COOKING FROM SCRATCH WITH MY KIDS

4 Jan

Since my mother in law was so kind to purchase me my dream appliance the  KitchenAid Mixer I decided it’s time to do what I got to do and make everything from scratch. As time goes on I will purchase the different attachments that go along with my mixer for different types of foods that I want to make. I definitely want the pasta attachment and the ice cream maker so far. I’ve always wanted to make fresh pasta and the kids would definitely enjoy homemade ice cream.

My kids and I have been in the kitchen baking cupcakes, cookies, and biscuits in the past but there’s nothing more exciting and fun than doing it from scratch. As much as you try to stay clean and organized it ain’t gonna happen. Even on television. That’s why they have commercials so they can clean the mess they made before they come back on the air.

I love messes with my kids because it just let’s me know we are all enjoying ourselves. I need their help more than they know it. I want them to learn because they want and they want a career out of this.

The first thing we attempted to make were our favorite. CUPCAKES!! Like I said we always did it the easy way out of the box but I did always make my frosting homemade. This day was special. My daughter and I went grocery shopping and got all the ingredients. I found a great recipe on my favorite website Food Network and printed them out and we were all set.

We made vanilla cupcakes with chocolate ganache frosting which was very easy to make : 2 cups heavy cream 8 ounces of semisweet chocolate chips, or 1 1/2 pounds of bittersweet chocolate chopped into small pieces. Heat cream until it comes to a simmer. Remove from heat. Place chocolate in a heat – proof bowl. Pour cream over chocolate. Allow to sit 10 to 15 seconds, then whisk until the chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Allow to cool slightly, stirring occasionally. Mixture should be a little thick but still pourable.

I just dipped my cupcakes into the ganache instead of pouring it onto them. Less work and the kids enjoyed doing that.

We also made vanilla frosting with confectioners sugar, vanilla, and whipping cream. Recipe on website as well.

We all tore those cupcakes up! You can see and taste the difference. They were delicious. I guess this year it’s really on with the kids selling their lemonade and cupcakes. I’ll keep everyone posted on Twitter.

I also made fresh buttermilk dressing to go with my salad. That was amazing!! My family loved it very much!!
The recipe is easy :

1/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 cloves garlic finely chopped
3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper

Mix all ingredients together and season with salt and pepper to taste.

I added a little extra seasoning to mine and some red pepper flakes for more of a kick. Very, very good!!

I will continue to post different creations my kids and I make in the kitchen. If any of my readers make any of the recipes please let me know how you like it. Thank you!

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The cupcake pictured by itself is a mixed one. I put a hole in the middle, filled it with chocolate ganache and covered the outside with vanilla frosting. Yummy!

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