Archive for January, 2015

Game On! with Chicken Apple Bites Recipe

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

There’s something about dads and football.  This year with the match up of the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks I’m especially reminded on my dad.  My dad was from Rhode Island and was a Patriots fan.  My son is from California but it a Seahawks fan (go figure).  I wish my dad was alive to watch this year’s game with my son.  They would love to cheer and jeer at each other.

Another fan favorite match up is football and chicken wings.  I’m not a big fan, really of either.  Something about all those bones and tendons.  (and time outs of the game)  But I like any excuse to make special food and be festive (plus there’s always the half time show and commercials).  If you’re looking to make wings, Martha Stewart has a ton of recipes and sauces.  Check here.  But if you’re wanting something with chicken and no bones for your kids or family gathering, try these Baked Chicken and Apple Bites from Petit Appetit: Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Baked Chicken and Apple Bites

Here’s a twist on  the usual “meat” balls using chicken and a touch of sweetness from apples.  Serve these at a gathering with rounded toothpicks and a variety of sauces such as honey mustard, or favorite BBQ sauce for dipping.  Or thread them on a skewer together with chunks of cheese and pineapple.

Makes 28 – 30

1 ½ pounds ground organic chicken

1 organic green apple, such as Granny Smith or Delicious, peeled, cored and grated

3 organic green onions, minced, about 3 tablespoons

1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

¾ cups whole wheat bread dry crumbs (see tip page )

¼   teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon balsamic or white wine vinegar

 

Preheat oven to 400F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Sqeeze out excess liquid from grated apple using paper or clean kitchen towels.

Put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until blended.

Using a melon baller or tablespoon, spoon out a heaping tablespoonful of chicken mixture and roll into a ball using hands.  Repeat until all mixture is used.  Place chicken bites on prepared pan and bake for 10 minutes or until cooked through and brown on bottom.

Grating or shredding is easiest with a food processor, but can also be done ona box grater.  Be sure to squeeze any excess liquid before adding to mixture.

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Take a Stand: Tips to Help Kids Raise Money Through Food/Drink

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

You may have heard of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.  A little girl named Alex was diagnosed with cancer when she was 1 year old. When she was four years old, Alex asked her mom if she could have a lemonade stand to raise money for “her hospital”.  Her legacy lives on as lemonade stands all  over the country continue to support her pediatric cancer foundation to the tune of $100 million as of January 1, 2015.  How cool is that?!

My kids and friends wanted to make cookies and sell them at a stand at the park.  They’ve done lemonade stands but they wanted to make cookies all by themselves (for the first time) and then raise money to give to The Milo Foundation, a Bay Area dog and cat rescue group.  How could I say no to that?  Of course we were going there for the third time that week to try to adopt a dog.  The kids raised $19 and gave it to the foundation.  Ironically we didn’t find a dog there, but a few days later at the Marin Humane Society.  Guess we know where the next stand money will go.

Here are some steps to help you create a stand and raise money for something you or your kids believe in…

1. Make excellent homemade product.  If it’s lemonade squeeze it yourself.  If it’s cookies make them from scratch.  Store bought is not an option.  My kids made the recipe from the bag of the chocolate chip bag with some added sprinkles.  It doesn’t need to be fancy.  Here’s a lemonade recipe.

Lemonade

(Makes 3 ½ cups)

½ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, juice from about 4 lemons

½ cup sugar

1 ½ cups water, divided

Heat sugar and ½ cup water over medium heat in a small saucepan.  Stir until sugar has dissolved and mixture has thickened, about 2 to 3 minutes.  This is simple syrup.  Combine lemon juice, simple syrup and additional cup of water to taste.

Chill in thermos for easy packing or plastic pitcher, if location is a short walk.

Pour over ice in plastic or paper cups.

2. Create fun signs.  Kids can get really creative with this one.

3. Set up shop with friends and family to help.

4. Choose a location with lots of people.  Think parks, game fields, school.

5. Set a fair price or simply ask for a donation for each cup. (*You’ll make more $ by asking for a donation.)

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