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Children's Books that Feature Food

Here is my list of children's books about food:

"The Giant Jam Sandwich" is my favorite.

Jul 02, 2010
maggiehc in Food Media & News

Ramps Recipes

I found patches of ramps near where we're building our new house and made buckwheat crepes with eggs bacon and ramps.

May 02, 2008
maggiehc in Home Cooking

Vegan Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Apr 29, 2008
maggiehc in Recipes

Kale-What Do YOU Do?

Kale and beans or Kale and mushrooms. These are my two favorite kale combinations. I love kale, ham and bean soup and kale, mushroom and wild rice soup. Here's my favorite kale salad with roasted red peppers, roasted garlic creamy cannelini beans and lots of lemon juice:

Apr 25, 2008
maggiehc in Home Cooking

In Praise of Prunes

I can't stand eating raisins but I love snacking on prunes. They are really good with cashews.

Apr 22, 2008
maggiehc in Features

Skirt steak in Detroit Metro

I'd second Nino Salvaggios on Middlebelt in Farmington Hills if you're looking in the western suburbs.

Veggies Get the Spa Treatment

Yeah, I would definately advise against using your cookie silpats to bake meatballs. I never could get them clean enough to use for cookies again.
But I hate those collapsable steamers. Mine always fall apart.

Mar 23, 2008
maggiehc in Features

Bake-when-ready Chocolate Chip cookie dough?

I've frozen dough balls too and they always are great but lately I've gotten in the habit of baking the whole batch and freezing the baked cookies. You can nuke them for 5-10 seconds to rewarm them or let them defrost on the counter or eat them frozen. We're getting addicted to frozen cookies now.

Mar 21, 2008
maggiehc in Home Cooking

Easter Bread- What's Your Type?

This is my great-great grandmother's recipe for Paska:
My son can't have dairy and I'm going to be making him a paska-shaped challah from the King Arthur Whole Grain cookbook. I'm going to add lemon zest and raisins to make it more paska-like.

Mar 21, 2008
maggiehc in General Topics

Paska (Slovak Easter Bread)

Thanks for the link. That is a beautiful bread. My grandmother's look more like this:
or this
The two main doughs pinched together and then braids around the edge and a cross in the center.

Mar 19, 2008
maggiehc in Recipes

Paska (Slovak Easter Bread)

Mar 18, 2008
maggiehc in Recipes

Gluten Free (and dairy free) Products - Favorites?

I forgot about that Galaxy soy "parmesan". Alex, my son goes through phases where he LOVES it and then can't stand it. And last year we had a batch and he said it tasted bad and then a few weeks later that batch was recalled for having dairy contamination!!!

Mar 18, 2008
maggiehc in General Topics

Chocolate Spatula Thermometer

My attempts at chocolate tempering for Chirstmas gave me nightmares. I was browsing and saw this today:

It's a spatula/thermometer combo with guides for chocolate tempering.

Has anyone seen/used one? I would love to do some caramel filled eggs for Easter but the tempering still fills me with dread. Especially the trying to mix, hold the bowl and hold the thermometer at the same time. But I don't want to buy it if it's a piece of junk.

Mar 14, 2008
maggiehc in Cookware

Gluten Free (and dairy free) Products - Favorites?

My son has a dairy allergy but we aren't always gluten-free but here are our dairy-free favorites (most are gluten-free):
Butter sub: Earth Balance tub
Milk sub: Silk Enhanced Omega-3
Cheese sub: Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Mozzarella for pizza, Road's End Organics Kids and Cheddar Chreeze for macaroni (they have gluten-free versions)
Chocolate: Scharfen Berger Baking Bars (semi-sweet and unsweetened), Tropical Source Toasted Almond Bars (gluten-free), Enjoy-Life chips (for when I don't feel like chopping chocolate), Chocolate Emporium ( for white chocolate chips, shaped chocolates for holidays (ie Easter bunnies) and chocolate lentils (M&M subs
)Cream Cheese sub: Tofutti, I love the French Onion in mashed potatoes!
Yogurt: Whole Soy & Co (blueberry is my son's favorite)
Ice Cream: Tofutti, Tempations, Purely Decadent
Frozen treats: Tofutti brand "Marry Me" bars are like dairy-free Dove bars, Tofutti Fudge Pops, Philadephia Swirl Cups
Best Chicken Tenders: Bell and Evan's brand is the best! (gluten-free versions are good too)

My son and I love soba noodles and I've found some brands at Asian markets are buckwheat/yam with no wheat.
Definately not gluten-free but we love Divvies Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

Mar 13, 2008
maggiehc in General Topics

Peanut Butta Cups

How long do you think these can stand at room temperature?
I want to make some and send them along as a gift but they would be out of the fridge for at least a day.

Dec 20, 2007
maggiehc in Recipes