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Quick steps to get your kids started

in the kitchen.

Checking in with Katy’s newest Hot-Spot!





Favorite recipes for celebrating

Appreciating and Buying local cuisine.



Easy tips for summer weight loss.



Tips for a better breakfast



a happy Fat Tuesday!

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Cooking with KIDS Quick steps to get your kids started in the kitchen • by Chris Grimbilas


hat a scary idea! At least, that the way it seems from the start. We know a few things from personal experience. One –cooking with kids can be messy. Leave some extra cleanup time, especially the first time. Second, cooking with kids means cooking for kids. They will want to cook what they want to eat. Third, quick and easy recipes are crucial to success.

Fourth, the time spent will be precious in your memories. If you want to be ready for the challenge, realize it will be a learning opportunity that can teach you about yourself and the way your children view you. Also recognize, its not only a good time, but almost required that you let your hair down a little, relax, and have fun in the kitchen. It really becomes fun, interesting and exciting as you watch little hands help you create easy cooking. Choose what to cook wisely. Make sure you find easy cooking recipes. When you are trying to think of cooking ideas, remember, this is teaching more than easy recipes for dinner, but real life skills that will help down the road. Actually, my husband taught me a lot about cooking because his mom taught him. Yes, I do wipe the spills of the floor and the crumbs of the counter, though I haven’t had any pasta stick to the ceiling. One of the biggies is what to cook. Keep it simple. Choose easy recipes for dinner. Shop in advance so you aren’t caught in the middle of cooking having to load the kids into the car for a fast grocery run. Quick and easy recipes are also needed because long, complicated recipes will not hold the kids’ attention. They really do want to learn and help mommy out, but if it gets to complicated they will get bored with the details. Use easy recipes for dinner when cooking with children. If

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you use easy dinner recipes your chances for success will be much greater than with overly complicated or ingredient intense recipes. Some simple cooking ideas always include casseroles and crock pot cooking. Remember, your goal is easy cooking with a minimum of ingredients. Consider the cleanup. The cooking is fun, but here is a teaching moment regarding responsibility. In cooking with kids, clean as you go whenever possible and get them

involved in that aspect of cooking, too. When you consider clean up, you have another reason to want quick and easy recipes. Yes, you also want healthy easy recipes. Set yourself up a cooking book that will allow you to clean as you go. Cooking with kids can be a fun filled day of being silly with the sugar and frolicking with the flour. Let go. Have fun. Make memories. It’s worth it.

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The Buck Stops Here.



ou know how much of your hard earned money you’re spending. But do you know where that money is going? Shopping locally is matter of econom­ics. And a lot more. Economic impact studies show that on average, for every $100 spent at a locally owned store, $45 stays in the community. Shopping at a chain store leaves only $13. Need more reasons to shop locally? Here are the top 10 reasons to shop local!

9. Community well-beingLocally owned business owners are your neighbors and mine. Together we build strong community, sustaining our economy, linking neighbor-hoods, and contributing substantially to local causes.

10. Protect our local character and prosperity Our community is like no other. When you support locally owned businesses, you help maintain the com­ munity’s personality and flair.

7. Keeping dollars in the local economyYour dollars spent locally have three times the impact on your community as dollars spent at national chains. When shop­ping locally, you are also creating jobs, funding city ser­vices, investing in neighborhood improvements and promoting commu­nity

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8. Local decision makingLocal own­ership means that important decisions are made by the people who live and work here. When they make a decision, they feel the impact of those decisions.

development. 6. Job and wages - Locally owned businesses create more jobs and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do. 5. Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move up. Mentor­ing and other inspirational roles help give our children reasons to pursue professional careers and aspirations. 4. Public benefits and costsLocal stores usually require little infrastruc­ture and make more efficient use of public services. 3. Environmental sustainabilityShopping locally helps sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers. With that we reduce urban sprawl, automo­bile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution. 2. Competition A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. When you buy locally, you’re buying service. And the top reason is... 1. Product diversity A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based on their own interests and the needs of their customers– and not on national sales goals– guarantees a broader range of product choices and more unique choices. Not one of many but one of a kind!

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Hey, That’s OK....

Those who prefer chocolate compared to those who are indifferent to it might actually have healthier cholesterol and digestive systems. A study published in the Nov. 2 Journal of Proteome Research found that those who preferred chocolate had lower levels of LDL cholesterol; higher levels of albumin, a beneficial protein; and different activity in their gut microbes than those who were indifferent to it. The study found that “food preferences such as chocolate might be imprinted into your metabolic system so that your body becomes attuned to a particular diet.� The findings were built on previous studies about metabolic typing.

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Healthy Eating For Summer Weight Loss • by Marcilio David


inter has been unforgiving. What better thing to do during the cold season than to sit in a couch and munch on some goodies while keeping yourself cozy and warm? It seems like yesterday when you were struggling to lose your winter coat; before you even know it, summer is in its full effect. The minute you feel warm enough to wear shorts, you realized something: The beach is beckoning and you are not prepared for it, physically! You panic and think of stapling your mouth for a week or two, until you look good on your swim wear, as your summer weight loss solution.

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It can really be a struggle to shed excess fats and most people fall into a summer weight loss dilemma every year. Wacky diet, starvation, and diet pills are beckoning and giving you hopes of slimming down for that swimming costume. Summer weight loss doesn’t have to mean starving yourself to look your best in shorts or swimsuit. The secret to weight loss is to eat healthy foods; food choices are actually easy to make during summertime because high calorie dishes are less appealing during the hot season. Take advantage of fresh fruits and vegetables that are at their peak and at their

best in summer. Refreshing and light foods are bountiful and keeps you out of the hot kitchen. Experts say that the best summer weight loss diet is to load up with nature’s produce. Fruits and vegetables are low in calorie but loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, plus antioxidants and fiber to help your body flush those unwanted toxins and fats. Aside from their health benefits, they are delectable, juicy, and satisfy the taste buds. Berries, tomatoes, zucchini, melons, cucumbers, peas and other greens are available at farmer’s markets and grocery stores. Forget portion control and go ahead and eat all the fruits and vegetables you can get your hands on. Summer weight loss with nature’s bounty will do your waistline no damage. If you are wondering what the healthiest summer weight loss foods are, here is a list of dieticians’ and experts’ food recommendation:

They are easy to prepare and the perfect way to get vegetables into your diet. Dress your salad with healthy oils like extra virgin olive oil, walnut oil or your choice of other healthy oils. Salads are a great way of letting yourself off the hook from the hot kitchen. Healthy eating is your best summer weight loss plan. Enjoy a hearty meal and reap the benefits of losing weight, staying fit, and living a healthy lifestyle. Jumpstart your summer weight loss with fruits and vegetables and get in shape for your favorite swimsuit. About The Author Marcilio David is a doctor and webmaster, he is the owner of The Smart Weight Loss Guide, where you can create the right diet for you. Come and get a FREE Diet report at

• Berries are luscious and sweet but there is more to berries that meets the appetite. They are known to boost antioxidant levels and help reduce the effects of ageing. Berries are also rich in nutrients that help lower cholesterol level. • Watermelons are loved because they are watery, juicy, and crisp, perfect for satisfying thirst during the hot season. If you want a tasty summer weight loss, mix slices of watermelon with milk, water, and ice cubes. Whirl in a blender and your perfect juice is ready in a snap. • Garden salads are the best bet for time and cost efficient summer weight loss meal.

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Forget the Sugary Cereal Tips for a better breakfast


nstead, let kids turn whole-grain bread or bagels, cream cheese, and cut veggies into an edible zoo for breakfast. It makes great snacks and party treats, too. Set out sliced bagels, softened cream cheese, and assorted veggie toppings like carrot sticks, cherry tomato halves and black olives. For a party, kids can cut animal shapes from sliced bread with cookie cutters. Include interesting garnishes like poppy seeds and Chinese noodles for freckles and curly hair. After spreading the cream cheese, all kids need is their imagi­nations. How about

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a crunchy noodle lion’s mane or an olive-eyed monkey with a sliced red pepper mouth? If weekday breakfast is too hectic for this fun menu, plan ahead for weekend mornings when kids can “create” breakfast while you sleep in. Healthy eating is your best summer weight loss plan. Enjoy a hearty meal and reap the benefits of losing weight, staying fit, and living a healthy lifestyle. Jumpstart your summer weight loss with fruits and vegetables and get in shape for your favorite swimsuit.

Finding Fabulous Summertime WINES

Great red wines stop singing when the temperature rises. They turn bossy and unflattering. Wine drinkers, don’t despair! A few minor adjustments of habit can provide you with a crisp, dry wine quencher perfect for sum­mer evenings on the patio.

Rosé de Provence is dry and fruity, grown in the cool lime­stone soils of southern France.

A chilled Pouilly Fumé from the east side of the Loire Valley has characteristic smokiness and minerality, superb with a sauceheavy barbecue dinner. Naturally, the American west coast has a laundry list of great summer wines. To shake things up a bit, try Luce d’Bianco, a dry, white blend with a hint of kiwi produced in the central Kansas plains. Try it! You’ll find it excel­ lent with fish, cheese, and your best friend.

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and the true love of the art of cooking - Briony Pessell


s you know, we are creatures

We recently met up with owners, Fred and

of habit. More often than

Ana, to ask them about their new and exciting

the same schedule and rou-

and we quickly found out that the foundation of

not, we spend our days in

tine and when it is time to unwind and do something for ourselves or our family, we

end up at the same restaurants ordering the same meal... well, routine, schmoutine! Why

not make your lives more fun and entertain-

ing and treat yourself to something new and refreshing instead?!

We have the perfect place for you –

Babaloo International Café & Bar! Babaloo’s is the latest innovation in food, music & tapas

in Katy! “Ah, Tapas,” I hear you say (more

a Spanish style of eating than a cuisine), the delicious tradition of rousing of the appetite

with friends over a few social drinks & eating from small bowls of bite-size high-class, flavorful cuisine.

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hot-spot that is quickly gaining interest in Katy,

Babaloo’s is a triple-threat mission that adds up to a quality experience and satisfied customers.

With a touch of elegance and a drive to always have the three most important goals covered – Consistency, Quality and Service – Babaloo’s

is opening up their hearts to make sure your experience is never rushed or micro-managed for you. “The guest dictates the atmosphere here”, said Fred. With an ever-changing menu to keep your taste buds a-tingling and a European ambiance surrounding you, there is no doubt

you will want to swing by again and again and

again. Drop in for cocktails or their famous Sangria. Enjoy tapas after tapas without hav-

ing your server try to push you out the door

for another seat or give you your check when you’re still on your main course!

Looking for a place to enjoy the

night out and not have to drive all the way into town? Then this is the

place for you and your special someone. Be greeted warmly and enjoy live Latin music on Friday nights, or

sit back and enjoy All Night Happy Hour every Thursday night. Dance the night away Saturday night with

live music and good friends right

here in your own backyard; if you ask any of the employees who owns the place, the answer is always,

“You do, how can we help you today?”

Babaloo International Café &

Bar can cater to your every whim,

whether that be a 40th birthday party or your 50th Wedding anniversary, there is always room for you here. They are even able to

help you create that one-of-a-kind party atmosphere for your event.

Love the menu? Fred will entice you to try out the cooking classes,

and then you can take your knowl-

edge home with you and create the prefect setting for yourself & that special moment!

Just sitting there talking to Fred

and Ana made me feel at home.

The atmosphere is amazing and the sights and smells

completely relax you, making all of the workday fade

away... So drop on by The Villagio Town Center and say hi for us, and enjoy flavors from around the world right here in your own back yard. You will be so glad you strayed from your regular schedule ;)

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Mardi Gras Cuisine


Celebrating Fat Tuesday e had the

years. But it was Pope Gregory

2 teaspoons garlic powder

of living in

holiday when, in 1582, he put

1 teaspoon dried oregano


Mandeville, Louisiana for a few years, and if there is one thing

the people of Louisiana know, it is how to enjoy life. The food is

exceptional and the atmosphere ever matching the smells and

tastes Mardis Gras has to offer.

Whether you enjoy the sweeter things in life, like King Cake,

or the taste bud tingling flavors of tradition such as, Blackened

Snapper or Seafood gumbo, this

XIII who made it a Christian it on his Gregorian calendar

(the 12-month one we still use

today). He placed Mardi Gras on the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. That way,

1 teaspoon dried thyme 4 (6 ounce) fillets red snapper

1 1/2 cups butter, melted Directions

1. In a small bowl, mix together

all the debauchery would be

paprika, cayenne pepper, white pep-

fast and pray. And let me be the

garlic powder, thyme, and oregano.

finished when it came time to

first to tell you, if you have never

per, black pepper, salt, onion powder, 2. Heat a large cast iron skillet

experienced the event in person, over high heat for 10 minutes, or there is a lot of the lifestyle you are missing.

So in celebration of Mardis

until extremely hot.

3. Dip fish into melted butter,

and sprinkle each fillet generously

is the place for you.

Gras, here are a few delicious

is the final day of Carnival,

in your own kitchen to bring the 1 tablespoon of butter over each fil-

Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday,

which begins on the Feast

of the Epiphany, Jan. 6. Also

recipes that can easily be made party to your home.

Cajun Style Blackened Snapper

known as Kings’ Day or

Twelfth Night, Jan. 6 celebrates


at Jesus’ birthplace, thus end-

2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

the arrival of the three kings

ing the Christmas season, and

2 tablespoons paprika

1 1/2 teaspoons ground

in New Orleans, simultane-

festival of fun finds its roots


ously starting Carnival. This in various pagan celebrations of Spring, dating back 5,000

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white pepper

with the seasoning mixture. Place

the fish fillets in the hot skillet. Pour let. Cook until the coating on the

underside of the fillet turns black,

3 to 5 minutes. Turn the fish over. Pour another tablespoon of butter

over the fish, and cook for 2 minutes

or until fish flakes easily with a fork. New Orleans Hurricane

This is the Classic N’awlins

1 1/2 teaspoons ground black Hurricane. Drink through a straw 1 tablespoon salt

2 teaspoons onion powder

from the bottom first. It starts out calm, but it gets stormy towards the end!

Ingredients 1/2 cup ice

2 fluid ounces light rum

2 fluid ounces passion fruit

flavored syrup

1 cup lemon-lime flavored car-

bonated beverage

into a slice while the cake is still slightly warm from baking. The icing and sugar decoration should cover your tracks. If you’re worried about a choking hazard, substitute an orange wedge or pecan halves for the toy.

the milk/egg mixture 1 cup at a

time. When the dough has pulled

together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until

smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes.

3. Lightly oil a large bowl,

1 ounce lime juice


place the dough in the bowl and


1 cup milk

damp cloth or plastic wrap and let

1 fluid ounce 151 proof rum 1. In a shaker, combine ice,

light rum, passion fruit syrup,


1/4 cup butter

2 (.25 ounce) packages active

lemon-lime flavored carbonated

dry yeast

and pour mixture into a Hurricane

degrees F/45 degrees C)

beverage and lime juice. Shake well or other large specialty glass. Float the 151 proof rum on top of the drink.

A French Fable – The King Cake

The king cake tradition began in France in the 19th century, honoring the Christian story of the three kings traveling with gifts for the Christ child. The cake’s three colors represent justice (purple), faith (green) and power (gold). The cake’s ring shape, too, is significant, as it symbolizes the unity of all Christians as well as the shape of a king’s crown. Before plastic toy babies, bakers added dried peas, coins, pecans or beans in the cake to bestow wealth, luck, and to pick the Mardi Gras king and queen. Today people of all faiths enjoy king cakes between Twelfth Night (Epiphany) and Mardi Gras. Types of king cakes vary from baker to baker, and can be coffee cake-style pastries or sweet bread-like desserts. To hide the toy baby into the cake, insert it

2/3 cup warm water (110

turn to coat with oil. Cover with a rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 2 hours. When risen, punch down and divide dough in half.

4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

1/2 cup white sugar

F (190 degrees C). Grease 2 cookie

1 1/2 teaspoons salt


2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated


5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour FILLING:

1 C. packed brown sugar

1 TBSP. ground cinnamon 2/3 cup chopped pecans

sheets or line with parchment

5. To Make Filling: Combine

the brown sugar, ground cinna-

mon, chopped pecans, 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup raisins. Pour 1/2 cup melted butter over the cinnamon mixture and mix until crumbly.

6. Roll dough halves out into

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

large rectangles (approximately

1/2 cup melted butter

filling evenly over the dough and

1/2 cup raisins FROSTING:

1 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 tablespoon water Directions

1. Scald milk, remove from heat

and stir in 1/4 cup of butter. Allow mixture to cool to room tempera-

ture. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in the warm water with 1 table-

spoon of the white sugar. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

10x16 inches or so). Sprinkle the

roll up each half tightly like a jelly roll, beginning at the wide side.

Bring the ends of each roll together to form 2 oval shaped rings. Place each ring on a prepared cookie

sheet. With scissors make cuts 1/3 of the way through the rings at 1

inch intervals. Let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

8. Bake in preheated oven for

2. When yeast mixture is

30 minutes. Push the doll into the

mixture. Whisk in the eggs. Stir

warm with the confectioners’ sugar

bubbling, add the cooled milk

in the remaining white sugar, salt and nutmeg. Beat the flour into

bottom of the cake. Frost while

blended with 1 to 2 tablespoons of water. •

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More Fun with Birthday Cupcakes


by: Wayne Nusbaum

very year, people celebrate their

There are products in the market you can buy

become a necessary part of every

have free reign when it comes to the decora-

birthdays with cakes. Cakes have celebration in a person’s life. The

origin of this tradition dates back to countless centuries when people celebrated their birth-

days by making offerings to the goddess of the moon. According to lore, cakes, which are usu-

ally round, represent the moon and the candles,

to whip up instant cupcakes and you even

tions – which need not be expensive as well. Also, you can make or buy cupcakes just

enough for the celebrant and the guests so budgeting will be more flexible.

If you are throwing a party for a child, you

its light. Adding to the number of candles to

can include birthday cupcakes decorating as

be a more recent modification of this tradition.

some sprinkles i.e. chocolate chips, cookie

represent each year in a person’s life seems to

It is believed however, that the number of candles not only represent the number of years in the celebrant’s life, the candles are also meant to remind the person of all the blessing he’s received.

Time has permitted people to deviate from

tradition however, and people now can mark

their special days any which way they prefer.

The need for these celebrations to be different

and more fun each year has also contributed to this change. Sometimes, budget can also be a

factor; the cost of flour and sugar keeps rising by the year as it is.

one of the fun activities. Just prepare the icing, crumbs, mallows, etc. and let the kids have fun while you supervise.

No matter how old the celebrant, birth-

day celebrations must always be full of fun.

Steering away from tradition is not such a bad idea and can be more exciting. So instead of

baking the traditional cake, why not whip up some nice little cupcakes, decorate them with bright different colors that everybody will

surely enjoy? In these times when practicality has become a necessity to make ends meet, a

little imagination to brighten things up can be handy.

If a birthday in your family is just around the

corner and you are on a tight budget, you may

be looking for ways to celebrate without breaking the bank. Why not celebrate with birthday cupcakes?

Cupcakes are easier to bake than a whole

cake, or even if you will be buying it from the baker’s shop, they will still be a lot cheaper.

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About The Author

Learn more about birthday cupcakes and

the different things to consider when buying

a Birthday Cupcakes. Visit here: http://www.

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