HappyBirthdayEddieHi! I’m Eddie, the mascot for Ann Butler’s national cooking school for kids, Edible Education®. Here’s what we’ve got cooking this month:

♥ We’re celebrating Healthy Heart Month and Valentines Day. Fortunately chocolate, in moderation, is a good thing!

We’re offering a full roster of exciting classes for both kids AND adults this month.  From Chocolate and Russian Delicacies to Pizza and Cauliflower, we’ve got every taste bud covered.  We’re adding classes and locations weekly, so be sure to cbeck back often.

Per the American Heart Association, “Heart Disease kills 1 in 3 women, yet it’s 80% preventable”.  Two things you can do to help yourself and your family: eat real food and drink more water.   Refer to our “12 months of kid friendly recipes”  for recipe ideas that you can easily make that kids really like that are good for you.

Want to save a little money and a lot of fat? Check out our current cooking tip to learn more.

It’s our Mission to get America’s Kids Excited about Preparing Real Food — Love, Eddie ♥ 

Cooking Tip of the Day: Half the Money – Half the Fat

Make your Super Bowl burger with 1/2 ground beef and 1/2 finely chopped mushrooms.  The mushrooms add wonderful flavor and texture plus you won’t miss the beef. It’s a nice way to “sneak” healthy veggies into a family staple.

Click here to read more Cooking Tips for Kids.

Monthly Recipes: February

Linzer Tart Cookies

Prep Time: 30-40 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes Prep Time: 50 minutes
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2-1/2 cups All-Purpose flour
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t grated lemon rind
  • 1/2 cup of raspberry jam
  • powdered sugar
  • Equipment: bowls, small saucepan, rolling pin, cookie cutter (optional), knives, wax paper, baking sheet
  • Step 1 Beat first 4 ingredients until well blended; add in remaining ingredients.
  • Step 2 Chill dough for 10 minutes for easier maneuverability.
  • Step 3 Roll out with rolling pin and cut into shapes using a knife or cookie cutters.
  • Step 4 Bake on parchment or wax paper on cookie sheet at 350-degrees for 8-10 minutes.
  • Step 5 Let cool, and enjoy!

A Note from Chef Ann: This recipe is from “The Joy of Cooking.” I have probably made 400 batches of them — all fun and delicious! Be sure to plan ahead so you have plenty of time to spend on letting the dough chill, which makes it easier to roll out the cookies. If you do not want to make the berry filling from scratch, see the recipe below.

Berry filling ingredients: 

  • 2 cups of frozen mixed berries
  • 1 T cornstarch mixed into 2 t cold water
  • 2 T honey

Here’s how: In a small saucepan, cook berries and honey until simmering. Add cornstarch and water mixture to thicken. Let cool. Spread on cookies.

Chocolate Truffles

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 30 minutes Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • 1 (8 oz.) package of cream cheese
  • 3 cups melted dark chocolate
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • Toppings: coconut, crushed nuts, cocoa powder, cinnamon, crushed peppermint, sprinkles

Equipment: mixer, measuring spoons and cups, wax paper, double boiler, plates to hold toppings

  • Step 1 Remove cream cheese from refrigerator and let it warm up to room temperature.
  • With a mixer, blend cream cheese with confectioners sugar.
  • Refrigerator mixture for 30 minutes.
  • Spoon up a dollop of mixture and roll into individual balls.
  • Now roll chocolate balls in toppings: coconut, crushed nuts, cocoa powder, cinnamon,

Chocolate Quinoa Cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 30 minutes Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (cooled, and fluffed up)
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 3/4 c. olive oil
  • 1-1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 c. cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. sea salt
  • Top with whipping cream: 2 cups of very cold whipping cream, 3 T. Confectioners sugar, 2 T. cocoa powder, 1/2 t. coriander, 1 t. vanilla
  • Step 1: In a blender, combine quinoa, eggs, milk, vanilla, olive oil, sugar, and cocoa powder and mix.
  • Step 2: Transfer to a mixing bowl and add baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix together.
  • Step 3: Once the batter is blended, pour into greased cupcake tins or 2 round cake pans.
  • Step 4: Bake at 350-degrees for 20-35 minutes (depending on the pan you choose).
  • Step 5: Prepare whipping cream by grabbing a metal bowl and combining the ingredients listed above. Whip until peaks form (about 3-5 minutes). Spoon over cupcakes once they have cooled.

Edible Education tip: You won’t believe these delicious cupcakes are made with quinoa! This is a party pleaser every time, and the perfect recipe for all of the chocoholics you love.

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Edible Educator Affliates program

6502e929-bd0c-4ad3-a0d2-ee0c3558d072Want to help the kids in your area learn to cook real food? Become an Edible Educator!

Who: There are three groups of people who are successful Edible Educators™.

  • Foodpreneurs  These serious foodies are people with a passion for changing how the next generation thinks about food.
  • After-school Providers — These folks love working with kids and benefit greatly from bringing the Edible Education™ experience to their program. Not only do they add a wonderful regular educational activity to their curriculum, they earn extra money for their program during the school year, and during summer’s, too!
  • Dieticians and Health Coaches — These experienced professionals are able to couple their deep knowledge of nutrition with our proven chef-created curriculum. We not only teach the how to be chefs, we help them add a hands-on cooking lessons to their sessions with adult clients, as well as hospital and aging patients.

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School Enrichment

kids measuringSchool enrichment classes never tasted so good.  Our classes are one hour and are offered in 4, 5 or 6 week sessions. Students enjoy themed cooking lessons with seasonal and sensational foods, for students K-G8.

The Edible Education hands-on curriculum gives students confidence in the kitchen. Students prepare three to four recipes per class.

Our trained chefs provide step-by-step, age appropriate, hands-on instruction for your kids, which makes learning to cook real food fun for everyone! (more…)