November 2015: Is your child a “Little Big Shot?” Steve Harvey wants to know!

Attention all Edible Education families and fans: We have been invited to have a handful of our Edible Education students audition to appear on the d54f4b2a-1aa8-42d0-9f33-58e42e88c6e1TV show, “Little Big Shots,” which is produced by Ellen Degeneres and Steve Harvey.

Steve is the host, so we need to introduce him to our kids via video to get him excited about the amazing things Edible Ed students have learned.

Like serving a hot dish, time is of the essence. We need to send the show’s producers written statements and audition tapes by this Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the latest! Exciting, right?!

And this is yummy: If you are selected, you’ll be paid to appear! All travel expenses to NYC are also covered, and there’s a per diem to cover meals. I’ll be accompanying you, as will Chef Whitney, and a few parents. For details about the show, click here.

Would you like to play? Keep reading for instructions. And give us the heads up that you are planning to audition by sending an email to me – Also cc our new director of communications, Hope Katz Gibbs at

Here’s to cooking real food – on “Little Big Shots!” — Ann Butler, founder and president, Edible Education

6502e929-bd0c-4ad3-a0d2-ee0c3558d072Let’s Get Cooking!

Here’s what producers are looking for:Outgoing and health-conscious kids to appear on “Little Big Shots,” and cook for host Steve Harvey.

Here’s how to apply:

Part 1: In your own words, answer the following in writing. Be sure to have tons of fun, be silly, be outgoing, but also focus on being educational and health-conscious.

  • Name:
  • Age:
  • City and State:
  • Why do you like to cook real food?
  • What do you like to cook the best? (Vegetarian options are ideal for this segment):
  • Why you want to teach Steve Harvey to cook this dish?:

Please send this as an email to and

Part 2. The written portion that you just created will be the script for the second part of the application – the video audition.

  • Using your iPhone, create a video and answer the questions in 5-10 minutes. It’ll be best to cook your favorite veggie dish while you are talking!
  • Be sure to welcome Steve Harvey to your video, and talk right to him.
  • Tell him why this is your favorite dish.
  • Teach him step by step how to make it.
  • Most importantly, share some of your favorite healthy cooking tips with him.
  • Tell him why you think it’s so important for kids-and grown ups like him-to eat real food that you make yourself!
  • Remember: The most important part of the submission tape is ENERGY! I want everyone to have fun, remember a smile is worth a million bucks and speak up so we can see and hear how excited you are!

Part 3. Post the footage on YouTube (if you need assistance, give us a call contact Hope by phone at 703-346-6975).

Have a ball with your videos, and best of luck! — Ann + Hope

Boil up a pot of vatapa tonight — a great dish to make with your leftover turkey

VatapaNovember 27 — By today, you probably have had enough turkey to last you a while.

But your mom and dad still likely have a ton of leftovers. So what’s a great recipe to make that the whole family will enjoy? Turkey Vatapa!

This is a rustic Brazilian stew, made with coconut milk, and ground peanuts as its base. In 30 minutes (from start to finish), it’s a snap to prepare. Click here to learn more about this yummy Latin dish.

Image by Elingunnur

Turkey Vatapa

Turkey Vatapa Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • 1 t. olive oil 
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1 T. minced peeled fresh ginger 
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, minced 
  • 24 ounces vegetable broth 
  • 2 cups of diced roma tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts
  • 3 cups chopped skinned cooked turkey 
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk 
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley 
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro 
  • 1 T. fresh lime juice 
  • 1/2 t. salt, 1/2 t. black pepper 
  • Optional: Fresh shrimp
  • Garnish with plain Greek yogurt and sprigs of cilantro
  • Step 1: Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  • Step 2: Add onion and garlic; sauté 2 minutes.
  • Step 3: Add ginger and jalapeño; sauté 30 seconds.
  • Step 4: Stir in broth and tomatoes; bring to a boil.
  • Step 5: Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.
  • Step 6: Place peanuts in a spice or coffee grinder; process until finely ground.
  • Step 7: Add ground peanuts, turkey, (shrimp, if desired) and coconut milk to pan. Stir, and increase heat to medium until soup is simmering. Keep stirring for another 5 minutes.
  • Step 8: Add parsley, cilantro, juice, salt, and pepper. Garnish with cilantro sprigs. Serve!