Jun 29






Hi everyone! July is almost here which means that the Fourth of July is too! This is one of my favorite holidays! I love the fireworks, parades and barbecues with all that yummy summertime food. For the holiday, I’ve found a great (and easy) recipe for something sweet to celebrate the holiday with. Here’s what we’ll need to get started:

  • 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips
  • 6 large marshmallows
  • Finely shredded coconut
  • Chocolate sandwich cookie (chocolate covered Oreo’s work great!)
  • 6 Cashews
  • Black decorator’s gel

 Once you have all the ingredients you need, have an adult help you melt the chocolate chips. Most packages should have melting directions. If not, a double boiler is the best way to do it. Fill the bottom of the pot with water and put the chocolate chips in the top part. Make sure to keep the chocolate away from direct heat and water. If you don’t have a double boiler available, a bowl that fits snug inside a pan will work fine too. Just make sure the steam doesn’t escape into the chocolate.

For each bird you make, drop a large marshmallow into the melted chocolate, using a spatula to make sure that it’s fully covered.

Remove the marshmallow from the chocolate and roll it in finely shredded coconut. Make sure to leave one of the ends uncovered.

Immediately set the marshmallow (the end without the coconut) on top of a chocolate sandwich cookie.

Let the chocolate set for a bit, then use a toothpick to make a hole in the side of the marshmallow and use one of the cashews for a beak!

The final touch is using the black decorators gel for the eyes.

 

And that’s it! Now you have a tasty, sweet, patriotic treat. Happy cooking and Happy Independence Day!!!

 

Learning Corner:

Q: What exactly is Independence Day?

A: Independence day (or the Fourth of July), is the day that we celebrate our country declaring independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, 1776, it was voted and approved by congress to separate ourselves as our own nation. Two days later on July 4th, the Declaration of Independence was signed.

Q: Who signed the Declaration?

A: The members of the Continental Congress singed the document. Some of the more famous signers include John Hancock who was the President of the Continental Congress at that time. Also, Benjamin Franklin (who was 70 and the oldest member to sign), John Adams (2nd president of the United States of America) and Thomas Jefferson (3rd president of the United States).

 Fun Fact:

After signing the declaration, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife which read “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

He was only off by two days with his “prediction” but, 236 years later, this is still how we celebrate our countries birthday.

Jun 19






 Hi everyone!! This week we’ll be making another one of my favorite dishes… chicken! One of my favorite ways to make chicken is to fry it, but that can be messy and my mom says that it really isn’t the healthiest way to eat it anyway. So I’ve found a recipe that tastes just as good as fried chicken but instead, we’ll be baking it! Here’s what we’ll need to get started:

  • 3 cups cornflakes
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground sage
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 2 1/2 pounds bone-in chicken parts (breasts, wings, drumsticks, thighs)

First, have an adult help you turn the oven on and set it to 375*.

To make the coating for the chicken, pour the cornflakes into a sealable gallon-size plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush the cereal. Or, you can just use your hands to crush it too! Open the bag and add the flour, paprika, onion powder and sage. Shake in a little salt and pepper to your taste. Reseal it and shake until it’s mixed together well.

Pour the milk into a shallow bowl. Have an adult help you rinse the chicken pieces. Dip one piece in the milk then drop it in the bag of cornflake mix. Shake it until the chicken is coated with the cereal. Place the chicken skin side up in an un-greased baking pan. Repeat until all the pieces are coated. Discard any leftover coating and make sure to wash your hands after handeling any kind of raw meat. Before it’s cooked, meat can have all sorts of germs and bacteria on them.

Bake for 50 minutes or until your mom or dad says it’s done. While it’s cooking you can make side dishes like beans, biscuits or carrots. Try this recipe I wrote in May for some really yummy carrots! Enjoy!!

 

Learning Corner:

  • Q- What makes this chicken a healthier alternative than fried chicken?    
  • A- Fried chicken is usually cooked in fatty oils which give it a crispy skin, but eating too much fat is not good for our bodies.
  • Q- Can a chicken fly?              
  • A- Yes! A chicken actually can fly, but only for short distances and not very high. http://answers.askkids.com/Weird_Science/can_a_chicken_fly

You can make almost any kind of chicken! There are different ways to cook it like grilling, and the ingredients you can use are endless. Check out this website and try a new recipe that you may not have tried before.  Happy Cooking!