Saturday, June 25, 2011

Cake Cones

So I have a love/hate relationship with cake pops. I love the creative pops people make and the simple concept behind them. I dislike the ingredients for cake pops. I usually end up making my own cake from scratch as well as the frosting, which is no biggie. When it comes to that important outer candy coating I'm stuck with those disgusting candy melts. Is there an alternative? I'd love to know. All this to say I had some mini cones in the pantry that needed to get used and decided to make cake pop cones. They are ridiculously sweet and again that candy melts flavor-eww. Aside from all that they are really cute and a huge hit with the kids!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

School's Out!

This is the last day of school for us! Lunch includes grapes, cheese, pickles, sesame sticks and yogurt almonds, grilled chicken and a yaki onigiri. I am washing up the lunch bags today and doing a little happy dance! For more creative ideas for lunches check out What's for Lunch Wednesday

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Roasted Rhubarb

I can think of so many wonderful and creative rhubarb dishes I've tried and never been disappointed because rhubarb is one of my very favorite foods. I will try rhubarb anything. There is also something to be said for enjoying the simplicity of a food and savoring it's unique flavor. This was the case this week's French Friday recipe. Just look at that wonderful red rhubarb!

Now for a sprinkle of lemon zest and a bit of sugar

See how juicy and bubbly it is right out of the oven!

If you are a rhubarb lover like me, sometimes there
is no better way to enjoy this yummy treat than warm
with some fresh whipped cream on top, thanks Dorie!

For more wonderful ways with roasted rhubarb check out French Fridays with Dorie.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Noodles and Balloons

We have these balloon picks. They make a cherry red tomato look like a balloon. However, my kids have never warmed up to cherry tomatoes. We were once at a friend's house and she grew yellow sweet tomatoes and they loved them so when I found these at the store I figured break out the balloon picks and try again! Also included is some cold Asian noodle salad, kiwi-berry and carrot sticks. For really creative ideas for kid's lunches visit What's For Lunch Wednesday!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Cola & Jam Spareribs

This was a recipe that I least expected to find in the Around my French Table cookbook. Ribs with coca cola and jam? I have made ribs two ways, on the grill and in the slow cooker so I wondered about them being dry and tough cooked in the oven. In the end these were a pleasant surprise! Not only did they turn out to have a wonderful unique flavor but they were perfectly moist and tender, actually kind of amazing! This was probably one of my favorite recipes. If you want to hear more about Dorie Greenspan's cookbook and see other variations of these recipes check out French Fridays with Dorie

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Crabby Lunch

These are my crab sandwiches inspired by family fun magazine. I decided to make mini crabs filled with tuna salad, carrot legs, orange pepper claws radish smile and some marshmallow eyes. Fun for a beach themed lunch. For lots of creative ideas for lunch check out What's for Lunch Wednesday

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Fruit Jellies

I have been wanting to try Agar agar and this is my first attempt. If you are not familiar with Agar agar you can learn all about it here. It is made from seaweed. Some benefits of using this in place of traditional gelatin is that it is a vegan product, it sets up super fast and can be left at room temperature and is very high in fiber! I found this adorable idea at The Food Librarian. This woman does some amazing things with Jello. I used my brownie bites pan to shape them and added a couple drops of Lor Ann oils raspberry flavor to give it a nice berry flavor in addition to the fresh fruit. My kids were pretty impressed with these, they loved how they looked like little ice cubes!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wednesday Lunch

I have to admit that the older my boys get the harder it is to make fun, creative lunches without them looking a little too cutesy for big boys. However, your really never too old for Star Wars sandwiches right? Today I made simple cheese sandwiches with some ranch pasta salad(with star cheese!), star cucumbers and grapes. Simple, healthy and just a little cutesy. Lucky for me I have one more little guy coming up that I can pour all the cutesy into. Speaking of too cute and "looks so good I can't stop thinking about them" check these out. I see these in my near future. Also if you need some really cute lunch ideas be sure and check out What's for Lunch Wednesday