Monday, June 22, 2009

Library Bag: Green Garden Dip

We're experimenting with Salad People and More Real Recipes: A New Cookbook for Preschoolers and Up by Mollie Katzen.

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.


An Adventurer in the World said...

you're a great mom : )

boy your garden looks satisfyingly healthy! We have had so much rain, everything here is stunted. My dearly loved basil is yellow!

i companion planted onions and shallots with tomatoes, waiting to see if they truly do improve texture and taste this year.

deb meyers

Heather said...

What a great idea. I may have to adopt

How have I never read your blog? I still can't get over it.


Mrs. Darling said...

Love your cookbook idea. We are loving our fresh herbs. The kids ask for them on everything! :)

Susan said...

Boy, you're not kidding about long, hot summer afternoons!
The heat index here today, this afternoon, is going to be....108 degrees, with uber-high humidity!!! Good grief, that's about unbearable in my book! And then, to make it worse, we have to drag into Peoria(about 50 minutes away) for driver's ed for my 15 year old. And it seems like even when you're in and out of an air-conditioned van and stores, the heat is still just about unbearable. So anyway, that's what's happening in Central Illinois today!
Andrew is about as cute as they come! The garden looks wonderful, and the whole garden cokbook thing sounds like something we would like, too. My husband and the kids (not so much me because I am always inside it seems, cleaning up!) have an enormous garden, so we're always looking for good ideas for when the produce comes rolling in!
Have a great day, Meredith. Stay cool!
Susan in Illinois :-)

Workin' MAMA! said...

the library and my children are good friends - free books for zero cost -
no clutter - no mess forever = 2 weeks turn in - works.

My kids eat more veggies when they help organize the salad/veggie tray -
Nice little trick in my apron pocket that I've used lots!


Unknown said...

The books look great. Your artwork is adorable. I love your site!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

So glad to hear your yard sale was a success. I will definitely be trying your dip. Now if I can just get to work on all of the closets and rooms in this house, and have a terrific sale too. It will definitely be fall because it is sooooo HOT here now. Have a great week! Jackie

barbara said...

We borrowed "Pretend Soup" a few weeks ago, and even though my children aren't preschoolers, they loved it!

Michelle Smiles said...

And Sabrina loved it on celery. I love anything that utilizes fresh herbs - thanks for leaving it behind!

Cara said...

That looks great! I love Joy of Cooking for reference, but I'll admit that pictures are much more inspiring :)

Christian - Modobject@Home said...

The boys and I have been dabbling and experimenting in the kitchen lately... anything to fill a hot summer afternoon indoors.

Thanks for the tip on this book. I'll look for it at the library.

Stephanie Griffith said...

I love Mollie Katzen's cookbooks! I don't think I've checked out Salad People yet. Thanks for the recommendation!

Heather Anne said...

We love the library too - it's our favorite frugal habit! Traditional Ranch dressing has lots of salt and some sugar in it - perhaps adding a bit to this recipe will give it the zip you are used to! We love making dip - the favorite here is my sweet dilly dip! Very simple, and always a hit!

christie said...

We love those books (both Salad People and Pretend Soup) - bought them when my kids were three and have used them extensively. They're exceptionally good for prereaders and developing readers (and the food is good too).

We did find that the Green Garden Dip was too garlicky for us (which is going some). :)

Anonymous said...

sounds like a yummy dip recipe - looking forward to trying it once our garden veggies are ready to be picked! thanks for sharing!

Meggan said...

i have that book sitting on my bedside table-we just got it on hold from the library. I'm hoping we can find a rainy day recipe that uses what we have. :)

Nicola said...

we love her books, all of them. i have blogged about cooking with my kids from her books also! (see below.) nice post, meredith!


Jennie Shutt said...

We love the library at our house and go every Wednesday. I will have to try that dip with herbs from my garden.