month : 02/2012 22 results

Taco Soup

Five Little Chefs - Taco Soup   Taco Soup is a favorite of Little Chef A. It is so easy to make, or basically put together. Most of the ingredients are from a can which makes it an easy pantry meal, or last minute meal. We LOVE the Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners.  It makes clean up so quick and easy. Little Chef A is able to put the liner in herself and spray it with nonstick spray. With her newly aquired knife skills she washed and cut the celery and the carrots into bite ...

Cauliflower Soup

Five Little Chefs - Cauliflower Soup   The Pea Soup went over so well Little Chef C decided to make Cauliflower Soup slso from Chef Robert. The final product should have been the soup with lobster in the middle and an herb-lemon oil drizzle. We had the cauliflower head, but not the lobster. Instead of packing everyone up and going to the store we decided to make it without the lobster. We had the intention of making the herb-lemon oil drizzle, but we completely forgot until ...

Cream Puffs

  Can you believe these cream puffs were made and decorated by Little Chef A? We have never made these before. She did a wonderful job following directions and executing the frosting.  Little Chef A made these with Grandma which made the experience even more memorable. The ingredients are very basic for the puff; eggs, butter and water.    Water and margarine were added to a saucepan and heated to a rolling boil.    Little Chef A added the flour and stirred as hard and as fast ...

Product Review: Curious Chef Oven Mitts

Five Little Chefs - Curious Chef Oven Mitt Review We were not too far into this experiment when I realized my Little Chefs were not able to take pans in and out of the oven safely because they did not have oven mitts that fit. Sure they could use the adult sized ones, but their little hands were swimming in the mitts. Because of this, they did not feel comfortable pulling anything out of the oven alone. They did not have a good enough grasp of the pan.  If they were not confident in ...

Mizithra Browned Butter Pasta

Five Little Chefs - Mizithra Browned Butter Pasta     I love recipes with very little ingredients, especially when we are pressed for time and need to eat and run. I really believed this time I would be right and it would not take very long to complete this recipe. Amazingly because of how this recipe is put together we did it!    Little Chef D was so excited to make this recipe she stopped participating in the 'show' she was putting on with her sisters and grated the cheese in her ...

Homemade Caramel

Five Little Chefs - Homemade Caramel      I knew from the beginning this recipe was going to be difficult and could end in disaster! I was feeling brave and patient at the same time so I agreed to take the plunge and let Little Chef A make Homemade Caramel from My Baking Addiction.      She gathered the ingredients. We read the directions over and over again so we knew what came next. I thought this was a good idea. I thought this would prevent the disaster from happening. Sadly, I ...

Honey-Balsamic Lamb Chops

It's another Giada recipe day! Little Chef A likes pork chops. She found this recipe in her cookbook she received for Christmas, Giada at Home: Family Recipes from Italy and California. We have never tried lamb chops, but  decided we could switch out the protein and it would still work.       I got out the food processor for her to use. I really should teach her how to put all the parts together so she can do it by herself. She put in the balsamic vinegar, garlic and honey. ...

Brazilian Lemonade

Five Little Chefs - Brazilian Lemonade   The first thing I need to say is, why is this drink called Brazilian Lemonade? Can't we just call it Limeade? I've seen different versions of this recipe and they all have the same name. WE don't understand why when the recipe clearly is using limes not lemons. That being said, this is one of OUR favorite all time drinks. Thank you Our Best Bites!   All the Little Chefs helped with a part of the cutting of the limes. One cut off the ends, another ...

Product Review: Vidalia Chopper

Five Little Chefs - Vidalia Chopper Review In our qwest to find tools to help children cook we found the Vidiala Chop Wizard while shopping. I recall seeing it advertised on television. At the time I thought it would be nice to chop vegetables and fruits quickly, but wondered if it was made well enough. When I saw it in the store we had tried different cutting methods and a designated children's knife. They were still having problems cutting well, especially for my younger Little Chefs. I ...

Nutella Caramel Hazelnut Brownies

Five Little Chefs - Nutella Caramel Hazelnut Brownies Little Chef D was ready to make another recipe with nutella. This time the nutella was not inside the batter it was melted and poured on top of the cooked brownie. We LOVE brownies, so we have high expectations for each new recipe.     Little Chef D measured out and added flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder in a bowl.   She whisked all these ingredients together. Little Chef D cannot make ANYTHING without ...

Fresh Pea Soup

Five Little Chefs - Fresh Pea Soup      Little Chef C has been reminding me everyday "we need to make Pea Soup." For Christmas she received Impossible to Easy: 111 Delicious Recipes to Help You Put Great Meals on the Table Every Day, which is where she found this recipe. She likes peas, but I think she was more excited about making a Chef Robert recipe.   I am seeing a trend. Chef Robert cooks with shallots and grapeseed oil. This recipe has a shallot which is becoming more familiar to ...

Fettuccine Alfredo

Five Little Chefs - Fettuccine Alfredo It is Giada day again. We were talking about taking a vacation somewhere. The conversation turned to talking about going somewhere that has something to do with cooking. Little Chef A said "Giada lives in California, we could go there!" I'm pretty sure her thought was let's go to Giada's house, meet her and my dream will be fulfilled. I had to tell her that was not possible. Little Chef A is chose to make Fettuccine Alfredo. If we made the recipe as ...

Yummy Wake-Up Smoothie

Five Little Chefs - Yummy Wake-Up Smoothie Last weekend Little Chef A was with a group of girls her age. They decided to make smoothies together. She was super excited because they did not follow a recipe. They made up their own!  This is why smoothies are the easiest thing kids can make. We did follow a recipe, Yummy Wake-Up Smoothie. What an interesting name we thought!   After the ingredients were measured out it was time to dump it all in. I taught my Little Chefs a ...

Parker House Rolls

Five Little Chefs - Parker House Rolls    We LOVE fresh rolls at home. When we all saw Parker House Rolls from Alex Guarnaschelli we had to make them. Alex had a pony tail on the Next Iron Chef.  Each time we watched the show Little Chef D said she wanted the girl with the pony tail to win.        We buy yeast in a large container, so Little Chef A measured out 2 1/4 teaspoons and combined it with the warm water using a whisk. After one minute she measured out and added one cup ...

Nutella Brownies

Five Little Chefs - Nutella Brownies Little Chef D was so excited to make the second Nutella recipe. This one is called Nutella Brownies from Two Peas and their Pod.  The recipe called for bittersweet chocolate, but since we had to make something NOW we used what we had, mini semisweet chips.   Little Chef D combined the dry ingredients, sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, cocoa, and the chips.  She now knows everything need to be leveled out. She asked, "scrape it ...

Parmesan Peas

Five Little Chefs - Parmesan Peas   Today's side dish was Parmesan Peas by Robert Irvine.  This was a pretty simple recipe to prepare. Little Chef C wasn't very excited about this recipe, but we have needed a side dish so she agreed. The ingredients were gathered. Nothing to unfamiliar. We haven't use shallots before, but they are similar to an onion so I didn't think it would be a problem.   The shallot was chopped. We opted to only cut one shallot because it seemed like a ...

Rumbi Island Easy Mango Chicken and Rice

Five Little Chefs - Rumbi Island Easy Mango Chicken and Rice   Little Chef C wanted to make Rumbi Island Easy Mango Chicken and Rice for dinner. I told her this one was a little different because she would be able to put the chicken and spices in the crockpot then she didn't need to do anything until dinner time. At lunch time she said, "My chicken takes a long time to cook."     The recipe said cumin and lemon pepper to taste. My Little Chefs do not like recipes that say that. ...

Almost Famous Pecan Waffles

Little Chef D was reading the Food Network magazine and wanted to make Almost Famous Pecan Waffles.   The pecans were placed on a cookie sheet and baked until toasted. After they were toasted, Little Chef D used the hand chopper and easily chopped them into smaller pieces. While the pecans were toasting she measured the ingredients.   The butter and shortening were added to a bowl then put in the microwave to melt. Afterward, the bowl was set on the counter to ...

Pizza Rolls

Five Little Chefs - Pizza Rolls Once a week we have movie night. Frequently pizza goes along with it. Tonight we decided to make Stuffed Pizza Rolls from Our Best Bites. Everyone wanted to help. I made the pizza dough earlier in the day. Little Chef A used her new rolling pin to roll it out into a rectangle. The rolling pin worked amazingly well.  She completed this task very easily and quickly.   The pepperoni needed to be cut. The Little Chefs were so excited to use their new ...

Santa’s Favorite Malted Hot Chocolate

Five Little Chefs - Santa's Favorite Malted Hot Chocolate Since we are on a hot chocolate kick right now we are trying another one, Santa's Favorite Malted Hot Chocolate.   The Little Chefs were so confused why it had Santa in the name, but I explained perhaps someone makes it every Christmas Eve.  That seemed to satisfy them for the moment. Mom can make a pretty convincing case! We had all the ingredients in our pantry. Why would we have malted milk powder? Someone told me if you add a ...

Divine Breadsticks

Five Little Chefs - Divine Breadsticks   It was spaghetti and meatballs night. The Little Chefs wanted something else so they decided breadsticks would be a great new recipe to try. We found Divine Breadsticks from Mel's Kitchen Cafe. Luckily we had the ingredients on hand. That is what I love about bread, the ingredients are staples right in your pantry. While we were making these, Little Chef A made a GREAT observation. She said, "Mom, we just COPY recipes. I want my own book with my ...

Chocolate Nutella Cookies

Five Little Chefs - Chocolate Nutella Cookies Little Chef A came home from school recently and said at school for a party they had apples dipped in Nutella. Since the rest of us have not tried Nutella we decided to find a recipe, or a couple, using it. The first is Chocolate Nutella Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod. Little Chef D was originally going to make this recipe, but the other Little Chefs couldn't resist and had to join in! Little Chef D was gracious enough to let them help ...