Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Fast Food, Part 1 Wordless Wednesday

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Blueberry Muffins, Blizzard of Oz 2013 Part Deux

We have a second in as many weeks snow storm keeping us indoors. School was canceled for the girls and the roads are snowy. Until they plow the neighborhoods I like to stay home because it can be a challenge getting up the hill to our house in slick conditions. I don't know how my husband does it.

Since I knew this second storm was coming I stopped for a few extra supplies on my way home from a meeting and we are going to have a bake-off. Here is the basic recipe and I will let you know some of the changes we might make to determine taste differences.

Blueberry Muffins
  • 2 cups flour, your choice
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup liquid, milk or juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter or oil
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries, try to find wild, they are smaller
You can add a little vanilla extract but I usually forget. During this lovely storm we are going to bake several batches and do a taste test. We will use juice and oil for the first two batches and use an egg substitute for one and regular egg in the other. This will make one batch vegan. I am curious about the difference.

To make the muffins combine dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in another. Add wet to dry and stir until just combined. Add blueberries and fold in. Scoop into 12 greased muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven. 

What type of kitchen fun will you have for the Revenge of Toto 2013?

Gotta be comfortable for the stir.

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Green Monster Soup, Blizzard of Oz 2013

We had a little snow fall in our neighborhood this week so we decided it was time for more soup. Since I knew the snow was coming I stocked up on lots of yummy ingredients, including fixings for Green Monster Soup! The girls love making it and it tastes just like Guacamole Soup to me. I keep forgetting to make some tortilla strips for the top so I can really feel like I am eating guacamole.

With grilled cheese sammies on the side.
Green Monster Soup
  • 2 cups thinly sliced zucchini
  • 2 avocados
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • dash salt and pepper
Place garlic and two cups of broth in a pot, bring to a boil and  reduce. Simmer 10 minutes. Add zucchini and remaining broth, bring to a boil and reduce. Simmer 15 minutes. Place avocado flesh and soup in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.  Add salt and pepper and serve. We like ours with grilled cheese but feel free to enjoy yours with Quesadillas or plain tortillas.

She had to wear the hat.
Getting avocado flesh out is tough.
We got the idea for this amazing recipe from one of our favorite cookbooks, The Toddler Cafe. This cookbook is totally different and is worth every penny. There are not many of the usual suspects in this one. 


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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Toddler Truffles #SundaySupper

Toddler Truffles

Happy day after Groundhog Day! Wait, that's not it.

It seems like there is something big planned for today...maybe a special game or something. We are not big sports fans around here. Many of our friends are attending Super Bowl watch parties but we don't even know who is playing. That said, we will be enjoying some amazing snacks! Never miss a chance to have some good food! We will be enjoying this recipe from the fabulous Toddler Cafe Cookbook. It is one of  my favorite cookbooks for the younger set as the recipes are not only healthy but innovative. I recommend the Swamp Soup.

Toddler Truffles

  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts
  • 4 tbsp butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Butter a 8x8 baking dish. Add all but powdered sugar to food processor. Blend. Pour batter into prepared dish and bake 30 to 40 minutes. Truffles will pull away from pan when done. They will still be a little soft. If you are three and very impatient you can eat them straight from the pan. Or you can wait until it is cool and scoop out truffles. Roll into balls and dust with powdered sugar or cocoa powder. We mixed cocoa powder and PB2, which is a powdered peanut butter, to roll our truffles in this time. 

I can do it  myself!

She is the best egg cracker.

Maurene was my helper with this project. She has been helping in the kitchen since she was able to stand. Now, at age 3 1/2 years, she is perfectly able to measure, add, and mix ingredients for a yummy treat. They learn so well at this age, don't discount their abilities.

For some truly amazing Super Bowl recipes, check out what the rest of the #SundaySupper Team is making:

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