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Friday, June 2, 2017

Cheap and Easy Pool Noodle Art Bot


Pool Noodle Art Bot

We made an art bot! It's one of the most simple things you can make and gives your kids hours of fun.

We created ours with a pool noodle, a $1 electric toothbrush from from the dollar store, a few markers and some hair ties.

Cut the pool noodle down to the size of the electric toothbrush and stick the toothbrush inside. Then strap the markers to the noodle with the hair ties and your ready to roll!

Don't forget to get a bunch of stickers so that each kid can customize their own bot!

Enjoy this super cheap and easy pool noodle art bot craft with your kids.

Friday, April 28, 2017

How to Make the Unicorn Frappuccino

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How to Make the Unicorn Frappuccino


A Coloful Mango Flavored Creamy Frappuccino that Reminds You of a Unicorn


Olivia has been seeing the signs and advertisements for the Unicorn Frappuccino so instead of buying it ... we decided to make it our self!


Unicorn Frappuccino

Prep Time:
Yield: 2 Unicorn Frappuccino's

Ingredients

Blue Stuff
White Chocolate
White Sugar
Condensed Milk
Blue Koolaid Mix
Blue Food Coloring

Frappuccino
Ice Cream
Frozen Mangoes
Frozen Strawberries
Red Koolaid Mix
Milk
Sugar

Whip Cream
Whip Cream
Blue Sprinkles
Red or Pink Sprinkles

  1. Melt white chocolate with white sugar and condensed milk; Chill
  2. Once chilled, add the food coloring and koolaid mix.
  3. In a blender mix ice cream, mangoes, strawberries, koolaid mix, milk and sugar.
  4. Line cup with blue white chocolate sauce, then fill with frappuccino mix and top with the whip cream and sprinkles.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Soft and Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Soft and Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

White and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies. Kids LOVE cookies. Kids love MAKING cookies. Kids especially love licking the batter off the mixing spoons too!

When working with kids, you can always expect that they will taste everything in sight. Why not let them! Let them develop a pallet while they learn with you. Our kids, as you can see in our video, ate EVERYTHING. We just try to use pasteurized eggs as much as possible in a situation like this so that the cookie dough is safe for the kids to eat.

Go ahead kiddos, stuff your faces!

Soft and Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time:
Cook time:
Yield: Depends on Size

Ingredients:
1.25 C Brown Sugar
1.25 C White Sugar
1.5 C Soft Butter
2 t Vanilla
3 Eggs
4.25 C Flour
2 t Baking Soda
.5 t Salt
1.5 C White Chocolate Chips
1.5 C Semi-Sweet or Dark Chocolate Chips
  1. Whip together sugars and butter.
  2. Add vanilla
  3. Slowly add one egg at a time until fully incorporated
  4. Mix together all dry ingredients except chocolate chips.
  5. Add dry mix to wet in two parts.
  6. Fold in chocolate chips.
  7. Portion dough in size cookies that you desire and bake at 350°F for ~12 min.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Chef Daddy Quick Tip #1: Preventing Egg Shells when Cracking an Egg



Are you sick of picking egg shells out of your eggs?

Most likely it is because you are using a corner or edge to crack your eggs.

If you use a flat surface instead, then the egg will not break in such fine pieces and are less likely to get into your eggs.

While this method is not completely infallible it can greatly reduce the amount of shells that you have to pick out.

If you are still struggling, there are tools that can help you.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Bulk Frozen Chicken Breasts - Why should you be using it!

Skinless Whole Chicken Breast

Bulk Frozen Chicken Breasts

Why should I be buying bulk frozen chicken breasts?


Chicken ... chicken is probably one of the most commonly used ingredients in the world today with boneless skinless chicken breasts being the most common cut. We see so much chicken that most of us are probably sick of cooking AND eating it. Well, it's cheap so it's become a way of life. There are two things we can do to make it not as boring; One is to develop new recipes that are super easy to make that are not the same ol' same ol'. The second is to do somethings in advance to make cooking chicken easier for you. Enter the bulk frozen chicken breasts!

Why buying bulk frozen chicken breasts are great:

  • Buying bulk frozen chicken breasts are usually up to 40% cheaper than buying fresh chicken breasts.
  • While the product is frozen, it has been frozen very shortly after being processed so it is a very fresh product when thawed.
  • Its convenient! Just pull what you need out of the freezer and your good to go.

We love bulk frozen chicken breasts here at Chef D&D. With Chef Olivia still being too small for a knife, frozen chicken breasts take a step out while teaching her to love cooking and getting to the basics of just making food. We can always work on knife skills later in her budding culinary career.

Having the chicken breast frozen and always available in the freezer means that we can buy it in bulk from the store and not have to worry about it going bad before it can be used.

What I love best about bulk frozen chicken breast is there is now ooey gooey chicken ooze to clean up after opening the package of fresh chicken breasts. You can take the chicken right from the bulk frozen chicken breast bag and stick it right into the crock pot, stove top or oven. There are sometimes, though, that we need to let it thaw and use it in another way. We prefer the bulk frozen chicken breasts because they are so much cheaper than fresh chicken breasts.


How to Prep Thawed Frozen Chicken Breasts


Chef Olivia LOVES getting her hands dirty to prep chicken breasts for the grill or for frying. Her favorite part is SMASHING the breasts flat with a hammer. Check it out in the video below. Usually the bulk frozen chicken that you can get frozen at the grocery store is much too thick to use in most dishes, unless you are shredding it  so Chef Daddy recommends that you follow what Chef Olivia does in the video.

Be sure that your chicken is completely thawed and then season it a bit. We use plastic wrap to help prevent the spread of bacteria as we smash the chicken. Once flattened your chicken is ready for use. From here you can grill it, bread it or find another use for it. Be sure to watch the video above to best see how it is done.

If you are worried about the possibilities of spreading bacteria (which is always a concern with raw meat products or that you find this process far to tedious you can always by 5oz bulk frozen chicken breasts that are already flattened and ready for use. This particular frozen chicken comes 16 pieces per bag and two bags per case. It is recommended that you either cook it directly from frozen if you are not breading it to prevent the possible spread of bacteria. If breading it, thaw it in a separate container with a lid on it over night in the refrigerator.

What if I thaw too much?


It's never a good idea to refreeze raw chicken breast. If you thaw too much chicken, you should just go ahead and cook it up. It can then be chopped up and can be frozen in it's processed form to be used at a later time.

What other convenience items are available?


Sometimes we are short on time or we are feeling lazy and need a few chicken products that are convenient for quick use.

  • Frozen Cooked Diced Chicken Breast - This product is great for soups, chicken chilies or anything that you need diced chicken in. This product I would only use if it is going into something. If you want to eat it chicken by it's self I recommend:
  • Frozen Cooked Grilled Chicken Breast - These are great for eating by themselves, in a chicken Caesar salad or as a chicken sandwich.
  • Frozen Breaded Chicken Breasts - This product comes in handy if you do not have time to bread chicken yourself. Great for chicken Parmesan or breaded chicken sandwiches. If you do not have a deep fryer, that is just fine. You can 'fry' this in the oven at 425°F, just spray both sides with a heavy amount of pan spray.

Wow, that is AWESOME!


Now that we have some things to make cooking chicken faster and easier it's time to find some fast and easy recipes for chicken. So, don't forget to check out our chicken recipes for something different to try.
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