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Super Soups

 

As the cold weather in January rolls in, nothing is more inviting than a warm bowl of soup. With an endless variety of soups available, here are some tips on how to select the most nourishing recipes for you and your family!

Bill Yosses' Edamame Hummus

 

We challenged Bill Yosses, Director of the ChopChop Cooking Lab and former White House pastry chef, to come up with a twist to the classic hummus. Bill rose to the challenge and created an amazing Edamame Hummus. This is a bit more complicated than a typical ChopChop recipe but -- well, what do you expect from a guy who’s been cooking for the President and First Lady? 

Bill serves this hummus on baby butter lettuce cups or with crudite. We love it slathered on thick bread and topped with fresh tomatoes. 

Kitchen Science – Gluten

You can’t go into many restaurants, grocery stores, or bakeries these days without seeing a sign or menu boasting which tasty offerings are gluten-free. It seems that this dietary restriction – or requirement, in some cases – is truly taking the food world by storm.

An Impromptu Cookout

This past weekend was a nice long one with some unanticipated downtime. Time to hold an impromptu Sunday night cookout!

We weren't sure how many guests were coming; it looked like a few teenage boys might show up, along with neighbors and friends returning from the Cape, the Vineyard, and Rhode Island. What to cook? Nothing too fancy, something easy to prepare in advance, a little more on the plant-based side of things -- and something to keep on hand as friends came throughout the evening. 

Summer Cooking Adventures of a Novice Cook

Summer is a great time to teach kids to cook while honing your own cooking skills. Relaxed schedules and lots of farm-fresh produce can make cooking with kids fun and delicious. Which is exactly what Stacy Ciaravella, Business Development Director at ChopChop, has decided to do. A self-proclaimed  "really novice" cook, Stacy is finding cooking with her one-year-old to be fun and rewarding (albeit a little messy at times). Check out her thoughts on why it's worth getting in the kitchen with kids, no matter how old your kids are -- or how new you are to cooking.

Introducing Kids to Caesar Salad

Before I had kids it never occurred to me to serve them different food from adults. In those days I was addicted to Caesar Salad and made it every time my friends came for dinner with their children. Without exception, they were astonished when their kids (who swore never to eat a salad) ate it up happily, even sometimes asking for seconds. Think about it: Caesar salad has the perfect salt/cheese/crisp/crunch combination that most kids like. Can’t get your kids to eat salad?

Vegetable Tasting Extravaganza

Sometimes kids think they don’t like a particular vegetable when in fact what they don’t like is the way it’s been cooked. Think of overcooked boiled broccoli: what could be more disgusting? And yet when roasted, broccoli is sublime.  

Select one vegetable and prepare it several ways at once. Ask your kids to compare and contrast. Which version do they like the most? Is one sweeter? Richer? Prettier? What’s different about the texture? Did anything surprise you? Do you like the vegetable cooked one way and hate it another way?

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