Tag Archives: recipe

Kids Cook with Books: Cloudy with a Chance of Me...

Kids Cook with Books: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
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? Join the Fun - Here's How: 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. Get a copy of our featured books using the links above or from your local...

Continue Reading

Cook & Learn: Jewish High Holidays

Cook & Learn: Jewish High Holidays
I'll start this post with a little disclaimer.  I am Jewish.  Culturally Jewish, at least.  I don't go to temple very often, but I always feel a sense of family and camaraderie when I am with members of my tribe.   When I was a child, I used to attend Sunday school, and then when I got older, I went to Monday night school leading up to my confirmation.  I went on an amazing 6-week long trip to Israel when I was 16, and to this day, I still cherish those memories.  When college came along,...

Continue Reading

How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans

How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans
It's hard to believe that this is the third installment of Kids Cook with Books, our virtual reading and cooking club for kids.  This month, our featured book is How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans.  It is a wildly entertaining tale of a little girl, who like many children, struggles with eating her vegetables.  But one day, when a band of green bean thugs comes to town, Martha has to act fast to save her parents...and she has to do the unthinkable. Kids Cook with Books:  August,...

Continue Reading

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...

Continue Reading

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...

Continue Reading

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...

Continue Reading

Brown Butter Crisp Rice Treats

Brown Butter Crisp Rice Treats
I like to be efficient.  When it comes to grocery shopping, that means taking a list and trying to go to one store instead of several.  My default grocery store is Trader Joe's because their products generally contain ingredients that I recognize, they don't use artificial sweeteners or colors, and their prices can't be beat around here. When we hosted our French exchange student a couple of months ago, we introduced her to s'mores - an uber-American treat containing a warm and gooey fire-roasted...

Continue Reading

Easy Vegetarian Skillet Tacos

Easy Vegetarian Skillet Tacos
We are on the tail end of hosting a delightful French exchange student.  While was only here for a week (her smoking habit aside), I'd love to keep her for a little longer.  Her enthusiasm for everything I cooked made me feel appreciated, which is something that doesn't come easy during "normal" parenting... During Aline's visit, I often found that we were rushed between school and social activities - but this lunch came together easily.  I used leftover chili from the batch I made last...

Continue Reading

Vegetarian Chili – Healthy and Kid Friendly

Vegetarian Chili – Healthy and Kid Friendly
When my kids were little, it was so easy for me to imagine what it would be like for the rest of their childhood.  I saw the mom that I wanted to be - how I would feed my family, and how we would eat our healthy meals around the table every night.  When I look back, it's hard not to laugh at how naive it all seemed.  Sure, I still make healthy meals.  But with our hectic schedules, we hardly eat together every night...let alone around the table.  This recipe for vegetarian chili is a nice...

Continue Reading

Ugly Dip – and Taking the Pulse Pledge

Ugly Dip – and Taking the Pulse Pledge
Raising children to be good eaters feels like nothing short of a miracle.  When our daughter was young, not only did she gag a lot when she was eating, but she was fussy - often refusing most foods that we offered her.  For the longest time, her diet consisted of fruit and "noodles with snow cheese." (What? Didn't you know that parmesan cheese looks like snow when it is being grated onto a mound of noodles?)  Anyway - fast forward 12 years and now I have a lovely 15 year old daughter who is expanding...

Continue Reading