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 incredible flavor!

Kids Cook with Books:  June, 2016:  Blueberries for Sal

Blueberries for Sal

Join the Fun – Here’s How:

  1. Simply fill in the sign-up form below, saying that you’re joining Kids Cook with Books this month.
  2. Take a peek at the original Kids Cook with Books announcement for tips on participating and suggestions for making it a social event if you’d prefer to read and cook with friends.
  3. Get a copy of Blueberries for Sal from the library, or by using the link here.
  4. Read the book together…
  5. ….then bring the kids into the kitchen and get cooking.
  6. Don’t forget to take photos!
  7. I would LOVE for you to share your photos on Instagram using the hashtag: #KidsCookwithBooks and please tag me too (@whatscookingwithkids).  Or, if you aren’t an Instagram junkie, like I am, then I’d love for you to share them on Facebook.
  8. Tune in early next month for our July Kids Cook with Books.

Blueberries for Sal: Blueberry Salsa

Featured Recipe for Blueberries for Sal

Blueberry Salsa
Kids Cook with Books, What’s Cooking with Kids

Ingredients:
1 pint blueberries
5-8 organic strawberries
1 cucumber
10 large basil leaves or several sprigs of flowering basil stalks
1 lemon
1 teaspoon honey
pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Pour the blueberries into a colander.
  3. Rinse them over the sink.
  4. Take two large handfuls of blueberries and put them into a large bowl.
  5. Use a potato masher or the back of a spoon to smash the berries.  You could also use clean hands to smoosh the berries.
  6. Add the rest of the blueberries to the bowl.
  7. Rinse the strawberries.
  8. Cut the strawberries into small pieces, approximately the same size as the blueberries.  Add the strawberries to the bowl.
  9. Peel the cucumber and dice it into similarly sized pieces.  Add to the other ingredients in the bowl.
  10. Basil flowers are delicious and mild.  If you are growing basil and see it start to flower, pinch off the flowering stalks and use them here.  Simply pinch off the tiny leaves and flowers and put them into the salsa.
  11. If you don’t have basil flowers, stack the basil leaves and roll them into a little tube.  Then, use scissors or a knife to cut the basil tube into slices.
  12. If you prefer, you can tear the basil leaves into tiny pieces.  Add to the salsa.
  13. Juice the lemon into a small bowl.
  14. Measure 1 teaspoon honey, and add it to the lemon juice.
  15. Stir to combine.  Add a pinch of salt.
  16. Pour the lemon/honey mixture over the salsa.
  17. Stir to combine, and refrigerate until serving.
  18. Serve with Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips (recipe below)

Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips

Ingredients:
4 pieces of pita bread
3-4 Tablespoons butter or coconut oil
4 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Wash your hands.
  3. Using a pizza cutter or a knife, cut each pita round into 8 wedges.
  4. Heat your butter or coconut oil briefly to melt it.
  5. Use a pastry brush to brush both sides of the pita wedges with butter or coconut oil.
  6. Measure the sugar and cinnamon and pour them into a small bowl.
  7. Stir to combine.
  8. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, foil or a silpat.
  9. Arrange the pita wedges onto the prepared baking sheet.
  10. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar onto the pita wedges.
  11. Bake for 10-12 minutes, removing when golden brown and crisp.
    (Cooking times may vary, based on your particular oven.)

This salsa recipe combines sweet and tangy flavors, along with soft and crunchy textures – a perfect blend for young kids to explore new foods.  If you enjoyed reading and cooking with us this month, I hope you’ll join us again!  Here is the schedule for the remainder of 2016.  If you have suggestions for 2017, I’d love to hear them 🙂

2016 Kids Cook with Books, virtual reading and cooking club for kids

2016 Kids Cook with Books Schedule:

More Cooking & Literacy Activities for Kids

If you have older kids, or if you want more book-themed recipes to make with your kids before July’s Kids Cook with Books is released, don’t fret!  I have more ideas up my sleeve.  These activity bundles are available at my online marketplace and are suited for children ages 5-12.

(This post includes affiliate links, which means that if you use them to purchase any of these products, the price stays the same for you, but I’ll get a teensy commission to help pay for the costs of running this site. I truly appreciate your support!)

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32 Responses to Blueberries for Sal

  1. Brilliant! I sure wish this was around when I was a kid … I would have started cooking even earlier! 🙂

  2. Melissa says:

    This is awesome! My kids want to help in the kitchen, and I love the idea of combining it with reading (their favorite activity)!

    • Thanks Melissa – I am so excited that you will join us. The recipe is really delicious (we ate almost all of it within an hour!), and is a super easy one to get your feet wet… Keep me posted – I am here if you have questions. And I’d love to see photos of your adventures in the kitchen! xoxox

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  4. Stacy says:

    We are in! We love this book and 2/3 of us love berries (this might get my holdout on board!) THANKS

    • Hurray, Stacy! I love your comment – 2/3 of you! I know that feeling – the best part is that the other 1/3 could always make a custom version of the salsa… I think that what makes it work so well is that it combines sweet, tart, soft and crunchy – so you could use nectarines, plums, apricots or any other fruit that works for said 1/3 🙂 Keep me posted and let me know how you made out! xoxo M.

  5. Noelle Kelly says:

    What a great idea!! We have the book and the girls LOVE blueberries and helping in the kitchen. Now to figure out what to make! 🙂

    • So glad you are going to join us!

      Make the recipe here!!! It’s so delicious! Let me know if you make another blueberry recipe – feel free to share the link of what you make here or on our Facebook page if people get blueberry fever and want to make more recipes before next month’s Kids Cook with Books 🙂

  6. Kristen says:

    I love combining learning with eating. We read about different countries and then make food for each country–LOVE IT!

  7. Stacy says:

    We have this book – a fight/discussion/scuffle/IT WAS A CONVERSATION, MOM broke out over who got to read it first “for the CLUB’. My 8 year old won but her 5 year old sister told her “I’ll just read it twice tomorrow, so there.” They’ve both read the web page and are excited for the future books, too!

  8. Such an amazing idea-I am so committed to getting kids into the kitchen, and this is such a great way!

  9. Myrum says:

    Joining! Yay!

  10. Wow- this sounds like so much fun! It’s the perfect way to get my granddaughters creating in the kitchen! Joining this month!

  11. Brilliant! Great concept!

  12. Jennifer V. says:

    What a fantastic summer activity! Thanks!

  13. love this idea!! fantastic.
    and I love the book. Always a favorite when I was growing up

  14. Megan says:

    I bet my kids would love this book!

  15. Julie says:

    We’re in! Such a great idea!

    • Woo Hoo! I am so happy you will join us! The first batch of photos came in yesterday on our Facebook page and they were so sweet they made me cry! (I am such a softie!)
      xo
      M.

  16. Sara says:

    We’re joining Kids Cook with Books this month!

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