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

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.
2
Oct
2015

Easy Baked Frittata Recipe

Weekends should be leisurely and relaxed. Our Itty Bitty Foodies are crazy about eggs and we love this easy baked frittata recipe. "Frittata" meaning "fried" in Italian is usually done in a skillet and then finished off in the oven. We had such a positive response with our Oven "Fried" Chicken Wings, we decided give this recipe a healthy tweak and do more baking than frying. Frittatas are a great way to add more vegetables in our diet as well as help clear out the fridge of odds and ends. Have a few leftover rashes of bacon or a few handfuls of spinach? Toss it in. Found a lone zucchini you didn't know what to do with? No problem. The recipe is flexible, so get your kids to add in what they like and get them cooking with you in the kitchen. This 'everything but the kitchen sink' recipe is excellent for beginner cooks. Here's what we added in our frittata recipe.
25
Sep
2015

Good Local Markets offers Free Farm-to-Market Workshop for Children

As if we didn't love Good Local Markets like crazy, starting this Sunday September 27th, Good Local Markets are partnering with Farm to Market Workshop to offer activities for children ages 3-8 at the markets. The workshops are free and parents must remain onsite during the time. Through a holistic, project-based program, workshops run by instructor, Jennifer Stuart will engage young mind through the exploration of food, farming, nature and life skills. This sounds like heaven for our Itty Bitty Foodies who love to cook, learn about nature and garden though watering a garden with a water gun is probably not what they had in mind. Here are the details of upcoming workshops.
13
Sep
2015

Easy oven fried chicken wings

Football season is here and it's Cowboys fever at our household. Whether it's Friday nights lights or Sunday night football, it all equates to one thing for me: fried chicken wings. Our boys can eat their weight in chicken wings so I make it healthier with this oven fried chicken wings recipe. Chicken wings already have high fat content and my version uses very little oil as opposed to the traditional fried version. The skin comes out crisp and it's just as delicious hot or cold. This recipe is great for tailgating, a quick weeknight recipe or weekend picnics. As with all Itty Bitty Foodies recipes we try to keep prep time low and it's so easy the children can make it themselves.
1
Sep
2015

How to do Addison Oktoberfest with kids + ticket giveaway

Have you ever wondered why the Addison Octoberfest starts in September? The town of Addison has timed their festival to coincide with the famed Munich Oktoberfest which begins in September and runs till beginning of October. While we may be 10 hours away from Bavaria, DFW denizens can still revel in much of the same traditions, music, folk dancing as well as German food. If you're looking for a taste of Germany, the Addison Octoberfest would be a fun way to introduce your kids. Here's how to do Addison Octoberfest with kids plus a chance to win 4 tickets!
25
Aug
2015

Super Chix

Cluck! Cluck! There's a new top chook in town and Super Chix has us clucking for more! Dallas has an insatiable appetite for fried chicken. Every time a new fried chicken place opens, it's packed. When we're at the mall, the lines at Chick-Fil-A snake around at all hours while the adjoining businesses trickle with customers. And I have to admit, fried chicken is also my fast food weakness so I couldn't help myself when the new Super Chix opened in Addison. We just had to go.
19
Aug
2015

Get back to school in style with Macy’s

Do I hear the 'S' word? Not 'summer' but 'school'. School is just round the corner and Macy's is rolling out a bunch of events to help your child be cool for school. The Itty Bitty Foodies will be attending this Macy's get back to school in style event at Macy's Park in Arlington this Sunday August 30th at 2pm. It's going to be an afternoon of crafts and activities including Disney Princess and Star Wars coloring books, the chance to make your own Princess crown and pose for a picture in our Disney Princess and Star Wars-themed photo booths.
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.