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Banana Mini Cupcakes with Chocolate Hazelnut Frosting

February 6th, 2009 · 5 Comments

We were invited to a toddler pre-game playdate on Super Bowl Sunday and brought these mini cupcakes. The bananas added enough sweetness that I was able to reduce the sugar in the recipe by half; the frosting of course more than compensates for the not-too-sweet cake. I called it Nutella frosting, but I actually used [...]

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Tags: cooking with toddlers · dessert · recipes · sweets

Tapas for Toddlers

January 8th, 2009 · 5 Comments

It’s no secret that tapas are one of my favorite foods and Jaleo, the first outpost of gregarious local chef Jose Andres’ growing empire is my favorite local restaurant. When you think about it, tapas (“little plates”) are really the ideal toddler-friendly meal, with small portions, varied colors and textures that catch their eye without [...]

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Tags: cooking with toddlers · proteins · recipes

Treats: Grandmom’s Snowball Cookies

January 2nd, 2009 · 3 Comments

On the ninth day of Christmas … … Grandmom D.’s Snowball Cookies. These are hardly unique, but it’s the only recipe I have passed down from my English grandmother, and it just wouldn’t be Christmas without them. The toddler was quite happy to help by sprinkling “sugar snow” on them.

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Tags: holiday

Cooking with Toddlers, Get-Out-the-Vote Edition

November 4th, 2008 · 3 Comments

In honor of Election Day, the toddler and I cooked up some political sugar cookies. Our circus animal cookie cutter set had an elephant but no donkey, so we went with the “O” Obama logo for our Democratic cookies. VOTE!

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Tags: baked goods · cooking with toddlers

Cooking with Toddlers, Sushi Night

October 24th, 2008 · 8 Comments

Something I have been wanting to start for a while is a Cooking with Toddlers series. I firmly believe that involving kids as much as possible in choosing and preparing their foods helps them develop a healthy and curious attitude towards eating. For our first installment, I wanted to kick it off with something fun [...]

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Tags: recipes