February Fun with Young Valentines

Cooking up Books with Blossom ~ a monthly series from Chef Blossom’s own heart cookingkitchen!

Valentines Books To Read:

Book: Pinkalicious
by Victoria Kann & Elizabeth Kann

Age: 5-8

Pinkalicious loves anything pink, especially pink cupcakes. One day, when over-eating these tempting delicacies, Pinkalicious discovers not everything in life turns up pink in the end. Enjoy the problem/solution trail of this delightful story, then bake up a batch of cupcakes (pink, of course) and decorate with sprinkles of pink or red in honor of our young protagonist.

Book: Where does Love Come From?
by Accord Publishing Illustrated by Milena Kirkov

Age: Preschool

Does love grow on trees? Wash up from the ocean? Discover love’s true home with the help of this whimsical, “see-through” picture book. Follow it up by baking heart- shaped pretzels with your favorite valentine.

Cooking Instructions:

Heart Shaped Soft Pretzels: Set oven to 400degrees
vegetable oil 2 cups flour
1pkg. yeast ½ tsp table salt
¾ cup warm water 1 egg
1Tbl sugar course salt

Cover cookie sheet with foil and coat lightly with vegetable oil. Sprinkle package of yeast onto warm water. Add sugar and stir. Let stand until mixture foams. Put flour and salt into a bowl. Add yeast mixture and stir until dough clumps together. Sprinkle flour onto countertop and knead dough until smooth. Roll pieces of dough into “ropes”, then shape into hearts on cookie sheet. Beat an egg with a fork and brush each pretzel. Sprinkle on the coarse salt and bake 15 minutes or till light brown. Cool, then munch together with love.

The following smoothies may also be used with either story above:

Strawberry Delight Smoothies:
1 banana 1 cup plain or strawberry yogurt
1 cup strawberries, washed and hulled ½ cup orange juice

Cut banana into pieces and put them into blender. Add strawberries, yogurt and orange juice. Blend until smooth. May garnish with whipped topping and strawberries, if desired.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Blossom, and all at NSPT!