Thursday, March 4, 2010

Kids in the Kitchen & A Giveaway!!!

Oh, what a happy day it was on Tuesday when we opened a box from the Curious Chef company. At Least, it started out happy. Princess Runwild was just ecstatic when I showed her the beautifully packaged box of child-sized baking utensils.  I snapped this picture......

And then my camera battery died. Unfortunately, we had to wait to proceed on with our review of the Curious Chef product....and our cookie making. It was a long afternoon...
But, then the battery finally charged and we were ready again! I thought this little project was just going to be Princess Runwild,

but as you can see Princess Runwilder started making her way into the scene.

 Eventually, she took over the project.



 Have I ever mentioned that Runwilder is the Alpha Princess. Yes, I think the oldest is scared of her. Heck, sometimes, I'm even scared of her :)

So let me tell you a bit about these Curious Chef kits. We received the 6 pc Cookie Making Kit.

Photo Courtesy of Curious Chef®

Let me just tell you, these are well made utensils. They are not cheap and flimsy. As the company states "These are not toys. They are real cooking utensils." This company really got it right on these products. Even though these are sized for children, and as you can see even little Princess Runwilder can use them,


 They also fit nicely in my own hands. Yes, you see where I'm going with this..The princesses will have to share them with the queen :) Seriously, the rolling pin and the wisk are my two new favorite kitchen utensils! This kit would make a perfect gift for your budding little chef. Oh, and this company also makes a pizza kit, a Chef Essentials Kit, and a 17 pc Measure and Prep Kit. Lots of great products to choose from.
Now, let me move along to the recipe we decided on for trying out our new kitchenware. We used a sugar cookie recipe that was on the back of the Curious Chef box. I was quite intrigued with this recipe. It did not all all look like the recipe I generally use for sugar cookies. This recipe had sour cream included in the ingredients. I love sour cream in baked goods. So we went with it. It absolutely was a different cookie. But, different in a good way. The cookies were very puffy and large, but still retained their shape of the cookie cutter. They were very mild almost like a tea cake. These were very cake-like indeed. Not overly sweet. Yet, that was probably for the best since we slathered icing over them. I highly recommend including the icing! Don't you love child-decorated cookies!?!? I think they are just the sweetest! Enjoy!




















Curious Chef Roll Out Cookies
Ingredients
1 Cup Shortening
1 Cup Sugar
1 Egg
1 Cup Sour Cream
1-1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1-1/2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
Frosting
Directions1.Wash hands with soap and water
2.Gather all of your ingredients
3.Preheat oven to 350° F
4.Measure out shortening and sugar, place in medium size mixing bowl
5.Cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy
6.Beat in the egg, sour cream and vanilla
7.Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add these ingredients to creamed mixture and mix well

8.On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/3-in. thickness
9.Cut with your variety of Curious Chef cookie cutters
10.Lightly coat baking sheet with cooking spray, skip this step for non-stick sheets
11.Place cookies 1 inch apart on baking sheet
12.Bake at 350°F for 8-10 minutes or until set
13.Remove from oven using hot pads, cool for 1-2 minutes to allow cookies to set
14.Transfer cookies to wire rackes to finish cooling complelely
15.When cool, frost cookies as desired
16.Decorate with additional toppings if desired

So you like this cute little Curious Chef set? Well, you can buy one here if you just can't stand to wait.....Or you can enter my giveaway. The nice people at Curious Chef sent me 2 of these great 6pc Cookie Kits. One for me and one for one of y'all! All you have to do is leave me a comment stating your favorite recipe to cook with your kids, grand-kids, nieces/nephews,  cousins, or someone elses kids. 
Extra entries:
1) Follow my blog-1 extra entry-leave me a comment stating you're following(or were already following).
2)Follow me on Twitter-1 extra entry-leave a comment that you're a twitter follower
3) Tweet about my giveaway-1 Extra entry per day-Leave a comment with a link to your tweet
4)Blog about my giveaway-2 Extra entries-Please leave me two separate comments with a link to your post
The Giveaway will end at midnight on  Tuesday, March 9th. Please make sure your email is listed in your profile or include it in your comment. Winner will be announced on Wed. morning. Good luck
*All opinions stated in this post of the Curious Chef products are purely my opinion. I was not paid any compensation to make these statements.


66 comments:

Kaz and Amy said...

I would love to win! I'm a follower!

amy
www.theprikazskys.com

Virginia Taylors said...

My sous chefs would soo love this!! And of course I already follow...
love2cooksweets.blogspot.com

Virginia Taylors said...

Did I mention that I will add your giveaway to my sidebar on my blog???

Aunty Pol said...

Hi...I linked over from Calamity Annes....and am now a follower. I'd love to win the gifty for my breat niece Dakota.

Thanks and greetings from Houston

Lucie said...

Cutest girls ever!! Cookies they make can only be cute too :)

3 hungry tummies said...

Oh how cute! they have taken over your kitchen

Mary said...

What little dolls :-). I'm so glad you shared this source with us. It's a great one to have on hand for birthdays and the holidays. I'm ducking over there to see if its possible to buy child-sized baking pans. They are perfect for making smaller quantities and cutting back the size of the finished treat.

Hanaâ said...

That is such a cute set. My fav thing to bake with my best friend's kids are minty choc chip cookies (my original recipe) :o)

Mushy said...

Hi, I'm a follower and would love to be entered in the giveaway. My favorite recipe to make with my son and niece is a made up recipe I call momma surprises.
DKSantos@comcast.net

Holly said...

So sweet I love getting my kids in the kitchen with me!! I would like to invite you to come by and visit our new food blog- The Peppered Pantry:)
I'm adding myself to follow your blog;)

suburban prep said...

Rice Krispie treats in the shapes of cookie cutter characters. I have the best time doing this with my nieces and nephews.
They also like to make Irish Soda bread.
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Cinnamon-Girl said...

Aww their so cute! I love making Christmas cookies with my nephew!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

I'm a follower!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

I'm following you on Twitter! I'm CinnamonSpice.

Cinnamon-Girl said...

I tweeted!
http://twitter.com/CinnamonSpice

The Cooking Ninja said...

I love making Madeleines with my 3 year old. :) We also do pizza and cookies together too.

The Cooking Ninja said...

Followed you on twitter!

The Cooking Ninja said...

Just twit about it.

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Maria said...

They are adorable!

Calamity Anne said...

What a FUN giveaway! Right now my granddaughter is not at cooking height and age, but she will be soon, and when she's ready I'm going to introduce her to the kitchen big time. I've already got her an apron with her name on it! Would love to be entered in your giveaway!

Calamity Anne said...

I'm already a follower of your sweet blog!

Diana's Cocina said...

Awesome little helpers!

Kathleen said...

Your girls are adorable! I love to see them starting out so young in the kitchen!!!

Julia said...

I follow your blog...And I hope to finally win SOMETHING from a food blog.

Julia said...

I follow you on Twitter.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

i think it's most fun to make rice krispie treats.

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Shooting Stars Mag said...

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thesweetestpea said...

My nieces love to make Baked Spaghetti Casserole when they visit us. My cut-out recipe is very similar to this one except I use butter in mine and they are soft and puffy and very easy for little ones to grab and decorate. This looks like a very fun and well-made starter kit for little bakers.

♥peachkins♥ said...

First of all, you have cute daughters!!
Second, I have a daughter as well and I'd love to win this. I love making fruit salads with her because she loves fruits!

faithy, the baker said...

Your kids are so adorable!! :) Love your blog design. Is it new? I thought it had a different design before. I'm leaving this comment not because of the cookie cutters since i'm not in US, just wanted to drop a note! :)

Brad said...

Great giveaway and nice pics of your kids. I'm already followingyou on twitter and via email subscription. Thaks for the chance to win, my nephew would love them.

Kim said...

Your girls are beautiful and I love your nicknames for them - how cute! Looks like an afternoon of fun for all you girls in the kitchen. The cookies turned out very cute.

Huppie Mama said...

Well, my daughter is only 6 months old, but I actually had her help me stir some Oatmeal Cookie Dough the other day! I can't wait until she is a little older and I can share my love of cooking with her :-)

huppiemama(at)gmail(dot)com

Huppie Mama said...

Following you on twitter.

southerninspiration said...

Thanks for coming by my blog today! And what a beautiful blog you have....albeit a little bit dangerous!!! =)
Hope we can be blog buddies!! :D

Suzanne

Audrey Rose said...

Audrey and her mom love to be in the kitchen. While they mostly cook dinner, on occasion they make sugar cookies with the stand mixer and that is a great joy. we are following you on twitter, the blog and will add this to our fanpage on facebook (In the Kitchen With Audrey.) We should even be able to get it on our blog soon. We are very curious about these products and would love to hear more about them.

- Marybeth I. said...

cake! we actually baked cupcakes today :)

- Marybeth I. said...

follow on twitter at misaacmom

- Marybeth I. said...

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Good luck and thanks for hosting this - agree with the other commenters - your kids are adorable :)

Molomatic said...

I love to make banana pancakes with my daughter, fun!

Molomatic said...

I follow your blog!

Molomatic said...

I follow you on twitter too!

Molomatic said...

Tweet
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Mary said...

Your daughters are just too cute for words and I love the names you've given them. The cookies look wonderful . I'll pull out the recipe when the grandsons visit. I really love your blog. I'll be back often to see what's going on.

Trissa said...

Your daughters sure have taken on your talent in the kitchen! It is always fantastic to see them starting early. And they are absolutely beautiful angels!

Terri said...

My nieces and nephews live in in Europe so I hardly ever see them. they do come "HOME" LOL to NY for Christmas. We make Gingerbread Men. They love to do all the decorating. I get clean up duty but it's just so much fun to be with them.

Terri said...

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Terri said...

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Angie's Recipes said...

Your daughters look so cute and beautiful!

Barenakedchef said...

OK, I def want one of those little sets, so....

My fav recipe to bake with my kids would be:

http://www.recipezaar.com/Best-Pumpkin-Cookies-185445

This is not my original recipe, but I did review it :) BNC

Barenakedchef said...

Extra points...I'm following your blog!

Barenakedchef said...

Extra entry...following you on Twitter (I'm BarenakedChef there)

Barenakedchef said...

And another extra entry: I retweeted!

http://twitter.com/BarenakedChef

Chef Aimee said...

Your children are just precious!

Molomatic said...

Tweet!

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Jennifer H said...

I like baking brownies, cookies and cake. :) Jenprincess88 at aol dot com

Jennifer H said...

new google follower-jenprincess88 at aol dot com

shahana said...

Sooo cuteeeeeee!!

Molomatic said...

tweet!

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tickledred said...

Looks like you had a blast with your girls :)

Molomatic said...

Tweet! Thanks

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Freely Living Life said...

As a sweet lover I believe I have just died and gone to heaven by coming across this blog! I found you through "Friday Follow" and am now following you through Google Friend Connect. Come on over and visit us when you get a free moment. Happy Tuesday! <3

kris in larryville said...

We could not wait and purchased our own. They really are a nice set. We used the pizza set first but will get this set out tomorrow and make cookies and cupcakes with it. Thanks for the review and wonderful blog!
-kris (aka In the Kitchen With Audrey)

sanjeet said...

Cutest girls ever!! Cookies they make can only be cute too :)
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