Thursday, December 31, 2015

Lucky New Year's Soup


Wanna make sure you have the best and brightest year ever? This soup could be your ticket. Dark leafy greens and black-eyed peas are the featured ingredients, which according to Southern US folklore bring good luck and prosperity for the year to come. The greens symbolize paper money, and the black eyed peas are reminiscent of coins. Of course, money can't buy happiness, but it also doesn't hurt!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Kohlrabi-Potato Pancakes with Avocado Cream & Fond Food Memories, by Melissa Graham

Culling out a single food memory from my childhood would be impossible as there are so very many. My mother, a great cook and food enthusiast, sought to make food interesting, an adventure ever day.

We took family field trips to farm stands on the east end of Long Island, that showed me real food in its natural state. 

Photo courtesy of Melissa Graham
She was also a gracious and creative hostess. I remember her making and serving dinner by candlelight for a Colonial Williamsburg dinner, clambakes, and cocktail hours that lasted several hours on our family sailboat. But of course, I'd be remiss in not recalling our family’s very popular, annual survival party - an outdoor event on New Year's Day. Yes, she served too much food and people drank too much. But I’ll always recall the laughter that those parties inspired.

She was willing to experiment. At the family table, I tried so many different cuisines as a kid - I remember the fondue pot, the wok, the crepe pan, and of course her famous krumkakers filled with sweetened whipped cream.

Most importantly, she showed me the importance of family dinner. While I may forgo the candles that my mom laid out each night, we continue this tradition every night, one that keeps our family strong.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Why The "Kids' Table" Is the Best Place to Be

I founded The Kids' Table over 8 years ago now. The name for a business that teaches hands-on cooking classes for kids and families came almost effortlessly. You've got the literal interpretation of it, as a place where kids get to cook and eat at tables, with tools, and in an environment tailored to them. And the more whimsical and nostalgic feelings that childhood memories of "the kids' table" invokes for many.

We know that "the kids' table" means different things to different people. And we want to know what it means to YOU! We just launched a Photo Contest so you can show us how "the kids' table" is the best place to be. Maybe it's a memory from your own childhood, or memories you're creating with your kids now. Maybe it's cooking together. Or picking apples. Or setting a beautiful table. Or picnicking in the park. Or sharing a takeout pizza on a busy weeknight. We hope you'll share your "kids' table" with us - because sharing is caring (and there's an amazing prize in store for the winner!).

Friday, July 3, 2015

Red, White & Blueberry


Sous pastry chef, Aleks

Looking for something fun and healthy to make with the kids for the 4th of July? The Kids' Table founder, Elena Marre, made this beautiful flag cake with her son, Aleks. It's yummy and not too sweet - something parents appreciate and kids won't be the wiser about; they won't even notice they're missing out on all that added sugar.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Build-Your-Own Pizza


Pizza is by far the dish we've made the most at Kids' Table over the past 7+ years. We love showing kids that pizza doesn't have to come from a restaurant or the freezer. There are so many benefits to making your own. You know exactly what's in it, you can make it just the way you like it, and it's fun!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Dip


We love cooking with pumpkin this time of year. But sometimes "cooking" isn't an option for us at Kids' Table. For example, when we don't have access to kitchen facilities (at most of our after school programs), and/or enough time to bake regardless (for short projects at outdoor festivals). We decided to explore the idea of a dip styled after a no-bake pumpkin cheesecake.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Carrot Ginger Soup


Every time we make this soup we wonder why we don't make it more often! It's great for both those warmer end-of-summer days and the chilly fall ones to come. If you can get your hands on local carrots, you should, because they are the star of the dish, after all. And should be easy to come by this time of year.