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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Making Homemade Almond Butter

Breakfast Almond Butter

Make your own almond butter for breakfast on an as-needed basis for almost half the cost of store-bought almond butter. It’s perfect when spread over your favorite bread for a fantastic breakfast.

Ingredients
2 Cups roasted almonds
1Tablespoon canola or almond oil
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 Tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions
Put almonds in a blender and blend until finely ground. Add all the remaining ingredients and continue blending until smooth and creamy. Store in a container or jar.





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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Easy Fudge Candy

Simple Fudge Recipe

1 bag semi sweet chocolate chips
1 Cup peanut butter
3 cups mini marshmallows
Line a 8 inch pan with aluminum foil. Set aside. In microwave safe dish melt chocolate chips and peanut butter together. Stir in marshmallows until ingredients are well combined. Pour into foil lined pan. Chill in fridge.

More Fudge Recipes


Christmas Cooking with Kids Resources

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Christmas Candy Recipes
Homemade Chocolates
Homemade Fudge Recipes
Homemade Suckers
Chocolate Bark Recipes
Homemade chocolate truffles

Cookies
Christmas Cookie Recipes
Gingerbread House Recipes
Cookie Swap

Gifts and For Fun
Food Gift Ideas
Dough Ornaments
Edible Gift Baskets
Jar Mixes
Strawberry Santas
Reindeer Theme Recipes
Orange & Cloves Decoration



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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Top Kids Cookbooks for 2017

As we wrap up the new year I'm taking a look at some best seller cookbooks you'll find in the market this year. As well as highlighting some of our favorites and some new cookbooks just coming out.

Cookbooks make great gifts whether as a family gift or for a child who loves to cook.

5 Top Cookbooks for 2017


Cooking Class by Deanna Cook. This cookbook is geared for ages 6-12 and includes recipes for lunch, dessert, dinners, vegetables, breakfast and snacks. A special chapter at the beginning teaching kids some important cooking skills like measuring, cleaning up and kitchen vocabulary.

Kid Chef Foodie Kids Cookbook Teaching kids some great skills with what to stock in your kitchen, using a knife correctly and much more. As well as including healthy recipes from all the important categories like main dishes, snacks and desserts.



Master Chef Junior Cookbook follows after the popular television show that has aspiring young chefs cooking with other contestants. This kids cookbook breaks down their 100 recipes into categories such as snacks, fish, meat, pasta, sides, salads and desserts.

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Cookbook for Teens. A great starter book for teens (or kids). This cookbook covers basic cooking techniques, learning to grocery shop, safety tips and more. Included are 74 recipes of a wide variety including breakfast, snacks, salads, soups and dinners.

Nerdy Mummies Cookbook. A popular baking show you'll find her on YouTube creating some fun recipes. Included in this book are some of her famous sweet treats with photos and step by step directions.

5 Favorite Cookbooks for 2017

These are some gems that you might not have heard of but make great kids cookbooks.
Little Bento is all about ideas on creating those fun inspired bento boxes for lunches. Cookbook includes 100 recipes and 32 photos.

The Best Homemade Kids' Snacks on the Planet. It is a cookbook filled with 200+ snack recipes for your kids. Some great tips in the book as well like making snacks portable and tips throughout the
book.


Good Housekeeping Kids Cook. 100 recipes geared towards kids of all ages with photos and some fun ideas.
The 5 Ingredient College Cookbook is great for beginning chefs. This book focuses on cooking easy meals on a small budget and in small spaces. Incudes 100 + recipes covering breakfast, snacks, salads, sandwiches, soups, vegetarian, seafood, chicken, pork, beef and desserts.


100 Days of Real Food. A cookbook dedicated to cutting out processed food and eating healthier easily. 100 recipes in this cookbook as well as help in making healthy choices, how to grocery shop the right way, plan and food prep.

New Cookbooks of 2017



The Pioneer Woman Cooks Come and Get It. This down home cookbook includes 120 meals for breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinners. My favorite part of her cookbooks are the step by step photos.

I Love Tasty The Unofficial Cookbook Known for their cooking videos that are quick and to the point this cookbook covers 100 recipes with step by step photos.


Kid Chef Bakes. Written for 8-13 years old in mind this cookbook teaches baking skills from prepping to finishing touches. Over 75 recipes included including breads, muffins, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pies, pastries, quiches, calzones and much more.

Breakfast and Brunch. One in the American Girl Cookbook series. This book is dedicated to breakfast and brunch recipes.


Easy Classic Casseroles. Gooseberry Patch has 100's of cookbooks from all categories of cooking. This one focuses on casseroles, something that your kids can learn to cook easily.

Now its your turn which cookbook would you like to try? Do you have a cookbook you recommend?


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12 Days of Christmas Giveaways

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways 2017


A few notes about our giveaway:
1. Contest starts 12/1 and ends on 12/15
2. Scroll through the giveaway list and click on the entry page for each giveaway. Giveaway signups are not on this page.
3. Giveaways with mailing prizes are only open to USA residents. If you live outside the USA, please sign up for the electronic download giveaways: # 3,10,11,12.


Christmas Giveaway #1

See our Top Kids Cookbooks for 2017 and enter to win one a kids cookbook.


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This giveaway is for our Kids Cooking Lessons Instructor and Student Manuals ebooks.


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Christmas Giveaway #10

I love geography and learning to cook cultural recipes is always a fun way to learn more about geography and the world we live in. This giveaway is for our Cooking around the World EBook

Christmas Giveaway #11

This giveaway is an automatic freebie! No need to sign up and have your name drawn. Merry Christmas! Kids Christmas Cooking and Celebrating




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Our Teacher Curriculum Set is a complete kit for teaching kids to cook.



Happy Holidays!





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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Easy Gourmet Christmas Gifts for Kids to Make

Mel, the Gift girl shares some of her favorite ideas for making gourmet Christmas gifts with kids.
Each year I look for some gourmet Christmas gifts I can make with my kids. With a creative director (she's 8), a mad scientist (he's 10) and a professional organizer (he's 12), we cook up some fun recipes. Here are a few of the best -and easiest- gift ideas we have come across for kids to make in the kitchen.

Chocolate Dippers

First you go on a prowl through your house looking for items to dip in chocolate. You can dip pretzels, animal crackers, wafer cookies, nuts, dried fruit, marshmallows and much, much more. Next you melt some chocolate (dark, milk or white) in a bowl and begin dipping each treat. You can dip half way or dunk completely. Then let the dipped pieces harden on a wax paper lined tray. Package in jars or bags and decorate with ribbons.

Cheese Ball

This is fun to stir and shape...though our designs don't always turn out to be sphere shaped. You can shape your cheese ball into a Christmas tree or snowman, for example. There are many great recipes out there, but this is our family's favorite:
2 pkgs. cream cheese, softened
1 jar Kraft Roque Blue cheese
1 jar Kraft Old English cheese
dash of garlic powder
Mix all together. Shape as desired. Optional: Coat cheese ball with finely chopped pecans. (We always coat half and leave half uncoated.)

Cinnamon Popcorn

 Flavored popcorn always goes fast at our house so we have to pack it up quick and give it immediately! My bookworm son just brought home a whole cookbook with nothing but popcorn recipes which included every imaginable flavor.

Cinnamon is one we enjoy quite a lot, though I don't remember anymore where the recipe came from. Be sure to let the popcorn cool before testing because the sugar is really hot.

4 qts. popped corn
1 c. butter, melted
2/3 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
Stir the butter, sugar and cinnamon together in saucepan until sugar dissolves. Pour mixture over popcorn and stir well until all the kernels are coated. Pour into a shallow roasting pan and bake at 300 degrees for 10-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. It will be gooey when hot but will crisp as it cools.


Mel, the Gift Girl liked to make gifts so much as a child that she made up her own holidays so there would be more chances to give gifts! She has many more gourmet gift ideas on her website - holiday gift idea blog.

More Christmas Cooking with Kids Resources

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Christmas Candy Recipes
Homemade Chocolates
Homemade Fudge Recipes
Homemade Suckers
Chocolate Bark Recipes
Homemade chocolate truffles

Cookies
Christmas Cookie Recipes
Gingerbread House Recipes
Cookie Swap

Gifts and For Fun
Food Gift Ideas
Dough Ornaments
Edible Gift Baskets
Jar Mixes
Strawberry Santas
Reindeer Theme Recipes
Orange & Cloves Decoration


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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Apple Cheese Cake Recipe

Apple Cheese Cake Recipe
by roha pakistan,lahore)
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon apple-pie spice
1 16-ounce can or jar (1-2/3 cups) applesauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice
5 eggs
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Directions
1. For crust, combine crumbs and 2 tablespoons sugar. Stir in butter, toss gently. Press onto bottom and 1 inch up sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake in 375 degree F oven about 10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool slightly on a wire rack.

2. Meanwhile, for filling, combine cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, cinnamon, and apple-pie spice. Beat until fluffy. Beat in applesauce and lemon juice. Beat in eggs until combined.

3. Pour filling into crust-lined pan. Bake on a shallow baking pan in a 375 degree F oven 40 to 45 minutes or until center is nearly set. Cool on a wire rack 15 minutes. Loosen sides of pan. Cool 30 minutes more; remove sides. Cool completely. Chill at least 4 or up to 24 hours.

4. For sauce, in a small heavy saucepan melt 1/2 cup sugar over medium-high heat until sugar begins to melt, shaking pan often. (Do not stir.) Reduce heat; cook about 5 minutes more or until sugar is melted and golden. Stir as necessary after sugar begins to melt (only when mixture bubbles). Remove from heat. Carefully pour in 1/2 cup whipping cream. Add 1 tablespoon butter.

Return to heat; cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes more or until smooth. Stir in 1/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans. Cool. Cover and chill up to 24 hours. To serve, cut cheesecake into wedges; top with sauce. Makes 12 to 16 servings

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Kids Cooking Activities: Easy-To-Make Homemade Ravioli 

Want to cut fun dough shapes with your kids but don't want to make cookies? Try this easy ravioli recipe!

Most people think homemade pasta is pretty tricky. When my kids' friends tell their parents that they made ravioli at my house, the parents are always impressed. The truth is, pasta is pretty easy. As long as you're willing to follow the instructions and spend a little bit of extra prep time, you can make incredibly tasty ravioli at home without any special equipment. All you need is a mixing bowl, a rolling pin, and all of the ingredients.

Why Ravioli?

I'd be lying if I said that I didn't have a soft spot in my heart for stuffed pasta. But I'm an adult. Kids often prefer bright cheezy pasta to ravioli squares, no matter how delicious I find them. That's why I try to make sure my kids are involved in the cooking process. Unlike boxed cheesy pasta, they love making ravioli. There are lots of tactile activities that they can perform. They can knead the dough, roll it out, add their favorite fillings, and cut it into shapes.

Stuffed Full Of Choices

There's also the issue of flavor. Ravioli can be filled with anything you want. I'm a fan of butternut squash ravioli with a maple syrup sauce, for example. My kids' favorite right now is what we call "pizza" ravioli, which is stuffed with a bit of pepperoni, mozzarella, and tomato sauce. When they're out at a friend's house and my husband is home, I usually stuff my ravioli with a traditional blend of fresh mozzarella and parmesan cheese.

The Freedom To Have Fun

The point is that you can do whatever you want! By letting your children have fun with various stuffing and pasta shapes, you'll be able to get them involved and interested in the cooking process. This will give you a fun activity you can perform with your kids while teaching them valuable life skills.

Easy Ravioli Recipe:

Ingredients:
DOUGH:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp olive oil
2 eggs
1.5 tbsp water
pinch salt

EGG WASH:
1 egg
1 tbsp water

SUPER BASIC CHEESE FILLING
1 cup shredded cheese (any kind)
1 package ricotta (8-16 oz)
1 egg
spices and seasoning (lemon zest, basil, parsley, pepper, etc)

DIRECTIONS:
First off, this recipe can get a little bit messy. You'll want to either use an extra large cutting board or wash one of your counters extra well so you can use it as a work surface.
Start by making a small mound with the flour and salt. In a separate container, beat together the oil, eggs, and water. Pour about half of this solution into your flour well and begin to mix it by hand. I recommend that you use both hands to try to keep the well stable while you let your kids do the mixing. Once it's more or less mixed, form your dough into a well, pour in the remaining egg mixture and mix again.


Knead the dough for about ten minutes. Kids are great for this. If things get too sticky, feel free to add a bit of flour. Your goal is a malleable dough that's fairly smooth.
Once you're done kneading, wrap the dough tightly in plastic and throw it in the fridge to rest for about an hour.

You'll want to prepare your filling and your egg wash before you proceed to the next step. To prepare the basic cheese filling above, simply mix all ingredients together in a bowl. You can fill ravioli with pretty much anything you want. Make sure any meats are properly cooked, however, because you won't boil your pasta shapes long enough to cook them. I'd recommend using egg as a binding agent with most fillings. You'll also want egg wash to hold the pasta sheets together, which is simply an egg beaten together with a bit of water.

When your dough is done resting, use a rolling pin or pasta machine to roll it out into thin sheets. The rule I've heard is that your pasta sheets should be about the same thickness as a coin. Pasta machines can make this much easier and more consistent, but there's nothing wrong with getting your hands dirty and having fun rolling out your dough by hand with your kids.

The best way to roll out pasta like this is to break it down into smaller chunks. I'd recommend splitting this recipe up into about two sheets. On a floured work surface, form half the dough into a ball, then use your hand to start to flatten it out. Switch to a rolling pin as it gets thinner. You may find it helpful to flour your rolling pin before you start. Make sure to rotate your dough as you work and vary the direction that you roll the pin from.

When you have two sheets, brush the top of one with a thin layer of egg wash. Drop little balls of filling throughout the sheet periodically, then place the second sheet on top. Starting from the center, gently press out any air pockets.

Now for the fun part: using a knife, cookie cutter, or ravioli stamp, break apart your pasta sheets into the shapes your kids want. Press the edges of each pasta shape firmly in order to seal them.

To cook the ravioli shapes, bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Add the ravioli and boil uncovered until the ravioli float. This takes between 5 and 8 minutes.

Serve with your favorite sauce or simply a drizzle of olive oil with some freshly grated parmesan and Italian herbs. 

Fun Shapes To Keep Kids Happy


My kids love it when we make dinosaur shaped ravioli. They love it so much that they don't complain anymore when I break out the ravioli stamp in order to make more "adult" shapes. Since they get to have fun kneading the dough, rolling out sheets, and choosing their favorite fillings, they love getting involved in the cooking process. The result is that we have fun making a healthy meal that they're happy about eating. It's a great way to spend an evening.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Turkey Shaped Food Fun

Turkey Bread

Use homemade bread dough or you can buy frozen bread dough to make this turkey. Shape dough into a turkey body and add feathers, feet and a neck and head. Lay on a greased cookie sheet and press dough together to form turkey. Bake until golden brown at 350 degrees. 

Allow to cool for a few minutes while you prep the color. Melt butter and add a few drops of food coloring for the feathers. With a pastry brush, brush color on the feathers. 

Turkey Sandwich

Build a turkey sandwich by cutting a sandwich or bread with a circle cutter. Add cut vegetables, apple slices and olives to create feathers and a turkey face.


Turkey Popcorn Balls

Use a recipe for popcorn balls, add a dried apple for a head and fruit roll-ups to make feathers.




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