• What's Your Favorite Color of M&M©?

    What's Your Favorite Color of M&M©?

    Halloween is just around the corner, and cooking with your kids and putting together Halloween treat bags is a great way to make lasting family memories. Peanuts, almonds, coconut, chocolate chips, and M&Ms© are common ingredients for a gourmet snack mix that's easy to make and fun to eat. But before you start zipping up the bags, do you know what's actually in that bag? Most of the time, you probably won't have a hard time figuring out the base ingredients, but don't forget to consider the different ingredients used to make the various candy colors.

  • From Apple Picking to Apple Pie

    From Apple Picking to Apple Pie

    Cooking with kids is always a fun family activity, but you can take it up a notch by taking your children to a farm or orchard to pick their own produce to use in a baking project. The added field trip gets them out of the house and into nature, gets them off their fannies and onto their feet, and gives them a bit of agriculture education in the process.

    Sure, pumpkin patches offer kids a chance to pick their Halloween pumpkins, but there’s nothing like spending a fall day in an apple orchard then using your bounty to bake an apple pie at home. Really, you could do this with your children at any pick-your-own farm or orchard: cherries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries – all make amazing seasonal cakes, cobblers and clafoutis. But we're going with apples because, well, what’s more American than apple pie?

  • The Right Temperature to Store Food and Keep You Safe

    The Right Temperature to Store Food and Keep You Safe

    Children have a healthy hunger to learn and explore the world with their hands, and when their curiosity leads them into the kitchen, it's important they have all of the right tools to keep them safe and healthy. So, when it comes to food preparation – there's no going off recipe. Today we will be cooking with the topic of food temperatures. It is not only important in preparing food, but we will look at the often overlooked topic of food storage with regard to how to store and why it is so important to follow these guidelines once you've had your portions for the day.

    Our first ingredient in this recipe is understanding why food temperature is so important. A little bacteria never hurt anyone, right? Well, that is actually very wrong. Specifically, the bacteria that can hurt you are called pathogens and they cause food poisoning. The scary thing about these bacteria, is that unlike spoiled food that gives off an unappealing odor or slimy consistency, it hides undetected with odor or unusual texture. With possible life threatening consequences pathogens like salmonella or E.coli have, it's ever so important to make sure you do everything you can to stop these bacteria from invading your food.

  • Tips for Getting Small Kiddos Involved in the Kitchen

    Tips for Getting Small Kiddos Involved in the Kitchen

    by Racheal - La Fuji Mama

    "In the childhood memories of every good cook, there's a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot and a mom."
    -- Barbara Costikyan (10/22/84 New York Magazine)

    What do you get when you combine 7 children (ranging in ages from 18 months up to 4 years of age) with flour, yeast, water, cheese, pizza sauce, etc.? A recipe for disaster? Not if you plan it right!

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