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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.


10 Vegetables To Grow In Containers

Have A Home Garden

If you do not have a large garden to plant your vegetables, you can always plant them in containers. The only thing you will need to adhere to is the requirements of the plant. You might also need to get the right kind of seeds if you want to have a successful harvest. In this article, we explore some to the best vegetables that you can easily grow in containers at home.

  1. Tomatoes

This is probably the most popular vegetable you can grow in a container. Tomatoes do not require much attention. They love a well-drained, deep soil and they are easily affected by cold and frost. When they grow, they might need staking so that the fruits do not bend and break the plant stem.

  1. Lettuce

This is a perennial plant that grows very quickly. It is a great salad as well. Lettuce do well in the cold season. Just make sure that there is enough space in the container for them to thrive. Unlike tomatoes, lettuce do not grow deep, they grow wide. The soil has to be moist and well drained for best results.

  1. Radishes

These are also great for salads and grow very quickly as well. Radishes love deep, well drained and moist soils. There are many varieties out there. Almost every part of this vegetable is edible. When planting, make sure that you give enough spacing between each plant.

  1. Peas

Peas love a moderately warmer climate and that is why you should consider planting in early spring. They are fast growing and do well in moist, well-drained soils. The beauty of this vegetable is that it adds nitrogen to the soil. Creating an ideal environment for the next crop. 

  1. Squash

Depending on the type, squash can grow huge and occupy a lot of space. That is why you might need to grow the vegetable in a large container. They love natural light and well drained soils. Although they can survive the winter cold, they do not react well to frost.

  1. Pepper

Both hot and sweet peppers are perfect for growing in containers.  They love the sun and do better in well-drained soils. 

  1. Eggplant

This is another delicious vegetable (it’s actually a fruit) that grow well in containers and comes in all shapes and colors. Eggplants love well, well drained soils. They also do well in the sun and warmer climates.

  1. Carrots

The cold season brings out the flavor of carrots better. They love a good, well drained and deep soil. Make sure that you water occasionally. This is to prevent the roots from drying up and cracking.

  1. Potatoes

Potatoes love deep soils where the roots can thrive. They come in all sizes and types. You might need a bigger, wider and deeper container if you want your potatoes to grow well. Make sure the stems are well covered with soil.

  1. Beets

They can withstand cold and love well-drained soils. The soils should be loose and deep to allow them room to grow freely. They are easy to grow as they do not require much attention after planting.

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Taste Test Tuesday: Dried Tomato and Garlic Pesto

Tastefully Simple has some really great products that you can use at any time. The versatility of each of the items makes cooking a simple yet fun and creative experience.

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Dried Tomato & Garlic Pesto seasoning is one item from their Standard line that is available year round. This is great if you want to make your own pesto, season your pasta sauce or even just your everyday meats and veggies.

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We’ve tried this product on numerous occasions, it’s a staple in our house. Boil some pasta, add some Dried Tomato, and Garlic Pesto seasoning, grated parmesan, and if you want some spinach, chicken or shrimp and you have a meal.

Dinner doesn’t have to take hours to complete. Simple yet tasty dishes can go a long way. Tastefully Simple offers you many options for meals, appetizers, desserts and snacks. Feel free to check out the website and we are always here to offer support and answer questions.

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Taste Test Tuesday: Wildtree Wicked Good Slow Cooker Sauce

Hello Everyone, thanks for stopping by the kitchen today. All month long we are featuring products for Wildtree, a gourmet food direct sales company. Thanks to one of their consultants Tiara Rosemond we are able to sample some great food. This week’s post is about their Wicked Good Slow Cooker Sauce. Grab a plate and napkin so we can eat.

Wildtree Wicked Good Slow Cooker Sauce 



This product actually had me thinking about some ideas and future blog posts. I probably should have waited to talk about this in the winter but it’s okay, I can always talk about it again…lol. We had heard about this sauce before and decided to see how versatile we could get; let’s just say we needed about 4 more bottles for some other experiments.

A sweet and tangy flavored sauce that goes well as a dipping sauce for chicken nuggets or tenders. We cooked some meatballs in this sauce and it was delicious. Almost like a sweet and sour sauce with a little kick to it. The combination of apple cider vinegar, mustard, chili powder, and turmeric gives off a party in your mouth.

You could also throw some chicken drummettes and wingettes in the slow cooker for a meal ad cook some rice and mixed vegetables. Works great with spare ribs as well.

Need to spice up a can of baked beans? Add the Wicked Good Slow Cooker Sauce and some brown sugar to the pot and let it cook.

Don’t want to wait hours for the slow cooker? Try using the sauce in your stir-fry.

This sauce comes in a 12oz. bottle for $8.00

Hope you enjoyed these ideas and we look forward to bringing you more through out the month. Be sure to stop by Tiara’s website and check out some of the other products Wildtree has to offer.

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Foodie Friday: ‘Cantina Bell’ the Gourmet Menu from Taco Bell

Happy Friday Everyone!! Today’s edition of Foodie Friday is going to be a little different. We usually give you a few of our favorite recipes and ideas for menu planning, but not today. On Wednesday Taco Bell made an announcement that they are going to launch a gourmet menu in their restaurants. We know what you are thinking, ‘gourmet’ and ‘Taco Bell’ just don’t seem to mix, but wait until you see the menu and it just might win you over.

The Cantina Bell menu will feature a line of bowls and burritos inspired by Chef Lorena Garcia; from NBC’s show America’s Next Great Restaurant. All items are guaranteed to be under $5.00 and will launch nationwide on July 5th.

 

The new menu promotes eight ingredients including cilantro rice, whole black beans, all white meat chicken marinated in citrus and herbs, fire-roasted corn salsa, guacamole made from Hass avocados, a creamy cilantro dressing, romaine lettuce, and pico de gallo.

Side dishes are also an option which will feature chips and pico de gallo or the fire-roasted corn salsa, chips and guacamole, black beans and cilantro rice; each will be $1.49.

Pricing is below for the two main items the Cantina Bowl and the Cantina Burrito.

Cantina Bowl: Chicken ($4.79), Veggie ($4.79), Steak ($4.99)
Cantino Burrito: Chicken ($4.79), Veggie ($4.79), Steak ($4.99)

Here is the breakdown of the new menu, provided by Taco Bell:

  • Black Beans: We use black beans, not refried, and add a Latin Spice Blend of onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder, with other ingredients
  • Cilantro Rice: Rice cooked in a cilantro seasoning that features onion, garlic, cilantro and parsley
  • Citrus and Herb Marinated Chicken: Boneless, skinless chicken breast marinade that features garlic, onion, lemon, cilantro and tomatillo
  • New Guacamole: Lorena-inspired guacamole made with Hass avocados, and blended with tomato, jalapeno, onion, cilantro and lemon juice and other ingredients
  • Fire-Roasted Corn Salsa: Super Sweet yellow corn and fresh red and green bell peppers, fire roasted, with our Latin Spice Blend
  • Creamy Cilantro Dressing: Lorena-inspired Creamy Cilantro dressing features cilantro blended with oil, lemon juice, vinegar and garlic, and other ingredients
  • Pico de Gallo: Diced tomatoes and onions blended with fresh chopped cilantro and a tangy dressing made with lemon juice and vinegar

Be sure to check out the the ‘Cantina Bell‘ menu from Taco Bell starting July 5th.

As always we appreciate your support and any feedback you may have.