Getting to Know Your Roots
Dec 29, 2010 | Posted by Jennifer Perillo
Parsnips are a hard sell with many kids. An easy fix might be making a puree, except my daughters aren't fans of mashed textures. Instead, I turn to roasting, a simple technique that slowly coaxes out the natural sweet and nutty flavors. Read More
Santa’s Little Helper
Dec 23, 2010 | Posted by Jennifer Perillo
There’s been much talk in our house about what to leave out for Santa come Christmas Eve. Recently the conversation turned towards a healthier note. After discussing the merits of gingerbread vs. chocolate chip cookies, my two and half year old pointed towards the fruit bowl on the counter. I said “you want you leave Santa some clementines”? Not only did she say yes—she decided he might like some bananas and apples too. Read More
Baking with Kids
Dec 20, 2010 | Posted by Jennifer Perillo
This time of year brings out the baker in everyone—my oldest daughter has been helping since she was old enough to sit upright on the counter. Before you break out the butter, set a plan so you can all rejoice in mission accomplished and cozy up with a warm cup of cocoa to reward a day of baking fun. Here are some tips to make sure kids of all ages have a fun and safe time in the kitchen. Read More
Crafty “Cooking”
Dec 16, 2010 | Posted by Jennifer Perillo
When people hear homemade during the holidays, thoughts jump to gingerbread and sugar cookies. While those are fun to both give and receive, some gifts needn’t require turning on the oven. In fact, everyday household ingredients and kitchen “scraps” can be given a second life without stepping foot near a compost. All you need is a food processor and some imagination. Read More
‘Tis the Season
Dec 13, 2010 | Posted by Jennifer Perillo
This year instead of fretting about every last detail for your holiday party, put the focus on enjoying time with your friends and family by hosting a potluck party. Don't worry if everyone is not a top chef, non-cooks can bring beverages. Here’s a checklist of what you’ll need to make sure your party is filled with plenty of jolly and holiday cheer. Read More
Thinking Outside The Box
Dec 8, 2010 | Posted by Jennifer Perillo
Everyone loves homemade holiday treats. This year skip the expensive cookie boxes, and use materials lying around the kitchen to add an extra special homespun look to your gift giving. Read More
Latkes 101
Dec 2, 2010 | Posted by Jennifer Perillo
This week, Jewish homes around the world will be frying up latkes, also known as potato pancakes, in celebration of Hanukkah. Some foods are so delicious, though, they should be enjoyed year-round, and by everyone regardless of religion. Read More
Family Memories
Dec 1, 2010 | Posted by Jennifer Perillo
During Hanukkah I find myself making doughnuts to bring to celebrations with our friends. Sufganiyot, jelly-filled doughnut, are a traditional sweet served during this Jewish holiday, also known as the festival of lights. Not only are they pretty easy to make—just make sure to allow proper rising time, it’s a very kid-friendly recipe too. They can help work the dough, cut it out and fill them too—leave the hot oil and frying to mom and dad. Read More