Mr. N Keeping it Real – and Safe

In lieu of recent events (Mommy burning her thumb on the baking tray), Mr. N thought it would be a good idea to share his “Kitchen Safety Tips.” Unlike Miss A (who often breaks rules 11, 12 and 19), Mr. N is quite concerned about his safety and the safety of others. And he’s often quick to point out when Miss A is violating any of the rules below. Enjoy!

1. Be sure to wear good oven mitts.

2. Kids shouldn’t touch raw meat – and if they do, they need to wash their hands.

3. Be sure to wash your hands before and after cooking.

4. Wash your hands after cracking eggs.

5. Put long hair into a pony tail.

6. Kids should never touch the stove or oven.

7. Don’t touch the dish disposal.

8. Only chop with a sharp knife with a grown-up.

9. Let food cool before sampling.

10. No more than one person on one stool and be careful.

11. No standing on the kitchen table.

12. No climbing on the counters.

13. Be sure to wash the counters before and after cooking.

14. If you spill ice out of the ice maker, pick it up off the floor.

15. Don’t leave cabinets or drawers open or you can bump your head.

16. Make sure food isn’t moldy or expired.

17. Do not put your hands near the inside of the blender.

18. Don’t touch the blade part of a knife.

19. No running in the kitchen.

20. Have fun!

Answer: Electric Tinker Toys, A Two-Year Old and Penne Rigoletto, Question: What items are on your kitchen table?

What do you get when you combine a missing ingredient, a last-minute recipe change-up, a child trying to jump out of a grocery cart, noise from four different sources (not counting the children) in our little kitchen, a frazzled mom, a child standing on top of the kitchen table, a burned thumb and biscuits spilled on the bottom of the oven?

One upside down six-year old and a delicious meal.  Continue reading

A Brazilian Valentine

After a crazy (but totally fun) weekend, we’re ready to have our cooking around the world night – and on Valentine’s Day. It’s the perfect way to end the day. Miss A has decided to take us to Brazil after picking a color-coded country on her globe. This came as a huge shock to us all as we were sure she was going to pick a pink colored country. Brazil is green! That said, we couldn’t be more excited to begin our Brazilian adventure. This week we needed some quick options since it’s a weeknight and we’ve got homework and routines to run through. So our menu for this evening is Brazilian Chicken with Coconut Milk from allrecipes.com (I’m not sure if this is an authentic Brazilian chicken or not, but it’s what we found that works for this evening) and Pao de Queijofrom a great cooking blog Bewitching KitchenContinue reading

Special Thursday Night Edition–Holland Style

Today we continued our tour of Holland with Appelmoesand Slavinken.  20 inches of snow gave Mr. N a snow day, and me too, and so we decided to cook a day early.  Mom picked the recipes and they were awfully good winter fare.

Appelmoes is, I suppose, the Dutch word for applesauce, and this was good and very easy to make.  I peeled the apples and Mr. N willingly diced them.  Last week he was petrified of the knife, but today he started grabbing for it and talking like he was an old pro who sliced and diced things all the time.  Quite a lot of progress in a week, I was proud of him.  Nervous though, and nervous his little sister’s gonna want to start chopping things too.  While Mom finished dicing, Mr. N juiced the lemon, then drank the excess straight!  Miss A wasn’t so keen on that.  A little bit of spice, a little bit of microwaving, and a little bit of mashing and we had Appelmoes.  Continue reading