Category: Cooking with Kids

Cooking with Languages Encouraging Language Learning Through Cooking


The struggle of raising a bilingual tween (pre-teen) is real!   He’s at the age where he feels that Spanish kiddie cartoons are lame, and reading in Spanish is boring.  So, I’ve compromised with him when it comes to reading in Spanish (I read one page, he reads another). Luckily, there is one activity that we can all agree is fun to do in Spanish and it’s cooking! Yes, cooking with kids in the minority language is always a hit!


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Cooking with Kids DIY Spice Seasonings

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There’s one thing that I really enjoy doing with my son, and it’s cooking!  We recently made a batch of spice seasonings to gift.  Nothing like homemade spices instead of the store bought ones.  You also save a ton of money, too!
We gathered our materials measuring cups, spoons, mason jars and the seasonings.  Then we got started!  Just an FYI it will get very messy!   I also had raffia to decorate and labels for each jar.  We made taco, ranch, Italian, chili and adobo seasonings.

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Categories: Cooking with Kids, Food

Kid-Made Strawberry Banana Nutella Cake

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My 8 yr. old loves watching The Food Network Channel. His favorite show is Cake Wars. He was excited with the “Sea World theme” from one of the episodes.  Hence, his request to make a strawberry banana Nutella cake with crushed walnuts that looked like a shark!  Say what?? My head was spinning! Ha! 
Sadly, I had to burst his bubble. The shark part was a no-go, but I could help him bake the cake he asked for. 
I’m not a baker so this had to be easy peasy!  Plus, I wanted this be an easy-to-bake cake for my 8 yr. old.  
I ran to the grocery store, and wouldn’t you know they don’t sell banana cake mixes! Banana bread mix yes, banana cake mix no. {Sigh} So I figured if I can buy banana extract I can make something happen, right? So I Google on my phone easy banana recipe with extract, and bingo! I found an easy cake recipe that my son could surely follow! Original recipe can be found here.  
I grabbed the strawberries, bananas, walnuts, and the rest of the ingredients for the banana mix.  
Once home, my child was thrilled to see all of the ingredients for his cake, and we quickly got to work.  He mixed the cake ingredients, while I sliced the strawberries. I still wasn’t sure how he wanted to make his cake.  As soon as he poured the cake batter into the cake pan, he started licking the bowl. That’s the best part right? Ha!
Then I placed the cake pan in the oven, and put the Nutella jar in a bowl of hot water to soften it. When the cake was cooling,  I suggested we decorate the cake with Nutella, strawberries, and the crushed walnut. He was all for it! 
I cut the cake in two, and helped him place it on a pizza sheet with aluminum foil. He took care of the rest. I must admit this was the tastiest, and yummiest cake ever!!! He was so proud of his creation, and then asked me when would he be able to bake again. 
I am so happy to help my son explore his different interests.  He came up with this flavor combination all by himself. I initially wanted a chocolate cake (mixes are easy to find!) but he insisted on it being banana.  
What are your favorite cake flavors?? I’m thinking of piña colada cake next, but not sure he’ll like it. 😉 
Categories: Cooking with Kids, Food

Kid Friendly Piña Colada from Puerto Rico

If there’s something that I love and crave often is Puerto Rico’s official beverage: piña colada (without the rum!)



Of course, the piña colada is a cocktail that has rum in it, but I make it without! It’s just as delicious. It’s like having a slushy explosion in your mouth from the sweetness of the pineapple and coconut! Oh so sweet, and delicious. It’s also so refreshing during the summer or any other time.

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Backyard Barbecue Bloghop: Grilling Season

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be joining other bloggers in the first annual Backyard Barbecue Bloghop!
Of course, the first thing that crosses my mind is grilling season!! My husband loves, loves to BBQ! He even has his own special barbecue sauce recipe (sorry, but my hubby refuses to share his recipe). However, I will share with you a honey barbecue sauce that I enjoy.

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Categories: Cooking with Kids

Kid Friendly Macaroni Tuna Salad {Cooking With My Little Chef}

My 4 yr. old was inspired to make this recipe: macaroni tuna salad.  He had this for lunch at pre-school one day, and he told me exactly what he needed to make it. 🙂 
Every afternoon, when I pick him up from pre-school I ask him the usual questions, and we talk all the way home. 
I asked what was his favorite part of the day.  His little face lit up, and he told me, “Mommy I made pizza!” Very confident in himself he tells me how to make it. He also told me the ingredients needed were dough, pizza sauce, cheese and two small pepperonis. I said, “Wow, you seem to have become an excellent cook!” (We’ve cooked together chicken pot pies, mini meat loaves, and cookies, and he loves it!) 
Then he immediately says, “I want to make macaroni tuna salad.” I asked him, “So you know how to make it?” He says, “Yes, all I need is white macaroni, tuna, mayonnaise, and pickles (referring to sweet relish) then you mix it up!” I asked him where did he learn this, and he responds that his teacher tells him what they are having for lunch. (I’m assuming she explains what is in it.) 
Luckily I had some frozen cooked pasta that I thawed for 30 seconds in the freezer. I put all of the ingredients on the counter, and let him pour and mix! He was so happy, and told me he that he wanted his macaroni tuna salad for dinner. 🙂 
2 cups cooked pasta 
1/2 cup light mayonnaise 
1/4 cup sweet relish 
1 can tuna in water (drained)
Mix and that’s it! So easy that my 4 yr. did this all by himself! 
Do your children have any fun recipe? I would love to hear about it.  Please comment, like, pin or share. 
Categories: Cooking with Kids, Food

Fritura de Puerto Rico: Relleno de Papas Con Un Toque de Japón

Si hay algo que extraño de mi isla bonita Puerto Rico,  ¡son las frituras! Si, si yo sé que no son saludables,  que si la grasa,  etc., etc.,  pero te diré que no hay nada como comerse una fritura de un chinchorro en Isla Verde, o de una guaguita estacionadas al borde de la costa entrando por Cataño (si más no recuerdo antes de mudarme para Estados Unidos ya se habían eliminado); pero siempre uno se encuentra una guaguita o chinchorro que las vende por aquí o por allá. Me encantaría poder tener la oportunidad de compartir esta experiencia con mi hijo y esposo:  ordenar una fritura (bacalaíto, alcapurría, un sorrullo, o lo que se me antoja ahora relleno de papa), y para bajarla un malta bien friiiiiiiiiiiiiia, ¡no tiene precio!  Mi gente Boricua puede entender esto. 🙂
En fin, mientras sueño con estar en Puerto Rico, me conformaré con hacerlas yo misma acá en los Estados Unidos. Para la carne que va adentro de los rellenos de papa que se me antojaba,  encontré una receta de picadillo muy similar a la que mi santa madre hacía y la receta la puedes encontrar aquí.
Ahora bien, muchas recetas de relleno de papas que encontré en la internet son con papas instantáneas (pero si quieres algo rápido y sencillo ver la receta aquí); pero para mi receta yo cociné papas, papas de verdad, nada de procesada. 🙂
Las papas fueron majadas con mi majador de papas (recuerdo cuando me críaba que Mami tenía uno). Luego sazoné las papas a mi gusto, las moldee con una cuchara y adentro de la papa coloque una cucharada de picadillo. Luego con más papa por encima las hice en bolitas.


Antes de freír el relleno de papas se envuelven en harina de trigo o maizena para que no se desmorone al freírlas. Pero yo usé “Panko” son migajas de pan rallado de Japón (para hacer las migajas de pan rallado utilizan corriente eléctrica a través de la masa para que se hornee sin la corteza, creando así migajas de pan rallado más crujientes y no absorben tanta grasa cuando se fríe).  El resultado final: relleno de papa con un toque de Japón que son crujientes por fuera, blanditas por dentro y súper deliciosas.    ¡Se derriten en tu boca…riquísimas!
La primera vez que probé algo envuelto y frito con Panko fueron los tomates verdes como los que ven en la foto.  Esto es un plato típico Sureño y puedes leer más sobre esto aquí.
¿Cuéntame sobre tu comida típica favorita? ¿Es algo que solamente puedes comer en tu país o puedes hacerla en tu casa?
Agradeceré comentes, compartas o dale “me gusta” a mi publicación.  ¡Gracias anticipadas!

Giant Gingerbread Man {Cooking With My Little Chef}

Christmas in our house is not over, and what better way to have fun during these festivities than to make a giant gingerbread man!  Little one loves to help in the kitchen, and this is a simple, super easy to make recipe!  I am by far a baker, so we’re going to make this easy, peasy. 🙂  
So we gathered up the ingredients, and the supplies. We’re ready to start, but wait a minute… little one has a request: he wants to do everything by himself! 🙂 I was happy to oblige since it shows an interest in being independent, and getting hands on with the baking.  I just cracked the egg. He mixed, poured and even looked with amazement how the dry mixture turned all gooey. He also got a kick out of looking into the oven window to see how the gingerbread man was baking. 

I love cooking or in this case baking with little one. It’s another one of our bonding moments,  and it’s a learning process for him. He’s mastering his mathematical skills and learning the science of cooking. He’s learning time management and patience. By setting up the timer, and waiting patiently for the gingerbread man to bake in the oven.  He’s also using his imagination and artistic creativity by decorating the gingerbread man.  
He was really “into” the whole I’m a “chef” now.  He had his apron, and chef’s hat and was very much into character.  After the gingerbread man was out of the oven, I asked him if he wanted to sit and decorate the gingerbread man. I was blown away by his answer, “Mommy chefs don’t sit. They stay standing up.”  Humm, where did my child come up with an answer like that? Maybe looking at Mommy cook in the kitchen, or perhaps from the cooking shows that I’ve watched? I have no clue, but I was very proud of him for wanting to do the whole process all by himself.  
From now on, he’s going to be my designated sous chef when I’m in the kitchen cooking. 🙂  What yummy things have you cooked or baked with your child? Would love to hear from you. Please comment, like or share. 
¡Buen provecho! 
Note: The gingerbread man is still in the baking pan because although we followed the instructions to a tee (ungreased mold) it didn’t come out! So I let little one do his thing with decorating it, and then I cut it out into large pieces. He was happy regardless! 
Categories: Cooking with Kids