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Cool Kids Cook #124 Interview with Jenny Dirksen of No Kid Hungry

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Our special guest is Jenny Dirksen, the national culinary director of No Kid Hungry.

No Kid Hungry

No Kid Hungry

Every kid. Healthy food. Every day. That’s the promise of No Kid Hungry, a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. And that’s how they vow to end childhood hunger, by ensuring that no matter the time of day, or time of year, they’ll be there for kids. No Kid Hungry connects children in need to programs like school breakfast and summer meals, and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable foods. Working together with local organizations around the country, they generate the will and skill to help communities feed children in need every day of the year.

“A Tisket A Tasket What’s Inside My Basket?”
Today’s secret ingredient is Kale.

Here is my recipe for “Sauteéd Kale with Arugula.” This is simple and delicious!

Sauteéd Kale with Arugula

Sauteéd Kale with Arugula

Ingredients:
2 tbsp. olive oil, divided
2 tbsp. onions
4 c. kale, sliced
1/2 c. arugula
Handful arugula flowers
1 tbsp. lemon juice
Salt and pepper

Directions:
Sauté onions in 1 tbsp. olive oil in large sauté pan over medium heat. Add kale and sauté until wilted but still has a little crunch. Mix in remaining ingredients and drizzle rest of olive olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste. Serves 4.

“Figure Out This Food!”
I have a game on my Facebook page called “Figure Out This Food.” I post a close-up of a food item and the first three guesses get a shout-out here. Congratulations to Patricia Miera and Shannon Breaux for guessing “Pattypan squash.”

Pattypan Squash

Pattypan Squash

“Snacktivity Time”
Here, I give you fun easy breezy snack ideas. Today’s Snacktivity is… “Watermelon Mint Shake.” This shake is so refreshing and tasty!

Watermelon Mint Shake

Watermelon Mint Shake

Ingredients:
3 c. ripe, seedless watermelon cut into chunks
2 c. ice
1/3 c. sugar
3 tbsp. mint, chopped

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a blender and mix well. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

“Creative Cuisine”
This is a recipe for my “Pan-Fried Basil Potatoes.” This dish packs a ton of flavor with such a simple recipe.

Pan-Fried Basil Potatoes

Pan-Fried Basil Potatoes

Ingredients:
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 c. onions, diced
2 large cloves garlic, minced
2 c. new potatoes, diced
1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 c. mix sweet basil and purple basil
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Directions:
In a medium pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until translucent. Add garlic and cook for one minute. Add potatoes, Italian seasoning, paprika, basil, salt and pepper. Cook for about ten minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender.

“Kitchen Crafts!”
Here is a fun kitchen-related craft. Today’s kitchen craft is how to make “Flameless Candles.”

Flameless Candle

Flameless Candle

Supplies:
1 straw
Fuzzy stick
Pencil
Scissors

Instructions:
Step 1: Cut the straw to 4 inches long.
Step 2: Cut the fuzzy stick to 3 inches long.
Step 3: Wrap the fuzzy stick around a pencil, creating a spiral.
Step 4: Place the fuzzy stick inside one end of the straw.
Step 5: Place the other end of the straw inside a cupcake or cake and you have a flameless but festive candle!

That’s all for this week!

Bon Appetit,
Kid Chef Eliana

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