Thursday, July 9, 2009

Cooking with Christian

Christian chose recipes this week for a delicious, kid-friendly menu of sloppy dogs and rocky road ice cream. Perhaps you know a future chef who would love to join you in the kitchen to try these easy recipes.

Sloppy Dogs

This recipe is from Disney's The Magic Kitchen Cookbook, which Christian received as a Christmas gift. He loves it so much, he usually keeps it by his bedside.

12 ounces lean ground beef
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1/4 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
8 whole grain hamburger or hot dog buns
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Brown ground beef in a large skillet, then drain well. Add tomatoes and herbs to the ground beef, and bring to a boil. Cover skillet, and simmer for 15 minutes. Spoon meat mixture onto buns and top with cheese. Note: We used a fiesta blend instead of the white cheeses suggested.

Rocky Road Ice Cream

Christian chose this recipe from the pamphlet that accompanied our new 4-quart Rival ice cream maker, and it was a hit with everyone.

2 cups milk
6 squares (1 ounce each) chocolate
1 3/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups half and half
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 cups whipping cream
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans

Combine milk and semisweet chocolate in saucepan. Stirring constantly, cook over medium heat until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat. Add sugar and salt. Stir until dissolved. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes. Freeze as directed. Note: We substituted semisweet chocolate chips for the baking squares and omitted the nuts.

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