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Coloring cookbook for young cooks

May 12, 2015
Amy Phelps , MOV Parent

A new cookbook designed to look like a coloring book appeals to beginner cooks, like tweens/teens in "Cook's Coloring Book" by Rachel Lewis (Gibbs Smith, $12.99.)

With pages that yes, you can color on, Lewis introduces basic recipes to beginners, all with simple illustrations that beg for a bit of crayon.

The recipes are divided into Breakfasts, Salads and Sides, Main Courses and Sweet Treats.

For Breakfasts, there are recipes such as Breakfast Berry Smoothie, Eggs Royale and Cinnamon Pancakes.

For Salads and Sides, there are dishes like Creamy Potato Salad, Salmon and Avocado Salad and Lemony Snap Peas.

For Main Courses, the dishes range from Tomato Soup, Homemade Pizza, Macaroni and Cheese, to Chicken Parmigiana, Pot Roast and Sloppy Joe Bake.

The book wraps things up with Sweet Treats like Lemon Cake Squares, Rocky Road Bars, Strawberry Cheesecake and Apple Pie.

My oldest who is still very hesitant about cooking, made Ranch Pasta Salad one day for lunch. This dish only needed you to cook the pasta and bacon, which she was easily able to do. You then make a dressing out of mayonnaise, ranch dressing and olive oil. Vegetables are added for extra flavor - the book suggests black olives, cucumbers, onion, peppers and tomato, but you could probably mix and match or add whatever you like. It then was refrigerated for at least 4 hours, and then Parmesan cheese sprinkled over before serving. It was a good lite lunch and she was able to make it easily.



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