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Happy Holidays!

Wishing you the best this holiday season.  Have the most magical time with your family and favorite people.  Celebrate everything that is special to you and create those special memories.  Don’t forget to take pictures.  We’ll be looking forward to hearing your stories of festive fun and food in the kitchen after the New Year!

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The big feast day is tomorrow and the details are just too many to list.

One thing for sure it’s a wonderful day to get the kids in the kitchen and learn family traditions and recipes.  I always make the apple pie recipe that my grandmother made for me when I was growing up.  It is easy to make (really), and irresistible.

This is just one of hundreds or recipes that I was taught from special family members, and I am handing there down to my three daughters and future cooks in our family.  When I see  my daughter Maggie making the crust, and Brigid peeling the apples, and I visualize myself as a twelve year old helping my Nan in the kitchen and that is what I am so thankful for.  Yes, with extra little ones in the kitchen it can be a bit chaotic, (i.e.,  the counter gets messy, and peelings and kitchen tools drop on the floor), but it is well worth the lesson taught, the time spent together, and the reward of empowering kids to be an essential part of preparing the feast.  So much to be thankful for!  What recipe will you make side-by-side with your children today?


Thanksgiving Apple Pie

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The recipe for the best crust ever, and easy to roll out: 2 cups flour 2 tsp. salt, 2/3 cup + ¼ cup Crisco. Cut these ingredients together with a pastry cutter. Add 1/3 cup ice cold water or enough to combine the dough.
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Roll out one of the pieces of dough and lay over the pie pan.
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Start with Gravenstein apples whenever you can. They have the most amazing flavor for pies. They have a short season so I use Golden Delicious apples too! Yum
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Peel and slice about 6 cups of apples, depending on the size of your pie pan.
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Mix the apples with 1 1/3 cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. My Nan taught me how to measure a teaspoon of cinnamon, in the palm of my hand. So old school, but special!
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Pile the apples and filling ingredients high in the pan, then top with 1 Tablespoon of real butter.
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Roll out the top half of the dough, fold into quarters, then use a paring knife to make slits.
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Lay the dough on top of the apples.
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Roll the excess dough so it lays on top of the pie pan edges, then pinch together at even intervals.
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The trick is in the baking. Bake for 1 ½ hours at 325 degrees. Yum!


Happy Thanksgiving!

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Pumpkin Time!

Pumpkins are in stores everywhere, and that’s how you know it’s fall and the busy, crazy, holiday time of year is just ahead. Not only are pumpkins fun for carving into traditional Jack-O-Lanterns and lighting up the dark evening on Halloween, but pumpkins are flavorful and healthy to eat too. Make your own pumpkin puree and explore with the kids the yummy flavor of pumpkin when added to recipes. The amazing versatility and nutritional benefits of pumpkins can be found in recipes for soups, stews, chowders, breads, muffins, cookies, puddings, custards and of course pies. Pumpkins are packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and are a good source of fiber. And don’t forget to have the kids taste homemade pumpkin seeds. Simply rinse the seeds under cold water, spread on a lightly greased baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and bake for about 20 minutes in a 325 degree oven. Yum!

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Visalia Home Show – Cook-Off for Kids!

Hey we’re kicking off all the excitement of the upcoming Cook-Off for kids in Visalia, California on September 22nd.  For the past five years the Visalia Home Show has dedicated the entire Saturday to finalists showing off their cooking skills to the community.  A fantastic opportunity for kids of all ages to showcase their favorite, healthy creations with food.  Kids simply enter their recipe on-line, and a team of chefs lead by Chef Don Waddell, head of the Culinary Program at the Institute of Technology in Clovis, California, will choose finalists for two age brackets.  The finalists will actually have an “Assistant Chef” from the Institute to stand by them and assist them for the final competition.  If you live close to central California, get your kids to join in the fun now.  Cooking competitions are fun,  mouth-watering, and rewarding (lots of great prizes).  Kids love to be creative in the kitchen and this is a perfect time to inspire their creativity  Learn more:


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National Nutrition Month

Yeah! March is National Nutrition Month. This is the perfect time to introduce our newest cast member on Hey Kids, Let’s Cook! Meet our “Rapping MyPlate.”  Created just for kids, a twist on the recent release of latest USDA Nutrition Guidelines, MyPlate, which is “ a simple reminder for healthy eating.” Our rapping MyPlate is sure to engage and educate kids in a fun, innovative way that will definitely catch their attention. Stay tuned as we’ll be featuring contests this year to name our newest cast member, and write some new lyrics for him to rap on the show. “The USDA hopes that MyPlate becomes YOUR plate”. Check out a glimpse of our rapping MyPlate at:

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s a given that Valentine’s Day and chocolate are inseparable, making this a fun time of year to enjoy, learn, and taste everything chocolate.   The smooth, luscious taste and decadence of chocolate is irresistible.  Try this fun recipe with the kids and share with them a chocolate recipe that’s not only easy to make but also incorporates fresh fruits.  No need to have a fondue pot in the house to enjoy this Chocolate Fondue recipe.  In a small sauce pan, combine 3 squares semi-sweeten baking chocolate that has been chopped into small pieces, ½ cup half-n-half, 1/3 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.  Heat these simple ingredients on low for several minutes until smooth, velvety and thickened, then transfer to a small bowl.  Surround the bowl with fresh, canned, and dried fruits that you know your kids love.  Try strawberries, pears, mandarin oranges, raspberries, apricots, and apples.  Be creative and introduce some unusual fruits like Asian pears and baby bananas.  Delish!  A definite fun way to celebrate love and family togetherness.

Happy Valentine’sDay!

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Can’t wait for the weekend?

Can’t wait for the weekend?

Yes it’s Super Bowl Sunday and to me, that means not only football, but food,
friends, and feisty rivalries. Even if you’re just enjoying the afternoon with
immediate family, it’s a great opportunity to prepare some super healthy Super
Bowl snacks. Have the kids help come up with their very own menu for the game
and then have family members vote on their favorites. Only one more day to get
to the supermarket! We’re making mini-sliders layered with fresh veggie
toppings, garnished veggies with dill dip, homemade snack mix, and strawberries
dipped in dark chocolate. While I’m sad my 49ers didn’t make it (next year
guys!), I’m still going to enjoy the game, the friendly competition, my family
and the super healthy Superbowl fixin’s. Oh, and the commercials – can’t forget
them. Make sure to share your favorite part of the Super Bowl with us by
posting on our Facebook or sending us a Tweet. So excited that the big game is
finally here!


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Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all our chefs (big and small), across America!  We are so excited about a ton of new changes to our upcoming season of Hey Kids, Let’s Cook!   Every episode will bring more exciting changes and updates.  You’ll be thrilled to meet our rapping “myplate”, who cleverly buzzes his nutrition info to kids in a way that will captivate them.   And only Farrah can maneuver her way back into every home with her adorable charm and expression teaching those essential manners that parents and grandparents usually instill.  I can’t wait for you to meet our newest cast members from different corners of California.  And you’ll definitely want to pick out some of the ingredients at the supermarket  for a family cooking night and try one of the latest recipes.  Keep your eyes posted on the web for numerous updates, shared healthy eating ideas, contests, and more!  2012 is going to be a great year!

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Guest what fans?

Guess what fans?  Hey Kids! Let’s Cook is now airing nationally!  I am so thrilled to start cooking in your kitchen and kitchens across the United States.  Our cast is ready to share recipes that not only gets kids excited to eat, but will also teach them life- long skills to stir up fresh  and healthy foods in the kitchen.  And, we want to hear what kids are eating in their homes too.  You will meet fun new friends like Farrah, who will keep you laughing and giggling with her tips on manners.  You’ll also meet Emma, who will take you on fun trips and answer all your questions about how food is grown, picked, packaged and travels to the supermarket where you shop.  Keep an eye out for our newest character, the rapping “myplate,” who will teach everyone how to fill a healthy and wholesome plate for any meal.  We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Welcoming PBS Stations across America

We are so excited to welcome PBS Stations across America!  Check out the preview here of one of the episodes our newest season of Hey Kids, Let’s Cook!  After four  previous seasons, and airing throughout California and Nevada, we’re offering you this fun, innovative series.  A cooking show based on nutrition, this dynamic children’s television production touches the lives of thousands of children from ages 6 – 14 each week.  Kids love the animation, music integration and fun characters Emma and Farrah on Manners.  Parents and educators realize the current focus on food, and healthy eating habits is not going away, and recognize the valuable nutrition education, integrated with core curriculum:  math, literacy, vocabulary development, reading comprehension, science, geography, history, and career exploration, and life skills are explord in each episode.  Don’t miss the fun in your state!

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