We check out a new cookbook every few weeks, just for fun. It's a frugal hobby I'm learning along with the kids.
I liked that Katzen's recipes feature basic, whole (even cheap!) ingredients.
My kids liked the 2 page illustration that follows each recipe. Steps are translated in kid-friendly terms.
"Pick 15 basil leaves." "Add 6 shakes of salt."
We adjusted the Green Garden Dip with what we had on hand:
- 2 cups herbs (parsley, basil, dill, chives) finely chopped in blender
- 1 clove garlic
- 4 chopped scallions
- a dash of lemon juice
- 1 cup sour cream
Though it lacks that MSG zip of ranch dressing, the kids did eat it with squash cut into spears.
Even more important: the picking, pureeing and dipping got us through another long summer afternoon.
Free tip: you can check out more garden friendly recipes at the Mollie Katzen website.