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Blog Love: July 2015

This month we are doing a Bucket List Blog Love. These are the recipes we got our eye on, and are on our Pinterest boards waiting to be prepared:

Since we don’t live just out of desserts, we have a couple of savory recipes lined up, like this Grilled Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa by Cooking Classy, Skillet Chicken with Creamy Cilantro Lime Sauce by Sally’s Baking Addiction, and this Potato Salad with Yogurt, Arugula, and Dill by The Kitchn. This last one is a simple a makeover of a classic that we are sure we are going to love.

Oh, we found this Genius Greek Yogurt Whipped Cream by Food52 that’s perfect for topping all of your desserts. And because what’s a Blog Love without some good old desserts, we have a Blueberry & Ricotta Skillet Cake from Sassy Kitchen, begging to be served on a rainy saturday like the ones ahead, a Dulce de Leche Swiss Meringue Buttercream by Foodologie, and a Chocolate Red Wine Chiffon Cake by Sprinkle Bakes… because chocolate and wine. Winning combo.

We hope you enjoy July’s edition of Blog Love, and if you have a blog you want us to feature, send it over so we can take a look!

Helga & Kitty

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Orange Marinated Chicken Drumsticks

To tell you the truth, I will always choose a chicken breast fillet over any other cut. I’ve never really enjoyed dark meat in poultry, but sometimes…. a girl gets tired of eating chicken breast fillets.  To change the menu at home a little bit, I make chicken drumsticks at least once a month, my daughter likes them, and  I like that the recipes I use are usually marinated, so I get a head start the day before I have to bake them. On week days I will love anything I can just put together in a dish to bake for 40 minutes or 1 hour so I can do other things.

This recipe gets its flavor from the combination of orange juice, ginger and soy sauce. If you let them marinate overnight their flavor will intensify.  Just mix all the ingredients together, let them marinate and then bake for 40 minutes.  These drumsticks are great with steamed white rice and I usually serve it with a slaw type of salad. I’ve been making shredded carrot and green apple salad with a simple vinaigrette.


Orange Marinated Chicken Drumsticks

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Little Foodies: Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

We are adding a new space in The Foodies’ Kitchen! We are delighted to present Little Foodies, a spot where you can turn to find recipes your kids can make by themselves (with a little help from you, depending on their age). Little Foodies will feature Kristen, our 6-year-old sous-chef who has always been a behind the scenes part of our blog. We turned to cake mix and a tub of vanilla frosting for this first post because we think it’s important to build the child’s confidence in the kitchen. The first recipe they try should be a success, and we know that a cake mix from Betty Crocker (or your favorite brand) will result in good-looking cupcakes that your child will be proud of.

A simple recipe to follow, like that of a cake mix, can be a great tool to help our children with basic skills, but to them it’s just fun in the kitchen with a parent which provides a great opportunity to spend quality time with them. By having them read the recipe, follow the procedure, get the tools and ingredients you can practice reading, math, following directions, sequencing, organization, time management, independence, cause and effect, and fine motor skills. It also builds their self-esteem and confidence and you are helping them develop a life skill: cooking for themselves. They’ll thank you later.

I translated the recipe to Spanish from the back of the box with clear instructions for her to follow, starting with a list of ingredients and kitchen tools she needed to organize before getting started (mise en place). You can download it below. We recommend you print it out so that a child that is already on reading level can easily follow the instructions and cross off the steps as they go along.

We also used a tub of frosting, because I wanted her to have fun piping it on the cupcakes by herself (for smaller kids, you can do it together) and we took out a bunch of different types of sprinkles to let her creativity flow. Next day, she took the cupcakes to school to share with her classmates.
When cooking with children, every recipe will take longer to make. Having the store-bought frosting ready to be used to focus on filling the pastry bag and making the swirls by herself was more important to me for this particular cooking session. As they get more confident around the kitchen you can start making everything from scratch.

We will mostly feature recipes that don’t require too many stove-top procedures, for safety. Never leave children unattended in the kitchen, and when using the oven, if you let them turn it on, the adult should be the one who puts the molds inside the oven, as well as taking them out when they are done. It might get a little messy in the kitchen, but that’s part of the learning process. Be patient! Set aside enough time to cook with your kids, don’t rush it. All recipes will take longer to make so you should be relaxed about the time it might take to finish. Teach them to clean up as they go, which is an important part of cooking. It’s not fun to finish cooking and then have a big pile of dirty dishes to wash!

We hope you like this new space and that your children have fun trying out Little Foodies recipes at home to share with their families!

Helga & Kitty

Recipes for Kids: Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

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