How to make BUTTER ...By:
Keith from Trout
Fishing in America
This is an easy and fun
way to make butter while waiting for that big family
dinner to be ready.
Heavy whipping cream
at room temperature.
Mason jars with lids.
Wiggly kids. (salt or
Fill Mason jars half
way with whipping cream. Put on the lids. Hand to
wiggly kids. Wiggly kids shake jars until cream
starts to thump. Pour lump into bowl and mash out
extra moisture with a spoon. The extra moisture
is buttermilk. Give it to the cat. The solid part
is butter. (You can add salt to taste) Refrigerate
until time to eat.
Monkey Brains ...By: Kenny
Curtis of XM
(NOTE: Kids love to cut
the biscuits and roll them in the sugar mixture.
A grown up should work with the hot ingredients.
Use 4 tubes of canned
biscuits. Cut each biscuit in quarters. Roll quarters
in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. Lick fingers
Drop biscuits in a bundt
pan, then pour 1/2 cup of brown sugar mixed with
1 stick of melted butter over the biscuits. (If
you like, you can have your adults cook this while
stirring to carmalize it a little.)
Wipe sticky hands on
the back of Mom or Dad's clean shirt.
Bake at 350 degrees for
30 minutes or until the top of biscuits are brown.
Repeat the question,
"Is it ready yet? Is it ready yet? Is it ready yet?"
over and over for a minimum of 25 minutes.
After it is cooked, let
cool a little and turn upside down over a platter.
Pull pieces off and eat!
Some people call this
"monkey bread", but our little ones think it looks
like a brain when it is finished... so we re-named
it "Monkey Brains"... Enjoy!!
Peanut Butter Skyscrapers
...By: Bill Harley
A recipe from the story
"Zanzibar" ( Ps Ė Zanzibar is on Billís recording
called Cool in School)
Ingredients: One sleeve
of saltine crackers Peanut butter (smooth or crunchy,
depending on what you like)
This is a very complicated
recipe, so follow closely.
1)Take one saltine.
2) Open the jar of peanut
butter. Take a dollop of peanut butter from the
jar with a knife that spreads well (NOT a sharp
3)Spread peanut butter
on the top part of the cracker.
4) Put another cracker
on top of the peanut butter. Be careful that the
crackers line up well. Otherwise, it won't be a
5) Put peanut butter
on top of that cracker.
6)Put another cracker
on the peanut butter.
7)Put peanut butter on
8)Put another cracker
on the peanut butter.
9)Repeat this until it
doesn't fit in your mouth or all the crackers are
Enjoy with a large glass
of milk. Make sure to leave everything out on the
kitchen counter to annoy your parents.
mr. RAY's Fruitastic
Toastastic Morning Zinger! ...By: mr.
I'm the morning guy (and
have always been a health nut), so Layla, (who's
18 1/2 months) and dad (who's way older) start the
day off with a small bowl-of-fruit combo of raspberries
or blackberries (she LOVES either!), bananas, grapes
and pineapples... then I make her a sprouted grain
raisin slice of toast and orange juice.
Daria's Gross Out
Graveyard (Dessert) Pizza ...By: Daria
It's Pizza - but it's
not for dinner!!!! This recipe is fun to make around
Halloween or as a special party treat.
You will Need: 18 ounce
roll refrigerated sugar-cookie dough, Four 3.5-ounce
containers vanilla pudding, 2 cups chocolate cookie
crumbs or 20 chocolate sandwich cookies with white
filling, finely crushed
Assorted whole vanilla
wafers, graham crackers, and/or chocolate-filled
oval shortbread cookies Black, green, red, and white
decorator gel icing
Assorted candies, such
as fruit-flavored jelly worms, candy-coated, chocolate-covered
peanuts, and gumdrops
Make the "crust" with
the cookie dough. Roll it out or make a few small
"pizzas". Cook on a cookie sheet until the edges
turn brown. Allow to cool.
Make your favorite pudding.
Chocolate and vanilla are cool. Pistachia - a lovely
green color- is really fun, too!
Now, pretend the pizza
is a graveyard. Crush your oreo bits for dirt. Add
gummy worms. Make tombstones out of graham crackers
or cookies. Use your icing to make arms, legs, skeltons
or to write "RIP" on the tombstone (cookies).
Be creative - have fun
and then - EAT IT UP!
Cwazy - dillas
...By: Kim Adlerman
Quesadillas (or as we
like to call 'em, Cwazy - dillas)! Quesadillas are
exotic, fun, versatile, really easy to make, and
best of all, de-LISH!
What you'll need:
Tortillas, veggie oil,
refried beans, cheese (mild cheddar and/or monterey
jack)-shredded* basting brush pizza cutter help
from a bigger person * Shred the cheese yourself,
or buy it already shredded; one way really adds
to the fun, and the other is really easy!
Oil outside of tortilla
with brush - just a few drops is fine. On inside,
spread a layer of beans. Sprinkle on shredded cheese
- enough to cover most of the beans, but not too
thick! Put another tortilla on top. Brush some oil
on top of this tortilla. Quesadillas can be cooked
in many ways (make sure you have an adult to help
-Microwave for about
35 seconds or -Grill on low for a couple of minutes,
then flip and cook for a couple more so outsides
get tan lines from the grill, or -Cook in preheated
oven (350 degrees) for about 7 minutes (again, when
tannish), or -Cook on stovetop in pan like a pancake.
Medium heat. Flip after a couple of minutes and
cook for a couple more (you don't need extra oil
on the pan because you have already oiled the tortilla,
but we find a non-stick pan works best and is easiest
Optional: Add some or
all of the following! (Okay maybe not all, but try
mixing different ingredients!) tomatoes (diced)
chicken (cooked and chopped or in small strips)
ground beef (cooked and drained of oil) shrimp (cooked
- either cocktail size, or pieces of larger size)
onions (chopped) Use the pizza cutter to cut into
whatever size you like, depending on the size of
the tortillas. We like to use large ones and then
cut into eighths. Serve with sour cream and/or salsa.
Enjoy (our favorite part)!
Jammin' Joe's Flap
Jacks with Walnuts ...By: Jammin'
Joe (A Superdad)
(A Non-Sugar, Non-dairy
1 & 1/4 Cup Flour,
1 & 1/4 Cup Rice Milk, 1 Tbsp. Oil, 1 Tsp. Salt,
1 Egg, 2 packets of Splenda or (8 drops of Stevia
Sweetner, or 1 Tsp. of Vanilla Extract), 2 (rounded)
Tsp. of Baking Powder
Wisk to mix.
Warm skillet (medium
Pour mix. Add walnuts.
Flip. Flap. Enjoy!
...By: Fran Grauman at About
(I've made this with
classes of Kindergarteners and Pre-Kinders)
Sliced Bread Jar of Spaghetti
Sauce Shredded cheese of your choice Pepperoni or
toppings of your choice. Use regular bread. You
can toast it first (my preference) but you don't
Have the kids spoon 1-2
TBSP of sauce on the bread and spread it out. Top
with shredded cheese Each child can choose their
own toppings or you can leave it with just cheese.
Bake or broil until the
cheese is melted. Enjoy! ===========================
Herman's "Where's Waldorf Salad"
Ingredients: - Exactly
"some" romaine lettuce - An apple and a stalk of
celery cut into little pieces (be nice about it)
- Roughly 27 raisins - A handful of walnuts, broken
into little bits (unless you don't like walnuts
or are allergic to walnuts, in which case you probably
shouldn't include any walnuts) - Ranch dressing
(or barbecue sauce, if you like, but I prefer Ranch
dressing) - One bowl, regular kid's haircut size
- A fork, or spork, or your hands if you want to
be uncivilized about it
Retrieve the bowl from
the cupboard. Fill the bowl with the lettuce. Aesthetically
place (because half of food enjoyment is how it
looks, don't you know) the pieces of apple and celery
and the raisins and walnuts on top of the lettuce
(for some reason it doesn't work quite as well to
have the lettuce on top of everything). Dribble
the Ranch dressing oh so delicately over everything
so as to maximize the proportional relativity of
DPB or "dressing per bite" (many scientific studies
have been done about this).
Eat it, already. Say
things like, "Mmmm" and "Hey, this isn't bad, except
for these walnuts which I don't like". Rinse and
Herman's "Hippy Hippo Shake"
Ingredients: - Some ice
cubes (the frozen kind) - A cup or two of yogurt
(anything but plain yogurt, which is yucky) - A
banana (with the little sticker still on it, for
added texture) - A couple of heaping scoops of ice
cream (either Ben & Jerry's or Ben & Jennifer's)
- About a cup or so of milk (for health and for
life and for doing a body good) - Some walnuts (unless
you used them all in the "Where's Waldorf Salad")
Blend it till it hurts,
then serve it up. Be sure to keep a paper towel
on hand to wipe off your shake mustache. After finishing
it and giving a resounding, "Ahhh!", you must dance
like an animal for several hours to have any hope
of working off the calories you just consumed.
1 lb lean ground beef,
1 egg,1 medium onion (finely chopped), 1 tbsp garlic
powder, 1 tbsp paprika, salt & pepper, 1/3 to
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
Mix well. Make into patties.
Cover Patties in (more)
Heat skillet with 1/2
inch of corn or canola oil.
Cook until dark brown
on each side.
Serve with Israeli Salad
(below) & rice. No buns!
(Alien food. What else?) ...By: Yosi
3 Oz. Nutmeg
1/2 Zlar of Ruolf
4 Eliptical Ova
2 Stems of Nomannic
Toss mixture in braids
Boil for 20 nanoseconds
in Sonic Reducer
Cool in hydro-subatomic
chilling bowl (285K)
Serve immediately. (If
Apple Pie in a Paper
Bag ...By: The Blackin Family (Mama & three
2 Tbs lemon juice, 1/4-1/2
Cup Sugar, 2 Tbsp flour, 1 tsp ground cinnamon,
5 large green apples peeled cored & sliced, 1/2
cup sugar, 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 stick butter cut into
small pieces, 9 inch unbaked pie shell
Preheat oven to 425.
In a large bowl place lemon juice, the first 1/2
cup sugar,2 Tbs of flour and the cinnamon. Mix the
ingredients together, add the apples and gently
toss. In medium bowl place the second 1/2 cup sugar
and 1/2 cup flour and mix together add the butter
and cut in with a pastry blender til mixture is
crumbly. Place apple mixture in pie shell and sprinkle
crumble mixture on top. Place pie in a paper bag
and fold opening over twice and paper clip shut.
Place paper bag in center of oven and bake for 1
hour (DO NOT OPEN OVEN DURING THIS TIME) Remove
the pie from oven and cut open paper bag and let
pie cool on a rack
NO BAKE SUPER CHOCO-MEAL
COOKIES ...By: Dianne
de Las Casas, Author & Award-winning
2 cups sugar, 1 stick butter (1/2
cup), 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk, 1 teaspoon
vanilla, 2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa, 1/2 cup peanut
butter, 3 cups oats
In a medium saucepan, combine all
the ingredients except peanut butter and oats. Cook
over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and oats.
Quickly spoon out approximately one tablespoon onto
wax paper or aluminum foil. Cookies will harden
as they set. Yum!
BUCK'S BLACKBERRY CRISP ...By:
( preheat oven to 375
With your kids pick fresh
blackberries. Pick five cups because your kids will
eat one cup while you're pickin'.
Then Mix 4 cups of the
fresh picked blackberries, the juice of one lemon,
a half cup of sugar, two tablespoons flour. Stir
well and pour into a deep dish pie plate.
Mix one half cup brown
sugar with one half cup flour and one stick of softened
(DO NOT let your kids
anywhere near this mixture or they will eat it and
you'll have no topping!!)
Stir until you have a
crumbly creamy paste. Take this paste in your clean
hands and crumble bits of it to spread all over
the top of the berry mixture.
Cook 30 minutes until
berries are bubbling.
Let cool completely -
if you want to eat it warm, it's best to let it
cool all the way first so it sets up just right,
then reheat in the microwave or over a campfire
- top with vanilla ice cream and savor the flavor!
Mover Pizza ...By:
Smitty from Imagination
2 Ĺ cups flour, 1 package
yeast, 1 cup warm water, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 Ĺ teaspoons
olive oil, Ĺ teaspoon sugar
To make the dough Gently
stir yeast and sugar into warm water and let sit
for a few minutes. Measure the flour into a mixer,
then add the yeast/water mixture along with salt
and 1 teaspoon of the olive oil.
Mix for 3 to 5 minutes
or until the dough clears the sides of the bowl
and forms a ball. (If itís too dry, add water 1
tablespoon at a time; if itís too wet, add a pinch
of flour at a time.) Coat dough in remaining olive
oil and place in a warm, dry place to rise for an
To make the pizza Roll
or hand-press dough into one huge pizza or two medium-sized
pizza. (Either use a pizza pan or a pizza peel.)
Top with sauce, cheese and the toppings of your
choice. Bake on pizza stone in 500 degree oven for
Celtic Pancake Art
Ingredients: 1 cup of
the Celtic music CD ďSolasĒ 1 cup Swedish pancake
mix (or crepe mix) 1 Ĺ cups of water 1 egg Butter
1 Broom 1 Dustpan Kitchen aprons for everyone Real
maple syrup Powdered sugar Lemon juice
Instructions: Put the
CD in and begin to play. Turn the volume up so you
can hear it in the kitchen. Combine pancake mix,
water and egg in a large bowl and mix well. If your
mix calls for different ingredients or quantities,
ignore what Iím saying and trust them. The batter
should be fairly thin so that it pours easily. If
itís too thick, itís hard to ďdrawĒ with it! Use
broom and dustpan to sweep up the pancake mix that
inevitably spills on the floor. Have a parent heat
up a griddle really hot. Like 400ļ! While the griddle
is heating up, dance around kitchen. This is very
important! The pancakes will not taste the same
if you donít. Put a little bit of butter on the
hot griddle to grease it. Use a ľ cup measuring
cup to scoop out some batter. Slowly pour the batter
onto the griddle, but not in spot. Move it around
and draw something with it. Make loops and lines
and designs! When your parent says itís time, carefully
flip over the pancake and cook the other side. Remove
your masterpiece when itís cooked and put it on
a plate. The adults will probably want to stand
around the kitchen a bit talking about the piece
of art. Theyíll debate whether itís Dadaist or Impressionist
and discuss the artistís use of lines and color.
This is where the kids must take control! Quickly
put syrup on the pancake art and eat it before it
cools down. Or drip a little lemon juice over it
and then sprinkle powdered sugar on topÖ yummy!
Scoop out more batter and make another one!
Tips: It takes a little
practice, so donít worry if the first few donít
work. They taste great anyway. You can thicken up
the batter by adding some mix if itís too runny.
Another technique is to draw with circles. You can
pour a little batter in one spot to create a small
circle, and then pour more in another spot to create
another circle. By overlapping these, you can make
interesting shapes. Weíve gotten pretty good at
shamrocks, butterflies and even footprints!
MOM WILCHA's SPECTACULAR
SIX LAYER COOKIES ...By: Daria
Super-simple and great
for holidays!! Ĺ stick butter, 1 Ė 2 cups vanilla
wafers (crushed to bits), 1 can coconut, 1 bag chocolate
chips walnuts, 1 can sweetened condensed milk
Use a 9 x 12 pan. Melt
the butter in the pan or in the microwave. Crush
the vanilla wafer cookies and sprinkle in pan. Add
a layer of coconut. Add a layer of chocolate chips.
Add a layer of walnuts. Some people add a layer
of butterscotch chips or substitute the chocolate
chips for butterscotch.
Bake at 350 for aboout
25 Ė 30 minutes. Cool and refrigerate (cuts better
when cooled). Cut in small squares and enjoy!
Garyís Famous Pickle
Barrel Pickles ...By: Gary Hoffman- aka G-Whiz
5 pounds pickling cucumbers
of uniform size (aprox 4 to 5 inches) 6 bunches
dill, washed well 6 Cloves garlic peeled (some folks
toss in the garlic with peels on) use more if you
like. 1 cup white vinegar 2/3 cup of kosher salt
2 quarts water Ĺ teaspoon powdered alum- or if you
have grapes leafs, six will do. 1 Tablespoon pepper
corns 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard seeds 1 medium
onion cut in small rings 4 or 5 Cloves Red hot pepper
flakes (try a pinch or two and adjust to preferred
1. It is best to buy
from local farm market or ask your local farmer
when he can pick you garden fresh pickling cucumbers
and yes there is a difference between regular cucumbers
and the oneís you pickle.
2. Inspect for any bruised
pickles and discard any spoiled pickles. Remove
stems where they once blossomed from.
3. Scrub with vegetable
brush and rinse with cool water, let dry.
4. In a large 5 gallon
stoneware crock or a non-reactive tub add half the
spices: dill, mustard seeds, pepper corns, red hot
pepper flakes, garlic, clove and onion.
5. Layer pickles in the
6. Mix 2 quarts of water
(spring water) with vinegar with salt and alum.
7. Pour over cucumbers
to cover and add the other half of spices.
Make sure cucumbers are
weighed down and completely submerged. You can use
a rock that has been boiled or a sanitized wood
block. Cover tub loosely with cheesecloth or saran
wrap or a lid if you have one. Check pickles each
day and skim off scum as it forms. It may take to
the 5th day to form pickles. Do not stir pickles
but make sure they are complexly submerged in brine
at all times. You may have to add more salt or vinegar
brine according to how pickles form. If you leave
them in for 15 days or more they start to sour...
The taste is in how long you pickle the cucumber
and the spices you use...Pickles turn an olive-drab
color and texture will be soft-crisp and uniformly
translucent. Let stand for a month to develop full
flavor, replacing brine if necessary.
Thank you and Happy
Dip ...By: Laura Robbins MS, RD, CDE (AKA -Nutritionist)
ľ cup reduced fat peanut
2 Tablespoons caramel
2 Tablespoons milk (1%
1 large apple, thinly
4 large pretzel rods,
broken in half
1. Combine peanut butter,
caramel topping and milk in a small saucepan. Heat
over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture
is melted and warm. Can be warmed in the microwave
for 20 seconds.
2. Serve dip with apple
and pretzel rods. *Recipe can be doubled
Breaking the pretzel
rods and mixing the peanut butter mixture can involve
children. Encourage children to help arrange the
pretzel rods and apples on a platter. Enjoy.
Dirt Pudding ...By:
Fran Grauman at About
Chocolate pudding, Dark
cookies such as Oreos, Gummy worms or bugs, Clear
Prepare chocolate pudding
Put cookies into a plastic sandwich bag and let
kids bang on them to crumble. Mix 1/2 of the cookie
crumbs into the pudding. Fill cups 1/2 - 3/4 full
of pudding mixture. Top with more cookie crumbs
and gummy worms.
Variation You could also
make this in a new, clean sand pail and use the
shovel to serve it.
Here is one of my kids
favorite and mine too!
Ingredients: Smooth Peanut
Butter Grape Jelly or (my favorite) Grape Jam, 2
slices white bread, two eggs, 1/4 cup milk butter
( for melting) Syrup optional, (makes one sandwich)
cooking tools: small
mixing bowl, med frying pan, plates and utensils
Make a peanut butter & jelly sandwich, (don't cut
it in 1/2 yet!) on white bread. Put to the side.
Whip your eggs and milk together. Melt some butter
(or margarine) in a frying pan. (while this is getting
hot) dip your pbj sandwich into the egg and milk
quickly all around but don't soak it! and add it
to the frying pan "Just like French toast" Flip
& fry on both sides to your liking! then serve.
you can add syrup but it might be too sweet!
I like to add sliced
bananas & fruit around my pbj mixture Enjoy! from
"Dawnie & Peanut Butter-n- Jammin"
Dump Cake ...By:
Dave Loftin, WAWL - The
Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl (radio show)
This is a fun dessert
for kids to help make because there's virtually
no measuring! And it's potentially messy!
What do I need?:
1 can of cherry pie filling
1 can crushed pineapple with juice 1 box yellow
cake mix 1 stick of butter
In a square cake pan
(8x8x2) empty the cans of cherry filling and pineapple.
Sprinkle the cake mix over the fruit. Cut the stick
of butter into small squares and place on top of
cake mix. If you like 'em, sprinkle a 1/2 cup of
your favorite chopped nuts on top. Bake for one
hour at 350 degrees.
Let the cake cool and
enjoy with a huge glass of milk! ...or Silk. Or
whatever you drink if you think milk is yucky. Enjoy!
Frozen Yum! ...By:
Erin Solej, Pompton Plains, NJ
-Stir 1 12oz tub of
Cool Whip and one cup of peanut butter together.
-Scoop into silver cupcake
-Learn the importance
of taking turns with your little sister.
-Drizzle chocolate syrup
-Lick the bowl for all
-Serve Frozen Yum with
a spoon and enjoy!
(This one is super simple.) ...By: Yosi
Have an adult dice up the following:
3 Large Tomatoes, A few Scallions,1
Cucumber, 1 Green Pepper,1 Red Pepper, 2 tsps canola
Have child pour each ingrediant
into a salad bowl.
Add salt to taste. Done!
Yosi's Famous Chili
(Famous in Yosi's house anyway) ...By: Yosi
Note: This is what I
like to call "garbage stew." You take
all the various veggies & other ingrediants
in the fridge & the cupboard that would be ready
for the garbage in a few days (but are still good)
& you mix them all together. Caution: please
use reason. Black onions are probably past their
peak. Probably. - Yosi
2 Tbsp. Canola or Vegetable
oil (or for a smoky flavor, start with 2 strips
of bacon, diced)
1 & 1/2 Lbs of lean
Beef (cubed), 3 med Onions, 8 Garlic cloves, 3 stalks
Celery, 1 Red Pepper, 1 Green Pepper, 2 or 3 Hot
Peppers (Jalapanos, Habaneros...you choose the heat
level), 1/3 cup Chili Powder, 1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper,
1 Tbsp. Cumin, 1 Tbsp. Coriander, 2 Cans (16 oz
each) Beans (Black, Pinto or Red Kidney), 28 oz
can of tomato puree, 28 oz can of diced tomatoes,
salt & pepper to taste
Get creative! Add anything
you like. Here are things I've tried: chocolate,
espresso, carrots, paprika, honey, worcetershire
sauce, wine, brown sugar, curry, limes, little brothers
(just kiddin'). Have fun! Get kids to measure, add
&/or mix ingrediants. Keep kids away from knives,
forks & ovens. The kitchen is a great place
to teach safety & hygiene.