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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: Summer Grilling from Tastefully Simple

It’s mid-summer, cookouts are still in effect, parties are calendar and we’ve got something to help ease your mind about what to cook for dinner, your next gathering or even bring to an outing. Tastefully Simple has paired together a selection of items from the Spring-Summer line entitled ‘Summer Grilling’

Summer Grillin' Assortment

This assortment provides you with items to make your grilling adventures, tasty, exciting and will leave you wanting more. The Summer Grilling assortment includes:

* Creamy Caramel Sauce

* Vidalia Onion Dressing

* Honey Teriyaki Sauce

* Fuzzy Navel Slush Drink Mix

Each of these products are great by themselves. The sauces and dressing can be used on chicken, fish, beef or pork. The vidalia onion dressing can be used to saute vegetables or kick up your favorite potato salad recipe. Caramel sauce drizzled on ice cream, fruit or cake is a great way to end a night or or relax mid-day. Use Honey Teriyaki as a glaze over salmon, chicken or as a sauce in some stir-fry. Fuzzy Navel Slush Drink MIx can be used with or without alcohol, pairs very well with sparkling water, lemon-lime soda or sparkling cider.

There are many possibilities to Tastefully Simple’s Summer Grilling assortment. Get it while it lasts and let us know what you were able to create.

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TS Returning Favorites Are Leaving June 30th!

As many of you know I am extremely passionate about food and giving families more time together and not having to spend hours in the kitchen. As a consultant for Tastefully Simple, I am able to further assist people in preparing healthy meals in small amounts of time and learn to be creative without costing them loads of money.

Tastefully Simple brought back some of their customer favorites for a limited time only and now these Returning Favorites will be leaving once again on June 30th. Are they coming back? We have no idea, so it’s best to stock up now.

returning favorites

 

Here is the line up for the Returning Favorites:

Cost: $42.95

All of our ingredients are either open and enjoy or you need to add one or two items to make them complete. Not sure what to order, no problem. I am here to assist you in any way that I can. Be sure and grab these returning favorites soon because we never know if they are going to come back.


Taste Test Tuesday: Crystal’s Chocolate Favors

Hey everyone, grab a seat at the counter and we hope you brought your appetite because today is all about chocolate.

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That’s right it’s all about chocolate. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, these chocolate treats can be great gifts for your loved ones.

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Crystal offers lollipops, mini hearts, and chocolate covered Oreos. Sweet chocolate, not to rich, melts in your mouth and leaves you wanting more.

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These chocolate covered Oreos were our favorite. One bite and you are hooked. Crystal’s Chocolate Favors also provides chocolate bouquets, a great party favor or gift for that special sweet person in your life.

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Prices for Crystal’s Chocolate Favors:

Chocolate Pops are $1.50 each.

Chocolate covered Oreos are $13.50 per dozen.

Small vases ( includes 1 dozen pops) are $25.00.

Large baskets (includes 15 chocolate pops) are $40.00.

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These chocolate pops are available for any occasion. Be sure to check out her Facebook fan page at Crystal’s Chocolate Favors. She has great ideas for birthdays, baby showers, bridal showers and all holidays; it’s not too soon to get those Easter orders in.

For more information contact Crystal at ccox418 (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thanks for stopping by the kitchen today and be sure to grab some chocolate while you’re here.


Food TV Recap: Rachel vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off

It’s back!! Season 2 of Rachel vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off. This season the cast meets on the West Coast with a red carpet entrance, ready to begin the challenge of cooking and raising money for their perspective charities. Each week one celebrity will be voted off with the winner taking the grand prize money for their charity at the end of the season.

Now it’s time to meet the members of Team Rachel and Team Guy.

Team Rachel

Carnie Wilson is a member of the pop music group Wilson Phillips, she is playing for Autism Research.

Hines Ward is a former NFL Super Bowl champion and MVP, he is playing for Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation.

Kathy Najimy is best known for her role in Sister Act 2, she is playing for PETA.

Gilbert Gottfried, actor and comedian is playing for The Gift of Laughter: The Friars Foundation Wounded Warriors Program.

Team Guy

Dean McDermott is an actor, but is known for his reality show alongside wife Tori Spelling, he is  playing for Miracle Babies.

Chilli is best known as one-third of the R&B/Hip Hop group TLC. She is playing for Chilli’s crew.

Cornelia Guest, a designer, author and philanthropist is playing for The Humane Society of New York.

Johnny Weir is a three-time U.S. National Champion Figure Skater, he is playing for The Human Rights Campaign.

The first show got off to a great start, after their red carpet entrance and meeting their teammates, the celebrities had to create a menu, cook and entertain hundreds of theatre guests.  Each team had to come  with a three-minute skit to entertain their guests.

The teams did fabulous on the skits, the room erupted in laughter both times, however dinner service was a different story. Each team member was responsible for a dish. The bottom two contestants were asked to create a midnight snack, Kathy made hummus and Gilbert made another peanut butter sandwich.

Gilbert was sent home.

Be sure to check out Rachel vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off, it airs on Sunday nights at 9pm EST on The Food Network. If you miss the show, we’ll have a recap after it airs.