Archive for July, 2010

 The new Kids Cook ! Austin store. Article from Addie Broyles, food editor for the Austin American’s Statesman.

Kids’ cookbook author Barbara Beery knows that 3-year-olds  have the reputation of being more mess makers than competent cooks, but she says that’s more parents’ fear than reality. (The mother of three has been teaching kids how to cook for 20 years, so she knows they can make a mess, but makes a good point: Isn’t cooking inherently messy?)

 Beery recently opened Kids Cook!, a cooking store and activity center on Far West Boulevard in Northwest Austin where kids from 2-12 can come in between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday for 15-minute drop-in activities.

We took Julian recently, and he was pretty thrilled to get to decorate (and then devour) an Independence Day-themed cupcake. (The activities — kids can choose between a healthy one and a sweet one — cost about $11 and include some supplies to take home.)

Beery is also offering scheduled classes ($13.99 to $29.99, including cooking products and tools to take home) for various age groups on Tuesday and Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons: toque and toddler (for ages 2 to 5, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays), koodie (6 years and older, 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays) and general interest (various age ranges, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays).

 In addition to the classes, the store offers a colorful selection of cookbooks, cookie cutters, cake molds, candy kits, kid-sized utensils and other adorable products that are as appealing to adults as their young chefs.

Call Kids Cook! at 512-346-3333 www.kidscookingshop.com


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Blue Lagoon Lemonade

When life gives you lemons—Make lemonade!

The 4th of July may be behind us, but our recipe for Blue Lagoon Lemonade is a great summer cooler any day! We served this up on July 4th at our neighborhood parade in Northwest hills in Austin and served 500 glasses—it’s sure to be a hit this summer at your house or neighborhood lemonade stand.




Serves 8 to 10


6 Lemons

1 -1.5 cups of granulated sugar (more or less to taste)

2 quarts water

2 packages unsweetened Blue Raspberry Kool-Aid

 Let’s Make Lemonade!

1.  Slice the lemons in half and squeeze each of them into a large measuring cup. This should yield about 1 1/2 cups of juice.

2. Place lemon juice in a large container and add Kool-Aid, sugar and water. Stir to blend well and add ice. Serve ASAP.

Kid-friendly Kitchen Tips

  1. Have kids make ice cubes from some of the lemonade. Add a cherry, strawberry slice or raspberry in the ice cube trays before freezing the lemonade.
  2. This is a fun treat to eat like a mini Popsicle or use it instead of ice cubes the next time you make a batch of homemade lemonade.

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