Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Cookbook Notes: The Toddler Cookbook

We picked up a copy of Annabel Karmel's The Toddler Cookbook over a month ago at the library and have renewed it twice already. Obviously we love it. I have Karmel's baby puree cookbook and had a feeling this one would be a favorite too. It's full of step-by-step illustrations and tasty recipes. Boo is a big fan. The first time he picked it up from our library basket he sat down and looked through every page. He picked out things that he wanted to try making and we've been working our way through since. There are children photographed making each of the recipes in the book and many of them are wearing a little chef's hat. Boo saw that and would run to his room to get his chef's hat before making any of the recipes. Too cute! Here are a few things we tried...
Salmon Fishcakes - these were good. I wouldn't say they'll become a standby but it was a good recipe to have on hand for an easy lunch or busy weeknight since most the ingredients are things I always have on hand. The recipe calls for one can of pink salmon and doesn't specify size. I used two 5 oz. cans of Chicken of the Sea boneless skinless salmon. I didn't have white bread to make the fresh breadcrumbs so I used 2 1/2 whole wheat hot dog buns. The accompanying sweet chili dipping sauce was yummy.

Multicolored Meringues - Boo and I made these for tea time one day. They are simple and easy to make. Boo whisked the whites all by himself using our hand mixer and pretty much did the entire recipe {besides filling the pastry bags} himself. We used whipped cream to sandwich the meringues together. Let's just say they didn't last much beyond tea time. They're light, airy and delicious with tea or coffee.
Mini Banana Muffins - these are great! We've made these a couple times already and have loved them. 18 mini muffins doesn't go a long way so I suggest doubling or tripling the recipe if you want to have leftovers. I plan on making a big batch of these soon and storing them in the freezer. Baked without cupcake liners, they'd be an easy snack to keep in the freezer and pull out for morning {or afternoon} playdates at the park.

Munchy Oat Bars - Another recipe that went quickly. Daddy loved these too. This was a great one to make with both of the boys because there were a lot of ingredients to toss in and stir. It's a filling and somewhat healthy snack to pack in a lunch. We took ours with us to the Children's Museum one day and it was a satisfying part of a quick picnic lunch.

There are several other recipes in this book that we'd love to try soon: cherry tomato sauce, chicken dippers, and easy cheesy bread rolls. But we've run our limit on renewals and will have to wait until the next time we check out this great cookbook.

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