Red Flannel Hash

I love old time Hollywood. When I heard that Ryan Murphy was developing the show Feud: Bette and Joan which chronicles the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford during the production of their 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? I was very excited. What is the appeal of old-time Hollywood? I’m not sure, but I knew that I wanted to do something to get in the mood to watch the show. Continue reading

Benihana Japanese Fried Rice

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This week’s Cookbook Recipe is really a complete dinner. Mom bought me this cookbook, and Sam too, years ago. And I have to say, its an awesome cookbook to make copy cat recipes of some of your favorite restaurant recipes. Todd Wilbur, the author, has written a number of these books in the years since this one came out, but I’m partial to this one. Continue reading

Crock Pot Stuffing

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With the holiday season approaching quickly, we thought we’d share some of our favorite holiday meal recipes. So, beginning today, we’ll share a new recipe each Friday!

To stuff or not to stuff? That is the question. I’m talking about stuffing your Thanksgiving turkey. Mom always stuffed hers and it was what stuffing dreams were made of. Continue reading

Cooking with Kids

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As a mom of two little guys, I know how hard it is to get dinner on the table. But sometimes, you just need to slow down and use the time to not just make dinner, but teach your kids some life lessons. In my case, Will loves to help me cook. Doesn’t matter what I’m making he loves it. He follows directions and pays attention. For a 3 1/2 year old, this is huge. Especially for one that is a wee bit temperamental. He’s a guy who wants things his way, and now. Come to think of it, he may make a great chef one day. I hear some of the world’s best are the same way (if you watch Hell’s Kitchen, you understand).

Tonight, we were having stuffed chicken breasts, roasted vegetables and dumplings. I bought the chicken stuffed from the meat counter at our store, which has a wonderful selection of these types of foods. Will wanted to help get the veggies ready and make the dumplings.

So, I let him help me arrange the veggies, put the olive oil on, and salt and pepper them before they went into the oven. I think this helps him follow direction, plus by mixing them with his hands, he gets the feel of different things. Oily, salty smooth, leafy.

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Onto the dumplings. I got all of the ingredients ready, but I let him mix everything himself. After I measured out the dry ingredients, he mixed them together and we talked about why you do that. Next, cracking the egg and mixing it into the milk, again why it’s done that way. And finally, the mixing of everything together to make our dumpling.

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He’s actually gotten pretty good at cracking eggs. And that certainly is a life skill. I think it’s important that kids understand the science behind cooking, and how the ingredients affect each other, as much as how to follow directions. He certainly doesn’t get what baking powder does now, but when they use it in science at preschool, hopefully he’ll remember what it did to his dumpling.

If you’re interested in making these wonderful dumplings, here’s the link to an earlier post for Donna’s Dumplings. So easy, even a 3 1/2 year old can make them!