Kids Cook with Books: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Kids Cook with Books

This month, Kids Cook with Books is featuring the book,Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett.  It’s a silly story about the town of Chew and Swallow its unusual weather patterns.  Grandpa’s do tell the best bedtime stories, don’t they?

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  1. Please fill in the form below, saying that you’re joining Kids Cook with Books this month and reading Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
  2. Get a copy of our featured books using the links above or from your local library.
  3. Read the book together…
  4. ….then bring the kids into the kitchen and cook our featured recipe together.
  5. 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.
  6. Tune in next month for May’s Kids Cook with Books.

Featured Recipe for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Potato Ricer with kids

Simple Potato Gnocchi

2.5 pounds russet potatoes, peeled
coarse salt
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
2 teaspoons salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten

  1. In a large pot, bring the potatoes to a boil in salted water. (I cut mine in quarters first to reduce cooking time.)
  2. Cook until potatoes are tender.
  3. Lightly dust two parchment-lined rimmed baking sheets with flour and set aside.
  4. Drain potatoes and immediately pass them through a ricer onto a work surface.  If you don’t have a ricer, you can use a potato masher. Try to get the potatoes completely smooth and lump-free. Cool completely.
  5. Sprinkle potatoes with flour and salt. Top with the egg.
  6. Work the flour and egg into the dough with clean hands.
  7. Knead the dough until smooth, but not elastic, dusting with flour if it becomes too sticky.
  8. Divide the dough into 8 portions.
  9. Roll each portion into a rope, 1/2 inch wide and 24 inches long.
  10. Cut each rope into 1/2 inch pieces.
  11. If you want to make them pretty, roll each piece of dough against the back of the tines of a fork to make ridges.
  12. Put the uncooked gnocchi onto your prepared baking sheets.
  13. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  In batches, add a few handfuls gnocchi and cook until they have floated to the surface (about 2 minutes).
  14. With a wire-mesh spider or slotted spoon, transfer gnocchi to a sauce.
  15. You can freeze raw gnocchi on baking sheets until firm. Transfer to freezer bags and store for up to 1 month. Thaw at room temperature on parchment lined sheets for 30 minutes before boiling.

2017 Kids Cook with Books

2017 Picks for Kids Cook with Books

With the new year around the corner, I thought I’d share our list of Kids Cook with Books picks for 2017! They would make excellent gifts for the young chefs in your family.

  1. January: Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri
  2. February: Everybody Cooks Rice, by Norah Dooley
  3. March: Strega Nona, by Tomie dePaola
  4. April: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett
  5. May: The Beeman, by Laurie Krebs
  6. June: Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles, by Shan-Shan Chen and Heifi Goodman
  7. July: How to Make Cherry Pie and See the USA, by Marjorie Priceman
  8. August: Thunder Cake, by Patricia Polacco
  9. September: If You Give a Pig a Pancake, by Laura Numeroff
  10. October: The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food, by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  11. November: Stone Soup, by Marcia Brown
  12. December: Sweet Potato Pie, by Kathleen Lindsey


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2 Responses to Kids Cook with Books: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

  1. Dorinda says:

    I’m definitely going to try this with my older two (6 & 4) at some point this month. We’ll probably also make meatballs, lol. 🙂 Thanks!

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