Ready to be creative in the kitchen? Here you can have fun with our favorite recipes and food crafts, including healthy, vegetarian, gluten-free, kosher, and ethnic recipes. If you are searching for something specific try the nifty search box or our list of categories to the right. Don’t forget to share any recipes you love with friends!
Gluten-free, Vegetarian. This Wafflewich only needs 3 ingredients!
If you’re wondering, a “Wafflewich” is a mix between a waffle and a sandwich! They make very good quick & easy snacks that kids can make when supervised by an adult (depending on your age). Feel free to use any kind of bread (we used gluten-free bread), fruit (berries work great), or hazelnut-cocoa** or chocolate spread for your Wafflewich creation. Bon Appetit!
A treat for dogs. Baxter licks his lips in anticipation!
Today, I decided to make a Do It Yourself (D.I.Y.) project with my dog, Baxter! We made homemade Doggie Biscuit Treats from a recipe we found on Martha Stewart’s Blog. Hope your dog likes the recipe below and make sure you check out the How-To Video of me and Baxter making his treats.
Thank you to TasteMade Studios for inspiring us with their “Slacker Shake.” My good friend, Ruby, and I decided to make our shake a little healthier by making it dairy-free & gluten-free. There are only two ingredients in this shake and it took just seconds to make! Don’t forget to check out the FUN HOW TO VIDEO that we made for this recipe!
Blender An electric mixing machine that usually liquifies ingredients poured into it. It can also be used to chop or grind some ingredients. We will use this item a lot. You can see Gray use a blender to make a unique dairy-free shake with her friend, Ruby, and in the future she will show you how to make mango lassis from India.
A kitchen tool used to mix ingredients for recipes, such as cookies, cakes etcetera. Mixing stands are powered by electricity and have different speeds and paddles or blades which are used to mix different types of ingredients. You can see Gray use her Mixing Stand in the video she made with her dog, Baxter: Homemade Dog Biscuits How-To.
Kitchen tool with sharp holes or slits that shreds cheese, vegetables or fruit when you slide them across the tool. Great for making shredded potatoes or carrots or cheese.
Zester A kitchen tool used to peel or shred fine pieces of peel from citrus fruits like lemons, oranges, and limes. Zested citrus is great in baked goods, like cookies and cakes, or on fruit or vegetable salads.
Melon baller Tool used to scoop out round ball-shaped sections from soft fruits and melons. The size of the melon ball is usually ¼ inch to 1 inch. This makes cute fruit salads and fruit kabobs.
Plastic Knife A plastic tool that looks like a metal knife but is made out of plastic. We got the serrated plastic knife that is used in our videos at Target.
Mandoline A kitchen tool used to thinly slice fruits and vegetables and sometimes make decorative slices. This should really only be used by adults because the blades are very sharp and if you are not careful, you can cut yourself.
Parchment paper We use this “paper” a lot when we bake to line cookie sheets and cake pans. It keeps the food from sticking to your pan. We will also use it for some arts & crafts. You can find it in the grocery store where you find aluminum foil and plastic wrap.
COOKING: some unique & alternative ingredients
We use lots of different kinds of ingredients from around the world. Here are just a few of the ingredients we thought we should explain. This list will grow as we grow. And, feel free to email us a question about any ingredients we use in our cooking posts!
Rice paper Yes, we talked about “Rice Paper” in the arts & crafts glossary, but this is a different kind of rice paper. This one is “edible” (edible means “something that can be eaten”) made from rice starch. People from Vietnam call the paper banh trang and they roll up vegetables in it to make what we call a Summer or Vietnamese Spring Roll or cha goi; Our Chinese relatives call it Chun Juan and they might be likely to add strips of pork and deep fry it; our Filipino friends are likely to do the same and they call it Lumpia. You will definitely see us use this rice paper to make Vietnamese Spring rolls (yum!). Depending on where you live you might be able to find this ingredient in the your grocery market. If not, you can find them at Whole Foods, or your nearest asian market. READ MORE…