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Cooking with the bears

April 13, 2015
Amy Phelps , MOV Parent

A new Berenstain Bears-themed cookbook aims to get kids in the kitchen with their parents with "The Berenstain Bears' Country Cookbook" (Zonderkidz, $12.99) by Mike Berenstain.

With 40 recipes for breakfast, lunch, main dishes and desserts and snacks, along with illustrations from the book series and photos of the dishes, this book also has simple instructions to help young cooks in the kitchen.

Breakfast dishes include kid-friendly dishes with cute twists, like Bunny Biscuits (biscuits with chocolate chips, raisins and almonds) and Tasty Toboggans (french toast with strips of bacon.)

Lunch dishes include Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup, Lettuce Wraps and Turkey Shaped Sandwiches with peppers and carrots making the turkey's feathers.

Main dishes include Bear-y Good Mac & Cheese, Green Noodle Lasagna and Skillet Fried Potatoes, with sour cream, black olives, a tomato and a pepper making a big smiley face.

Desserts and Snacks end things with a Mug Brownie that you make in the microwave, adorable Panda Cupcakes and fun Race Car Cookies.

These are all recipes meant to be prepared by kids and parents together and use simple ingredients and techniques for beginning cooks.

My oldest is getting to the age where she needs to start developing some cooking skills, so I had her go through the book, pick out something that sounded good, and make it for us for dinner. She chose Shepherd's Pie, which involved browning ground beef and onion in a pan, then adding cream of mushroom soup, ketchup (we didn't tell the picky youngest) and pepper and then making instant mashed potatoes, spooning on top and letting bake in the oven. It came together rather quickly and she did a good job!



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