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Monday, March 17 2014

Keep in mind that kids will eat more than just pizza. A lot of children I know love Cesar salad but if you tell them it has anchovies, "fish," in it, forget about it. So always try to embellish or create a new name for a dish. For example broccoli with cheese sauce, try using the name "Lucky the Leprechaun's clover trees with melted gold sauce" or if you are using minced herbs over food for a green color effect, tell your kids it's "Lucky the Leprechaun's magical clover/shamrock flakes. St. Patrick's day party food for kids can be fun to make and to eat.

If you're a little unsure about picky kids always serve one dish you know is a hit. Or serve sauces & dips on the side. Be creative. Think Shamrock green and pot of gold yellow.

Here are a few ideas for St. Patrick's day party food for kids to get you going. Most adults will love these tidbits too.

Use a vegetable peeler to cut lengthwise strips of peel down four sides of large cucumber leaving some visible peel, making a square shape. Cut cucumber into 1 inch chunks. With a melon baler scoop out a hole in the middle of the cucumber to create a bite size bowl. Be sure not to go to deep you want the bottom to stay in tack. Fill with garlic and herb cream cheese, or dill dip.

St. Patty's Vegetable table tray Cut up broccoli, cucumber, celery, green bell peppers, snap peas, and zucchini use ranch or dill dip. For extra color sprinkle minced parsley or dill in and on top of dip.

St. Patrick's fruit tray Use green grapes, sliced green apple, sliced kiwi, balled honeydew melon. Use tooth picks to pick up fruit and dip into vanilla yogurt or key lime pie yogurt.

Clover Dip Use your favorite spinach dip. I like Knorr's vegetable recipe mix. Serve with vegetables, crackers, or French baguette bread slices

Irish Deviled Eggs Hard Boil eggs. Gently crack shells of the eggs, by rolling on a hard surface, but don't remove the shells. Place half of the eggs in 2 cup of hot water, two tablespoons of vinegar and 20 to 40 drops green food coloring. The dye bath should cover the eggs. Let the eggs sit in the dye bath for about 10 minutes. Take out one egg and remove the shell. The white of the egg should now be green and veined with darker green where the dye got through. If not let the eggs stay in the dye bath a little longer. Use your favorite deviled egg recipe. For the other half of the eggs, add chopped green herbs to the egg yolk to turn it green. Or add a few drops of food color to the yolks. I like a simple recipe for deviled eggs just adding mayonnaise and mustard to the yolks.

Use your imagination and your food at your St. Patrick's day party for kids will be a huge success.

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Saturday, March 01 2014

There is a lot to do at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, especially eat. Since the city was born, food has traditionally played a strong role in the culture of city, and still does today. Whether you're from out of town, or a life-long native, this wonderful discussion of food will either guide you in the right direction for planning your menu for guests during Mardi Gras, or give you an idea of where to eat while you're in town.

Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is a well-loved all around the United States, especially in the South. For some reason or another, any New Orleans native can tell you that they grew up eating fried chicken on the parade route. Fried chicken is the perfect parade food because it's cheap, portable and extremely satisfying. Since you don't need utensils (or anything but napkins for that matter) to eat chicken it's very convenient for the parade route. Whether it's McCardy's or even Popeyes, the people of NOLA love to eat chicken at parades.

King Cake

You can't discuss Mardi Gras food without mentioning king cake. King cake came from Europe, and has evolved into something unique to New Orleans. The cake is composed of a simple dough, twisted and coated with sugar and cinnamon, and usually topped with frosting and sprinkles. There are many bakeries that make this delicious treat in New Orleans, and everyone has a favorite. Haydel's bakery is definitely one of the most well-known options in the city, but even if it's a generic king cake from the grocery store, it's still a great addition to the parade route.

Red Beans and Rice

While Red Beans and Rice might be difficult to serve on the parade route, many people do it. Mardi Gras is as much a celebration of the city of New Orleans as it is a celebration of life itself, and there are few dishes more quintessentially New Orleans than red beans and rice. If you cook it right, it's one of the best things you could ever have. Nothing goes better with New Orleans than a little bit of red beans.

The Roast Beef Poor Boy

This may not have been everyone's first choice for a Mardi Gras must-have, but bear with me. If you're having people over to your house, it's actually a no-brainer. To cook the roast beef, just get any recipe for roast that you can find (leave out the carrots and celery), and cook it over night for 12 hours. When you wake up, get some french bread, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles, and let people go to town. If you're not from New Orleans, the roast beef is still a great option. A properly executed roast beef will be served to you warm, slathered with gravy and mayonnaise; an extremely hearty dish. You can get it from many poor boy shops around the parade route, including Tracy's in the Irish Channel neighborhood.

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