Amazing Young Chef and a Dream

yellow bridesmaid dresses onlineThis 12 year old chef has a cookbook and dreams of a successful culinary career. She’s a food personality with ever expanding thoughts into the bigger food universe. That’s the way to think and create – have goals. I’m certain she will attain them.

Here is her story and a number of her recipes. This is so inspiring that I just had to share it with my readers.
http://www.nola.com/food/index.ssf/2013/04/twelve-year-old_cooking_prodig.html

 

 

 

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Preschool Teachers & Home-School Parents – Get this E-Book on your Kindle

Filed under Cooking and kidsKids Cooking and Learning Through Food Activities

A new ebook has just been posted on Amazon.  Kids Cooking and Learning Through Food Activities by Amy Houts  is a Kindle edition filled with fun and educational activities.

These activities help children:

  • learn about nutrition
  • predict outcomes of temperature changes on food
  • learn math through cooking
  • learn about foods of different cultures
  • and introduce many other food related projects

Get this ebook on Kindle today. Have it to use tomorrow.

Be the first to review it. Tell your friends.

Preschool and kindergarten, home-schooling parents, families with young children – here is just what you need to get kids learning about the world of food.

 

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What to Do With All Those Apples?

Now, what are you going to do with all those apples? With hundreds of ways to enjoy apples, will you use them in pies, desserts, salads, breads, jellies, or other?

Following is a recipe for a super easy way to use apples in a coffee cake for Sunday morning breakfast or anytime. It’s from my apple cookbook, From the Apple Orchard – Recipes for Apple Lovers. Kids will enjoy making this simple but yummy and quick coffee cake.

APPLE BISCUIT COFFEE CAKE

2 cooking apples, peeled and sliced
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/4 cup raisins
1 can refrigerated ready-to-bake biscuits

1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup corn syrup
1 egg
1/4 cup walnuts
1 tablespoon butter or margarine

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in bottom of 9″ round cake pan. Arrange sliced apples over butter. Sprinkle raisins over apples. Cut each of the 10 biscuits into fourths and place over apples.

Mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, corn syrup and egg until well blended and sugar is dissolved. Pour over biscuits. Sprinkle walnuts overtop. Dot with 1 tablespoon butter.

Bake at 350° for 35-45 minutes. An adult needs to invert on serving plate, spooning juices over top. Place larger plate over cake pan and invert – use hot pads and lots of care as it is hot and gooey and can be tricky.

Yield:   6-8 servings

Enjoy the fruit of the season!

Best to you,

Lee Jackson
Apple cookbook author: From the Apple Orchard – Recipes for Apple Lovers and
Apples, Apples Everywhere – Favorite Recipes From America’s Orchards

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Apple Season is Here – Enjoy!

Many years ago when I was a family and consumer sciences teacher, the students could hardly wait to work

Apples are an all-American success story-each ...

in a foods lab. “Are we cookin’

today” was an often heard remark.

Fall especially brought an abundance of different foods to prepare and sample.

One of the most versatile and interesting was the use of apples.  At that time we had five unit kitchens with four students in each. Each kitchen was to choose a different method of preparing apples and then all would sample the results.

There was much “ours is better than yours”. “No, wait ‘til you try this” and “I didn’t think you could do all this with apples”.

Thus began the basis for my apple cookbook, From the Apple Orchard Recipes for Apple Lovers.  Who would have thought this cookbook would be one folks tell me they refer to every fall?

If you have a problem wondering what to do with all those apples, I invite you to check out this book at http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com and get one for yourself – and a friend. Apples continue to be one of nature’s most beautiful and bountiful fruits.

Best to you and your family,

Lee Jackson, CFCS

Family and Consumer Life Studies

http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

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Young Chefs as Food Critics, Food Writers, and Culinary Enthusiasts

Young Chef

Young Chef (Photo credit: Javier Delgado Esteban)

Interesting story and slideshow about 10 young cooks who already have promising culinary careers in their future. http://www.thedailymeal.com/10-most-famous-kid-critics-and-cooks

Kid can never start too young to get interested in food and cooking.

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Secrets of a Blog Writer

I'm at an apple orchard event.

I’ve been writing this blog for the past 3-4 years. I know a little about you – that you’re interested in kids and cooking. But you probably don’t know a whole lot about me because I’m usually on some topic about eating tips and helping kids stay healthy or about Mom’s helping kids stay well – my top passions.

Today I want to include some things you may not know about me. Yes, I’m a long-time blogger, but here are 5 other things about me:

1. I taught high school family and consumer science classes for over 20 years.

2. In my first year of teaching, I taught all the “home ec” classes, biology classes, and PE (physical education) classes.

3. Love apples. Growing up, we had an apple orchard on our farm –  this whetted my appetite for that bountiful fruit.

4. I was a child-recipe-clipper. While my young friends cut out paper dolls, I cut out recipes.

5. I just sent out a large mailing for my apple cookbooks this week. If you’re one of my customers, expect some mail. If you’re not, just email me at Lee at images unlimited pub.com and I’ll send you a charming flyer with all our books illustrated in full color. Be ready for apple season.

I know I’m off topic today but I thought this might be fun – besides, it’s too hot to think too deeply. Please continue to visit  here– share your thoughts and concerns and ask questions. What are some topics  about which you’re needing more information? I’ll try to help by searching for answers. Let me know – I’d love to hear from you.

Best to you and your family,

Lee Jackson
Food Writer
http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

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Reflecting on Flavors of Early America this 4th of July

Leafing through Fannie Farmers 1896 Boston Cooking-School Cook Book casts a light on earlier foods and methods of preparing it.

English: Flag of the United States of America....

If you found the following terms in an Early American cookbook, or receipt book, what would it mean? Answers at the bottom.

Match the definitions to the following terms:

A. spider

B. slump

C. hoecake

D. mush

E. love apple

F. trifle

G. chow-chow

H. dropped egg

I. eggs ala goldenrod

J. Kornlet

K. tripe

L. Indian Pudding

M. gruels

N. junkets

You would also find helpful directions on such jobs as

“How to build a fire” and “How to bone a bird” and many others necessary in an early kitchen.

Definitions

1. tomato

2. pickled vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, caulifour, celery, onion heated in a brine for pickling

3. fry pan

4. unleavened Johnny cake made of cornmeal, originally baked on the blade of a hoe over an open fire.

5. dessert dish made from thick or often thick custard, fruit, sponge cake, fruit juice or getatin, and whipped cream arranged in layers.

6. poached

7. stomach part of animal such as oxen or cow prepared as food

8. sweet dumpling mixture dropped onto a boiling sugar and fruit mixture

9. canned green corn pulp. Today’s substitution would be sweet baby corn.

10. custard made basically of sugar and milk.

11. hard boiled eggs in a white sauce served over toast.

12. starch, such as flour or cereal, mixed with liquid

13. corn meal left-over from breakfast and fried.

14. baked mixture of milk, meal, molasses, and seasonings

Are you having any of these foods this 4th of July?

May God bless America on this holiday and every day.

Lee Jackson

Books for kids, families, and parenting professional

http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

A)3; B)8; C)4; D)13; E)1; F)5; G)2; H)6; I)11; J)9; K)7; L)14; M)12; N)10

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12 Food-Related Kids Projects

Recipes

Here are 12 fun, food-related projects you and your children can work on this summer. This will help them further explore their interest in food and cooking. Who knows, your children’s skills and enthusiasm for working with food may be taken to another level.

Children can:

  • begin a food journal by listing favorite foods. Include best food and holiday memories.
  • plan certain meals or menus for a week, then note results in journal.
  • collect favorite recipes and create own cookbook.
  • take a field trip to the farmers market with family.
  • grow radishes, green onions, and/or lettuce.
  • learn new cooking skill, such as how to cream, whip, or knead.
  • find recipes to try from different cookbooks.
  • make a list of proper table etiquette and include in journal.
  • clip coupons from newspapers and magazines.
  • sketch out the grocery store’s layout to help know where items are located.
  • when shopping, compare organic food prices to other food prices. Discuss advantages and disadvantages.
  • try some dishes with a regional or international flavor.

Here I have included a seafood recipe taken from the cookbook, Cooking Around the Country with Kids: USA Regional Recipes and Food Activities by Amy Houts. Her cookbook shows how different cultures in America came to co-exist, yet continue to celebrate their uniqueness through food. This recipe comes from the section on “Cooking in New England“, which describes the region and includes recipes from the  breads, soups and salads (like Manhattan Clam Chowder), main dishes/meats, vegetables and side dishes (such as Boston Baked Beans), and dessert categories.

Shake and Bake Scallops

1 egg
1 pound fresh scallops or 1 pound package frozen scallops, thawed
2/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Butter a 9-by-13-by-2-inch pan. Children can beat egg in a medium-sized bowl. Add scallops and stir until coated with egg. Measure bread crumbs and pour into a gallon-size zip-top plastic bag. Using a slotted spoon, scoop scallops into bag with crumbs. Pour into prepared pan in one layer. Drizzle with butter. Bake for 15 minutes, until lightly browned.

Variation

Peel and chop 1 small onion. Seed, rinse, and chop 1 small green pepper. Rinse and chop 1 rub celery. Saute onion, pepper, and celery in a skillet on medium heat for 5 minutes. After drizzling breaded scallops with butter, top with vegetables. Bake as directed above. Serves 4.

One way to keep children active and interested this summer is through food focused activities. Let this be the start of an engaging summer.

To your health and that of your family,

Lee Jackson, CFCS

http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

Books for kids, families, and parenting professionals

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See How Easily You Can Come Up with Food Ideas

Popovers-1

Popovers-1 (Photo credit: stevewhitaker)

Here are some more suggestions for different foods using the ingredients given on the previous blog. I have listed them from those that are the fastest to prepare for eating to the slowest. If you are very hungry and don’t have much time, start at the top. If you have more time, go further down the list.

Here is my top 6 list. Can you add more?

1. nuts or raisins to eat in hand
2. cornflakes with milk
3. prepare oatmeal and raisins
4. “boil” eggs for cooked eggs
5. make vanilla or chocolate pudding (cupcakes have come back in popularity, so why not pudding?)
6. custard, in individual cups or in a baking dish

Having butter or oil available would open up the possibilities for a wide assortment of different foods. These ingredients help add lightness and flavor to products and keep foods from sticking to pans. With oils you could make many other foods, such as popovers, pancakes and waffles, oatmeal cookies, sugar cookies, granola, popovers, muffins, cakes, scrambled eggs, omelets, and many different ways to use eggs, among others.

When we’re short of ingredients, we need to use our creative thought processes to come up with interesting and healthy foods, using what we have on hand. That is, unless we have a grocery store next door. Cookbooks and the internet are important resources in giving us suggestions for what to prepare. See our list of cookbooks here at the side for more food ideas.

I hope you’ve had fun thinking through this project.

Best to you,
Lee Jackson
http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

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Book Special Ends in Nine Days

Last few days for the January Special on the book Cooking Around the Calendar With Kids – Holiday and Seasonal Food and Fun. You know, this is the book that helps your kids with their “what should I cook?” episodes, all year long. This hardcover book usually sells for $24.95 but now through the end of January you can get it for $16.95 plus free shipping.

Yes, it is a real book, something you can hold in your hand. Personally, I still like that concept.

The author of the book, Amy Houts, has lots of suggestions for this time of year, including Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and many more. Just go here for your January Special. Save yourself money by getting it now – and help get your kids excited about cooking again.

Lee Jackson
Food and Family Living

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