Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Mix-It-Up Cookbook

Tom and Karin gave Marley The Mix-It-Up Cookbook for Christmas, and Marley has made three of the recipes in the book now. This is a good cookbook for young children - those old enough to read and tall enough to work in the kitchen without the aid of a step-stool or chair. It starts off with basic information, the kind of things I forget my children don't already know, such as: keep pothandles turned in; never touch electrical plugs or sockets with a wet hand; don't slip a sharp object into soapy water - someone might get cut because she can't see it. Also included are "Chef Smarts," which are basic measuring facts; "Chef Tips," which are helpful ideas covering how to cut onions without crying, how to soften brown sugar, etc.; and "Chef Terms," which are basic definitions for cooking and for ingredients.

The recipes themselves are divided into ten sections:
Quick Breads
Ice Cream
Mix a Meal

Last week Marley made the chocolate pudding. Unfortunately, we ate it all before I remembered that I should get a picture of it, so the picture from the book will have to suffice.

This was our "one new recipe" for last week.
Chocolate Pudding
3/4 c. sugar
2 T. cornstarch
2 T. cocoa powder
1/4 t. salt
2 c. milk
1 T. butter
1 t. vanilla
Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium saucepan, stir well, and cook for 10 minutes on medium heat, stirring constantly to prevent milk from scorching. Turn off heat and add last 2 ingredients. Stir well. Allow to cool a bit before pouring into dessert bowls. Chill before serving.

The cookbook suggests several different toppings, and Marley decided to go with those shown in the picture: Gummi Bears and Teddy Grahams (but Steve brought her Annie's Bunny Grahams so she used those instead).

The pudding was delicious, and Marley did it all by herself. I think we're going to enjoy more recipes from this cookbook this year, because Marley likes to cook and she can do many of these recipes without any help.

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Blogger Dana said...

Fun at your house! I have fond memories of cooking/backing as a youngster....

I'm thinking brownies was one of my first recipes. And I really liked my children's cookbook - Betty Crocker's maybe?

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