Category “Kid Friendly”

Saturday, 4 April, 2009

Take a Hike

Trail Mix 1

The key to the perfect trail mix is to hit that ration of sweet-n-savory right on the nose. Here, the sweet tartness of dried fruits and chocolate compliments the salty pretzels, nuts, and goldfish. The combination of textures and flavors is so satisfying – perfect for an extra energy boost on the run.

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Friday, 27 March, 2009

Going Bananas

Banana puddin

One of my culinary inspirations growing up was Nathalie Dupree. Her cooking show on TV was one of my favorites, and to this day, I swear by her cookbook New Southern Cooking. But the best thing about her show was that things didn’t have to be perfect. She would spill a little flour on the counter, pick egg shells out of the bowl, or maybe get a few cake crumbs stuck in the frosting. But that was alright – it almost made it better, more homemade.

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Saturday, 7 March, 2009

Chew on This

Chewy 1

I think I need to start out by admitting the truth: I love Alton Brown. I have even considered going to stalk him in the finer grocery stores of north Atlanta. I’ve always been a bit of a science nerd, so his scientific approach to cooking and baking really appeals to me. I’ve been wanting to try his recipe for chewy chocolate chip cookies, and over the weekend, I got my chance! They turned out beautifully – fluffy, doughy, chewy, delicious.

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Wednesday, 18 February, 2009

Crock Pot Spinach Casserole

This spinach casserole has been one of my favorite dishes since childhood. The recipe came from the little booklet that came with my mom and dad’s Crockpot that they got back in the early 70s. Over the years, we’ve upped the amount of spinach and also adapted it for a dutch oven, but it’s still a family classic.

It’s a great way to get kids to eat their spinach; it’s a great way to get kids to love their spinach. It makes a delicious veggie side to go with dinner or it makes a great dip served hot with crackers. No matter how you serve it, you are going to love it!

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Thursday, 12 February, 2009

From the Lavender-Scented Hills of Provence

Get ready because I am about to introduce you to the best chicken nuggets of your LIFE! Step aside, Chick-fil-A – these are freakin’ awesome!

I made this recipe up on the fly with a new seasoning mixture that I had been wanting to try out – a new jar of Herbes de Provence – absolutely delicious, extremely aromatic, and a perfect compliment to chicken.

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Wednesday, 14 January, 2009

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake

This is a recipe that was invented by my wonderful mother – a combination of a Dutch Chocolate Chip Cake that my Auntie Gladys used to made and a Pecan Oatmeal Cake that my mom found in the Congressional Cookbook that she got as a wedding gift over 35 years ago. The marriage of these two recipes has created a cake that is a long-time favorite in our family.

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Friday, 9 January, 2009

Broccoli-Cauliflower Bake

Here is another great recipe from my Auntie Gladys. It was the best way for my mom to get us to eat broccoli and cauliflower! The original version is great, but if you want a lighter version, it can be adjusted.

Simple, classic, delicious.

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Wednesday, 31 December, 2008

Oreo Truffles with a Peppermint Twist

So I’ve been hearing so much buzz about how amazing Oreo truffles are – I thought I’d try them, but with a peppermint twist. Instead of using Oreos, I used Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe-Joe cookies. They are basically just like Oreos, with a peppermint-cream filling.

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Tuesday, 30 December, 2008

Fruitcake… Cookies?

I really don’t like fruitcake. At all. I know this is very “un-vintage” of me. Maybe it’s the creepy little mystery bits of neon-colored candies. Or maybe it’s the dense and soggy texture. Or the weird flavors.

However, I am married to a man who loves fruitcake. So in a valiant attempt to do something sweet for my dear hubby, I decided to transform fruitcake this holiday season into something better, something yummy, or at least something not quite so creepy and mysterious.

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Tuesday, 23 December, 2008

Betty Crocker’s Gingerbread Boys

Since I had already made my usual Gingerbread Men recipe earlier this season, I decided that I would branch out and try a new one for my second round of cookies this year.

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