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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Ready, Steady, Spaghetti - Cooking with Kids


Every once in a while I run across something I really like, and if it involves something that I can do with my kids that is fun and educational - well, you can bet I'm going to try to get my hands on it.  Or, in this case - "get my hands in it," and if you would like this great book for yourself, then read on ...

This is one cookbook that, if you have kids, you'll be pulling out often, especially if you like working with them in the kitchen.  Kids love anything creative, and I have found that when I get them involved in the cooking process, they feel accomplished and want to get their hands into all the ingredients.  Now, with a little help from Author Lucy Broadhurst, you will find some new and tasty recipes that are not only fun and easy to make, but healthy too!

There are 6 sections to her cookbook -


Little Food:  This section includes some great recipes like berry couscous, french toast, ham and corn muffins, blueberry pancakes, nachos, and many more.


Dinnertime:  Many of the staples that children like already are in the book - like pizza and spaghetti - with a twist on the recipe to add some character to it.  But, you'll also find some interesting and easy to make recipes too, like fettucine carbonara, pork and chive dumplings, chicken and leek risotto, or a burger with the works.


Eat Your Greens:  This cookbook would not be complete without a section on greens.  Kids are just not eating enough greens.  Maybe, by having some delightful recipes with bright colorful images and easy-to-understand instructions, kids will be more apt to try something new.  I know my kids like "color" and if we add something colorful to their meal, their apt to try it.  Now, if I get them involved in the process of making the meal, they are even more apt to try it, and like it too!


Sticky Treats:  Okay, this has to be my favorite section.  I mean, with recipes like jam upside-down cakes, lemon cheesecakes, fruit jelly, and chocolate-honeycomb mousse - oh golly, comfort food take me away.  Yummmmmy.


Cookies, Cakes, and Sweets:  Then again, maybe this section is my favorite - especially since it has a fabulous recipe for chocolate cake.  I'm sorry, but I need an almost daily fix of chocolate.  I admit, it's a huge weakness of mine. 


And, if you look through Lucy's cookbook, you'll see adorable children smiling ... and I'll bet it had nothing to do with the fact that they were having their picture taken either.  Just take a look at those gingerbread people - if that doesn't make a kid smile, nothing will.  You'll also find some great recipes in this section like anzac cookies and muesli bars, caramel bars and jam thumbprints, or how about rocky road or coconut ice


Let's Party:  Okay, so you're planning a party for your little one and you want to make something special for everyone, or maybe you thought it would be a great idea to invite some of your children's friends over for a cooking session in your kitchen.  Mess aside, you are going to brave the chaos because of all the smiles that will ensue as a result.  Right?  Be prepared, because this will make everybody smile and laugh - how about whipping up milk chocolate banana bites, or frozen fruit kebabs, or maybe you'll want to make some swamp mud or chocolate cherry spiders.  The boys will want to make the pirate face cookies or the martian cookies, While the girls will definitely want to make the fairy wands  and the chocolate truffles.  I don't know about you, but I think I better plan something with my kids because this is just too fun.

Now for the best part - Do ya want the book?  Do ya do ya do ya?  Then answer the following question in the comments for your chance to get your fingers into all the great recipes in "Ready, Steady, Spaghetti" -

Do you have any memories of cooking with your mother (or maybe your father?) or your nanny, or your brother, or your sister - oh heck, when you were a kid, did you cook and make memories with someone special? 

Then tell me in the comments below. 

We Have a Winner!  Our Ready, Steady, Spaghetti lucky reader is ...

Denis!  Congratulations!  Isn't this fun? 


So Denis, You are the lucky winner.  Now all I need you to do is send me an email at susan@raisin-toast.com to claim your prize, and send me your shipping information too.  By the way, to see who you are I stopped on over to your blog (anyone can click on Denis's name in the comment and go to his blog) and happened across a video of your little girl asking you questions about the birds.  That was too cute.

Okay - I've now watched the video of Denis's little girl telling the knock-knock joke and then asking if Bird's talk at least a dozen times.  I'm hopeless.  I just want to pick her up and hug her and pinch her cheeks.  Denis, if you are reading this, I would love to post that video on my blog.  So I can watch it another dozen times - or whenever I just need to smile.

Thanks to all who entered! 

I love sharing good things with my readers!

Note: I received this cookbook in the mail together with one to giveaway to one of my readers from the publisher.  I loved the book and decided that it was a great gift for you to enjoy with your children.  So, who sponsored this giveaway?  Well, the publisher sent me the free book, but I decided to give it away - so you decide.


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