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“This is my recipe corner…there is something here for everyone. Don’t be afraid to mix and match ingredients and dishes…and get everyone involved in the kitchen! It’s all about variety and moderation when it comes to eating; variety truly is the spice of life when it comes to food!”

“If you are an adult, cooking is a great way to spend quality time with the children in your life. A child’s memories in the kitchen often last a lifetime. It is a way to learn measurements, simple math and just plain time to bond. Don’t look at is as a chore that has to be done, but rather a chance to be as creative as possible in your preparation and presentation.”

“Think about your plate or the platter as the artist’s canvas; use contrasting colors, textures, consistencies and heights when combining and plating your food. What color plate should I use to showcase that dish…or what I will do to gain some height on the pile and to create something artful to look at are questions I always ask myself. Remember that children are very creative by nature and love to do things like paint and draw…so be as “artsy” as you can when building your dishes.”

“I really believe that regardless of how big or how small and regardless what you call home…home is where the heart is…and at the heart of every home is the kitchen. I believe that the kitchen should be a safe place, where you and the children and anyone in your life are not only free to make mistakes but also are able to talk freely about anything. I like to call my kitchen my “safe zone”, where I and anyone cooking with me are free to burn food, break dishes and talk about anything on their mind…without fear of reprisal!

“It is through the doors of your kitchen cabinets that a life full of health and happiness awaits you…all you have to do is make the most of it. As I cook my way across the nation, many call me the “Food Preacher”, because I am always preaching the “Power of Food”!” I am on a mission to share this power with all of you.

“Remember, eating healthy can be fun and easy…and great tasting too…and you can only be as good as you eat. Come on and join me on a little food adventure that is sure to bring people together to have some fun! ”

Cook- on!
Mike Russo

PS: If you have any food questions, feel free to get in touch; if you have any food ideas, food-photos or art, send it my way and I will see if I can post it on my website for foodies of all ages to enjoy!

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 Current Recipe Index:

Kids Corner… Fun Foods Fast!

(Favorite recipes from my “Cooking for Kids”™ show)

Playing with Pita Bread
  Pita Pocket Sandwiches
  (Taco Pockets, Salad Pockets,
  Antipasto Pita Pockets)
Personal Pan Pita Pizzas
Make-your-own BBQ Sauce
Pita Calzones
Pita Garbage Bread
Pita Crisps

Fun Desserts in a Flash
Balsamic & Brown Sugar
  Reduction Apples

Apple Fritters
Strawberry Kisses
Fruit Salad Boats
Fruit Smoothies
Apple Fest. Recipes
Apple Crepes
Mixed Baby Lettuce Salad
  w/Apples, Walnuts, Raisins
  and Maple Vinaigrette

Apple Smoked BBQ Chicken &
  Apple Sauce

Apple Glazed Pork Tenderloin
  w/Walnut/Cranberry Stuffing

Apple Fritters
Balsamic Reduction Apple
  Pound Cake

Hot Mulled Apple Cider
Apple Smoothies

Adult Recipes: (It doesn’t mean kids can’t do these dishes justice with your help; they may surprise you)
Italian Mediterranean Corner:

Sautéed Mixed Nuts &
  Mediterranean Olive Medley

Wild Mushroom Pâté
  (w/capers, sweet pickles &
  red onion on crostini)
Quick & Easy Roasted Peppers
Quick Calamari
Garlic & Basil Stuffed Eggplant
  (Vanilla Gelato w/warm
  Espresso Liquor)

Healthy Salads:
(in 10 minutes or less)

Spinach Salad with Warm
  Maple Vinaigrette

Mixed Green Salad with
  Orange Vinaigrette

Chicken, Fish & Lamb
with a twist:

Poached Salmon w/Dill Cream Sauce
Dill Cream Sauce
Chicken al’Orange
Frenched Rack-o-Lamb “Lolli-pops”
Smash & Eat Potatoes

Bisque of the Season:

Pumpkin Bisque

Cheap & easy desserts:

Granny Smith Apples w/a Balsamic
  Reduction Sauce

Mixed Berry Romanoff Shortcake

Banana Foster

Summer Recipes:

Thirsty Bird
Sweet and Sour Kraut
Beer Bratwurst
Beer Baked Beans
Chunky Cheese Nachos
Cajun Beer Boiled Shrimp

Cooking For Kids
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