Oven Fried Chicken
Chicken seems to be a staple in our home. We loved the Citrus Braised Chicken Breast with Sweet Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Chicken with Orange Maple Glaze. Oven Fried Chicken from Paula Deen seemed to be a good fit for Little Chef D. She never refuses chicken so when asked if she wanted to make a chicken recipe she was very excited. The other Little Chefs did not know what she was making for dinner. So when I pulled it out of the oven (because Little Chef D is not able to safely ...
Bobby’s Baked Tilapia
Somehow we have managed to get our Little Chefs to LOVE fish. We only eat it a couple times a month. Maybe it is because our standby recipe is so wonderful! They also love Seared Mahi Mahi with Mango Sauce and Grilled Salmon. When Little Chef D saw a Bobby's Baked Tilapia she immediately jumped at the opportunity to try it. This recipe seemed very much at her level. There is some prep work, but then it bakes in the oven. No flipping, turning, oil spitting at her or anything of the sort!
Bechamel Mac and Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese in the blue box is an occasional lunch for my Little Chefs. When we found Robert Irvine's Bechamel Mac and Cheese Little Chef C knew we HAD to make it! She wanted to make sure it was cheesy enough, but was a little perplexed about using two different cheeses.
There were 3 saucepans on the stove which was amazing and hard for a Little Chef to keep track of what goes in what. Sometimes it is hard for a grown Chef to keep track! She was cooking the pasta in one, ...
Broccoli Florets with Olive Oil
For our easy Sunday dinner we we already having Beef Stroganoff that had been cooking all day in the crockpot. We were trying to decide what sides to have, a weak part of our menu planning. We picked up some broccoli the other day! Our next task was to find a recipe using broccoli. The catch was we needed to have all the other ingredients. No shopping today. We found a Giada recipe, Broccoli Florets with Meyer Lemon Olive Oil, that Little Chef A thought would be good to try.
We did not ...
Andes Mint Cupcakes
Andes Mint Cupcakes
A few weeks ago I was looking through a link party and saw these Andes Mint Cupcakes. I went to the Kurtz Corner and was reading the posting when Little Chef A came over and asked what I was doing. She saw them and thought they looked "soooo good!" I knew right then and there we were going to make these soon!
The first part is very simple; make a batch of chocolate cupcakes according to the box directions. Little Chef A has learned so much she was able to do it by ...
Brussels Sprouts with Dijon Mustard Sauce
Five Little Chefs - Brussels Sprouts with Dijon Mustard Sauce
Brussels Sprouts with Dijon Mustard Sauce was a request from Little Chef A. She came home from school recently and said most of the kids in her class hate brussels sprouts. "I don't know if I like them or not. I haven't tried them." I was impressed with her indecision because of her lack of knowledge. We were going to need to do something about that!
Little Chef C found in her Impossible To Easy cookbook by Robert Irvine ...
Strawberry and Rosemary Scones
Five Little Chefs - Strawberry and Rosemary Scones
Little Chef A watched a Giada episode we had saved. Strawberry and Rosemary Scones was one of the recipes featured. Little Chef A immediately wanted to make these scones. We had blueberry and grape jelly in our home, but she insisted we use strawberry jam "like Giada." How could I say no at that point? We immediately went to the store and got strawberry jam.
The scone mix was easy to make. The ingredients were measured out and added to a ...
Five Little Chefs - Pretzel Bites We saw the recipe for Pretzel Bites on Just Get Off Your Butt and Bake. The Little Chefs thought the name of that blog was hilarious! They liked the idea of making two different flavors of pretzel bites at once.
Little Chef D cut the dough. The recipe calls for texas size, but we used the dinner size and still cut it in 4ths because we have small mouths and wanted them to be one bite. The pizza cutter was a great idea! It cut very well even though she ...
Fuzzy Navel Smoothie
Five Little Chefs - Fuzzy Navel Smoothie
Smoothies are easy for kids to make at any age. Usually they are dump and blend recipes. This Fuzzy Navel Smoothie is no different. The Little Chefs each took a turn to dump in the ingredients. No measuring was required. A little more or a little less of something is just fine.
After it was all blended together it was time to enjoy! This recipe made a lot! We just barely finished it all. Little Chef H loved drinking a little then pulling the ...
Grilled Salmon I
Five Little Chefs - Cooking Salmon in Foil Packets
We had success with our last salmon recipe, the Little Chefs were excited to try another. This time we chose Grilled Salmon from allrecipes.com. Little Chef A helped Little Chef D measure out the marinade ingredients into a ziploc bag. Little Chef D wanted so badly to make this recipe all by herself. But when she realized she could not hold everything at once, she let her sister assist.
They were very careful to put the salmon in the bag ...
King Arthur Flour Very Berry Scones
Five Little Chefs - King Arthur Flour Very Berry Scones
Little Chef D received some cooking supplies from Grandma and Grandpa for her birthday. This gift might seem unusual for someone this young, but she really does love to cook. She has been SO excited and wanted to make HER recipes every day! The first one she made was Very Berry Scones from King Arthur Flour. We made a small adaptation. Instead of doing it by hand I thought it would be easier if she pulsed the dough in a food processor. ...
Bacon-Wrapped Green Bean Bundles
Five Little Chefs - Bacon-Wrapped Green Bean Bundles
Little Chef D did a wonderful job cutting off the ends of the beans. She used a steak knife because that is all she is able to use safely. She HAD to cut both ends off! While she was cutting she said, "Excellent, excellent I love it!"
This was our first time blanching. All the Little Chefs gathered around as I explained blanching is only partially cooking the beans and then we take them out and put them in an ice bath to stop the ...
Market Street Au Gratin Potatoes
Five Little Chefs - Market Street Au Gratin Potatoes
This was the first time Little Chef C peeled the potatoes without having one drop into the sink! We both were very excited!
We have used the mandolin many time to slice potatoes. It works with limited success. This time I had a different idea for cutting, the food processor! Little Chef C had a great time dropping the potatoes into the hole and watching them shoot out the bottom into the bowl. She also grated the cheese in the same ...
How NOT to brine a turkey!
Five Little Chefs - How NOT to brine a turkey
Little Chef A thought it would be fun to make a turkey. While we were cooking she said over and over she wished it was Thanksgiving so we could have a lot of cousins to play with! That is usually what happens when we have turkey for a meal.
After defrosting the turkey for days and taking up so much space in our refrigerator it was time to start preparing. Little Chef A was overly excited to take it out and put it in the freshly cleaned kitchen ...
Five Little Chefs - Fried Ravioli
Little Chef A was ready for another Giada recipe. We found Fried Ravioli from the Food Network. From reading the recipe it seemed easy. It has only a 15 minute cooking time! That means it should take us about an hour! Little Chef A went to the grocery store with me to find all the ingredients for this weeks recipes. She was extremely excited to have one on one time with me at the store!
Little Chef A put some vegetable oil (not olive oil as the recipe ...
Frozen Yogurt Drops
Five Little Chefs - Frozen Yogurt Drops
Frozen Yogurt Drops is not our idea. In fact I saw it on Pinterest and pinned it like many others. I wanted to see if Little Chefs could make these themselves. It does seem very simple. Only 4 steps!
1. Fill a ziploc bag with any type of yogurt, we used about 1 cup. Do you know the ziploc trick? Roll the top of the bag down so the new top edge is actually the inside of the bag. Now when you spill on the top part of the bag as you fill it you are ...
Amish White Bread
Five Little Chefs - Amish White Bread
We LOVE warm homemade rolls! I make them quite often; dinner rolls, French Dip rolls, whole wheat rolls. We needed to bring rolls to Grandma and Grandpa's house so I thought it was time to let my Little Chefs tackle this recipe., Amish White Bread.
The first instruction I gave was about yeast and the temperature of water. Little Chef A didn't seem so interested in the complexity of having just the right temperature of water, instead she wanted ...
Too Much Chocolate Cake and Satiny Chocolate Glaze
Today's post really should be named Questions. What does this do? What does that do? It made me feel not very smart. I didn't have the answers. I think we need to become Alton Brown students because he is so good at explaining the purpose of each ingredient.
I have made this Too Much Chocolate Cake recipe once before with rave reviews. It is simple because it is made with a boxed cake mix and some extra additions. We were going up to Grandma and Grandpa's house for family dinner and one ...
German Pancake and Buttermilk Syrup
For one night when Little Chef Dad is away for work we usually have breakfast for dinner. This evening Little Chef A wanted to make German Pancakes. She remembers loving them after making them for the first time with Grandma. Don't you love how memories are tied together with food!
Little Chef A got out the eggs to crack. It is so funny to me that she says, "Oopsy" each time she cracks it open with her thumbs as if she made a mistake! Followed by the much anticipated, "Icky, my hands are ...
Five Little Chefs - Chicken Fajitas
We bought a lot of fresh vegetables at the store. In our house that usually means Chicken Fajitas for dinner. Little Chef A wanted to help. This recipe has a lot of slicing which is why in the past I've made this alone.This is her day to learn how to slice!
The first step for Chicken Fajitas is to make the marinate. She needed to squeeze a lime. Little Chef A immediately took the lime and started rolling it on the counter. I asked her ...
Rosemary Chicken with Orange Maple Glaze
Five Little Chefs - Rosemary Chicken with Orange Maple Glaze
We frequently eat chicken, but are always looking for an even better recipe. Little Chef C wanted to try this Rosemary Chicken with Orange Maple Glaze recipe.
We had a chance to talk about substitutes for wine. We do not drink wine, but I don't want my Little Chefs to be afraid of recipes where wine is included. There are substitutes we do not need to throw the recipe out. This time we used chicken broth.
Before the ...
Basil Chive Red Potato Mash
Five Little Chefs - Basil Chive Red Potato Mash
We were SO excited to find out we were featured today at The Lady Behind The Curtain for our Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn experience!
The Little Chefs were watching a cooking show and saw red potatoes. They were very curious about them.They have eaten them before, but then I realized I was doing the cooking and they did not realize what they were eating. We went shopping and brought home some red potatoes. We found Basil Chive Red ...
Baked Cinnamon Sugar Churros
Baked Cinnamon Sugar Churros looked like a yummy recipe according to the Little Chefs! I LOVED this recipe because it took about 15 minutes to make! Oh how I wish a lot more recipes could be this quick!
We have never worked with puff pastry before but I did know to look for it next to the frozen desserts at the grocery store. It comes as a 2 pack. This recipe only uses one sheet so we have enough for a quick dessert or afternoon snack when we have lots of friends over. Each Little Chef ...
Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn
Five Little Chefs - Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn
Another blog we visited was Our Best Bites where we found Peanut Butter Popcorn. We have movie night on Fridays so popcorn is a big hit at our house! We made this recipe in two half batches because we do not have a bowl big enough to stir 20 cups of popcorn without getting it all over the counter. Though the Little Chefs would have loved to eat the jumpers!
We were all so excited to begin, all the Little Chefs were in the kitchen which not ...