P is for Pupusas (Free Printable for Kids)

P is for Pupusas (Free Printable for Kids)
I love to eat with my hands.  My grandmother, who was a stickler for manners, used to cringe as I picked my favorite ingredients out of my salad or reached across the table to taste something from someone else's plate.  Now that I am an adult, my habits haven't changed much, and I am still a sucker for food that I can pick up.  Tacos, nachos, warm slices of pizza. Yes, please.  Another one of my favorite hand held foods is pupusas.  Have you ever heard of them? Pupusas are a Salvadorian...

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Giveaway – Who’s Hungry Book for Toddlers

Giveaway – Who’s Hungry Book for Toddlers
Ever since I launched Kids Cook with Books, our free reading and cooking club for kids, I have been getting emails from authors and publishers asking if I would like to review their books for children.  Honestly, I am pretty finicky and don't want to share anything that I can't truly get behind.  When I got my copy of Who's Hungry by Dean Hacohen and Sherry Scharschmidt in the mail recently, it actually made me giggle out loud.  That's a pretty good litmus test, right?  If I can get enjoyment...

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How to Make Wonton Cups

How to Make Wonton Cups
A million years ago, when I was a consultant for The Pampered Chef, a direct sales company selling kitchen tools, I used to make the most amazing appetizer using wonton wrappers.  Ever since, I have never forgotten the little trick of turning the thin, flexible and adaptable wonton wrapper into a crispy delicious wonton cup that can hold any number of different ingredients.  They are elegant when served to adults, and fun and whimsical when the kids fill them with items of their own choosing. Before...

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Kitchen Science: Making Ice Cream In A Bag with...

Kitchen Science:  Making Ice Cream In A Bag with Kids
Why am I not surprised that my What's Cooking summer camp kids loved making ice cream more than any other recipe?   It was real life science in action, and a perfect way to beat the summer heat. Recipe: Ice Cream in a Bag Why don't YOU give it a try?  Here's the recipe and a description of how it works: Ice Cream In a Bag: Kitchen Science What's Cooking with Kids: www.whatscookingwithkids.com Serves 1 Ingredients: 2 Tbs. sugar 1 cup half and half ½ tsp vanilla extract 1/2...

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Big Hungry Bear {Strawberry Recipe}

Big Hungry Bear {Strawberry Recipe}
I have a confession to make.  I cry easily.  And when one of my amazing readers emailed me photos of her toddler cooking the featured recipe from June's Kids Cook with Books, I cried. And then I showed my husband, and cried again.  It hit me like a ton of bricks that this mama, a former special education teacher, trusted me and used our book club as her inspiration to spend quality time with her daughter. This month, our featured book is The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and THE...

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How To Talk About Books with Kids {Guest Post}

I couldn't be more excited about the buzz that Kids Cook with Books has generated.  When I met Jodie, an expert on literacy with kids, I knew she would be a perfect compliment - offering some tips for how to talk about books with kids (in a meaningful way!) Hopefully, you'll be able to combine some of her great suggestions below with this month's book club selection: Blueberries for Sal. Do you struggle with finding time to read and talk about books with your kids? Do you eat at least one meal...

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Coconut Spice Zucchini Bread

When I read on Facebook that my friend Annalise was publishing her first cookbook, I was excited for her.  I remember how surreal it felt when I had my own cookbook published, and it was a thrill to know that she would be going through those same feelings.  But when I found out that her book would be titled,The Make-Ahead Kitchen, I was excited for me!  Why?  Because we are a busy family (who isn't?) and I was eager to try some new recipes that might, just maybe, make our lives a little easier. Cooking...

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Blueberries for Sal

Blueberries for Sal
Last week, I announced the launch of Kids Cook with Books, our new virtual reading and cooking club for kids.  People seem thrilled, especially on Instagram, where there is a really engaged group of parents, teachers and homeschoolers.  I'm launching our new club with Blueberries for Sal, one of my favorite books to read to my children when they were little.  I chose this book for our maiden voyage because blueberries are in their peak season right now, and I wanted to take advantage of their...

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Kids Cook with Books

Kids Cook with Books
I couldn't be more excited to tell you about our new virtual reading and cooking club for kids: Kids Cook with Books!   As a former teacher (and current parent!), I can't speak highly enough of activities that promote literacy in young children.  Anything goes - reading billboards to the kids while driving around town, pointing out familiar words in books, reading the back of the cereal box together, and of course, bedtime stories!  But what about the kitchen?  It's the heart of the home,...

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Charlotte’s Web Themed Recipes

Charlotte’s Web Themed Recipes
At my son's school, he reports that every teacher has the final countdown to summer on the board.  I used to do the same thing when I was a classroom teacher, although now I wonder if it made the students feel that I couldn't wait to be rid of them.  I'm pretty sure they understood that I was just as excited for summer vacation as they were. Summer Reading On the flip side, teachers and parents swap positions over the summer.  It's the job of the parents to figure out how the kids will spend...

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