Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Patricia Wersinger

Cooking for a family every day involves planning, running to the store, prepping, using pots and pans and then cleaning the mess you have made. Just thinking about it can kill all the joy involved in the process. You end up doing the same old recipes over and over because they are quick and unthreatening. But how boring never to get out of the familiar zone, especially when our taste buds are concerned. A way to make cooking more fun and to pick the imagination of your kids is to try new recipes and involve them in the adventure. Annie Chun has exotic, delicious Korean meals that are easy to fix, with wonderful sauces devoid of harmful preservatives that I can assure you even the most recalcitrant kid in your battery will love.

The Soy Ginger Beef Skewers, Ssam Style is to die for. It requires a prep time of 10 minutes and a cooking time of 25 minutes and yields 6 generous portions. All you need to do is to combine 1 cup of Annie Chun’s Korean BBQ Sauce, 3 tbs of fresh minced ginger root and 1 1/2 lb of rib eye steak cut in 1 inch cubes. Toss it all well and set it aside while you heat a pot filled up half way with fry oil. Place 1/4 package of Annie Chun’s Brown Rice Maifun Noodles in the pot and fry them. Remove them from the pot and set them aside and then assemble Beef Skewers with 2 pieces of beef and 2 pieces of tomato on them. Heat a grill and place 20 skewers on it after seasoning them with salt and pepper. Turn the skewers every 3 – 4 minutes on each side to prevent burning. Place 2 -3 skewers on each plate with a few lettuce leaves. Serve with matchstick carrots, bean sprouts, chopped scallions and jalapenos to make a lettuce wrap. The result is divine. Annie Chun’s sauces and products are of the finest quality. Don’t substitute with any other brand in order to obtain best tasting and healthy results. Visit Annie Chun’s site for more recipes and the finest Asian products at http://www.anniechun.com

On Friday nights, pizza is always a favorite after a long week. Making your own pizza is not hard if you have the beautifully made and sturdy earth ware Pizza Baking Stone with a rack by Sassafras and The Pizza Crust Mix to make your own dough. The Pizza Crust packages contain Wheat Flour, Sugar, Salt, Yeast. There are 2 packages in a box and they make one 12 inch pizza each. Your kids will love getting involved in the pizza project and will have fun rolling the dough, decorating the pies with healthy toppings instead of lazily ordering the same, ready-made pies on the phone. It is an economic solution as well as a creative one.
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In this Halloween and Pumpkin Season, your kids will enjoy making Spider Cookie Pops with Sun-Maid Natural Raisins on a cold November night. To do these yummy Cookie Pops, you will need to mix 1 cup of softened Butter with 1 – 1/2 cup of firmly packed Brown Sugar, add 2 Eggs then 1 cup of semi-sweet melted Chocolate Chips, 2 cups of all- purpose Flour, 2 teaspoons of Baking Soda, 2 – 1/2 cups of Quick Oats and 1 cup of Sun-Maid Natural Raisins. Make little balls and stick popsicle sticks in them (you will have enough dough for 12 ) then decorate them with glaze and color them with food coloring.
Check the full recipe and more recipes with Sun-Maid Raisins and Apricots at: http://www.sunmaid.com

These three recipes show how easy it is to vary one’s cooking regime to make it more diverse and exciting. It is part of educating your children on how health, creativity and pleasure can coincide.

Originally published November 2010
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