I'm a huge fan of PopSugar Rush and BellaTV — that's why it brings me great honor to introduce our new food-related video channel, YumTV! We're creating an exciting lineup of original shows that will debut every week. YumTV is your ultimate guide to all things food, drink, and entertaining. We'll show you how to throw the perfect party, cook killer apps, browse the farmers markets, shake up creative cocktails, and much more!
If you've got kids who are picky eaters, why not trick them into eating their vegetables by slipping beet puree into chocolate cake? That's what wife to comedian Jerry Seinfeld, Jessica, does. Now with her cookbook and blog, Deceptively Delicious, you can get your kids eating good food too. — Deceptively Delicious
I'm not into making children's food particularly kid friendly. I don't like sandwiches that are cut into cute shapes with cookie cutters, or eggs that are decorated with veggies to resemble a smiley face. However when I saw these adorable edible snails — made from marshmallow and jello — I thought they would make a fabulous pre-Halloween dessert! Kids will especially enjoy these because finally, playing with food is acceptable. They are a fun dessert to bring to a potluck, party, or dinner, so get the recipe now, just read more
What child doesn't love fruit roll ups? There is something so satisfying about peeling the strip of chewy, sweetened fruit off a piece of sheer plastic. When I was younger, I never would have guessed that fruit roll ups could be homemade! But sure enough, like most store-bought processed snack foods, fruit roll ups can be made in your very own kitchen. I double dare you to make some for your kids (or yourself) today! It takes a little bit of time, but the result is a rewarding and tasty snack. For a peek at the recipe, read more
I have always been fascinated by how differently European children develop attitudes toward alcohol. Growing up in America, I heard tales of young French girls sipping champagne at special functions, and Italian gals tasting vino at big family dinners.
The article discusses the positive effect exposure to alcohol can have on kids. Here's a short excerpt:
Winemaking here is the equivalent to corn harvesting in the Midwest. It is so integrated into the culture that if you yourself do not have a direct connection to winemaking, I guarantee that someone in your family does.
Therefore, taking a group of children on an excursion to see how wine is made is not dangerous, frightening or a form of mind-corruption as it might be seen in the States. It is merely a part of the everyday life here in Catalonia.
Rather than teach children the evils of wine, they are taught to respect and understand all aspects of wine and the winemaking process. While I don't condone underaged drinking, I do think visiting a winery is a fascinating lesson for any age. What do you think?
Whenever my mom went grocery shopping, she would treat me to a box of Barnum's Animal Crackers. Even though they were called crackers, I considered them more of a cookie and would save them to enjoy after lunch, or as a reward for making it through a long day of school. They're great plain, but in a few steps, you can also have a delicious after school snack. Crunchy celery is filled with creamy peanut butter and topped with the crackers. If your child has an allergy to peanuts, substitute cream cheese for the peanut butter. It's so simple that older children can help make and serve it to their younger siblings. To take a look at the recipe, read more
With the tremendous success of the foodie movie, Ratatouille, kids may be disappointed by a cookbook that dumbs down cooking with vegetable faces and cookie cutter shaped sandwiches.
However Alice Waters' children's cookbook is written from the point of view of her daughter Fanny. Fanny At Chez Panisse is the perfect tome for a child who has shown interest in the culinary world. The book begins with Fanny describing her mother's world inside the famed kitchen at Berkeley's Chez Panisse and includes the people who are a part of the daily workings of a restaurant. Later Fanny provides recipes to 46 of her favorite dishes ranging from peach crisp to roast chicken with herbs to garlic mayonnaise — all of which are delicious enough to be enjoyed by both children and parents alike. If you know a child who is interested in learning more about food, think about giving them this delicious book.
Yesterday morning, geeksugar arrived at the office with a grocery bag full of little, green apples. YumSugar and I are splitting the bag, and both of us shall make a delicious dessert to share with the Sugar gals. Right away Yum announced the upcoming arrival of an apple pie. Shocked and worried — how to compete with America's most classic, beloved pie? — I frantically searched the web for a secret weapon. Then it hit me, apple cupcakes! Cupcakes are a dessert that everyone loves and no one can resist.
Similar to carrot cupcakes, the apple is grated and added to the batter. For the recipe that could win the battle of the just picked apples, read more
In a recent study performed by Stanford University, young children were given identical snacks in two distinct packages. Some of it was in an unmarked wrapper and the rest was wrapped in a McDonald's label. In each and every test, the youngsters concluded that the food in McDonald's wrappers tasted better than the blank labels.
Study author Dr. Tom Robinson said the kids' perception of taste was "physically altered by the branding."
The study included McDonald's chicken nuggets, hamburgers, and fries, as well as grocery store carrots, milk, and juice. Children were asked whether one tasted better or if they tasted the same. Knowing that the ones in McDonald's wrappers were the clear favorites, I have to wonder if establishing controls on products marketed to children is a good idea after all. What do you guys think?
Are you guys a fan of special servingware for children? Little ones have little mouths and hands, and can sometimes be picky eaters, so cute plates, cups, and utensils might encourage them to eat more. However, I absolutely hate this kids smile place setting by Mono. I'm deathly afraid of clowns and there is something so creepy about the serene smily face that brings a clown to mind. However many may find these plates adorable. So I want to know, kids smile place setting: love it or hate it?
My cousin Caroline is very mature for her 11 years. She is the oldest of four children and loves learning. I'm not sure how much she cooks with her mom, but I thought it would be fun to get her a cooking kit. I'm hoping to find one that comes with an apron, cookbook, cooking tools, and everything in between. Let's head off to market in search of a fun cooking kit for Caroline. It should be age appropriate, informative and challenging. Bookmark your finds in the Yum Market on TeamSugar with the keyword tag Kid's Cooking Kit.
To learn how to participate in Off To Market please refer to geeksugar's guide to saving on TeamSugar.
My youngest cousin Julia is 11 going on 30 and is celebrating a birthday very soon. For Christmas, to encourage her own sense of style, my sister and I got her a subscription to Teen Vogue. Now for her birthday, I want to give her a cookbook to inspire her culinary spirit. Her parents don't let her watch TV, so she is always busy reading or helping her dad in the kitchen. Let's head off to market in search of the coolest kid's cookbook. The cookbook should have lots of pictures, text, and be kid-friendly yet perfect for a sophisticated, well-cultured little girl. I want her to be able to make real dishes not sandwiches that look like monsters or salads with smiles. Save and bookmark all of the cookbooks you discover in the Yum Market on TeamSugar tagged with the keyword phrase Kid's Cookbook. I appreciate your help readers, thanks in advance!
To learn more about bookmarking and the Yum Market, take a quick peak at geeksugar's helpful hints.
Recently I have read a few interesting articles about the foods parents feed their children. There are those who believe that kids should not eat grown up food and instead be fed a diet of plain buttered pasta, chicken strips, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. On the other hand, there are an increasing number of advocates who feel that kids should eat exactly what the adults are eating. In fact, some claim that giving kids spaghetti-O's instead of the ragu you are eating will cause kids to become picky and unhealthy eaters when they grow up. Rachael Ray claims that she ate anchovies and other unusual foods as a youngster because her parents exposed her to these foods at an early age. Ruth Reichl, of Gourmet magazine, in her March editor's letter rants about irresponsible adults who feed their children dinosaur shaped chicken and heart shaped sandwiches. Where do you stand on this issue readers? Should parents feed their children kid friendly foods?
Today, in case you forgot, is Groundhog Day. If you have young kids explain the concept to them and make these cute little cupcakes together. It can be like a Friday afternoon treat. Start with your favorite cupcake recipe, (or use Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Cupcakes) stick a chocolate candy bar (my suggestion: a mini twix) up right in the baked and cooled cupcake. Spread your favorite frosting to hold the candy in place. To make the groundhog's eyes and tooth, cut a tiny piece of white jelly bean and glue into place with frosting. Dot with black decorators gel or melted chocolate. Cut a triangle noise from a watermelon shaped sour candy and use mini brown M&M's for adorable itsy-bitsy edible ears and cheeks. Sprinkle chocolate cookie crumb "dirt" around the groundhog. Don't forget to take a picture of your groundhog cupcakes and post in the Savory Sights group on TeamSugar to share your delightful dessert with us all.
Enjoy and Happy Groundhog Day!
I lost a bet to a friend of mine and now I have to make a super special lunch for him to bring his daughter at school. He is a single dad and doesn't have time to make her lunch. Normally she eats hot lunch from the cafeteria and she rarely has the luxury of a delicious sack lunch. So it's time to go off to market in search of the best lunch items for her.
She is in second grade and the meal must not have any nut products. I want the food to be far more glamorous than plain old peanut butter and jelly, so be sure to include your best recipes for kid friendly foods. Put them in the recipe database and tag them with, School Lunch. Save any other snacks or sweet extras that you come across in the Yum Market - once again tag them with School Lunch.