2020 Winter Cooking in Bloom Special

We're offering a four-part Cooking in Bloom Winter Special designed for the last week of December, however you can rent it anytime via Vimeo. It's available for a week-long rental and you can start and stop it to make the recipes at your own pace. This is a great value for keeping little hands busy with something fun and educational.


Below are the items you need to have on hand to play along... or watch the shows and use this list to make the recipes your own.

Show 1:

In our first Cooking in Bloom winter show, Denise explains the food groups and shares a quick and easy recipe that makes a great after school snack.

Items You Need

For recipe:

One Minute Tostadas

  • 4 corn tortillas (6” round-- sure, you can sub flour if you have them or like the way they taste better)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt or lemon zest (you’ll need a microplane to zest)

  • 1 can white Cannellini beans (rinsed and drained; you can substitute black beans or any other bean you love)

  • Shredded cheese (Denise uses cheddar for this recipe, use what you like)

  • Add veggies-- lettuce, onion, spinach, tomato, corn, avocado (great way to use up leftovers)

  • Add topping like salsa, a pre-made cilantro dressing, plain greek yogurt, or whatever you enjoy. Remember, always make these recipes your own.

  • Skillet

  • Spatula

  • Pre-chop ingredients

For craft/activity:

If you have play food, you might want to get that out to follow along with our food group activity.


When you finish the coloring sheet, feel free to send it to Ms. Denise at cookinginbloom@gmail.com

Show 2:

In part 2 of Denise's four part Cooking in Bloom winter series, kids make an apple tart, plant an indoor garden, and learn about the lifecycle of plants.

Items You Need

For recipe:

Fruit Puff Pastry Dessert

  • Apples (any variety)

  • Puff pastry (boxed kind such as Pepperidge Farm)

  • Brown sugar

  • Cinnamon (ground)

  • Lemon

  • Sheet pan

  • Cooking pad or spray food release onto pan

  • Spatula

  • Cutting board or pad

  • Knife for cutting apples

  • Bowl and spoon for mixing brown sugar and cinnamon

  • Oven

For craft/activity:

We talk about the lifecycle of a seed and how it grows into a plant that pulls nutrients from the soil that our bodies need.

  • Potting soil, pre-dampened but still loose

  • Egg carton

  • 6 cracked egg shells, washed out

  • Seeds of your choice- Denise recommends something fast growing like sprouts

Show 3:

Cooking in Bloom's winter show #3 has Denise doing some hands on gardening with compost, sharing a recipe that sounds fancy but is super easy, and discussing nutrition so that you'll make better food choices to keep from feeling grouchy or tired during the day.

Items You Need

For recipe:

Easy French Crepes

  • Eggs

  • Flower

  • Milk

  • Butter

  • Sugar

  • Cheese

  • Onions

  • Sausage (Denise used vegetarian but you can use whatever your family likes)

  • Mixing bowl

  • Whisk

  • Measuring cup

  • Skillet

  • Oil or spray food release

  • Veggies of choice (Denise used some Swiss Chard from her garden)

  • Lemon with microplane to make zest

  • Cutting board and knife

Remember that, like pancakes, the first crepe often doesn’t turn out perfectly. Use it to determine if you should thin the batter with more milk.

For craft/activity:

Denise talked about the food groups and how our body pulls what it needs from the foods we eat. And while food powers us, what powers the plants so that they provide us with the nutrients we need? The soil.

  • Milk carton, jug, or container of your choice. Even a large plastic container works great

  • Sharp scissors (you may want an adult to help)

  • Small amount of potting soil

  • Food scraps (non-meat)

Show 4:

In our final winter show of our four part series, Denise shares a beautiful recipe for celebrating New Years Eve-- but can be used for any time. She also shows kids how to set a table for a festive touch. We end the show on a firework show.

Items You Need

For recipe:

Easy Ravioli

  • Ricotta cheese

  • Fresh frozen spinach (regular is ok, but you may need to wilt it in the microwave)

  • Chopped garlic

  • Lemon zest (lemon + microplane)

  • Sage (dried or fresh)

  • Pepper

  • Salt

  • Butter

  • Eggroll wraps (pre-made at grocery store)

  • Bowl for mixing filling

  • Skillet

  • Spatula

You can always cut the eggroll wraps into fourths for smaller ravioli.

Juice Spritzer

  • Juice of your choice (Denise uses pomegranate juice)

  • Seltzer or sparking water of your choice (Denise uses a plain seltzer, but a natural lemon-lime sparkling water is a great choice-- let your taste buds be the guide)

For craft/activity:

Denise encourages you to shop your kitchen and pull out real plates, china, and other fun items. She shares some silver flatware she purchased on a discount site and how mixing and matching china patterns is fun. But using “real” elevates a meal and by setting a table, kids are learning good skills for eating out.


Simple table setting

Want to get fancy?

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