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GREEN EGGS AND HAM SCRAMBLE

INGREDIENTS

1 teaspoon butter

1/2 cup fresh spinach greens, washed and dried

1/4 cup smoked ham, diced

1/8 cup scallions, chopped

3 eggs, whisked

1 heaping tablespoon Basil Pesto

Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat the butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the spinach, ham, and scallions to the skillet, stirring with a wooden spoon to combine.
  2. Cook for 2 minutes, and then pour the eggs over the spinach mixture. Allow the eggs to begin to set. Stir in pesto, salt, and pepper and cook until eggs are cooked evenly.

 

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Dr. Seuss’s Pink Yink Ink Drink

Ingredients

½ pint fresh or ½ cup frozen blackberries or blueberries

1 cup milk or vanilla soy milk

6 fresh strawberries (green tops removed) or ½ cup frozen strawberries, thawed

1 tsp honey or agave nectar

DIRECTIONS

1. Put the blackberries in a blender and puree them. Pour into a large glass. Put the milk, strawberries and honey in a blender and blend. Pour the strawberry mixture carefully on top of the blackberry mixture and swirl with a spoon.

For more recipes from the Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook by Georgeanne Brennan visit Nickelodeon’s Parents Connect

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 Batter Up Kids Cooking Shop Sale continues and expands! We’ve added even more products to our SALE section at  http://www.kidscookingshop.com  and have extended the SALE until March 7.  Additionally anyone who signs-up for our email list and makes a purchase between now and March 7 is automatically entered in our Give-Away Contest for a $100.00 kids cooking products surprise package. Drawing will be held March 8 & the winner will be notified via email March 9. Get Cooking!

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Bonkers for Banana Bread! February 23 is National Banana Bread Day. Banana bread, banana muffins and banana cupcakes are the very best way to use-up over ripe bananas for both a delicious and healthy family treats. Keep over ripe bananas ready-to-go for baking by placing the over-ripe bananas into freezer with the skin–on. When ready to use, simply remove bananas from freezer, thaw 10 minutes, peel and mash according to banana bread, cupcake or muffin directions.

Fresh Banana Cupcakes

Ingredients

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup super fine granulated sugar

2 cups self-rising flour

4 large eggs, room temperature

2 teaspoons Vanilla extract

11/2 cups ripe bananas, mashed; about 3-4 bananas

1 teaspoon apple pie or pumpkin pie spice

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Let’s Start Mixing!

Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Lightly spray the inside of each liner or mold with cooking spray before adding the batter. Set aside until ready to use.

  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy with a hand mixer.
  2. Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each egg. Stir in Vanilla extract and mashed bananas.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together self-rising flour, apple pie spice, and ground cinnamon then stir into the butter and egg mixture.
  4. Divide batter evenly between cupcake cups and bake for 15- 20 minutes.
  5. Carefully remove cupcakes from oven and place on a cooling rack for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from cupcake pan and place each one on rack to cool for 30 minutes before frosting and decorating.

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Popcorn is about as All-American as I can imagine! It’s the week-end so cozy-up with the kids and watch the Olympics while noshing on some healthy, fresh popcorn laced with red and blue dried fruits.

 

1. Simply pop-up your favorite popcorn.

2. Toss -in 1 cup of dried fruits. To show off our All-American colors use 1/2 cup of dried blueberries and 1/2 cup dried cranberries or cherries.

3. Add 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, toss and crunch a bunch!

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She can bake a cherry pie “quick as a cat can wink it’s eye” with these super easy, mini-sized, kid-pleasing fresh cherry tarts! Get cooking in style with an adorable little cherry blossom printed apron http://kidscookingshop.com/print-apron-cherry-blossom or a red and gold snappy-striped apron http://kidscookingshop.com/apron-yipes-stripes.All at Kids Cooking Shop!

Kids Recipe President’s Day-Fresh Cherry Tarts

Ingredients

Makes 8 individual tarts

8 pre-made individual graham cracker crusts

6 ounces cream cheese or mascarpone, room temperature

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

¼ cup

3/4 cup heavy cream

1 pound fresh sweet cherries, such as Bing, pitted and halved

2 tablespoons seedless raspberry jam

1 teaspoon fresh orange juice

Let’s Make Tarts!

  1. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese, vanilla, and remaining 1/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Slowly add cream, and beat until combined. With a spatula equally divide the cream cheese mixture between the 8 tarts crusts and spread mixture across the bottom crust of each one. Divide cherries equally and Scatter on top of each tart. Set aside while preparing glaze.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine jam and 1 teaspoon fresh orange juice; heat over low until liquefied, about 2 minutes. Using a pastry brush, brush cherries gently with glaze. Refrigerate tarts for one hour before serving.
  3. Garnish with whipped cream and more fresh cherries.

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Shrove Tuesday Kids Pancakes

BLUEBERRY PIXIE PANCAKES

Pancakes in the morning, pancakes in the evening, pancakes at supper time! Who doesn’t love pancakes! If they  happen to include  healthy fresh fruits like blueberries , even better!  Here is a super cute , kid-friendly  and really delicious recipe to stir-up with the kids for supper this evening  to celebrate Shrove Tuesday! The recipe uses homemade pancake batter, but feel free to use your favorite mix to achieve the same results.  The recipe is from my  Fairies Cookbook http://kidscookingshop.com/author-signed-fairies-cookbook

 BLUEBERRY PIXIE PANCAKES

Makes 20 -2 to 3 inch pancakes

 Ingredients

*2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 eggs
2 cups milk
3 tablespoons melted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2-3/4 cups blueberries or raspberries, sliced strawberries, apples, peaches or bananas
 

Let’s Start Mixing!

1. Place the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into a large bowl and whisk together to incorporate ingredients.

2. Add eggs and milk in a separate bowl, then whisk in the melted butter and vanilla extract. Pour the egg mixture over the dry ingredients and stir with a spoon, but do not beat. The batter will be a little bit lumpy, but that’s O.K..

3. Using a ¼ cup measuring cup, pour pancake batter onto a hot griddle spayed generously with non-stick spray. Place a few blueberries or other fruit of choice on the top side of the pancake. When bubbles form, flip pancake and heat another one to two minutes.

4. Remove pancakes from griddle one at a time with a spatula. Place pancakes a plate and keep in a 200 degree oven covered with foil until ready to serve.

5. Carefully remove pancakes 2-3 at a time from the oven and using assorted shapes of 2-3 inch cookie cutters, cut-our pancakes into your favorite shapes.

6. Serve with heated maple syrup, additional fresh fruits, and a sprinkling of “pixie dust” powdered sugar.

 Eat them while you can…These little blueberry pixie pancakes are “fly-off the plate” delicious!

*Alternately use your favorite pancake mix and add 2 tablespoons sugar, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon and 2 teaspoons vanilla.

 

Batter Up Kids-friendly Kitchen Tip

Freeze any left-over cut-out scraps in a reseal able plastic bag and heat in the microwave for a quick snack another day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TRAY OF TOGETHERNESS Throughout the Chinese New Year season, it is customary to offer guests an assortment of treats from a Tray of Togetherness called chuen-hop – a circular or octagonal shaped tray filled with an assortment of symbolic foods to provide a sweet beginning to the New Year. While it is possible to find togetherness trays made of expensive wood such as teak, inexpensive versions made of plastic are readily available in Asian grocery stores throughout the New Year season. The tray has eight compartments, as the Chinese consider the number eight to be extremely lucky. These trays traditionally offer sugared fruit and vegetables, including winter melon, coconut, lotus seed, lotus root, water chestnut, carrot and tangerine. And what a great idea to get kids to try new fruits and veggies! Assemble a Tray of Togetherness with plenty of fresh and dried fruits, assorted nuts and cheeses, crisp fresh carrots, celery and broccoli and for a really sweet burst of color, steam some beautiful red beets and cut them into small cubes for easy munching. Toss in some fortune cookies and enjoy A Chinese new years tradition any time of the year!

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