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

10
Aug
2015

Healthy Caprese Lollipops

Summer months are tomato season. Whether you're buying from your local farmers market or at the store, this is the time to enjoy this summer fruit. Botanically, tomatoes are fruits because it contains seeds of the plants. Vegetables are edible parts of the plant but in cooking, most of us see tomatoes are vegetables as they are used in savory dishes. This weekend, our kids made Caprese Lollipops armed with a basket of mini heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil leaves from our garden and a mozzarella ball. The recipe is easy like summer should be and our kids will feel great because they made the family meal.
9
Aug
2015

Itty Bitty Foodies Guide to Seattle – Part 2

Here's Part 2 of Itty Bitty Foodies Guide to Seattle. Part 1 chronicled our foodie journey and family adventures in downtown/belltown and a full day of activities up in the Seattle Center and ending with a killer view of the Seattle skyline at Queen Anne. This post takes you back in history to the gold rush era at Pioneer Square to one of the smallest National Parks in the country to going upstream with salmon at the Hiram Chittenden Locks before heading to the Center of the Universe of Fremont. We've also tossed in a beach jaunt to Alki Beach and a day trip wine tasting in Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville.
6
Aug
2015

Thrive Market $1000 shopping spree

It has never made sense to me that food that is unprocessed, unaltered and natural costs so much. It makes eating healthier so challenging especially for families. This is one of the reasons why we're excited to partner with Thrive Market, a new online marketplace with a mission to make healthy living easy and affordable for everyone. Thrive Market works like Costco with an annual membership and offers wholesale prices (25-50% less than retail) except it only sells healthy, natural and organic products. Read on for your chance to win a Thrive Market $1000 Shopping spree and get a free trial month and 25% off your first order.
5
Aug
2015

Itty Bitty Foodies Guide to Seattle – Part 1

Seattle, you have fooled us this last week. Not a drop of rain has fallen from those sunny, cloudless blue skies. Our Itty Bitty Foodies have loved playing peek-a-boo with Mt Rainier and the Seattle Space Needle, popping up in sight unexpectedly as we navigate through the lush Emerald City. Twelve years ago, Beefcake and I lived next to Pike Place Market for a year, but this time, we're seeing Seattle with kids and the whole city has beguiled us. Here's our first installment of Itty Bitty Foodies Guide to Seattle!
24
Jul
2015

Books that inspire kids to try new foods

Our Itty Bitty Foodies love the written word. Every night, they are transported to new worlds and adventures through their books. I've often found while reading, that they ask to try new foods; foods that the characters in the book have eaten or cooked. While it's summer reading season, why not get your kids reading more. We're participating in the Mayor Summer Reading Program, are you? Books expand young minds and stretch their palates. Here are 3 fantastic authors with some of our favorite books that inspire kids to try new foods
14
Jul
2015

CiboDivino MarketPlace and Caffé

In a previous post, Napa Valley with Kids, we raved about a wonderful marketplace called Oakville Grocery store and just as we get back to Dallas, we discovered the newly opened CiboDivino Marketplace and Caffé! Owners Daniele Puleo (of Daniele Osteria on Oaklawn and Inzo Italian Kitchen) and his wife, Christina, have recreated a similar gourmet experience paying special tribute to Daniele's Italian Sicilian background. But in true Texas style where everything is bigger, the Italian eatery, marketplace and bar designed by Ron Guest is a spacious 4,400 square foot including an additional 2,200 square foot patio and a wonderful green lawn space for outdoor picnicking at Sylvan Thirty in Oak Cliff.
9
Jul
2015

Grilled Bananas with Chocolate

Grilled bananas you ask? We've all eaten cooked bananas in desserts like Bananas Foster or banana cake but until recently I never thought of grilling bananas. This recipe is from my grill-extraordinaire husband who made this when he was growing up. It's great for camping trips or summer cookouts. With just two ingredients, grilled bananas with chocolate is simple and quick. We let our Itty Bitty Foodies choose their favorite chocolate bar and then they make their own. With all the cooking out we're doing during summer, this grilled bananas with chocolate is a no-brainer recipe. Just throw them on the 'barbie'. Here's what you need:
5
Jul
2015

Itty Bitty Foodies Travel Guide to Napa Valley

Every time I tell someone we went to Napa Valley for a vacation, people would ask me in surprise, "With the kids?" We've just spent five glorious sun-filled days in Napa Valley, California with a nine, seven and two year old and the trip was a smashing success! We enjoyed world-class wines, ate at fine restaurants, visited a geyser and picnicked our way through Napa Valley. Though we had to make some concessions for our napping toddler, there are lots to do in the Napa Valley with kids. Here's how we did it.
18
Jun
2015

English peas pasta with lemon and mint

As the weather heats up, our suppers are becoming lighter. This English peas pasta recipe is brightened with hints of mint and lemon. For summer we want refreshing so we buy fresh on the herbs, pasta and peas. However, we often call on this ’emergency’ recipe and substitute with frozen peas and dried pasta as we have these ingredients in our pantry, most times. If we don’t have fresh mint, we just omit it from the recipe as the dried version pales in comparison. Fresh English peas give an extra bouncy pop than frozen. English peas come in big pods that are easy for the Itty Bitty Foodies to shell. Even 2 year old Googie gets into the prep work. Aside from a quick an great tasting meal, it’s also fun for the whole family to make this English peas pasta with lemon and mint.
2
Jun
2015

Good Local Markets’ Lemonade Contest

Have you made a trip out to Good Local Markets for fresh produce, meats and artisan breads? Good Local Markets operates three farmer’s markets in Dallas that includes only local growers and makers. If you have a special family lemonade recipe or your fancy yourself a mixologist of lemonade, save the date for Good Local Markets' Lemonade Contest. Good Local Lemonade Contest will be held at their Lakeside Market (9150 Garland Road) location on Saturday June 20th, beginning at 10:30am. What a fun thing to do with your kids.
8
May
2015

How to make the perfect boiled egg

When it comes to boiled eggs, my Itty Bitty Foodies are like Goldilocks. Half boiled, runny eggs are a "no go" at our home as are hard, over-boiled, eggs with the yellow powdery, dry yolk. They like their eggs just cooked so that the yolk is firm but still orange and moist. Hitting that sweet spot is not easy so Beefcake and I use this method on how to make the perfect boiled egg with consistent results
5
May
2015

Beef and potato wrapped in puff pastry

It seems that every culture has some version of a beef and potato wrapped in pastry food item. Australians have a steak and potato pie, Russians do it in a piroshki, Indians with samosas and Latin Americans have empanadas. Over the weekend, I made the Malaysian version for friends: curried beef and potato wrapped in puff pastry. I used a mild curry powder and the kids loved it. It's always rewarding to see your own kids appreciate your food but a little extra special when other people's children enjoy it so much, they ask to eat the last one. This is an easy recipe and I cheat a little by using puff pastry instead of making my own.
29
Apr
2015

Style Surfing: Clarisonic for beautiful skin

Happy Mother's Day to my beautiful Mum and all the other Mothers out there! The last couple of years, my sweet husband, Beefcake has gifted me Clarisonic products and they've been some of most practical gifts I've gotten to maintaining beautiful skin. I'm very lucky that I come from a line of women with gorgeous skin but as you get older, some maintenance is in order. I can honestly say I've used my Clarisonic cleansing brush system and Pedi transformation every single week.
19
Apr
2015

Underground Indian Cuisine in Irving

Beefcake and I love Indian food especially when we lived in Singapore. We'd go to hawker stalls and gorge on roti and hot curries served on a banana leaf instead of plates. But since moving to Dallas, we'd not ventured too much into the cuisine especially after having the kids. But slowly we've found some authentic places and they seem to be clustered around the Irving/Las Colinas areas. Underground Indian Cuisine is one of them. They serve Pershawri Indian cuisine from the Northern region which tends to be less spicy. It's a great way to introduce the children to Indian cuisine
14
Apr
2015

Simple grilled lamb chops recipe

It's cook out weather and we're enjoying every minute of it. This year, Dallas is actually having real spring weather which means the only thing sizzling is on our barbecue grill. We like to entertain friends with this grilled lamb chop recipes. The key is to marinate them for at least 2 hours in advance to infuse all your flavors before popping them on the grill so all your hard work is done by the time your friends arrive.