My original post about Daniel Tiger’s Banana Swirl Ice Cream still generates plenty of traffic to the site even a year after publishing it. If you don’t have a preschooler you might not be familiar with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, which is a cartoon continuation of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood on PBS. It is one of the best shows out there with kid friendly advice for everything from “saying I’m sorry” to dealing with anger and frustration in an accepting musical way, just like the original.
The Banana Swirl episode encourages kids to “try new foods because they might taste good”. My first set of instructions were directly from the show and involve an adult blending frozen banana slices in a blender. I had a very brown and mushy banana the other day and a light bulb appeared over my head and showed me an even simpler method that will allow the kids to make it all by themselves without knives or a blender. Continue reading →
M started his full schedule last week and we barely see him Monday through Thursday. Knowing the transition was going to be tough on J, I tried to come up with plenty of activities to keep him busy. And one of his favorites is cooking.
I handed him a new cookbook, Cook School by Amanda Grant and told him to find any recipe he wanted to make. Luckily he chose an easy one that we had the ingredients to make: Roly Poly Sandwiches.
For a person that doesn’t like beets, I sure have a lot of beet recipes on the site from soups (Borscht) and salads (Watermelon Beet and Cucumber Salad) to dessert (Red Velvet Cake) as well as Spicy Pickled Beets. And now I am going to add Beet Ricotta Pancakes to the mix. These bright pink beauties can be served for breakfast or a meatless dinner (thanks to the boost of protein from the ricotta).
With Shrove Tuesday less than a week away I have pancakes on the brain. Today I decided to try a Dutch Baby, which is a giant egg-y pancake baked in a cast iron skillet and then sliced into wedges to serve. I searched through my cookbooks and found what I thought would be a great recipe. It was fast and gluten-free to boot. woohoo!
Maybe I misunderstood the directions, because it was an unmitigated disaster. I would have just gone with cold cereal for breakfast except me and my big mouth said “Giant Pancake”! so that was the only thing J was going to settle for. Ugh!
Have you ever tried a kumquat? They are tiny little oval shaped citrus fruit with a thin sweet outer peel, but the inside is SOUR! Well, I thought they were always sour, until my friend went to the California Citrus State Historic Park. Apparently there are some varieties that are sweet inside. Learn something new everyday.
My in-laws used to have a huge kumquat tree in their yard. When I was teaching and doing day care I would take a paper grocery bag full of them to work and let the kids have them for snack. And it still didn’t put a dent in the crop. We would make kumquat marmalade and candied kumquats (to be used in fruit cake, etc.) and anything else we could think of. I haven’t had them in years since they moved from that house.
Normally, I throw my whole chickens into the crockpot on low for 4-6 hours depending on if I want it falling off the bone or not. Sometimes I make chicken tacos out of it and serve with tortillas, cheese, onions, salsa, etc. Other times, I use the juices to make a quick gravy by thickening with cornstarch as directed on the package and serve with noodles or mashed potatoes. Minimal work, hearty meal.
I cannot remember how I found this recipe for Easy Rotisserie Chicken from Mom’s Small Victories last week. I did a lot of blog hopping and sharing the Comment Love with some of my SITS-ters. But, how I found is irrelevant. The idea is so simple and brilliant that I pulled the chicken I had picked up for $0.69 a pound out of the freezer and made it the next day. It came out beautifully! The trick? A bundt pan. It is kind of like Beer Can chicken for those of us that don’t usually have cans of beer around the house.
I have been so busy lately that the blog ended up getting the short-shrift. Which is a shame since I have joined a group of my fellow SITS-ters to make an effort to comment on 75 blogs this week. If you are coming from there – Howdy! I promise I will be checking out your blog in the next few days. If you are a regular visitor to this site, check out their links in the comments sections of the last few blogs. These ladies are giving me some fabulous ideas that you might just see on here in the next few months.
As far as what is going on in my kitchen, I have been busy but most of what I have made isn’t a new recipe so not much blog material there. But there were two that I have made slightly differently than in the past: Candy Cane Hearts and Pannetone Bread Pudding. Continue reading →
But, it is absolutely delicious and it will probably take longer to cook the noodles or rice to serve with this than it will to prepare it. Dinner ready in less than 30 minutes equals happiness in my book.
The 2014 Winter Olympics are upon us, and since they will be held in Soichi, Russia I thought it was time to pull out some Russian cuisine to get in the mood. Strawberries Romanoff might be delicious, but it is a little too cold in most of the country for that right now. Instead, I am starting with a nice hearty beefy sweet and sour vegetable soup – Borscht! Yes, the woman who professed to hate beets is posting a beet soup recipe. And it is delicious.
At Christmas time I let J look through my cookbooks and pick a cookie for us to bake. He fell in love with the Magic Window Cookies in the Betty Crocker’s New Christmas Cookbook. Cookies with a candy center, who could blame him? All we had in the house were starlight mints, but we just dropped them in a baggie, whacked them with a hammer to break them up a bit and we were good to go.