Jul 11






It’s always good to try foods from other parts of the world. Mexican food is usually known for it’s spice, however this dish isn’t so spicey which makes it perfect for the whole family. You can tone up the spice in food or even down depending on your family’s preference. To get started on this weeks recipe, here’s what we’ll need:

  • 2 pounds of tomatillos
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro, lightly packed
  • 1/(4 oz.) can diced green chilies, drained
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream

FOR THE ENCHILADAS:

  • 12 (6 inch) corn tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion

Once we have all the ingredients together, let’s start by making the sauce. Husk the tomatillos and rinse them under warm water to remove any stickiness and dirt. Broil the tomatillos on a foil-lined baking sheet 1-2 inches from the heat, turning them once, until they are softened and slightly charred, about 7-9 minutes.

heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the white oinions and saute until golden brown, about 5 minutes.

Transfer the tomatillos to a blender and add the sauteed onions, cilantro, green chilies, cumin, sugar and salt and puree until smooth.

Return the tomatillo sauce to the skillet and cook it over medium heat until thickened, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Add the broth and cream and continue cooking until the sauce is slightly thickened and not watery, about 5-8 minutes. Add more salt if you want.

To make the enchiladas, brush both sides of the tortillas lightly with oil and lay them on a cookie sheet in stacks of two. Heat them in a 375* F oven just until they’re soft and pliable, about 3 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine the chicken, half of the Cheddar, half of the Monterey Jack, the chopped onion, and the salt. Add 1/2 cup of the sauce to the checken misture and toss to combine.

Spread a third of the remaining sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Place 1/4 cup of the chicken mixture in the center of a tortilla. Roll up the tortilla and place it seam side down in the baking dish. Repeat with the other tortillas, Pour the rest of the sauce over the enchiladas. Sprinkle the remaining Monterey Jack and Cheddar on top of the casserole.

Bake the casserole until the enchiladas are heated through and the cheese is bubbly and starting to brown, about 20- 30 minutes. Serves 6-8 people.

 And there you have it! A super yummy dinner. Enjoy :)

 

Learning Corner:

Q.- Where do tomatillos originate from?

A.- Tomatillos come from Mexico and are grown throughout the western hemesphere.

 

 

Q.- Are tomatillos considered a vegetable or a fruit?

A.- Like a tomato, tomatillos are also members of the fruit family.

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.

May 31






 

Hi everyone! Dwenlynn here again! If your kids are anything like me, they may not want to eat their vegetables all the time. Try this sweet approach to making carrots yummy! This is a quick and easy way to make plain ol’ carrots turn into something new and exciting!

The ingredients (makes about 4 servings):

  • 1 pound carrots
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon water

First you will nedd to peel the carrots and slice them into small rounds. Next, steam the carrots until they are soft, but not mushy. Set these aside for now.

Using a frying pan, melt the butter, stir in the brown sugar and water. Let these ingredients cook together for about 1 minute. Or as my Papa might say “let them get to know eachother!”

Add the sliced carrots to the pan and toss them in the brown sugar mixture until they are completly covered with it. Let them finish cooking on low heat for about 3-4 minutes.

 

 

And that is it! I could eat these carrots all day! Happy cooking!

Learning Corner:

  • Why are carrots orange?
  • Are there carrots with different colors?
  • Which vitamin is found in carrots and can help your eyes to see better?

 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrot

http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/candy-carrot-coins-684637/

 

May 1






 

Hi! My name is Dwenlynn, I’m six years old and I will be your new chef for Kid’s in the Kitchen! My mom Landi will be helping me out as I show you how to make some of my favorite foods!

What we’re making today is a really easy breakfast cake. But, instead of baking it in the oven, we will be baking it with steam! Here is what you will need:

  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 1/2  cups of milk
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of Bisquick

Break the egg into a medium sized mixing bowl

 

Then, add the milk, sugar, Bisquick and…

Whisk it all together until it’s well blended (or not bumpy)!

Next, pour the mixture into the pie pan. I like to scoop mine with a measuring cup, but I still needed a little help!

 

 

  

 Next, put 3 custard cups, upside down, in a large pan. Fill the pan with water.

Slowly and carefully! Lower the pie pan into the larger one so that it rests comfortably on the upside down cups.

Cover the pan with a lid and bring water to a boil. Once it is boiling, reduce heat to medium and and let it cook for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean! 

After it is done cooking you may top with whatever you like! I love chocolate chips!

Isn’t that cool?! I never knew that you could make a cake with water!! Enjoy!!

Learning Corner:

What other types of heat are there?

Why does the steam cook the cake?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr 11






Chocolate Covered Bananas!

This will be my last posting for Kids in the Kitchen.  My coworker will be taking over for me and will be sure to keep you and your family in the kitchen having fun for a long time to come.  For my last posting I am sharing my favorite kind of popsicle, a frozen chocolate covered banana.  They are great tasting and good for you. 

Ingredients:

Bananas: a little more green means more firm which makes the dipping process easier in my opinion

chocolated melted

popsicle sticks

chopped peanuts if desired

Directions:

Peel the bananas and insert the popsicle stick into one end until about 3/4 of the stick is in the banana.  Dip the entire banana into chocolate that you have melted either in the microwave or over a double boiler.  Place the chocolat covered banana on cookiesheet that you lined with wax paper.  Freeze for at least 3 hours.

ENJOY!

Danielle

Learning Corner:

Try making other types of frozen treats with your families favorite types of fruit.

Apr 4






Strawberries, Sour cream and Brown Sugar!

This is my all time favorite dessert.  I crave it all the time and cant tell you how many times during the summer I treat myself to this great treat.  Best part it is a no bake dessert that even your little ones can put together.

Ingredients:

Strawberries cut into slices

Sour Cream

Brown Sugar

Directions:

Take a big spoonful of thick sour cream and spread it on the bottom of a plat or bowl, thick enough that you can scoop it up with a spoon or for easily.  Next slice up your strawberries and cover the sour cream with them.  Take a tablespoon or so of brown sugar and sprinkle that on top of the strawberries. 

ENJOY!

Danielle

Mar 29






Jell-O Jigglers

These are fun and can be made to fit with any type of holiday, party or just a fun week night.  For the original posting and picture make sure to check out http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/jell-o-jigglers-53920.aspx. They also offer a lot of other fun ideas for Jell-O. 

Ingredients:

2 ½ cups boiling water (Do not add cold water.)

2 pkg. (8-serving size each) JELL-O Gelatin, any flavor, pick different colors that match the holiday or party theme

Directions:

Stir boiling water into dry gelatin, mix in large bowl at least 3 min. until completely dissolved. Pour into 13×9-inch pan

Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until firm, the more you make the longer it will take to harden

Dip bottom of pan in warm water 15 sec. Cut the Jell-O into decorative shapes using  cookie cutters of your choice, being careful to cut all the way through gelatin to bottom of pan, you will have to push and wiggle the cookie cut back and forth a little to make sure it goes all the through. Lift JIGGLERS® from pan. Reserve scraps for snacking. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.

Learning Corner:

Find a shape and color of Jell-O the fits each member of your family and make them all a special Jiggler.  Explain to them why these shapes and colors reminded you of them.

Mar 21






Italian Breaded Pork Chop

I remembered a commercial from my childhood for shake N bake, so I decided to use that same idea and get a new generation of kids involved dinner.

Ingredients:

Dried Italian Bread Crumbs

Pork Chops

Egg

Directions:

In a small bowl beat the egg until it is well mixed, brush lightly on each side of the pork chops.  In a large zip top bag place bread crumbs and 2 pork chops at a time.  Have your kids seal the bag and shake until each pork chop is well covered, remove and place them on a cookie sheet that you sprayed with none stick spray.  Repeat for the rest of the pork chops.  Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until pork is fully cooked.

Mar 14






Sweet Potato Candy

This is another recipe for your kids to make that comes from St. Patrick’s Day recipes originally at http://www.familyfun.go.com/.  You can find this and others under St. Patrick’s Day recipe ideas.  They looked really yummy so enjoy, and us know how you liked them.

Ingredients:

Peeled Russet Potatoes diced

2 tablespoons butter

1 pinch of salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

4-5 cups powdered sugar (depending on how big your potatoes are)

5 cups sweetened shredded coconut

Directions:

  1. Peel the potato and boil it in water until soft. In a mixing bowl, mash the cooked potato with the salt and butter. Very important:  let it cool completely, or else it will melt the sugar when you add it.
  2. Mix in the vanilla extract and 4 cups of sugar. At this point, the mixture should be stiff. If it isn’t, add more sugar.
  3. Sprinkle half of the coconut onto a waxed-paper-covered surface and turn the potato mixture onto it. Roll the batter until all of the coconut has been mixed in, then shape teaspoonful into small balls.
  4. Roll the balls individually in the remaining coconut. Chill the finished candies until you’re ready to serve them. Makes about 4 dozen.

 

Learning Corner:

Why do potatoes and St Patrick’s Day go together?

Mar 8






Lucky Mini Pizza

I found this original recipe on www.familyfun.go.com, under St. Patrick’s Day ideas.  It is a great snack for your kids to make for themselves that might just give them a little lucky of the Irish.

Ingredients:

1 English muffin cut in half

Cheese

Tomato sauce (optional)

1 green bell pepper

Directions:

Cut the English muffin in half and cover with tomato sauce if you like it.  Top with cheese to make it look like a pizza.  Cut the bell pepper starting at the pointed end to make shamrock shaped rings of bell pepper.  Also cut a little slice to make a stem for the bottom.  Place the bell pepper on top of the cheese and cook in either a toaster oven or broiler until the cheese is melted.

ENJOY!

Danielle

Learning Corner:

Why do we wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?

What is St. Patrick’s Day all about?

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