Panda Face Food Art

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Panda Face Snack

My Little Chefs have always loved playing with their food. When they go through periods of not wanting lunch we change it up to make it seem different. We might use a lunch tray instead of a plate, deconstruct their sandwich, put things on a stick, anything out of the ordinary. We do the same for afternoon snacks when everyone gets home because it is fun, they are always hungry at that time. I thought it would be fun to make an after school snack using one of our favorite play foods, California Ripe Olives, a pantry staple in our home. We use them in many recipes because of their texture, flavor and pop of color or alone creating whatever food art we dream of that day. Whenever I open a can … [Read more...]

Easy Appetizer Skewers

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cutting-peppers

It seems when we grill my Little Chefs are starving! I don't think it is because it takes longer to cook on a grill but because we are starting to cook later then usual. If we are past our regular dinner time my Little Chefs get a little unpleasant. Instead of making them wait why not make appetizer skewers that can be eaten while everything else is still cooking. The key is to only make enough to for the kids to be happy, not enough to fill them up. We still want them to eat all their dinner! Skewers are always fun to grill. There are so many different ingredients and flavor combinations that work well on skewers. Today we are using peppers, bread and shrimp to make appetizer skewers. … [Read more...]

Orange Fruit Dip

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Orange Fruit Dip by fivelittlechefs.com - a super easy and delicious fruit dip perfect for summer bbq's and picnics #recipes #appetizers #orange #fruit #dip

Summer is here, which means many BBQ's, family reunions and picnics. In needing a side dish for a family picnic, we decided to make up one of the Little Chefs favorite fruit dips. Our Orange Fruit Dip is so delicious and perfect for picnics on  the hot summer days. It is very refreshing, and you can make it up to 2 days ahead of time - which is great when some summer days are all play and no work (including cooking!). This Orange Fruit Dip also is so incredibly easy, the Little Chefs whipped it up in less than 5 minutes!! The Little Chefs first blended the softened cream cheese till nice and smooth. Then they added in the marshmallow creme, which can seem like a very sticky task. However, … [Read more...]

Mandarin Orange Jello with Lemon Pudding

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orangejello

This family recipe comes from my mom! Growning up Mandarin Orange Jello with Lemon Pudding was a frequent side dish for our holiday and birthday dinners. Still to this day, I request my mom to make it for family dinner on my birthday. This recipe has now become one of my Little Chefs favorites. Along with the colored eggs and baskets filled with candy, Easter also means a Honey Baked Ham for dinner.  As we thought about what to go along with our ham, this childhood recipe popped into my mind and onto our menu. It is a quick, make-ahead side dish is delicious and will be a perfect addition to our Easter Celebration dinner. First we started off with making the Mandarin Orange Jello. … [Read more...]

Crostini Alla Romana

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Crostini Alla Romana from fivelittlechefs.com #crostini #pasta #sage

   Little Chef A absolutely loves Giada De Laurentiis! Whenever we are watching the Food Network and Giada comes on the excitement level goes through the roof! I quickly hear, "Ooooh I love Giada, she is my favorite!"  What surprises me is the conviction and true passion she has for this show and cooking. It would not come as a surprise to hear that Little Chef A's recipes will all come from her favorite chef, Giada. The first recipe that was chosen was Crostini Alla Romana. We saw this on an episode and Little Chef A said "We have to make that!"     The first step is to gather all the ingredients.     The second step is the prep work. She started with the bread. The package was opened … [Read more...]

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