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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #119 Kids in the Kitchen
April 20, 2009

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Kindy's Musings....

As your family dietitian, I will be scoping out the most relevant research and news that you can use to help your family make healthy nutrition and wellness choices.


America's obsession with all things food (as evidenced by the success of the Food Network, reality shows like Top Chef and the number of new cookbooks that come out each month) has now reached the youngest among us.

Lest you think kids in the kitchen are just there as helpers, the newest chef to get his own show on the airwaves in Portland, OR is five-year-old Julian Kreusser. His TV show, Big Kitchen with Food, airs frequently on local access cable, and each episode features his own recipes, like Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins or "Persinnamon" Smoothie.

Julian does get some help from his parents... his father Ben, a producer with the channel that broadcasts the show, shoots the episodes in their kitchen while his mother, Kristen McKee, occasionally prompts him with the name of a forgotten ingredient. While the show only airs in the Portland area, Chef Julian has become something of an international celebrity thanks to the internet.

In response to the increase in child chefs, cookware sets are now being made just for little hands. (And we're not talking about toys.) Bella Bistro, for one, offers underage chefs a selection of professional quality stainless steel pots and pans (the large stock pot's diameter is less than 5" across). And even Rachael Ray, the current queen of the American kitchen, is hopping on the kiddie bandwagon. Her upscale, state-of-the-art line of children's cooking utensils is called Yum-o!, after her signature catchphrase.

Finally, The New York Times' newest food column, Cooking With Dexter revolves around the adventures of a 4-year-old foodie. Yes, foodie, as in he believes coffee beans must not be ground until just before brewing. (As the Times itself said when introducing the column, "We are not making this up.")

To be fair, the column is written by an adult, Dexter's dad, Pete Wells, editor of the Times' dining section. But each column ends with a recipe at least partly created by the man... er, kid... himself.

SOURCE: Consumer Eyes, Inc.

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Look for more family-friendly flax recipes on the website!


1 1/3 cups butter

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

1 1/2 cups lightly packed brown sugar

2 1/3 cups flax seed

3 large eggs

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 TBSP baking soda

3 cups oatmeal

In a bowl, cream butter and sugars; add flax seed. In another bowl, beat eggs and vanilla together. Combine with flax mixture.

Mix together the flour and soda. Mix in oatmeal and combine with other ingredients.

Form dough into 4 cm (1 inch) round logs. Place in freezer and chill.

Preheat oven to 180C (350F).

Slice into (1/4 inch) medallions.

Place on baking sheet leaving about (2 inches) between cookies. Bake 13 to 15 minutes. Remove from sheet and cool.

Yield: 108 cookies (2 inches)

Serving Size: 2 cookies

SOURCE: Flax Council of Canada

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Kindy --Your Family Dietitian

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