients based on geographic region.

**Keep in mind, some herbs, spices and seasonings, such as salt, black pepper and garlic, have an almost universal appeal that isn’t limited by geographic borders.

More Cooking Resources

Fresh herbs are super easy to grow from seed or from cuttings in your own garden and many can be brought indoors for year-round enjoyment.

Learn more about cooking with herbs and spices. 

Tie this into a cooking around the world lesson!

5 new spices to add to your cabinet
 
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

How to make buttermilk


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Monday, October 19, 2015

Jack O Lantern Cheese Sandwiches

A fun creative idea for a Halloween lunch is to create cheese sandwiches into Jack o lanterns. 


Children will enjoy cutting out faces with mini cookie cutters or cut with a small table knife.
  
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Friday, October 16, 2015

Kids Meal Ideas


See our recipe index for 100 kids meal ideas



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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Homemade Fruit Leather

This weekend our family went to an apple orchard. We've been busy like little squirrels preparing for the winter. I've made applesauce and today I'm going to share with you how to make apple leather.

There are two kitchen appliances I recommend for making leather. If you are making apple leather you may want an apple corer slicer if you have a lot of apples to prepare. The other kitchen appliance is a food dehydrator. I know you can make leather in other ways but I recommend for safety and ease a food dehydrator. ( you can also make dried fruit or jerky in it as well as fruit leather)

First we made applesauce with the apples by coring and slicing the apples and placing them in the crockpot. I sprinkled lemon juice over them every few layers.  Fill your crockpot and cook on high 6-8 hours.

There are faster ways of making applesauce by cooking in a pot on the stove. Just make sure you stir your pot often if using the stove. I like to use the crockpot because I just prepped it in the morning and had a busy day doing other projects.

Once your applesauce is cooked and mashed. Pour onto the food dryer sheets and let dry 6-8 hours.

Peel off and wrap in plastic wrap. Freeze or store in a plastic container.

The kids loved it and I'm already planning on making another batch soon.

You can try a variety of different fruits.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Easy Gardening


Too cold at your house to garden? Try an indoor herb garden.
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

October World Pasta Month- Ranch Pasta Salad

I just found out it is World Pasta Month!  So with that I'm sharing my favorite pasta salad recipe.

Start with chopping your favorite vegetables into bite size pieces. I use a food chopper. The more bright vibrant colors the better. I have broccoli, yellow peppers, carrots and red peppers.


Cook a package of pasta until tender. I'm using shell pasta here. Mix cooked and cooled pasta with chopped vegetables together in a large bowl.  Stir in 2 Cups Ranch dressing. I like to make homemade Ranch.

If desired stir in chopped ham or bacon bits. Chill several hours or until ready to serve.


I like to use this vegetable chopper for this recipe, because it makes small bite size pieces.

See more pasta salad recipes here



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Monday, October 5, 2015

Start freezing for the winter

I've been freezing tomatoes, shredding zucchini and pureed cooked pumpkin at my house.
 Need help learning how to freeze meals?


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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Apple Pie Doughnuts

Batter:
1 egg
2/3 Cup milk
1 1/4 Cups flour
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon baking powder


Frying Apple Ingredients:
3 large apples
1/4 Cup lemon juice
1/4 Cup water
1-1/2 Cups vegetable oil

Topping:
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon


Directions:
In a mixing bowl, mix together egg, milk, flour, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt and baking powder. Blend until no lumps.

In a small bowl, blend together 1/4 Cup lemon juice and 1/4 Cup water. Core apples and cut into rings. (If you have an apple corer slicer this might be good method to use.) Place apple rings into lemon juice and water.

Add oil into pan and allow to heat several minutes. Dip each apple ring into prepared batter. Place into hot oil. Turn when sides turn golden brown. Drain on paper towels.


Prepare sugar and cinnamon into a small bowl. Dip fried apple into sugar cinnamon mix.





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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Top 10 Kids Cookbook 2015

It's been awhile since we've had a round up of favorite kids cookbooks, here is the last Top 10 Cookbooks post.

So this time I'm going to post 10 of the best seller kids cookbooks you'll find on the market today.

Then you can join our giveaway below! Winner was Steph- for a Star Wars Cookbook.

1. Who doesn't love Better Homes and Garden! 



2. Girls love princesses and what better way to learn to cook than with your favorite characters!


3. Harry Potter will always be a classic. This would make a great reading and cooking activity for kids.

4. The upcoming Star Wars movie has spread into the cooking arena. This fun book isn't just cookies it includes all types of courses.

5. Kids Fun and Healthy Cookbook- This cookbook is still going strong, it made it in our last list and was actually used as a giveaway. We enjoy this book.


6. Cooking Class Cookbook- filled with 57 recipes for kids to make.


7. Williams Sonoma Cookbook for Kids- Bright colorful cookbook kids will love.

 
8. Twist it Up- 11 year old cookbook author!


9.  Mouse Cookies and More Treasury Cookbook- I wish I had this cookbook when my kids were little. I love the books Give a Mouse a cookie and all her others. This cookbook would make a great addition to cook and books.

10. Chop Chop Cookbook- Cooking real food with your family.

 Enter our Kids Cookbook Giveaway

We have a Kids Cookbook to give away.

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