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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!

Language Lesson

Since your Handstand Kids are done with school for the summer, take this opportunity to get their intellectual juices flowing. We have a simple language lesson that shows you how to say the words for some common utensils in Spanish, Italian and Chinese.

Measuring Spoon

  • Spanish – Taza de Medir
  • Italian – Dosatrice
  • Chinese – Liang bei

Spatula

  • Spanish – Espatula
  • Italian – Spatola
  • Chinese – Gua chan

Bowls

  • Spanish – Cuenco (large – grande, medium – mediana, small – pequena)
  • Italian – Piatti Fondi (large – grande, medium – medio, small – piccolo)
  • Chinese – Wan (large – da, medium- jung, small – shiau)

Fork

  • Spanish – Tenedor
  • Italian – Forchetta
  • Chinese – Can cha

Plate

  • Spanish – Plato
  • Italian – Piatto
  • Chinese – Pan zi

Did you know that you can buy some of these items in our Cookbook kits?

Try labeling these items in your kitchen to practice learning the words when you’re cooking. If you’re going to try this idea out make sure to post pictures to our Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

Outdoor Partytime!

Summertime means the living’s easy – and it’s the perfect time to bust out the tiki torches for an outdoor shindig. Try these easy entertaining ideas that will be a hit with adults and kids alike!

Try a donut ring eating contest from LiLsugar.com

Summer means s’mores! Try this recipe from Fatgirltrappedinaskinnybody!

This recipe for Italian Soda from our Italian Cookbook is elegant enough for kids but will also provide a fizzy treat for your youngest party goers.

Make sure to post pictures of your summer soiree to our Facebook and Twitter pages!

Some Of Our Biggest Fans

You may have seen us post two terrific photos of Noah and Nathan earlier today!  We’ve got them here for you again, plus a bit more about the dynamic duo!

Noah and Nathan received our cookbook kits from their amazing mom for Chanukah this year and have been cooking up a storm since!

Noah is 9 and loves making the Bean & Cheese Burrito from our Mexican Cookbook Kit!

Nathan is 7 and he prefers our Italian cookbook kit and making lasagna!

When the brothers aren’t cooking from our Handstand Kids cookbook kits, they love to make mom’s specialty, “Pasta alla Mama,” which is pasta with cottage cheese, a little butter and parmesan cheese!

Keep cooking, chefs!

Food Allergy Information: Gluten

You’ve probably heard quite a bit about gluten free diets and gluten lately.

First, what is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in rye, wheat and barley.  Gluten is found in more than just breads, pastas, and wheat products.  In fact, gluten is often times used as a binder in sauces, dressings and more!

Are you interested in cooking for someone with gluten sensitivity or Celiac Disease? Here are some of our favorite recipes:

Gluten Free Dairy Free Chocolate Peppermint Squares from GlutenFreeda.com. For instructions click here.

Chocolate Biscuit and Strawberries from Gluten Free Mommy. Click here for instructions.

Wondering how to make one of our meals gluten free?  Many of the meals within our Mexican Cookbook kit are gluten free by nature.  For some of our Chinese Cookbook kit meals, substitute Tamari (gluten free soy sauce) for your typical soy sauce. With our Italian recipes, substitute quinoa pastas and gluten free breads! Be sure to check all ingredients in our recipes and find a gluten free substitute to be sure your meal is 100% gluten free!

If you have more questions on which of our meals are already gluten free or how to make one of our recipes gluten free, post it on our facebook wall.

Happy cooking!

 

Wanting Warmth

We’ve been extra chilly lately and have been filling up on soups and stews for extra warmth!  Trying to stay warm with your kiddos?  Stay indoors one afternoon, bundle up, and start cooking!

Our winter suggestion:

Mamma Mia Minestrone from the Handstand Kids Italian Cookbook Kit!

Serves 6, Level: 3

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (15 ounces) of red beans
  • 1 can (12 ounces) of whole peeled tomatoes (Pomodori)
  • 1 yellow onion (cipolla)
  • 2 potatoes
  • 2 cups of green beans
  • 2 chopped tomatoes (Pomodori)
  • 2 cups of zucchini
  • 2 cups of mushrooms
  • 2 cups of celery
  • 1 quart of vegetable or chicken broth
  • 3 quarts of water
  • Salt and Pepper (sale e pepe)
  • 2 cups of macaroni (maccheroni)
  • 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese (Parmigiano)

Tools:

  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Soup Pot
  • Measuring Cup
  • Oven Mitts
  • Wooden Spoon

Instructions:

  1. Chop the vegetables and potatoes into bite size pieces.
  2. Place all the ingredients, except the maccheroni and parmigiano, into the soup pot on the stove on a high heat setting.
  3. When the water boils, pour in the maccheroni while wearing oven mitts and let it cook for 30 minutes on medium heat.
  4. Spoon the soup into bowls and sprinkle with parmigiano.
  5. Enjoy!

Alternative: For a heartier soup, add a handful of cooked meatballs to the soup pot 5 minutes before the soup is ready.

If you end up making your own minestrone, be sure to post photos on our facebook wall!

Meet Anya, Our Handstand Kid of the Month

Meet Anya, a bubbly, adorable young lady who LOVES to cook! Anya made our Leaning Tower of Eggplant from the Handstand Kids Italian Cookbook Kit and added tomatoes, for her own special touch.

Watch this video to learn how to make your own Leaning Tower of Eggplant, featuring our food of the month, the eggplant. We think Anya did a great job!

And guess what? Anya enjoyed the dish so much, she just HAD to dance! Thanks Anya for sharing this with us!

Meet Our Celebrity Of The Month, Cricket

We’re thrilled to announce Cricket Azima as our January Celebrity Ambassador of the Month.

To learn more about Cricket, the founder of The Creative Kitchen, and author of cookbook Everybody Eats Lunch, be sure to visit our Celebrity Ambassador page!

We’re thrilled to be an exhibitor at the first annual Kids Food Festival New York, which Cricket and The Creative Kitchen co-founded and is sure to be great! If you’re in the city the on January 21st or 22nd be sure to swing by for great cooking expos, tons of fantastic food, and of course, to say hi to Cricket and to us!

To learn to make Cricket’s Rainbow Rice and other delicious dishes, featuring our food of the month, the eggplant, visit this page.

 

We hope you’ll love Cricket Azima as much as our Handstand Kids do!!

 

Yvette Stops By Southern Living

Yvette stopped by Southern Living earlier this month! Watch the video below for some holiday cooking tips. Don’t forget to get your kiddos in the kitchen with you this holiday season!

Thanks for watching, ya’ll!

Yvette On The Go

Our very own, Yvette, visited KCAL 9 studios yesterday and made a healthy and easy holiday meal.  Be sure to watch the video and learn how to make Italian popcorn, Mexican salad and Chinese spring rolls!

Have a great weekend!