Culinary Kids with Vee #2

Garden to table! Let us visit Asia, if you dare!

Gardening can be so fun from your back yard or the Farmer’s Market.

Let me introduce you to an Asian style salad.

Rinse and towel dry baby spinach about 6 cups.
15 ounce can of mandarin oranges
sliced red onion or scallions cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 of a red bell pepper
diced water chestnuts

For the dressing:
combine 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
3 tablespoons of canola oil
2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
juice of half a lemon
tablespoon of honey
a splash of water.
At the very end add 2 teaspoons of toasted sesame seeds to the dressing.
For a little bit if texture, add chow mein noodles to the top of salad.

I promise you, it is so good!

2015 Diaper Drive

COC Diaper Drive 2015 ad

Diapers are not a luxury; they are a necessity. The average infant goes through 10-12 diaper changes in a day, costing  $100 or more a month. For a family on a limited income, after bills, there is often not enough left for diapers. Help support families in your community by donating to the diaper drive, and  help make difference in the lives of those in need.

Diaper Drive to benefit Colorado Family Life Center.

Thank You to Rated Fresh for being our official sponsor.

School Is Starting Soon

COC School Supply Drive 2015

Wouldn’t it be nice if back to school supply shopping were easy?

Not only are teachers paying for photocopies, chalk, blackboard markers, posters, and classroom décor but also school supplies which come out of their own pockets.

Having school supplies will help keep kids and teachers focused. With school starting again, Donating will help at-risk youth and underfunded teachers get the school supplies they need to succeed in the school year.

Each year, Celebration Of Children collects schools supplies as part of an annual drive to benefit Excelsior Youth Center. Items needed range from backpacks to pencils and paper. Personal hygiene items are also needed.

This School Supply drive will give you the opportunity to rally others like you to bring much-needed supplies to children and teens.

Consider donating supplies today!

Cocount Cream Pie with Whipped Topping

Mother’s Day Coconut Cream Pie

Cocount Cream Pie with Whipped Topping

I’ve tried several coconut cream pie recipes and this one I like the most. Very light, not at all heavy. It was easy to make, the toasted coconuts is what gave this pie great flavor. I made this for my mom last month. My dad love it. It did not last 2 days. I will be making this again for Mother’s Day, probably 2 pies.

3 cups half and half   •   3/4 cup of sugar   •   1/4 tsp. salt   •   1 tsp vanilla extract   •  1 cup sweetened coconut flakes   •  1/2 cup of flour   •   2 eggs beaten  •   9 inch Pillsbury pie shell

Fork holes in Pillsbury Pie DoughPillsbury Pie Shelled browned with Temptaions deep dish

FOLLOW Pillsbury pie shell baking instructions and let cool.

Sweet Coconut flakes baking in the ovenToasted Coconut

PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 degrees F.  Spread coconut on baking sheet, bake 5 minutes until golden brown, stirring occasionally.

Cocount Pie Filling coming to a boil

In a medium saucepan, combine half and half, eggs, flour, salt and sugar and mix well. Bring mixture to a boil, stir constantly and reduce to low heat. Remove from heat and add 3/4 cup of the toasted coconuts and then add vanilla extract. Stir combining all ingredients. The remaining coconuts will be used to top the pie.

Toasted Coconut Custard Pie Filling

Pour the filling into the pie shell and chill until the pie firms ( 4 hours or overnight ). Top pie with whipped topping or cool whip, use the remaining coconuts to garnish pie.