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‘Tis the Season for Holiday Parties

Whether you’re hosting your own Christmas party this year or you’re in charge of bringing a crowd-pleasing snack to a neighbor’s party, it’s usually a good idea to have a few kid-friendly options if you know there will be kids in attendance. Not only will these snacks and treats be devoured by all of the kids as soon as you place them on the table, but your own children will have a blast in the kitchen helping you to make them!

These adorable Santa Clause appetizers are fun to assemble and are a delicious starter for adults and children alike. Use a clean pair of kitchen scissors to cut pepperoni hats, which you can “glue” to Ritz crackers with ricotta cheese. Make a beard out of ricotta and a moustache out of celery slices, use capers for the eyes and nose, and voila – Santa Clause!

But don’t forget desert! These Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer cookies will surely satisfy the kids’ sweet tooth and couldn’t be easier to make. Simply use refrigerated sugar cookie dough, cut the dough with a circle cookie cutter and then pinch opposite sides to shape the reindeer’s face. Break curved pieces off of pretzel twists so that you’re left with the center of the pretzels, which is a perfect antler shape. Press the antlers in and then cook according to your cookie’s package directions. When you take them out of the oven, press in chocolate mini morsels for the eyes and a cinnamon candy for the nose!

Have fun in the kitchen and please share your kid-friendly creations with Handstand Kids via Facebook or Twitter!

Language Lesson: Cucumbers

The cucumber or cucumis sativus is a widery cultivated plant in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae. It is a creeping vine which bears cylindrical edible fruit when ripe. We wanted to take the day to give you a quick language lesson. Try saying “cucumber” in these different languages:

Spanish - pepino

German – gurke

French – concombre

When you’ve mastered all of these words, try them out in the following recipes:

Spanish Cucumber Salad from About.com is a perfect dish for a warm day – light, tasty and refreshing!

Gurkensalat from AllRecipes.com is a traditional German favorite.

This French cucumber recipe from Food.com was a favorite of legendary chef Julia Child.

If you like our cucumber lesson today, let us know on our Facebook or Twitter!

Bean here, bean there, beans everywhere!

Beans are a wonderful, useful cooking resource. Although many children do not care for eating them, Handstand Kids know that they are important to healthy cooking! Sometimes it is easier to get kids to eat something if they know more about it. That is why today we will be giving your little ones a short lesson on beans. Why don’t you buy a large mixed bag – many groceries sell them near mixes from soups – and take the lesson below and see if your children can identify the different types of beans? Then take their favorite and make a recipe!


Adzuki- A small, deep red bean. Somewhat sweet with a delicate texture.

Black Beans – A small, oval, black bean. with an earthy flavor and soft texture.

Black-eyed peas – An oval, creamy white bean with a “black eye.” Soft textured and an excellent source of fiber and iron.

Chickpeas – Large, round, cream-colored beans with a nutty flavor and crunchy texture. An excellent source or folate and a good source of fiber and iron.

Fava Beans – Oval-shaped light brown beans with an earthy flavor and creamy texture.

Kidney Beans – A large, kidney-shaped, deep reddish brown or white bean with a bland taste and a soft texture.

Lima Beans (butter beans) – Flat, oval, creamy white beans. Small and dried with a mild taste.

Mung Beans – A tiny, round dried bean with a thick outer skin that may be green, brown or black in color, originating from India.

Navy Beans (Yankee beans, Boston beans, Fagiloi, Haricot) - A small white bean with a good, strong flavor. An excellent source of folate and fiber and a good source of iron.

Pinto Beans – Medium-size, beige and brown speckles beans. Earthy flavors and mealy textures. Oval shaped and good for making refried beans.

What beans are you cooking up? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter!

Language Lesson: Arroz and Mi fan

Have you ever been so hungry that you could eat a thousand of something? Well the answer would be to eat rice! Today we’ll teach you two new ways to say rice:

Spanish:

Chinese:

Now continue to practice these words by using them. The best way to use them is to make a recipe with them, like the Chicken with Rice Never Tasted So Nice from our Handstand Kids Mexico Cookbook and Shrimp Fried Rice from our Handstand Kids Chinese Cookbook!

What recipes are you making with rice? Sorry, we meant arroz or mi fan! Post pics to our Facebook or Twitter!

Excited about Eggplants

A great rule of thumb for creating a healthy meal is that the more color you add, the healthier it is! That’s why we’re excited to feature eggplants – their vibrant purple color will add a playful punch to your Handstand Kids’ plates.

Before you dive into our awesome Italian recipe, here are five things that you may not know about eggplants:

  • Although we like to think of them as vegetables, eggplants are botanically classified as a berry with numerous small, soft, edible seeds.
  • Eggplants are a part of the nightshade family and are closely related to the tomato and potato families.
  • China is the world’s top eggplant producing country.
  • Other names for the eggplant include aubergine, melongene, brinjal and guinea squash.
  • As you will learn below, in Italian, eggplant is called “melanzane” which means “crazy apple.”

Now that you know a little bit more about eggplants, you’re ready to make The Leaning Tower of Eggplant from our Handstand Kids Italian cookbook!

If you’re making the Leaning Tower of Eggplant, we want to see those towers rise tall – post pics to our Facebook and Twitter!

Let Us Celebrate Lettuce!

If you’re looking for something crisp and refreshing to keep those kiddos in shape, try some delicious lettuce. In case you need a refresher on some of the most popular varieties, read below for a quick lesson!

Romaine (center) - grows with a tall head of sturdy leaves with a firm rib down the center, has a fine bitter herb taste

Iceberg (upper right) – has a dense head, and is pale white in its center, Iceberg is the most popular type of lettuce in the US

Lollo Rosso (lower right) -fringed, crinkled leaves tinged deep red at the ends with a tender yet crisp texture

Butterhead (lower left) – also known as Boston or Bibb, this type of head lettuce has a loose arrangement of leaves, with a sweet flavor and tender texture

Gem (upper left) – crisp like Romaine and sweet like Butterhead with a crunchy central stalk and thin, crisp leaves

If you have a favorite lettuce recipe, make sure to post it to our Facebook or Twitter!