Edamame Caprese

Jun 28th, 2010 // Recipes, Sides

My quest to get my kid to try tomatoes continues with this edamame inspired caprese. My kid is crazy for edamame and I thought maybe, just maybe, he would try the tomatoes because the salad has two of his other favorite items – edamame and cheese. No such luck!

While this did not give my kid an appreciation of tomatoes, it did give us the opportunity to build his knife skills. I outfitted him with a regular butter knife and he went to town on the fresh mozzarella. He really enjoyed doing it and he got much better as we got to the last few pieces. He was also pretty jazzed to find out that edamame tastes just as good when it’s pre-shelled. Now for the recipe… Read more after the jump…

Mini Whisk

Jun 28th, 2010 // Tool Tips

If you follow the blog you’ve probably noticed that my son has a new favorite tool. I bought him his very own wire whisk. This particular whisk, Kuhn Rikon 6-Inch Balloon Wire Whisk, has a nice thick handle for better control. I must admit that I’m partial to it as well. It’s nice to be able to whisk up things in smaller bowls without fear of getting food everywhere.

Kid Friendly 4th

Jun 25th, 2010 // Holiday

Independence Day is right around the corner and it’s time to start firing up the grill and filling up those water balloons. My kid and I have been hard at work testing out July 4th recipes. Some made the cut (and the blog) and others wound up in the trash. But, alas, we’ve had an awesome time experimenting! Here’s what a Kid Friendly 4th looks like in our house. A shining example of how easy it is to make a a kid smile, these Festive Watermelon Stars are a simply cut from the melon with star shaped cookie cutters.

The main attraction are the Mini Hide & Seek Hamburgers. My kid just loved hiding the cube of cheese inside the patty and then later finding it when he took his first bite of the molten goodness.

Anything on a stick is an instant hit in this house. This Cheesy Corn on a Stick is no exception. Summer’s best corn is grilled, rolled in butter and then covered in Parmesan cheese (and cayenne for the more sophisticated palette). Devoured in an instant.

There’s nothing quite like a cool glass of Fresh Strawberry Lemonade to wash it all down on a hot summer’s day. Better make a double batch.

When it comes to dessert at a BBQ, we always double up. Who can choose? For the kid in all of us, these homemade frozen Gummy Fruit Pops refresh and delight by combining two of the worlds best kids foods: popsicles and gummy candy!

And for the grand finale, the best dessert ever. S’mores. Well, actually, S’mores Bars. Just as good as regular S’mores only better.

Gummy Bomb Pops

Jun 24th, 2010 // Desserts, Holiday, Recipes

Ok, so this might not look like much to you, but to my kid it is HEAVEN. It combines his two favorite things in the world. Popsicles and gummy candy. That’s right. We froze gummy cherries into the middle of this refreshing homemade popsicle. Dream. Come. True.

Oh the joy of making these matched the joy of eating them. Easy and delicious. Perfect for the 4th of July and birthday parties. As an added bonus, they now sell popsicle molds that catch all the melting liquid and provide a spout for drinking it when the popsicle is all gone. How thoughtful! Now for the recipe Read more after the jump…

Cheesy Corn on a Stick

Jun 24th, 2010 // Picky Busters, Recipes, Sides, Veggie Friendly

I’ve found that kids like just about anything on a stick. This Cheesy Corn on a Stick Recipe was inspired by the Mexican style corn on the cob I once ordered at a restaurant in New York City. That corn was slathered mayo and butter and then sprinkled with grated cotija cheese and cayenne. I’m not a huge fan of mayo (although I did really love that corn) so my kid and I made up our own recipe.

Our recipe not only includes a stick (kid-tastic!) but also involves rolling the corn around in butter (or olive oil) and cheese. Nothing more fun that that. Oh, and I must point out that the adults RAVED about this corn. I wonder, was it the stick or the taste they loved so much? Hmmm…. Now for the recipe Read more after the jump…