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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 seasoning- optional)


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 KiDS

(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 repeatedly

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 one!)

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 skyscraper.

5) Put peanut butter on top of that cracker.

6)Put another cracker on the peanut butter.

7)Put peanut butter on that cracker

8)Put another cracker on the peanut butter.

9)Repeat this until it doesn't fit in your mouth or all the crackers are used up.

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. RAY

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 you here!!!):

-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 to clean).

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 treat)

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 temp.)

Pour mix. Add walnuts.

Flip. Flap. Enjoy!


"Toaster Pizza" ...By: Fran Grauman at About Kids Music

(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 to.

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! ===========================

Eric 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 repeat.


Eric 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.


Israeli Hamburgers ...By: Yosi

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) bread crumbs.

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!


Schlurpknopf (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 not sooner.)


Apple Pie in a Paper Bag ...By: The Blackin Family (Mama & three cute daughter's)

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 Storyteller


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!


( 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 butter.

(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 Movers


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 hour.

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 8 minutes.


Celtic Pancake Art ...By: Steve Weeks

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!



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 (A Superdad)

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 hotness.)

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 tub.

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 Pickling!!!


Warm Peanut-Carmel Dip ...By: Laura Robbins MS, RD, CDE (AKA -Nutritionist)

ľ cup reduced fat peanut butter

2 Tablespoons caramel topping

2 Tablespoons milk (1% or skim)

1 large apple, thinly sliced

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 Kids Music


Chocolate pudding, Dark cookies such as Oreos, Gummy worms or bugs, Clear plastic cups

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.


"PBJ Mixture" ...By: Dawnie

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

Now what?!?:

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 wrappers.

-Learn the importance of taking turns with your little sister.

-Drizzle chocolate syrup on top.


-Lick the bowl for all it's worth.

-Serve Frozen Yum with a spoon and enjoy!


Israeli Salad (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 oil

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.





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