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Showing posts with label kids in the kitchen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kids in the kitchen. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Kids in the Kitchen: Chex Party Mix

MMM...Chex Party Mix.  The best is homemade!  Have you made it before?  If not, I would encourage you to do so.  No party is needed.  I cannot imagine it going stale, though if you are single with no children you may just want to try a half batch...but probably only the first time you make it if you are as naughty as I am.

For years I only made this in the oven.  (I made my first batch in 2001.)  This was my first time using the microwave.  Wow.  Salty goodness in just 5 minutes instead of an hour!  It didn't lose any flavor or crunch in the microwave, so this will be my new way to make it!  (And FYI, for years when I would make this I would buy generic Corn Chex and Rice Chex, but my stores never had generic Wheat Chex.  Walmart carries a generic version of Wheat Chex, in case you wanted to know.)

3 cups Rice Chex
3 cups Corn Chex
3 cups Wheat Chex
1 cup mixed nuts (I just use dry roasted peanuts.)
1 cup bite-sized pretzels (I prefer broken pretzel sticks.)
1 cup bite-sized bagel chips (I omit and increase pretzels and nuts.)
6 tablespoons butter or margarine 
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt (In the past I didn't have this and just used garlic salt...worked fine.)
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

In large microwavable bowl mix cereal, nuts, pretzels and chips; set aside.  In small microwavable bowl, heat butter until melted-about 40 seconds.  Stir in seasonings.  Pour over cereal mixture and mix thoroughly.

Microwave mix on high for 5-6 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes.  Spread and cool on paper towels. Store in air tight container.  YUM!!
Kid tasks: 
Breaking pretzels
Dumping and snacking
Mixing dry ingredients
Mom (and older child) tasks:
Measuring, if you have younger children,
Thoroughly mixing butter mixture into cereal mixture
Stirring heated mixture

Final results:
Chex Party Mix for a happy family!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Kids in the Kitchen: Chocolate Eclair Cake

I made an eclair cake with just vanilla filling years ago...long before children.  Since I wasn't sure what recipe I used then, though it was good, I went looking for another recipe when I had a lot of milk to use.  This one came from my friend as part of a collection of recipes for a bridal shower gift.

Chocolate Eclair Cake (or any eclair cake) is a simple dessert to make and makes a good* choice for Kids in the Kitchen!

Chocolate Eclair Cake
Small box instant vanilla pudding
Small box instant chocolate pudding
4 cups of milk, separated
8 ounces whipped topping (more if you want to add it to the top for serving)
graham crackers (LOTS)
chocolate icing (I used this recipe, but you could buy a can of it.)

Mix vanilla and chocolate puddings, separately, with 2 cups of milk each.  Then mix vanilla pudding with approximately 4 ounces of whipped topping and the chocolate pudding with 4 ounces of whipped topping.

Arrange graham crackers to cover bottom of a 9x13 pan.  Pour chocolate mixture on top.  Arrange graham crackers on top of chocolate pudding to cover.  Cover graham crackers with vanilla pudding and then another layer of graham crackers.  Spread icing on top.  Refrigerate overnight (or at least 3 hours, but more is preferred). Serve cold.

Kid Tasks: (for ages 2 and 4)
Mix puddings.  Layer graham crackers (depending on age, adult may want to do layers on pudding).  Mix whipped topping and pudding.

Mom Tasks: 
I completed all the mixing, making sure each was mixed thoroughly.  I also helped my daughter pour the pudding mixtures and spread them.  The icing was also spread by me.

I knew I didn't want to make a 9x13 pan of the chocolate eclair cake for our family of four.  Instead of just making a half batch with leftover pudding, we filled two 8x8 pans and sent one to work with my husband.  If I had not split it into two pans, the layers of pudding mixture would have been thicker in the photo.

This was delicious!  I suspect the regular eclair cake recipe I made was this one from Kraft.  I suspect we'll add this to our dessert line-up for our family on a regular basis.

*This would have been a much better Kids in the Kitchen activity if I had two whisks.  My son didn't like giving it up to make the chocolate pudding!  He's two years old though.

See our other Kids in the Kitchen post, too.  I'm linking up to Adventures in Mommydom's Kid Friendly Recipes!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Kids in the Kitchen: Fruit Salad

As part of my summer plans, I want to create food with my children that requires no stove-top cooking.  We already bake together fairly regularly (maybe 2-4 times a month), but this summer I will be purposeful in getting my kids in the kitchen.  I'll share each food item here at Live, Learn, Love, and I will also give it the label of Kids in the Kitchen.  (Christy, at Superhero and Princesses, is being much more purposeful in a similar endeavor called Cookbooks for Kids.  However she and her children are using children's cookbooks this summer.  How fun!)

Our first Kids in the Kitchen suggestion came from my friend, Sandy.  We made fruit salad!

Kids' Tasks: Cut bananas with butter knife (age 4) and remove grapes from bunches (age 2).  Pour fruit.  Stir.
Mom's Tasks: Cut fruit requiring a paring knife.

I actually had the idea to make a rainbow fruit salad, though I knew I didn't have any green fruit.  However, I didn't have peaches or oranges either (or any other orange fruit), so it wasn't very colorful.  We used apples (skin on), strawberries, pears, bananas, blueberries, red grapes, and a bit of lemon juice.

My friend had a great suggestion to make fruit salad with children very easy.  She said if everything is already canned, the children can just dump the fruit in a bowl!

If you use frozen fruit, be cautious.  My strawberries and blueberries were frozen.  I did not consider how the blueberries would bleed.  The strawberries were fine.

If you read this blog regularly, you might know how I don't like fruit.  It's a texture thing.  I still ate some (mostly apples) to show my appreciation for my children's efforts.  This was actually only my second time making fruit salad!

Taste: As normal, fruit-eating people can attest, freshly made fruit salad is great!  (This is the general population's opinion, and not necessarily my own, because, you know, it is still fruit.)   My kids loved this!  We will definitely be making it again.
Difficulty with children: This was super easy with the kids' help!

I'd still love to hear from you other easy "cooking" ideas to try!

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