recipe

Cooking Class

Yesterday when I walked outside to go pick the kiddo up from the bus stop, I noticed a box sitting on our front porch. On the box was a big sticker that said "Storey". YAY!! I was SO excited - I wanted to open the box immediately, but I would risk missing the bus. My next thought was to carry the box with me to the bus stop and open in there. C'mon, emily - you can wait TEN MINUTES until you're back home with your child safely off the bus. Right? 

Why was I so excited about that box? Because it contained copies of a book that I did illustrations for! Plus, I haven't really talked about it yet - so I had extra suppressed excitement that was finally able to be unleashed. Stella and I opened the box together which was pretty cool and looked through it page by page. It was a special moment.


The book is called Cooking Class by Deanna F. Cook and is published by Storey Publishing. It is such a fun book! I got an opportunity to see the recipes while working on the illustrations last year and they look so good. Stella and I will definitely be doing some cooking now!


The book is organized by meals, but has a whole chapter on getting started in the kitchen - including rules, safety tips, vocabulary and measurements. There are wonderful photos throughout showing step-by-step instructions, lifestyle shots and fun little vignettes. I got to draw lots of little spot illustrations to accompany the recipes and photography throughout the book.



There are so many awesome ideas that will help kids get creative in the kitchen!


I created a repeat pattern of miscellaneous food items that was used on the chapter pages and inside front cover.


The back of the book contains some bonus goodies for the kids including labels...


stickers... (the Guacamole Guy is my favorite!)


stickers to fold over toothpicks to make flags for sticking in various foods...


more stickers...


and placecards!

There are also recipe cards and conversation-starting game cards. Seriously - what DOESN'T this book have?!?

This was my first published illustrated book, and I couldn't be more proud. The process was so smooth - thanks to the wonderful art direction at Storey. It was definitely a lot of work, but I knew exactly what was needed and I was given reasonable deadlines - all which led to a really great experience. Hopefully this is the first of many book gigs! Plus - the fact that the subject was food (I love to eat!) and it was geared for kids was just icing on the cake. It was a fantastic job. 

So - now that you're hungry or are looking for a fun cookbook for your kids (it would also make a great gift!) - you need to pick up the book for yourself! Of course, I'd recommend to buy local, but for convenience, here is where you can find it on Amazon.

Enjoy!


Recipe {Fruit Salsa}

Howdy!

Today I'm going to share something not typically posted on my blog - a recipe! If you know me at all personally, you know that I am not the cook in our house. Stephen is. He enjoys it and is really good at it. I, on the other hand, do not enjoy cooking. I can do just fine if I have specific instructions, but meal planning outside of the frozen pizza - BLT - macaroni cheese range is just not my thing.

A few days ago we were invited to a Labor Day picnic to celebrate the last day of summer. Stephen volunteered to make bruschetta. My usual contribution in a situation like this is fruit salad - just cut up the fruit and toss. Easy enough. But I wanted to make something a little different. I remembered earlier this year my friend Jess brought an amazing fruit salsa dish to pass at our Cinco de Mayo party. She had sent me the recipe, so I decided to find it and go for it. It was de-lish!

Here's what you need:


Directions (from Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips recipe on all-recipes.com):

  1. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix kiwis, Golden Delicious apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Coat one side of each flour tortilla with butter flavored cooking spray. Cut into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle wedges with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Spray again with cooking spray.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. Serve with chilled fruit mixture.

And there you go! If you make it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. It may have been my lunch for the last two days...