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Cheryl Collett, Itty Bitty Foodies - Yummy Adventures with Kids!

15
Jun
2016

DoorDash helps families do the legwork at meal times

Happy Birthday DoorDash! The food delivery service turns one in Dallas and is now expanding into areas like Fort Worth and Arlington. Recently DoorDash invited IttyBittyFoodies to try their service and we jumped up and down at the thought of having a hot meal all prepared for us. If your household is anything like mine, the time leading up to family meal times are always a little like driving in Asia on the wrong side of the road without a road map for us. Three rambunctious boys turn into Gremlins around 4pm and somehow we muddle through to get dinner on the table. It's one of the reasons why IttyBittyFoodies recipes are designed to get you in and out of the kitchen in thirty minutes or less. However, our first DoorDash experience did not go as expected. For full disclosure, DoorDash provided us with a meal up to $50, all opinions are my own (as always) so read on to see hear this tale of two DoorDash deliveries.
6
Jun
2016

The Strawberry Shortcake I never knew

Summer is here and it's time to celebrate America's favorite summertime dessert -- the strawberry shortcake. June 14th is National Strawberry Shortcake Day. But for a girl who grew up in Australia without this iconic American dessert, I don't have a point of reference for strawberry shortcake, except maybe images of a doll my sister used to play with. Our IttyBittyFoodies boys are Americans so we're adding strawberry shortcake to our list of American traditions (see Macy's Culinary Council's Strawberry Shortcake with Slow Roasted Strawberries and Chantilly Cream below). To kick off our summer plans, we'll be zipping off to Union Square in San Francisco this June 14th for Macy's American Icons event to celebrate National Strawberry Shortcake Day!
13
May
2016

Taste Addison is back this weekend!

Taste Addison is back after a hiatus. Eat drink and make merry as Taste Addison dishes out delicious food from local Addison eateries. The three day festival lets you stroll and sample cuisines from all over the globe from restaurants like Sanabel Mediterranean, Kampai Sushi and Grill, Taste of Cuba, Thai Orchid, Texas de Brazil, Los Lupes to May Dragon. Held May 13-15, 2016, Taste Addison is located at the pretty outdoor space, Addison Circle Park.
3
May
2016

Pretty Pantone trend for Mother’s Day Gifts

Thanks to Pantone, the latest color trend evokes tranquility which is perfect for Mother's Day gifts. The Pantone Color Institute's announcement of not one but two colors for their Pantone Color of the Year was unprecedented this year. The harmonious pairing of two complimentary colors Serenity and Rose Quartz makes for the prettiest color trend for 2016. Serenity, a soft blue representing the weightlessness and calming qualities of the sky; and Rose Quartz, a gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. My full article appears in the Dallas Morning News this week with Pantone Color of the Year themed gift ideas from many of my favorite places in Dallas. But here's a gallery below to get inspired and add a little zen and bliss in Mother's Day gifts!
28
Apr
2016

Omni Fort Worth Hotel for a quick family getaway

Fort Worth has the reputation for being all about cowboys and honky-tonk but our recent trip has let us discover so much more to 'Cowtown'. Aside from the obligatory visit to take out-of-towners to see cowboys (as in real ones not the football team) at the Fort Worth Stockyards and two stepping at Billy Bob's, Itty Bitty Foodies' visits to Fort Worth have been sporadic. Sometimes we time a day trip to Fort Worth to see one of the art exhibitions from the stellar Cultural District which boasts the Kimbell Art Museum and The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. But lately, the "country and western yee haw factor" has developed a hipster twang making Fort Worth, a little Austin-esque with their laid back attitude but without the terrible traffic. Just less than an hour's drive away from Dallas, the Omni Hotel Fort Worth makes for an almost instant getaway and for those afflicted with spring fever, Omni Hotel Fort Worth throws in a picnic at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens with one of the seasonal packages.
9
Mar
2016

Meatball recipe by Kenny’s Italian Kitchen

Today is National Meatball Day and to celebrate, Chef Kenny Bowers of Kenny's Italian Kitchen is sharing his Kenny's Midnight Meatballs recipe with Itty Bitty Foodies. The recipe aptly named after he spent many a night making meatballs till midnight after work as a way to relax. And to show his meatball love to customers, every Sunday as well as National Meatball Day, Kenny's Italian Kitchen offers $1 for an order of Kenny's 1/4 lb meatballs. A deal like that makes Sunday family suppers at the Italian-American eatery doubly delicious. Read on for the secrets to his meatball recipe.
7
Mar
2016

How to cook barramundi

Today we are celebrating #Barramunday! You know the feeling you get when you see something from your childhood and how excited that makes you feel? That's how we felt when we spotted barramundi, a fish we used to eat as we were growing up in Australia. We bought some barramundi to share a bit of our Australian heritage with our Texan-born boys. Barramundi is known as Australia's seabass. It is a white, flaky fish that bears well with different cooking methods. You can steam it with a little lemon and butter or pan fry and roast it if you like crispy skin or simply grill. It eats low in the food chain and is high in Omega 3 content. Back in the day, I remembered how expensive the wild-caught fish was. My family would pay $50-70 for a whole fish at restaurants. But now, Australis is farming it, making it more affordable and sustainable. I recently paid $9.99 a lb from Whole Foods.
23
Feb
2016

Dining at The Ravens: vegan recipes

Whoah! Have the Itty Bitty Foodies turned vegan you ask? No not at all but we jump at the chance of finding new ways to become healthier. When we were invited, along with a few select food bloggers to host the Dining at the Ravens blog tour, we enthusiastically raised our hands! The new vegan recipe book, "Dining at the Ravens" by Jeff and Joan Stanford was an exciting discovery. As we flipped through the first few pages, we discovered that the Stanfords owned a unique vegan eco-inn in Mendocino, California called the Stanford by the Sea. It is the perfect family hideaway for those who want to unplug from the world and just smell (and eat) the flowers. "We think of ourselves as a garden with an inn, rather than an inn with a garden," quotes the Stanfords in their book. The organic farm sanctuary is what we call a magical kingdom on ten acres lush with organic produce, herbs and edible flowers for the inn's gourmet vegan restaurant, named The Ravens.
5
Feb
2016

Cheddars Scratch Kitchen Review

It's been a busy couple of months for us after the holidays and then getting straight back into the swing of school and activities. Last week, my husband went away on not one but two conferences. It kind of tipped the scale of chaos for me to juggle the three boys, separate after-school activities, dinner and bedtime routine. So we trotted off to Cheddars Scratch Kitchen for dinner to give ourselves a break. I must admit, I've always lumped the Cheddars chain with Applebees and Chili's. However, since they've started rebranding with a fresher, scratch-made approach to cooking, Itty Bitty Foodies were pleasantly surprised. So surprised that we brought Daddy there the next week when he got back from his conferences.
3
Feb
2016

The Lot in Lakewood is kid-friendly but the food… meh

I've always wanted to love The Lot in Lakewood. I really do. It's taken me so long to write about it because we've never enjoyed the food. But recently a few things have changed our minds and I call it the "All-Inclusive-Resort-mentality". Years ago, when we didn't have children, my husband and I vowed never go to one of those all-inclusive resorts. Why would anyone want to be trapped in one resort? Now with three active boys, our perspectives on what's important has changed. Dramatically. When our second son was old enough to go into a kids club, we went to an all-inclusive in Cancun and our eyes were opened to the merits of the previously dreaded tourist trap. We 'get it' now. The Lot in Lakewood rocks.
1
Feb
2016

Plant-Powered Families

A couple of weeks ago I had braces put in and I've inadvertently become a vegetarian. My teeth hurt so much, it has put a clamp on meat eating for a while. After days of being on a smoothie/soup diet, things got serious as I needed more calorie dense (but healthy) diet that was soft enough for me to chew. That where "Plant-Powered Families"* by Dreena Burton came in. "Plant-Powered Families" has over 100 kid-friendly, whole-foods vegan recipes and I found it useful to rally the troops to get them on board with eating more fruits and vegetables. Whether you're thinking of dabbling in veganism or just want to add more plant-based dishes to your daily diet, "Plant-Powered Families" is a healthy resource.
17
Jan
2016

Focusing on the important

Last winter my family escaped the cold for a glorious tropical break in Malaysia. We flew in for an extended family reunion. Everybody attended, all except that is, my sweet father who had passed away earlier that year. I spent 2015 walking about like a big open wound. Last year was a year of coping for me. Every 'firsts' like his birthday, wedding anniversary, Father's Day and so forth gutted me. 2015 was the year where I distilled further on what matters to me most in life. As we go into a new year, I'm reminded of the wise words of Dr Seuss, "Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory." Focusing on the important for 2016 is a top priority for me.
28
Dec
2015

Lobster Linguine & Champagne Cocktail: Easy Recipes for the New Year

The Itty Bitty Foodies won't be staying up past midnight this New Year's Eve but that doesn't mean there won't be a celebratory meal to ring in the New Year. There's nothing like lobster to jazz up a simple pasta dish to make it into festive family meal. This lobster linguine is another one of fast and fancy recipes that can be made by beginner chefs. If you can, use fresh pasta and herbs and be generous with the butter. After all... diet only starts on the first of the New Year. For those who love their bubbles, I've also slipped in a quick Bees Knees Royale Champagne cocktail recipe at the end of this recipe. Cheers to a New Year!
18
Dec
2015

AMC Theaters $50 Gift Card Giveaway

School is out and the kids are home for the holidays. We love the winter break because we miss having our older boys at home to just hang out. One of our favorite things to do is go to the movies and watch the latest holiday blockbusters. In case you've been hiding under a rock, it is the Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening weekend. Today, I'm sharing our 'secret' AMC theater location and because it's the holidays, Itty Bitty Foodies is giving away a $50 AMC gift card to one lucky person to treat their family to tickets and popcorn.
7
Dec
2015

2015 Itty Bitty Foodies Holiday Picks

It's that magical time of the year again; holiday lights aglow, winter's snow and warm gatherings. There's no need to scramble for holiday gift ideas this year, Itty Bitty Foodies have done the research for you. Some are local, handcrafted and others specially curated but all thoughtfully put together for you. Here's the 2015 Itty Bitty Foodies Holiday Picks! May you be filled not only with your bellies but with lots of love and joy as you celebrate with friends and family.
18
Oct
2015

Chefs For Farmers 2015

We are so excited about Chefs For Farmers coming up next weekend. What began with a simple dinner on a farm has matured into one of the most popular food and drink events in Texas. In its fourth year, Chefs For Farmers returns October 23-25, 2015 to showcase the best of Dallas and of Texas, while welcoming chefs and culinary ambassadors from around the country to come collaborate and celebrate the city we love. Chefs For Farmers' mission is to bring chefs, artisans, and culinary influencers together to celebrate supporting local and regional farmers at a three-day culinary blowout.
14
Oct
2015

Blaze Pizza in Frisco teams up with Texas Brews and Operation Kindness

Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza in Frisco is teaming up with new craft breweries to the Dallas / Fort Worth market for a beer tap takeover to raise funds for Operation Kindness, the oldest and largest no-kill animal shelter in North Texas. This Saturday October 17th, kick back with artisanal, made-to-order pizzas and taste some new local craft beers from Noble Rey, Back Country Brewery, Texas Ale Project and Guns & Oil Brewing Co. During the event, 20 percent of food and beverage proceeds will be donated to Operation Kindness.
11
Oct
2015

How to slow cook duck legs

Cooking duck legs is deceptively easy and yet it's so intimidating for many because it's considered "fancy food". We love eating gourmet food but as a family of five always on the go, we need a quick recipe (at least with very little prep time). Using the slow cooker is the best way to cook duck legs especially if you're a beginner chef. This easy weeknight dinner recipe allows me to put all the ingredients in the Crockpot and then forget about it till we come home for dinner. Here's a basic recipe on how to slow cook duck legs but I've added an Asian flair to it by using soy sauce and a few Asian spices. Just know that you need about 1/2 cup of liquid in the slow cooker so if you're not up for soy sauce, substitute it with a simple broth and add your own vegetables in the last 30 minutes. It goes to show that you don't need to spend a lot of time in the kitchen to eat well. Once you've figured out your slow cooking, you'll be Crockin' it!
7
Oct
2015

A Tale of Tacolandia

Once a upon a time, in a not too distant land, Taco Gods convened in a secret council pow wow. "The people of Dallas are loyal followers. They love our tacos" said Urban Taco, one of the council members. "Yes! Yes!" they all shouted in agreement. "We must reward them," Velvet Taco said. "For one day only, let us show our thanks by giving them unlimited tacos to gorge upon," declared Fuzzy's. Yes, folks! Dallas Observer's Tacolandia is going to make your wishes come true. But like all fairy tales, it ends after a few magical hours. Here is how you can join in the tacolicious event on Saturday October 17th, 2015 and score two complimentary tickets to the Tacolandia love fest.
5
Oct
2015

Ida Claire : Southern food in Addison

Ida Claire restaurant enters the noisy Addison restaurant corridor like a genteel Southern belle. This Southern style gastropub couldn't be more different from her brash neighbors. Inside, a whimsical world awaits as if your eccentric Southern aunty had her hand decorating it. Harmonious to the decor, the food lends itself to the South and in Ida Claire style, the dishes are bursting with lots of character.With most dishes under $18 with the exception of the Wagyu Sirloin steak ($26), this price point makes Ida Claire much more enticing than her Dallas counterparts in town.