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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

How to Make Homemade Crackers for New Year's Eve

How to Make Homemade Crackers for New Year's Eve

What you will need:
Empty toilet paper rolls
Wrapping paper
Ribbon
Treats or other party favors that will fit inside a toilet paper roll

Directions:
Place party favors inside a empty toilet paper roll. Cut off appropriate size of wrapping paper and wrap rolls. Squeeze the ends together and tie with ribbon. Place crackers around party table and unwrap when you are ready to pass out the favors.






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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Healthy Christmas Platter Ideas

Need some fun ideas for your Christmas parties? Try these simple ideas for platters. I love that you can mix and match different foods to create the same ideas below.




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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Orange and Cloves Decorations for Christmas


Make these for a fun Christmas craft that leaves your house smelling Awesome!

Ingredients:
Oranges
Whole Cloves
Toothpicks

Directions:
With a toothpick poke holes in whatever designs you'd like and place whole cloves in the holes.

To make like the image above use mini cookie cutters if desired.


See more Christmas craft ideas.






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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Reindeer Fun Theme Food Ideas

 Try any of these Reindeer Theme Food Ideas to get the kids busy Christmas baking.


Reindeer Cupcakes

An easy cupcake decorating idea for Christmas.


Reindeer Cookies

See the recipe for making these easy reindeer cookies

Nutter Butter Reindeer Cookies

Nutter butter cookies
Chocolate frosting or Nutella spread
Pretzels for antlers, broken in small "antlers"
M&M's for nose
Candy eyes or M&M's for eyes

Spread over top of a cookie and place on waxed paper. While chocolate is still 'wet' quickly add eyes, nose and antlers.

Allow to dry for several hours or place in the freezer for a quicker process.


Magic Reindeer Food

2 Cup oats
1/4 Cup glitter
1/4 Cup Christmas sprinkles
Add ingredients together. Divide into small plastic baggies. Seal with a twist tie or rubber band. Then wrap brown pipe cleaners for antlers around the twist tie.  Glue googly eyes and a red pom pom for the nose.
Makes 4 small baggies.

***Note this is to feed the reindeer outside not for kids to eat!

Print off a little note to spread the reindeer food outside on Christmas Eve to attract reindeer.





Reindeer Cake Pops

See our directions on making cake pops. Making reindeer heads with the cake pops is all in the shaping before you dip it in chocolate.  Make it extra easy by adding pretzel antlers, candy eyes and a red hot nose while chocolate is wet.

More Christmas Theme Fun Ideas

Snowman Food Fun
Christmas Cookies
Christmas Cooking Ideas
Gingerbread Houses





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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas Strawberry Santas

A favorite and healthy treat this holiday season!

Christmas Strawberry Santas

Ingredients:
Strawberries
Cream cheese or vanilla frosting
pastry bag with star tip
chocolate sprinkles

Add frosting in a pastry bag. Set aside. Wash and take the stems off your strawberries making the top flat for sitting. Cut the pointed end off and core inside of strawberry. Fill with frosting making a swirl at the top. Add strawberry top for hat. Add embellish with sprinkles for eyes and frosting dots as desired.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Baba Ghanoush Recipe

A yummy traditional Middle Eastern Side. Try making this for a cultural food evening.


Recipe for Middle Eastern Baba Ghanoush



Ingredients:

1 whole garlic bulb (roasted)
drizzle olive oil
2 eggplants, washed, ends trimmed, cut lengthwise, about 1/4 inch thick
1 red bell pepper, cleaned and cut into thick strips
1 lemon, juiced
1 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp black pepper


Directions:


To roast garlic: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice top off a whole garlic bulb, exposing the cloves, place on a piece of foil (cut side up), drizzle exposed cloves with olive oil, wrap foil up around the garlic bulb, and put in oven. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes or until garlic cloves are soft.

Meanwhile, heat grill, brush prepared eggplant and red bell pepper with olive oil, then grill until golden brown, flipping over, and continue grilling until golden brown and soft. Remove and set aside to cool.
Remove roasted garlic from oven and let cool enough to handle.
Unwrap and give the bulb a squeeze over a bowl, pushing garlic cloves out.
Put garlic cloves into your food processor.
Put the grilled eggplant and red bell pepper in food processor.
Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor.
Pulse until all ingredients blend well and you get a smooth texture.
Taste and add salt and pepper if necessary.
Spoon mixture into a bowl and serve with bread, crackers, or strips of fresh vegetables such as cucumbers, bell peppers, celery, carrots, mushrooms, and cauliflower.


Here are more Middle Eastern Recipes 
Try our Cooking around the World Studies
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Go Ahead and Use that Day Old Bread

It can be frustrating buying a loaf of bread, only to find out that it is going stale. Instead of throwing it out, we have some ideas for you to use that day old loaf. Stores also clearance day old bread that you can get at a discount.

We aren't talking about bread that's growing mold, mind you, just bread that wasn't freshly made the same day.


12 Ideas for Using Day Old Bread

French toast 

No matter how dry the bread is, soak it in some eggs, milk and cinnamon and you have the makings for some killer French toast. This is even truer with breads that have hard outer crusts.
See these French Toast Recipes


Bread pudding

Cinnamon Butter Bread Pudding

8 tsp of butter, softened
1 tsp of ground cinnamon
8 slices of stale bread
4 eggs lightly beaten
2 Cups of milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 Cup honey
1/4 Cup dried apricots, chopped or other fruit
Place the butter into a small mixing bowl. Sprinkle the cinnamon into the butter
and stir until well combined. Spread each slice of the bread with the prepared
butter. Break the bread into 1 inch cubes. Mix together the eggs, milk, vanilla and
honey in a separate bowl. Light grease a casserole dish. Place half of the bread
into the bottom of the prepared dish. Sprinkle the bread with half of the dried
apricots. Pour half of the milk mixture over the bread. Repeat the layers again
ending with the remaining milk. Cover the casserole dish with foil and
bake at 350 degrees. Bake until tops of bread are golden brown and baked in the middle.

Egg in a nest

Make a small hole in the middle of a slice of bread. Add bread to a hot frying pan. Crack in an egg inside the hole and cook for one minute of until toasted. Flip and toast the other side.
Egg in a nest recipe

Panzanella 

This is an Italian bread salad, which makes use of cubes of day old bread.


Croutons 

Find the homemade crouton recipe here and top your salads or soups.


Breadcrumbs

Take your croutons and place them in a ziploc baggie. Smash them with a rolling pin or kitchen mallet to make breadcrumbs.

Toast

It is already lacking a little moisture, why not dry it out some more and put some butter and jelly on it? Good as gold.

Grilled cheese

Make a traditional grilled cheese sandwich of experiment with a Monte Cristo sandwich.


Cinnamon toast

Add a little butter, cinnamon and sugar to top your toasted bread.


Garlic bread

The all time use for left over French bread, but the idea can be applied to almost any other type of day old bread for a slight twist on an old classic. Easy Garlic Bread Recipe


Stratta

This is an egg and cubed bread dish that is baked in the oven. A close cousin to the quiche, strata is usually denser and can be made with any number of ingredients, try one with asparagus, mushrooms and goat cheese. Try this Egg Stratta Casserole Recipe.


Hamburgers or Meatballs

No, not as a hamburger bun, but chunk it up, slightly larger pieces than breadcrumbs and combine with the meat when you make your hamburgers. The bread will keep the burger light and juicy.
Meatball Recipes




Grab a loaf or two of day old bread from your local bakery and get creative. After all, it is extremely cheap and you can never have enough French toast.


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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Homemade Croutons

Make this easy kids cooking idea to top your next salad or soup recipe.

Homemade Croutons

Break your bread into bite size pieces. Place on a cookie sheet. Coat the bread pieces with a light drizzle of olive oil and your favorite herbs (Italian seasoning or Basil taste great), place in the oven around 375 degrees for 15 minutes and you have the best croutons in the world.



A simple and easy way to get your kids cooking!

Now check out some salad recipes to go with your croutons.



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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Gallo Pinto Recipe

Gallo Pinto Recipe

The traditional dish that Costa Ricans enjoy at any time of the day, breakfast, lunch or dinner is always appropriate for a delicious plate of gallo pinto with tortillas, your choice of eggs, plátanos maduros (fried bananas) and sour cream! What a delight!

Ingredients 
3 TBS of Oil or butter
1/4 Cup of onions
1/8 Cup of garlic
1/2 Cup of red bell pepper
2 Cups of black beans (canned or cooked)
2 Cups of white rice (cooked with a little bit of oil and salt)
1/4 Cup of chopped cilantro
Salt to taste
Lizano salsa (a traditional creole salsa made in Costa Rica)

Heat cooking oil in a pan or pot on a medium setting, add finely chopped garlic and let it fry, then add the onions until color changes. Add cooked beans; stir, without much liquid, add red pepper, salt and lizano salsa, then add the rice and stir evenly, finally add the cilantro, serve and enjoy.
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Toddler Meal Ideas

Do you have a toddler that you are struggling for ideas on what to feed them? Find our toddler tips, 25+ toddler meal ideas and how to get your toddlers involved in the kitchen....

Toddler Meal Ideas




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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

20 Animal Theme Food Ideas for Kids

Anytime you can create something fun with your food kids will eat it up. Try giving the kids ideas or a picture and let them make their own creations. Here are some of our favorite animal theme food ideas.

Animal Theme Food Ideas

Turn a simple boiled egg into chicks. See a few variations on our farm theme page.

You can buy candy eyeballs and use them all over your food just like in these meatballs. Just add a carrot piece for a beak.

Create some edible Spiders 

Adding olive slices and pepper slices for legs you can create your own spider theme pizza.
Dinosaur Ideas- Create dinosaurs out of vegetables makes a fun twist in a vegetable tray.

Owl Food Ideas- See these fun owl ideas for your kids snacks...
Farm Animal Ideas- Make a sandwich more fun with easy ideas like these...
  

Snake theme ideas can be easy as this simple tomato mozzarella "salad" snack or see more snake theme ideas here. 


Bird Theme Snacks: These are easy to make with a few ingredients.


Penguins- Create fun penguin theme snacks.


Under the Sea Snack Theme- With a sea theme you can create many fun ideas for animal snacks like these...

Decorated cake pops- learn how to make cake pops and design some fun animal shapes.


 Turkey Shaped Fun Snacks like a relish tray, turkey bread, turkey shaped apple and more..


Bunny Theme Snacks
Cutting out shapes of animals is an easy way to create fun food.

More Fun with Food Ideas

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