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Food Fun: Introducing Cooking as a Hobby to Your Kids

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In today’s fast-paced world, finding quality time to spend with our kids can be challenging. As parents, we often strive to introduce them to meaningful activities that not only bring joy but also nurture their development. Why not bring the family together in the heart of your home—the kitchen! Introducing cooking as a hobby to your kids can create lasting memories, teach important life skills, and ignite a lifelong passion for good food. This blog post will explore the benefits of introducing cooking as a hobby to your kids and share some tips to make it a fun and enjoyable experience for the whole family. (more…)

How to Get Hot and Fresh Pizzas at Your Doorstep

Pizza is a food that tastes better when it’s hot. Luckily, there are many ways to keep your pizza warm on the way home from the restaurant. These methods include using an insulated delivery bag, a blanket, and aluminum foil.

These tips are sure to help you enjoy your pizza at its best. So, try these techniques the next time you order delivery from a restaurant!

Place the Pizza in an Insulated Bag

Placing your pizza in an insulated bag is best if you want it to be hot and fresh when you get it home. You can find insulated bags made explicitly for pizza delivery, but you can also use a regular grocery bag, or even a blanket will do the trick. Just take out all the air before putting the pizza in the bag. (more…)

Minimally toxic pumpkin pie recipe

gh21So this is how I’ve been keeping busy over the past week or so… it took 3 tries, but here I present:

Gluten-free, vegan, low-sugar (but still yummy!) Pumpkin Pie

3.5 Tbsp tapioca flour (or cassava, from Asian or Caribbean grocery)**

  • 400g EcoMil vanilla almond dessert (recipe originally called for amazake; soya dessert could also work but haven’t tried it)
  • 125g fructose
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 4 tsp. cinnamon or to taste
  • 2 tsp. mixed spice or to taste
  • 100g firm silken tofu (Clearspring UHT is good)
  • 425g cooked and pureed pumpkin – Libby’s gives best results, use whole can (organic pumpkin wasn’t as good)
  • 9” or 10” gluten-free pie crust – I used ready-made pastry (Genius) but it does have some whey in it; read ingredients carefully

Note: This is not a quick recipe! It’s faster with a food processor or blender to puree the mixture, but allow at least an hour to get the filling ready.

Cook the tapioca flour in the vanilla dessert until the mixture has thickened enough to stand a spoon in it. (more…)

Organizing a Top-Freezer

17This past week I worked on organizing my friend’s top-freezer in her kitchen.  It was a blast, probably because friendship – and children playing together nicely – makes any project go by quickly.

I spent two afternoons with her and a few trips to one of my favorite stores, The Container Store.  I hadn’t been there in a while and if I wasn’t focused on finishing Mollie’s freezer, I may have gotten swept away in their giant Spring Organization Sale going on now.  But I remained strong (ha!) and powered through. (more…)