23 Nov 2013
in books, food, health
Tags: baking soda and baking powder, cake, children, education, family, fiber, humor, labels, prunes, reviews
Make magic with prunes
Chapter 4 of the print version of Cook Up A Story is all about fiber… a sometimes distasteful subject. The story, Prune Puff, doesn’t disappoint. It’s all about how ridiculously wrong things can go in the kitchen, when Clark tries to come up with a good science project. But you can do better than Clark. Follow Vinny’s simple recipe and concoct a delicious light luscious delectable cake… full of healthy fiber. Then, test your food science know-how. Take a quiz on fiber and do an experiment on the ingredient that puffs cakes up – baking powder.
The story underlines how important it is to label foods carefully. And not just in your own kitchen. All processed foods we buy have to be labeled. Vinny shows us how to understand the information on food labels. Everybody can take a minute to refresh their know-how in this area – so important! More
22 Oct 2013
in books, food, health, stories
Tags: children, cook books, education, family, humor, reviews
Happiness often slips in through a door you never knew you left open. That’s my calendar’s message this morning, and it’s proving true in many ways. Here’s one example. Vinny’s pleased to announce that his first attempt at a give-away is all tidied up. His prize, a copy of his book, goes global! More
15 May 2013
in Desserts, food, recipes, stories
Tags: baking, cake, carbohydrates, children, eggs, humor, Stevia, sugar
Isla inspects our ingredients
I always thought that if a kid can read, he can cook. However, as I get more and more into cooking, I’m learning it ain’t necessarily so. The watchful eye of a parent, or anybody at all who knows what they’re doing, is a wonderful thing.
Now that he’s seven, my pal Will is reading gang-busters. So shouldn’t he be able to cook? Witness this one-act play staged in my kitchen and decide for yourself… More
02 Apr 2013
in food, health, Main dishes, recipes
Tags: balanced meals, barbecue, chronic diseases, fats, fish, humor, inflammation, nutrition, omega-3 to omega-6 ratio, protein, salmon
If you hate smelling up your kitchen, don’t let that stop you from enjoying the deliciousness of fresh or fresh-frozen fish. Just cook it on the barbecue, outside! It’s easy for every day and delicious enough for any special occasion.
Fish is full of those hard to come by but oh so important omega-3 fatty acids. They are important, first, because More
26 Mar 2013
in Breakfast foods, food, health, Holiday foods, recipes, stories
Tags: balanced meals, carbohydrates, Easter, eggs, family, humor, minerals, nutrition, presentation, protein, vegetables, vitamins
Humpty on the half shell
“What experiments are we doing, today, Vinny?’ asks Will, poking his head into my basket of vegs.
“SO many ways to cook eggs for breakfast,” says Vinny with glee. “Today, we’re going to try three of them.” More
20 Dec 2011
in books, food, Holiday foods
Tags: art, children, Hanukkah, humor, latke, Lemony Snicket, potatoes, reviews, traditions, vegetables
Let’s make a latke!
I dare you to read The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming without immediately jumping up to make a Latke. More
14 Mar 2011
in food, Holiday foods, science
Tags: art, children, desserts, humor, Pi Day, pie
Happy Pi day – 3.14 (March 14)
Food is so much fun! You know what pie looks like and how it tastes (yummy!). Now (thanks to College Humor Video) you can hear what Pi sounds like, to 32 decimal places! Maybe you’ll also start to see just how magical math can be. Why don’t you settle yourself down with a lovely piece of Pi, then sit back and listen to it?
03 Mar 2011
in food, health
Tags: art, beauty, children, humor, mood
Got any more of these babies?
It’s tough being a girl. Today’s media-hyped culture is swamped with images of beauty. These portrayals often reflect malice or self-focus. More
22 Feb 2011
in food, stories
Tags: art, children, humor, mood, play, trivia
A recipe for fun:
Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end. More
15 Feb 2011
in books, food, stories
Tags: children, fast food, humor, reviews
Mary-Kate and Ashley’s favorite Chinese restaurant is being put out of business. Once people eat across the street at Quick Food, they can’t help going back there for more. But why? More
08 Jan 2011
in books, food
Tags: children, cook books, humor, reviews
Just finished thumbing through two recent books from the library. Both are on cooking for children. Thumbs up on one, and as for the other, I’m still shaking my head. More