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Cooking Tip: Measure Precisely When Baking


When baking, please measure! Get out standard measuring cups and measure where measure is called for, this will save you from things going amuck and ensure success.

For dry things like flour, oatmeal or peanut butter (technically not dry, but too lumpy to be wet), use a standard (not cutely shaped) set of dry measuring cups. They are meant to be filled right up to the top and then leveled off with a straight edge of some sort.

For liquids like milk or oil use a liquid measuring cup. They generally have a pour spout and are made to be filled to the measurements on the side of the cup (1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, 6 oz, etc.) rather than being filled right up to the top.

For small amounts, use a standard set of measuring spoons. Using an inexact teaspoon from your drawer to measure baking soda could cause your cake to implode. It might not, but it could, and that would make us both sad.

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Tortilla Espanola (Spanish Potato “Omelet”)


Tortilla Espanola only has tortillas in its name — there are actually no tortillas used in this recipe. It is a delicious, comforting egg and potato dish, traditionally served as tapas in every Spanish home. We, however, are happy to eat it anytime of the day… brunch, lunch, dinner, anytime, even as an after school snack. And given the ingredients, it’s great during Passover too.

Teach your teenagers how to make this and they will be capable of cooking a quick, cheap, tasty and nourishing meal no matter where in the world they might find themselves…

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One-Pot Sweet Potato Chili


This easy one-pot meal is packed with nutritious protein and fragrant spices, but balanced by the kid-friendly taste of sweet potatoes. This recipe comes to us from our friends at Tomato Sherpa. Bonus: If you are in the San Francisco area, you can order all the ingredients you need for this recipe for delivery from Tomato Sherpa!

Food for Thought: Sweet potatoes can be confused with yams, but they’re not related. Yams are sweeter but still work in sweet potato recipes! Sweet potatoes are native to North America and yams come from South America and Africa. In the U.S. it’s hard to find a true yam at the store. They’re usually mislabeled sweet potatoes.

For the full recipe for One-Pot Sweet Potato Chili, please visit The Kids Cook Monday.

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Broccoli Moment


It’s Friday. A perfect day to have some broccoli with your family dinner tonight. That’s because any day is a good day for broccoli in my book!  

What’s that you say? Kids aren’t particularly fond of broccoli? Try having a Broccoli Moment… At some point during dinner, exclaim “Broccoli Moment!” Everyone grabs a piece of broccoli, holds it up, counts 1, 2, 3 and then everyone munches down together. Not sure why, but for the little ones it works like a charm!  

Why not try to create your own Broccoli Moment memories starting tonight? (And by the way, this “moment” can be dedicated to any vegetable you are serving.)

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