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Recipes for Kids: Rustic Mini Pizzas

If you have a little time in the afternoon, you can ask your child if they want to make pizza for dinner. It’s easy clean up for mom, and all you need is to have the topping ingredients on hand and a 1 pound package of store-bought puff pastry. Help them out by beginning to roll out the dough for them and let them do the rest. The topping variations and combinations are endless, use whatever your family likes best. At home, we like a basic pizza so we used tomato sauce, mozzarella, ham and fresh basil for ours. Let your children pile on as much or as little of the toppings as they want, and after 15-20 minutes in the oven your little rustic pizzas will be ready.

Have fun!

 Helga & Kitty

Safety Alert! 

  • Be sure the adult takes the pizzas in and out of the oven. Depending on their age, the adult should cut the pastry squares.

Recipes for Kids: Rustic Mini Pizzas

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Homemade Minestrone Soup

I know, I was due to publish this recipe for a while now (look at our Instagram posts here and here). So here it is, Homemade Minestrone Soup… comfort in a bowl. As with many recipes, there is no standard way to make this, it’s simply an Italian soup made with seasonal vegetables that often includes pasta, rice, beans and different herbs. This particular recipe is from my One Pot Cookbook, with small variations, such as using fresh tomatoes instead of canned, I also left out ¼ head of cabbage and used some spinach instead, and I also left out the red pepper flakes because of my daughter. You can always add a little spice to your own bowl after serving.

I love recipes that I can make using one skillet, one baking dish or one pot, they are fast and usually very hearty, and cleanup is easy.  This is a recipe where I do prefer to use canned beans, such as cannellini because they are a bit larger than the dried beans we find in Guatemala, and their texture is creamier, and if possible use fresh herbs instead of dried. So, keep this recipe around for when the weather starts getting a little colder. Fall is just around the corner.

Helga

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Easy Homemade Yogurt

At first, thinking about making Homemade Yogurt seemed like a challenging task and probably not even worth trying. I also heard some discouraging comments about how it might be a slow and stinky process. Thank God for the internet! I found many recipes that made it look so easy, so then… the only question was, is it delicious? It is. And I will continue to make yogurt because it is so easy.

All you need are a couple of tablespoons of a good store-bought yogurt, a quart of milk and a cooking thermometer. I followed the procedure exactly, and got a wonderfully thick result. I wanted to try flavoring it, by adding a little Stevia and few drops of good quality vanilla extract. It’s a good thing I did a little research, because initially I would have added the stevia and vanilla before transferring the milk and yogurt mix to the glass containers. That would have resulted in a liquid mess, it would have never thickened. Whatever you want to add, make the yogurt first following the recipe’s instructions and add the sweeteners or flavorings only after it has thickened. In my experience, adding the stevia and vanilla did compromise the thickness a little bit. It’s the one pictured in the bowl with the berries.

Another important tip, is that when you cover your container with the kitchen towel, make sure you cover the entire thing, including the top. The more time you let it thicken, the more it will, but you also increase the tartness in the flavor. I left mine for exactly 6 hours because I couldn’t wait to see the results.  Next time I will try leaving it alone for 8 hours. Next up, coconut milk and almond milk yogurt.

Have you heard about our Anniversary Giveaway? Over the next couple of days we will be sharing the prizes our amazing friends are giving to you! Start taking pictures of your favorite moments around food and share them on Instagram or Facebook and use the hasthag #tfk5. Good luck!

Helga

Homemade Yogurt

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