Category Archives: Holidays

I Dare You to Feed Hungry Kids (+ Potato Latke R...

I Dare You to Feed Hungry Kids (+ Potato Latke Recipe)
Every year, my kids and I look forward to potato latkes.  Truth be told, we don't even wait for Hanukkah half of the time.  Sometimes we mix it up a little and add some shredded carrots or sweet potatoes.  But other times, we simply opt for the traditional ones with potatoes.  This version comes from my book, The Whole Family Cookbook, due out in April.  Consider it my early gift to your family for the holidays. [print_this] Potato Latkes By Michelle Stern, Author of The Whole Family Cookbook www.whatscookingwithkids.com Nothing...

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Special Visit from Allrecipes.com: Cookies for C...

Special Visit from Allrecipes.com: Cookies for Charity
Two days before Thanksgiving, I hosted a Drop In & Decorate event with a group of children who decorated cookies for the homeless. I shared some photos, but what I didn't tell you was that we had a special guest. Michael is the host of What's Cooking (great minds think alike, right?), the cooking show on Allrecipes.com. For the holidays, they are doing a special event called Cookies Across America. Because they are good people, they are featuring Lydia's organization, and are encouraging people...

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Kids in the Kitchen - Homemade Holiday Gifts (Gr...

Kids in the Kitchen – Homemade Holiday Gifts (Granola Recipe)
I will be the first person to tell you that I am not super creative or artsy like some of my friends.  But I do like feeding people well and saving money when I can.  Those traits usually send me and the kids to the kitchen, where we whip up some tasty treats to share.  Don't get me wrong - the kids don't always want to hang out with me OR spend time in the kitchen...so I have to fly solo on occasion. Last year, people LOVED our spice rub mix.  But what they probably loved even more was the...

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Thanksgiving Recipes for Everyone (Gluten-Free A...

Thanksgiving Recipes for Everyone (Gluten-Free Apple Crisp Recipe)
Cooking with kids makes me happy. How could it not? Kids are playing with food, getting excited about creating something from scratch, and then feeling so proud when people enjoy the fruits of their labor. But more and more, I am noticing children with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Kids at class parties are feeling left out when they can't eat the treat that another child brought in, and family members don't feel included when they are served an alternate dessert to what everyone else...

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Fun Passover Seder with Kids

We celebrated the first night of Passover at our friend's house.  We have celebrated the holiday with them several years in a row and laughed when their 7 year old daughter said we were "like cousins that we see every year at Passover."  I thought I'd mix things up a little this year.  I brought my trusty Bag of Plagues, and scattered them all over the table for our (thankfully) brief ceremony. And for some exciting news... A publishing house told me today that they are interested in my book...

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What's Cooking with YOUR Kids: Valentines From S...

Many thanks to my friend Colleen, from Foodie Tots, for sharing this adorable story about cooking for Valentine's Day with her son.  Yes, I realize that I am nearly 2 months too late with this post - but to be fair, your submissions go into a queue in the order they are received.  But you can make special love-treats any time! My son, like your typical 3.5-year-old, is very into construction, trucks, trains, and all things that go. He's been cooking with me from an early age, but as he gets...

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What's Cooking with YOUR Kids: A Healthy Ho...

What's Cooking With YOUR Kids, #2 For our second installment of What's Cooking with YOUR Kids, I am happy to share some photos and stories from my good friend Colleen in San Anselmo, California.  She has twin boys, and was one of the lead party parents for one of her sons' holiday party.  Here is what she had to say about her attempts to make delicious foods that were also healthier than the usual party fare... I made these fruit kabob trees with my son Aidan for his 2nd grade class Holiday...

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What's Cooking with YOUR kids? Sand Art Br...

Okay, I'll admit it:  I am nosy.  I like to see what other people are up to, how they manage their day-to-day lives, what they eat, and how well they are organized (or not.)  It is for those reasons that I adore reading about Other People's Pantries on my friend Lydia's blog.  The best part, perhaps, is that people voluntarily send in photos of their pantries, along with personal stories and comments.  I find these stories entertaining, and I love how people are eager to participate.  It has...

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12 Days of Sharing: Grandma's Ground Almond...

Ground Almond Cookies -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Recipe By: Helen Berliner Summary: This is one of Grandma Berliner's recipes, and it is amazing! Ingredients: 1 cup butter, creamed 1/2 cup powdered sugar 2/3 cup ground almonds, blanched 1.5 teaspoons vanilla 2 cups flour Directions: Mix well. Form in crescent shapes. Bake at 350 for approximately 20 minutes. Roll in powdered sugar while warm. It is my honor to be a co-host of the 12 Days of Sharing...

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Happy Thanksgiving

My family visited the Little Farm in Tilden Park last weekend, and I couldn't tear myself away from this tom.  He clearly ruled the roost.  He walked around, cool as a cucumber...until he had to put a chicken or duck in its place.  What caught my attention was his comb - it was constantly in flux.  When he was relaxed, it would droop down over the side of his beak.  But when he was acting as the enforcer, it would shrink up and stand like a unicorn's horn.  Who knew? Happy Thanksgiving to...

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