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A writer who loves to share her experiences in the kitchen.

Kitchen Tip Thursday: Cooking with Kids

Happy Thursday Everyone! Thanks for stopping by the kitchen today. Today we are going to share with you ways to cook in the kitchen with your children. Cooking with kids teaches them math skills, how to follow directions, healthy eating and it gives you a chance to bond with them. Take a look at these tips and feel free to share some of your own.

  • Let your kids pick out vegetables to try.
  • Allow kids to plan out the menu or the recipe.
  • Hygiene first, teach them the benefits of washing their hands while cooking.
  • Set up a work area just for them.
  • Explain the rules of the stove, and hot surfaces.
  • Have them read each set of directions out loud.
  • Practice math skills as they measure and stir ingredients.
  • Teach them to share the process with siblings and /or friends.
  • Use cookie cutters to make fun shapes with bread.
  • Decorate sandwiches with their favorite veggies.
  • Try dishes from other cultures to teach foreign language or history.
  • Dress for the occasion: an apron or a mini chef’s hat will do the trick.
  • Give your kids their own set of plastic measuring cups and spoons.
  • Have fun!

We hope you have picked up some tips to share with the children in your life. Do you have any additional tips? Please feel free to share them with us.


Taste Test Tuesday: Bountiful Beer Bread Mix

Bountiful Beer Bread Mix is Tastefully Simple’s number one product. We sell so much of this stuff that it is amazing. This is one of the products that truly is a staple in your house. All it takes is 12oz of a carbonated beverage, a little bit of butter (optional), and the Bountiful Beer Bread Mix.

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Coming Soon: Kitchen Bookshelf

Periodically I go through and survey my readers.  One of the items that has come up is cookbooks. As much as we here at Southern Roots Kitchen love to cook, we also love to read and explore cookbooks. We are going to kick off our ‘Kitchen Bookshelf’ segment in a few weeks. This will segment will feature cookbooks from authors you may know and some you may not.

We will review each cookbook, select recipes from book and try them ourselves. We will then post the recipes and the cookbook information on our blog so you can check out what we did. There will also be a link to the site where the cookbook can be purchased, so you can get your own copy.

If you or someone you know is working on a cookbook, or has a cookbook and would like it featured on ‘Kitchen Bookshelf’ please have them contact Kimberlee at southernrootskitchen [at] gmail [dot] com as soon as possible so we can get them on the calendar. We are accepting pdf verisons of review copies as well.

Southern Roots Kitchen looks forward to featuring cookbooks on ‘Kitchen Bookshelf’ stay tuned!!

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Kitchen Tip Thursdays: Organizing Your Kitchen

Organizing your kitchen can seem like a huge ordeal. Some people even think they have to go out and buy additional storage units, baskets, and containers; when you can just use what you already have.

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  • Mount your potholders on your cabinet doors using plastic hooks.
  • Mount your aprons on a hook on a nearby wall, no more digging them out a drawer.
  • Store your dishes by usage. Everyday use, place those on bottom shelves within easy reach. Special occasion dishes put those in the cabinets on top.
  • Group all of your bake-ware together.
  • Store pots and pans as close to the stove as possible makes them easier to reach when cooking.
  • Keep storage bags and wrapping materials together for easy cleanup.
  • Store all of your lids in the same place.
  • Use dividers in drawers as placeholders for utensils.
  • Short on space, stash some items in wicker baskets or decorative mixing bowls on the counter.
  • Organize your pantry via category: seasonings, canned goods, dry mixes, etc.
  • If possible, use an over the door hanger to store small items like snack bars, decorative sugars, cupcake liners, etc.
  • Mount the kitchen phone, reminders, and papers to the wall instead of placing them on the counter.

These are just some tips to help you get organized in the kitchen. We’ll be sure to keep adding to this list.


Pineapple Upside Down Cake (9-inch square pan)

A conversation with friends reminded me about this recipe for Pineapple Upside Down Cake. A smaller recipe for a few people. You can blame my friends for this one. They always say I need to cook in smaller portions. This is a smaller version of the one I usually make. Don’t worry I will post that version as well as another version I found thanks to Williams-Sonoma (they have an AWESOME individual cake pan that I want!!) Hope you enjoy it!!

(9-inch square pan) 
Ingredients
1/4
cup butter or margarine
2/3
cup packed brown sugar
9
slices pineapple in juice (from 14-oz can), drained
9
maraschino cherries without stems, if desired
1 1/3
cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1
cup granulated sugar
1/3
cup shortening
1 1/2
teaspoons baking powder
1/2
teaspoon salt
3/4
cup milk
1
egg
   
         
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. In 9-inch square pan, melt butter in oven. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over melted butter. Arrange pineapple slices over brown sugar. Place cherry in center of each pineapple slice.
  2. In medium bowl, beat remaining ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter over pineapple and cherries.
  3. Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Immediately place the heatproof serving plate upside down over the pan; turn plate and pan over. Leave pan over cake for a few minutes so brown sugar mixture can drizzle over cake; remove pan. Serve warm. Store cake loosely covered.