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Warm Summer Squash Salad

We first had this Warm Summer Squash Salad about two summers ago. We really enjoy the taste of balsamic vinegar. When our gardens are producing A LOT of summer squash we get tired of the same recipe. This is a great alternative with a strong balsamic vinegar flavor. The first step is to cut the summer squash into half moons. You could do a circle, but they are too big for my Little Chef's mouths. It is easier to prep the food to their size instead of cutting everyone's plates while mine is ...

Chicken Pot Pie Turnovers

For Little Chef D's birthday Grandma gave her some cooking supplies. Grandma did think it was a little strange to give such a young girl a gift like this, but Little Chef D was over joyed! One of the things in that bag were a variety of sizes of turnover molds. The fun part is these can be used for both sweet and savory dishes. Since lately we have been experimenting with Melissa d'Arabian recipes we decided to try her Chicken Pot Pie Turnovers. This recipe is not the simplest. It does ...

Nectarine Cream Cheese Burritos

School has started for us and with two Little Chefs gone all day Little Chef D is desperate to do something fun just with Mom especially when Little Chef H is taking a nap. We made Chocolate Nectarine Burritos for an afternoon snack. When Little Chef D saw more nectarines available to eat she wanted to make something else. Food for her is easiest to eat when it is rolled up so we came up with Nectarine Cream Cheese Burritos. It is easy for any Little Chef to spread some cream cheese on a ...

Orange Glazed Chicken

Chicken is always in our freezer. I love a quick chicken recipe that I can make at a moments notice. There are always days when nothing goes right and its dinner time in 30 minutes and nothing is planned. This chicken recipe has common ingredients; chicken, orange juice concentrate, honey, salt and pepper. It takes a few minutes to prep and only 15 minutes to cook. In a small saucepan add orange juice concentrate, honey, salt and pepper. Let it boil for about 3 minutes. This will thicken ...

Corn Saute

I love quick side dishes so when we saw Corn Saute from Melissa D'Arabian we wanted to give it a try. The recipe does call for red peppers but because the green are half the price we opted for those. I do agree the red would add some much needed color to the completed dish. Today I thought I'd teach my Little Chefs how to cut in a line. The green pepper was cut in long strips. I showed them how to line up the strips and then cut cross wise. This not only cuts the peppers quicker, but it ...

Chocolate and Nectarine Burritos

It is fruit season and we love to eat many varieties fresh, but we have also been finding other ways to incorporate fruit. We ALWAYS have tortillas in our freezer. We like buying the uncooked kind. We take only one package out of the freezer to defrost and use at a time. Sometimes we cook a few more tortillas then we need. That is fine because we put the extra cooked tortillas in a ziploc and keep it in the refrigerator. As we were wondering what to do with some nectarines we acquired ...

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes with Nectresse

Don't forget to link up at Fantastic Thursday HERE! This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of NECTRESSE™Sweetener for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Breakfast food is often served as dinner in our home. It is something easy and quick to whip up. Pancakes made from scratch are not as hard as you think. As parents we naturally want to feed healthy foods to our children. We have discovered Nectresse which is available wherever you shop.  It is the only 100% natural ...

Almond French Toast

Since we love French Toast so much we decided to try another new variation! Almond French Toast has a few more steps then other versions so this recipe is for the intermediate Little Chef. The first step is to toast the almonds. In a small saucepan add the almonds and stir them frequently for 5 to 10 minutes. Ours took 10 minutes on medium heat. The second step is to compile the dipping mixture. We like to start with the eggs only in a shallow dish. This way if my Little Chefs get any ...

Appliances Online Winner Announcement!

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Aileen’s Punch

Do you ever have a party and want something new to drink? We wanted to find a recipe we haven't tried before. Aileen's Punch was rated highly on Allrecipes so we decided to see how we liked it. This recipe is easy to prepare. Any Little Chef can execute this recipe with the help of opening the cans. Everything should be chilled and thawed in the refrigerator. We like our beverages very cold so this is a crucial step. Make sure you have a very large punch bowl and combine all the ingredients. ...

Spaghetti Gelato

Spaghetti Gelato is so fun to make with Little Chefs! This idea came from Cafe Bella Rue. You can make this for a fun dessert or would even be great for April Fool's day! Actually, my Little Chefs LOVE planning Halloween parties. This would be a spooky dessert if we named it bloody brains! It would even be great for April Fool's Day. The key to this dessert is to freeze the rice strainer and the serving plate. I had to explain this to my Little Chefs. If the gelato or ice cream is cold ...

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Mango and Kiwi Sauces

  Whenever we watch cooking shows and they make desserts they usually have beautiful sauces to compliment the main part. It doesn't look that hard to make so we decided to give it a try for the first time ever! We found these mango and kiwi sauce recipes within a dessert recipe. We always need to have a recipe when we try something for the first time. I'm trying to teach my Little Chefs they need to have a base knowledge before they start creating their own recipes. To our surprise both ...

Restaurant Review: Cafe Bella Rue

  Cafe Bella Rue has a great first impression. They are located west of Salt Lake City, Utah in Daybreak. Daybreak has a shopping center, SoDa Row, and Cafe Bella Rue is right there in the heart of it all. Within a minute after walking into a restaurant you can tell by the atmosphere what you should expect. Being greeted by a couple employees (one who told me a little about the menu and in fact apologized for part of the special menu white board being a little rubbed off by some small patrons) ...

Simple Candied Orange Peel

    It's funny how the title of this recipe has 'simple' in the name. I suppose it really is simple, but it is very time consuming! We have seen candied orange peel on a variety of cooking shows and decided to try it. We went to the store and grabbed a couple oranges along with the usual; milk, eggs and yogurt. The first step is to cut the oranges in a way that you can take the middle out with very minimal damage to the outside peel. We just cut the oranges into segments then ...

Preserving the Harvest: Blanching and Freezing Green Beans

  We have discovered it is fun to not only learn to cook, but to also learn where foods come from and how to preserve them for later. We have dehydrated apricots, made jam and froze apricots for a crisp. We were given some fresh green beans from Grandpa’s garden. Of course we had some for dinner last night, but we still had A LOT left. I thought it would be great to teach my Little Chefs how to blanch and freeze green beans. Because of the boiling water involved adult supervision/help is an ...

Guest Poster: Hi! It’s Jilly!

Today I am swapping blogs with Hi! It's Jilly.  Hop on over there and see my post on another variation of a grilled cheese sandwich! Don't forget to come back tomorrow for Fantastic Thursday  to link up what you have been up to! ------------------------------------------------------- Hi! It’s Jilly. I am SOOOOO excited to be guest posting on Five Little Chefs today!! I can’t wait to try her Cheddar Chicken & Potatoes, and the Brazilian Lemonade sounds divine! I love her family ...

Egg in the Hole Grilled Cheese Sandwich

  When school was first out and the Little Chefs are very excited for the "best summer ever." At our first summer lunch at home Little Chef A said, "Can we NOT have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at all this summer?" In the April 2012 Food Network Magazine there was a tear out with 50 different grilled cheese recipes. We read through them all and chose a few we thought sounded good. The first one we wanted to try was Egg in a Hole. We found this recipe to be quick. It is very ...

Preserving the Harvest: Apricot Jam

Fantastic Thursday is still up. Link up what you have been up to and see what others have been doing. Remember the apricots we got from my parents tree? We dehydrated some, made apricot crisp with some and we even froze some apricots to make apricot crisp later. We STILL had more so Little Chef A was amazingly helpful and made apricot jam with me. She stayed with me from beginning to end! She was VERY proud of herself for this accomplishment! She is the one who takes a PB&J; sandwich to ...

Guest Posting at Pamela’s Heavenly Treats

I'm so excited today to be guest posting over at   While you are there check out her healthy treats including Whole Wheat Delicious Brownies! If you are visiting for the first time from Pamela's Heavenly Treats WELCOME! We are so glad you are here! We hope you will stick around a bit and discover some of the fun recipes we have been up to! We would invite you to come back for our weekly party, Fantastic Thursday, to link up your recipes!

Preserving the Harvest: Dehydrating Apricots

  My parents have an apricot tree that was ready for harvesting. On Sunday we stopped by and picked some apricots for preserving. The Little Chefs were eager to pick because they were able to climb the tree! Later they were eager to help because that meant they were able to sneak A LOT of tastes! I showed them how to safely half the apricot, after it was washed, to take the pit out. The next step was to cut each half into thirds. It seems each time I dehydrate I cut the fruit in a ...

Crazy Cajun Butter Grilled Corn on the Cob

  We LOVE corn on the cob. When we are grilling it is super easy to throw a few ears of corn on for a side dish. This time we decided to do something a little different. We have seen on cooking shows different flavored butters you can put on the corn before grilling. We found a recipe for Crazy Cajun Butter Grilled Corn on the Cob and decided to give it a try. All the ingredients were familiar to us and already in our pantry. That is always a major factor for choosing a recipe! The ...

Spicy Moroccan Glazed Chicken

I knew from the recipe selection this was going to be either a hit or a miss. The spices were in our pantry as my sister can attest. She was just here helping me and wondered about some of the unusual spices we had including some for this recipe...that is unusual to her! Little Chef C was ready to begin with her apron on anxious to do her job. She first measured out the lime juice then the yogurt. It's a good thing we had the plain yogurt from the Creamy Cucumbers to use up as we are not fans ...

Creamy Cucumbers

When I grill I either like to have sides that can be put on the grill at the same time, or are prepared earlier in the day. This recipe is a Creamy Cucumber Salad that NEEDS to be made at least 4 hours earlier so it can marinade. It is so simple to make Little Chef D was a little bored making it herself! The first step is to mince the onion and slice cucumber. Half your cucumber lengthwise and then cut it thinly across. Little Chef D did not want to do this task today so I helped her out. She ...