Cheers! to Fresh & Fun Cocktails

Summertime means fresh, delicious produce and bright, colorful meals! It comes with more amazing, in-season produce that can be grown locally.

It feels really good to understand the history of our food and the routes of our produce. This knowledge helps feed our soul rather than just our belly.

It helps explain why the farm-to-table movement is a movement rather than just a fad.

The farm-to-table mentality has crossed over to other industries. Cosmetic, medicinal, and even local soap companies are launching seasonal products using pronounceable ingredients!

Terralyn, of Terralyn Naturally, used mint and mint tea to create her beautiful Mint Gabrielle Handcrafted Soap. Trust us, you want to smell this.

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Contact Terralyn at terralynmanteau@gmail.com

So supper time and shower time have embraced the outlook that natural-is-better. But what about what is really important? Alcohol.

Cocktails can embrace the farm-to-table (or ground-to-glass) mentality too.

City Kitchen at Reading Terminal Market will be hosting Aaron Gordon, owner of 13th Street Cock­tails on Thursday, August 25 from 5-7 to walk us through how to make delicious, fresh cocktails using the best ingredients from Iovine Brother’s Produce.

Each participant will have their own mixing station to practice making some of Aaron’s signa­ture cocktails. Sign up for our class, and you will really know what you are doing the next time you make a cocktail.

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We will be using the very smooth and delicious Tito’s vodka as the base spirit. Light fare will be served to complement your mixed libations. Each guest will receive a hand juicer and recipe guide to take home. Reserve your space here. Guests will be asked to show I.D. at the door.

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5 Reasons Your Family Should (Sometimes) Stick to Scratch

Betty Crocker and Duncan Hines may have their place in the kitchen, but when it comes to family time, sticking to scratch can have advantages. It can take more time or effort, but it is important for children to interact with their food.

It’s beautiful when your kids can see that a meal is greater than the sum of its parts– just like your family.

Ambrosia Food Group gave us 5 more reasons to consider ditching the mix when making food with your kids.

  1. More time = more bonding.

Recipes can be difficult. They can sometimes be hard to visualize or time exactly right. But what better way to bond as a family than to overcome a challenge?

Pro Parenting Tip: Are you mixing in ingredients one at a time? Are you creating the perfect gourmet sandwich? Start an assembly line and get the whole family involved! All of you will have contributed to the yummy finished product.

2. It is empowering.

Kids live a life of being told what to do and when to do it. Their food options are often dependent on when food is ready– or worse, they rely on the snack drawer full of processed food. Give your kids the ability to turn nothing into something. It is a lesson they can take far beyond the kitchen.

Pro Parenting Tip: It can be difficult, and it may not work with every child, but try making food shopping a treat for your kids.  Let them pick out a few vegetables on their own. This way, they will be more inclined to participate in the actual food preparation. They will be able to see something through from start to finish.

3. It makes math fun.

When your child goes to school, they will learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide.  But doing these equations on a worksheet does not highlight real life application. When you prepare recipes at home, your children can double them, cut them in half or use a smaller measuring cup multiple times. If only every math problem had a final solution so yummy and delicious…

Pro Parenting Tip: If you have an ample amount of time and want to challenge your kids, try “losing” your bigger measuring devices like a cup or a tablespoon. Let your kid work through the math in their head.

4. Taste buds can fuel creativity.

School art and music programs are being cut left and right, but part of being a child is having access to creative expression. We all have to eat, so why not make the kitchen a canvas?

Pro Parenting Tip: In reality, you just aren’t going to cook every meal or every baked good from scratch. But that doesn’t mean you should give up on being creative.

Make sure you have ingredients like vanilla extract and cinnamon to add to your sweeter items.  For savory creations, let your child add a small amount of fresh herbs and spices. These little tips will help make boxed items seem, well, less boxed.

5. Julia Childs said, “no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.”

Sometimes we fail. It is human. But in the kitchen, every mistake is a lesson for next time.

*****Super Pro Parenting Tip***** : Sign your child up for an Ambrosia Kid’s Sunday cooking class. It is a social and educational way to jump start your child’s passion for food.

 

Kid’s Classes run every other Sunday and are available for children aged 6-11 and 12-16. Join us April 10th for our chocolate making classes!