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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com
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
Fruit Puff Pastry Dessert
Apples (any variety)
Puff pastry (boxed kind such as Pepperidge Farm)
Cooking pad or spray food release onto pan
Cutting board or pad
Knife for cutting apples
Bowl and spoon for mixing brown sugar and cinnamon
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
6 cracked egg shells, washed out
Seeds of your choice- Denise recommends something fast growing like sprouts
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
Easy French Crepes
Sausage (Denise used vegetarian but you can use whatever your family likes)
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.
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)
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
Fresh frozen spinach (regular is ok, but you may need to wilt it in the microwave)
Lemon zest (lemon + microplane)
Sage (dried or fresh)
Eggroll wraps (pre-made at grocery store)
Bowl for mixing filling
You can always cut the eggroll wraps into fourths for smaller ravioli.
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)
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?