HOW TO COOK UP A GREAT PARTY
FULL OF EASY PARTY RECIPES!
BIRTHDAYS HEALTHY, HAPPY, FUN
Made with Love
HOW TO THROW A KIDS PARTY WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MIND
FOUR HEALTHY PARTY SNACKS KIDS WILL LOVE
TO COOK UP A 4 HOW KID'S BIRTHDAY PARTY TO THROW A KID'S 12 HOW BIRTHDAY PARTY WITHOUT
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LOSING YOUR MIND
MAKE A WISH: NOTHING'S AS SWEET AS A CAKE YOU MAKE YOURSELF LET'S DO LUNCH: FOUR HEALTHY SNACKS KIDS WILL LOVE
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HEATHER SHAW FOOD STYLIST
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OKSANA SLAVUTYCH PROPS
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booked magicians, clowns, musicians and even brought in a local animal expert to teach kids about iguanas and skinks. What's next in the escalating arms race of birthday party entertainment? Why not bring it back to basics with a cooking lesson? If you’re lucky enough to know a professional chef, that’s great, but as long as you have some help, you could do it yourself. At Scarlett’s fourth birthday party, chef and Sweet Potato Chronicles contributor, Stefani Tortorella taught the kids how to make a fantastic and healthy mac and cheese. The best part? Lunch was made!
tips for kids' cooking lessons
The single most important step in conducting a cooking lesson is to be organized. Make sure you have all of your ingredients pre-measured. Place each ingredient in its own bowl that is easy for kids to access (ie: low mixing bowls or pinch bowls). Do not use tall bowls that kids have to reach down into – it’s an accident waiting to happen! With the prep done, you can walk the kids through the step-by-step assembly of your recipe.
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MAC & CHEESE
cheese sauce 3 TBSP 1/4 cup 3 cups 2 cups 2 1/2 cups Kosher salt &
unsalted butter all purpose flour milk white cheddar orange cheddar pepper to taste
melt butter in a 4 quart sauce pan over medium heat.
whisk in flour and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until bubbling, approximately 30 seconds. Do not let this brown. Whisk in milk.
simmer Bring mixture to a simmer until thickened, about 4 minutes. Stir constantly to prevent scorching.
add cheeses and stir until
they are completely melted and the sauce is smooth & silky.
season with salt & pepper to your taste.
fold in cooked pasta and steamed veggies. This sauce will make one 9x13" casserole dish. Use 8 ounces of your favorite shaped dried pasta as your guide.
vanilla bean cupcakes ingredients 2 cups
whole wheat pastry flour
4 1/2 tsp
whole vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise
plus 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/3 c
adjust racks to upper and lower-middle position and preheat oven to 350 F. Line 2 muffin tins with cupcake wrappers.
place flour, sugar, baking
milk, and vanilla extract. Add to batter in 3 additions, scraping down the bowl as necessary. Stop when the egg mixture is just incorporated into the batter.
powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Blend well on low speed. With the tip of a knife, scrape the vanilla seeds out of the bean and add to the flour mixture.
add the butter and 1 cup of the milk, mix on low to blend. Raise the speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes (batter will be light and fluffy).
the pans around on the racks. Bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until tops spring back lightly when touched.
cool in the pans for 15 minutes,
in a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg whites, remaining
Using an ice cream scoop or a liquid measuring cup, fill each muffin tin 3/4 of the way with the batter.
bake for 10 minutes, then switch
then remove to wire cooling racks.
hummingbird cupcakes ingredients 2 cups
whole wheat pasty flour
can crushed pineapple, with liquid
melt butter in a 4 quart
mix together pineapple
sauce pan over medium heat.
and bananas until combined.
combine In a large mixing
add the fruit to the rest
bowl, combine flours, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and whisk to combine.
of ingredients and stir to combine.
beat in a seperate bowl,
paper-lined cupcake tin. Fill each liner ¾ full.
beat eggs. Add oil and vanilla to eggs until well combined.
add the egg mixture together with the flour mixture and blend.
pour batter into bake at for 25 minutes until golden and a toothpick comes out clean.
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, room temperature 1 cup confectionersâ€™ sugar 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
place cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl. Using a rubber spatula, soften cream cheese.
Gradually add butter, and continue beating until smooth and well blended.
sift in confectionersâ€™ sugar, and continue beating until smooth.
add vanilla, and stir to combine.
HOW TO THROW A KID'S BIRTHDAY PARTY
WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MIND
Forget the idea that you have to invite everyone in your kid’s class. You don’t. Most schools and daycares will let you do something in class to involve that group of friends. Help your kid to keep party talk to a minimum at school by keeping it low key at home. Plus, don’t start talking about it too early.
Check with parents about allergies in advance so you can plan your menu without fear of a really fun trip to Emerge.
Parties are intense for kids (not just parents). Talk over what’s going to happen at the party, what you expect of your child (greet guests, thank them as they’re leaving, etc) to lessen the stress of it.
Keep it short. No party for a kid under 8 needs to be longer than two hours. And, let’s be honest, people have other things to do on the weekend. Be clear about whether it’s a drop-off or a parents-stay party.
Do unto others when it comes to the loot bag. Easy on the candy, noise makers and teeny-tiny beads that will spill everywhere and then get lost.
Have at least one activity planned – a musician playing a short set or a craft that all the kids will work on and then take home. The combined energy of five four year olds is not something you want running unfocused in your home.
Birthdays can bring out the “gimmes” in even normally generous kids. Why not add a charity component for balance? Companies like EchoAge allow kids to give to the charity of their choice while still receiving something special.
Help your child with thank you notes. Pour yourself a big glass of wine. You made it through another year!
Make a Wish
NOTHING’S AS A CAKE YOURS
S AS SWEET YOU MAKE SELF.
1 ½ sticks (12 tbsp) of softened, unsalted butter 2 ½ cups flour 1 Tbsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 1 ¾ cup sugar 2 eggs plus 3 yolks 1 tsp vanilla 1 cup milk
PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees
T: HEATHER SHAW
¾ cup butter, softened 3 ¾ cups icing sugar 3 Tbsp milk 1 ½ tsp vanilla
raspberry filling 5 oz ¼ cup
fresh berries make the best decorations
BUTTER 2 8-inch round pans.
Line with parchment paper. Butter the paper, dust with flour and tap out excess. MIX together flour, baking
powder and salt. Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs and yolks, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and beat again until combined. ADD flour and milk alternatively,
beginning and ending with flour until just blended. Pour batter equally into the two prepared pans. BAKE side by side in the oven
for 25 to 30 minutes. Rotate the pans half way through. Test with a toothpick – if it comes out clean, it’s done. Allow to for ten minutes. Invert onto a cooling rack, gently remove the parchment paper.
container of fresh raspberry raspberry jam
SIMMER. In a small pot simmer
raspberries and jam until the fresh berries just begin to break down. Allow to cool completely. WHIP the cream until it forms
stiff peaks. Gently fold in the lemon curd. BLEND. With a hand mixer,
blend softened butter and confectioner’s sugar. Add milk and vanilla and combine well. PLACE cake on tray or stand.
Spread a layer of the fruit topping, leaving about an inch border around the edge. Spoon the lemon whip on top of the fruit, following its shape. Flip your other cake over so what was the bottom in the pan is now the top. Gently place on top. Frost top and sides with a spatula. Don't worry about making it perfect! Once it's covered, pop cake in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving.
LET'S DO LUNCH FORGET PIZZA! KIDS WILL LOVE THESE QUICK AND HEALTHY SNACKS.
less sugar than a cake pop but just as sweet
BANANA POPS Place bite sized pieces of bananas on skewers or popsicle sticks. Dip into melted chocolate, turn slowly to keep chocolate even. Before it cools, sprinkle with toppings of your choice. Place pops on parchment or stand in glasses of sugar to cool. You can serve at room temperature or frozen. PHOTO: MAYA VISNYEI FOOD STYLIST: HEATHER SHAW PROPS: OKSANA SLAVUTYCH
SALAD ON A STICK Cherry tomatoes, baby boccancini, fresh basil. CAPRESE:
Turkey, tomatoes, cheddar and avocado. CHEF:
Apples, romaine, grapes and celery. WALDORF:
swirl a little honey into greek yogurt to make dip. SWEETPOTATOCHRONICLES.COM
RAINBOW SALAD Wash, slice and arrange strawberries, oranges, pineapples, kiwis, blueberries and grapes. Garnish with whipped cream.
eat a rainbow!
SUSHI-STYLE SANDWICHES Mix canned tuna with 1 or 2 Tbsp or mayonnaise or plain yogurt. Gently flatten whole wheat bread with a rolling pin. Cut into 1 Â˝ inch wide rectangles. Start at one end of a piece of bread, leave about an inch border empty. Arrange tuna, small avocado slices, and matchstick-cut carrots in a tight row. Roll up the bread into sushi style rolls.
PHEW, YOU MADE IT!
Congratulations on making it through the party. It was awesome. And hey, way to go making it through another year as a parent. Don't you think parents should receive a present on their kids' birthdays? We do! Since that's not happening, be sure to take time to sit down and enjoy a piece of cake. We hope you enjoyed our first issue!
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Published on Aug 19, 2011
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