Cooking Around the Calendar With Kids – Holiday and Seasonal Food and Fun

Author: Amy Houts
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-930643-12-6
Pages: 127 pages
Book Type: softcover
Trim Size: 7.5 x 9.25 inches
So much more than a cookbook!

In addition to over 100 easy-to-make recipes, it is filled with family fun and food ideas that appeal to young cooks, parents, grandparents and teachers. There are party ideas and kid-friendly foods and activities for all seasons of the year.

Involving children in cooking activities helps them learn about and appreciate food as well as providing lots of other worthy experiences. These include learning to share, following directions, using good manners, practicing food safety, and tasting foods enjoyed by different cultures.

The book begins with back-to-school healthy recipes for breakfast. Kids will enjoy apple and pumpkin Halloween recipes — and have fun doing the activities with their friends.

Autumn is rich with fresh garden produce. Children can make veggie pizza, dry herbs, make vegetable soup, apple honey muffins, zucchini squares and many other fall foods.

Children can easily become involved in the Thanksgiving festivities. There are kid-friendly recipes for salads, side dishes, even pumpkin pie.

Food plays a large part in most holiday celebrations. Food traditions of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and other countries are included.

The winter season is filled with comfort foods and foods for gift giving. Making simple holiday gifts from the kitchen will delight children and adults alike.

New Year’s Day is a time of open-house celebrations and other gatherings. Children can make appetizers such as dips, cheese balls, and fruit punch.

Valentines Day is a time to express love to those special persons. Suggestions are given for a Valentines’ Day Tea Party complete with decorations, food and games.

Patriotic holidays such as President’s Day includes recipes for crab cakes and cherry desserts These are foods typical of what George Washington might have eaten. Old fashioned biscuits may have been one of the staples Abraham Lincoln enjoyed in his log cabin home.

St. Patrick’s Day has the traditional corned beef, cabbage, and potato recipe. As well as Irish soda bread and Reuben sandwiches. Or would you prefer corned beef hash? They’re all included.

Spring time and Easter call for bunny’s favorite egg salad and carrot raisin salad. Baking a Spring Flowers Cake will be the perfect ending to the family dinner.

How many ways can you fool family and friends on April Fool’s Day? Let me count the ways: in meat loaf, baked potatoes, biscuits, pudding, and other.

May Day and strawberries go together. You will find these aplenty in parfait, shortcakes, smoothies, kabobs, and jams.

The Mexican Fiesta of Cinco de Mayo is a day of feasting and celebrating. Recipes include avocado dip and various nachos, tacos, fajitas and tortilla wraps.

Late spring and summer bring out food for Independence’ Day as well as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Father’s Day Brunch recipes for fruit cup and muffins, cheesy egg casserole, brunch cake and homemade hot cocoa mix will fit the bill. Or maybe banana smoothie or orange blast?

Do you have active young athletes? However children spend their summer, the sugar-free lemonade, cranberry fizzy apple punch and various ice cream treats will provide a welcome relief from the heat.

If you are a parent, grandparent, teacher, or caregiver who is teaching kids to bake and cook, this book will inspire you to find joy in cooking together. Healthy recipes and food ideas are chosen to give a variety of food experiences appropriate for various age groups. The author’s hope is that the book will encourage you to cherish and enjoy time together with your child.

Missouri Writers’ Guild Major Book Award Winner
Midwest Independent Publishers Association (MIPA) Book Achievement Award Winner

ISBN: 978-930643-12-6  softcover, 7.5 x 9.25 inches, 127 pages— $14.95

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