Poppins Book Nook: To The Kitchen!

This month, the Poppins Book Nook’s category is one of my favorites:  To the Kitchen!

Do you enjoy cooking with your children?  It’s a favorite activity of ours, and we have a few favorite cookbooks that give impetus to our creativity in the kitchen.  Poppins Book Nook main image 2014 - 2015There are so many ways you can express that, whether it’s making culinary gifts, preparing family meals or using cooking for chemistry lessons.  One of our favorite “kid” cookbooks is one that we discovered back in our pre-K years, when we were using the Five in a Row curriculum.  Becky Lambert from Five in a Row published a cookbook to use alongside all their books, and we’ve used it with great delight!

The Five In A Row Cookbook

The Five In A Row Cookbook

The Five in a Row Cookbook is organized so that you can cook 3 dishes for each of the works of literature used in Five in a Row.   We’ve made everything from Boston baked beans, to lemonade, to homemade onion rings, to handmade fruit pies.  The recipes are very simple to follow, so that home cooks (whether they’re adults or children) can easily follow the directions and produce wonderful food from all around the world.  The cookbook also includes safety tips, cooking definitions, table manners and other tidbits of useful knowledge for the novice cook.  The recipes are listed by category in the same order that the books are in each Five in a Row curriculum book; however, rather than each recipe page being named after its corresponding book, it’s named for the part of the world the recipes belong to.

Old favorites from our Five In A Row days

Old favorites from our Five In A Row days

Here are some of the recipe titles you’ll find that can complement your Five in a Row readings….or that you can pick up years later, and still enjoy!

  • China:  egg rolls
  • France:  vegetable bundles
  • Russia:  cabbage soup
  • Italy:  ricotta cake
  • Egypt:  hummus and pita bread

Of course, there’s much more than that in the The Five in a Row Cookbook; there are over 150 pages of recipes from all over the world for you and your child to try!  I’m particularly thankful to have rediscovered this cookbook.  The week before Thanksgiving, we made one of our family’s favorite recipes;

The Five in a Row Cookbook's awesome steak fries recipe!

The Five in a Row Cookbook’s awesome steak fries recipe!

their French fries!  They’re actually more like steak fries.  And instead of deep frying them (which personally, I would never do at home since I’m very uncomfortable with the idea of 4 inches of boiling oil in a saucepan), you bake these AFTER soaking them in ice water for a bit.  The soaking causes the fries to develop an incredible crispy outside and a soft, potato-y inside.  Then, you add some spices for tangy flavor.  They are PERFECT.  (Keep reading…the recipe’s below!)

Organic beef burger with Havarti cheese and yummy steak fries!

Organic beef burger with Havarti cheese and yummy steak fries!

I wholeheartedly recommend the The Five in a Row Cookbook for your family, whether you have used the Five in a Row curricululm or not.  It is fun and helps you create wonderful meals!

What else can you and your children do in or around the kitchen?  Here are some activities we’ve enjoyed together!

  1.   Play Family Time Fun‘s The Original Dinner Games.  Just pick a card from the box and follow the instructions.  There are word games, conversation ideas and tips to help your kids finish their dinner.
    Dinner fun from "Family Time Fun"

    Dinner fun from “Family Time Fun”

    Lots of fun and definitely a way to make each dinner memorable and different!

  2. Watch Master Chef Junior with your family on Fox!a Fall 2014 330We sort of discovered Master Chef Junior by accident one evening.  We don’t watch a lot of tv, but we were thrilled to find this show that all of us can watch together!  Three chefs, headed by Gordon Ramsey, issue challenges to a group of incredibly talented and creative young home cooks, ages 8-12.  We’re absolutely in awe of what they’ve come up with!  These kids produce meals that look like something you’d order at a five-star restaurant.  If you missed it on television, you can find it on both Hulu or your PC at Master Chef Junior.  It’s great fun!

The Five in a Row Cookbook’s French Fries

And don’t forget to make The Five in a Row Cookbook’s delicious fries!  Melissa Crabtree from Five in a Row has graciously permitted me to share the recipe for our favorite french fries (although we always call them steak fries) with you.  Here it is…you will absolutely LOVE these!                                     Ingredients:                                                                                                       

  • 4 medium russet potatoes, cut into large wedges
  • 1 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Place potatoes in a large bowl; add cold water to cover.  Let stand for 15 minutes.  Spray a nonstick baking sheet with vegetable cooking spray.  Set aside.  Drain potatoes in a colander.  Spread on a double layer of paper towels.  Press down on the towels to dry potatoes.  Transfer potatoes to a large bowl.  Sprinkle with oil, pepper, salt and paprika; toss to combine.  Arrange seasoned potatoes in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet; sprinkle with garlic.  Bake potatoes for 20 minutes.  Using spatula, turn potatoes.  Bake until golden, about 20 more minutes.  Serve immediately with ketchup or ranch dressing on the side.  Serves 4.


Poppins Book Nook Giveaway

Feed Our Small World A Cookbook for Kids GiveawayFeed Our Small World: A Cookbook for Kids Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a copy of the book Feed Our Small World: A Cookbook for Kids for the theme of To The Kitchen!  Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you
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And be sure to visit some of the other Poppins Book Nook co-hosts to see what they’re cooking up this month in the kitchen!

Poppins Book Nook Themes 2014 - 2015Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ The Kennedy Adventures ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ Our Simple Kinda Life ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Simplicity Breeds Happiness ~ Raventhreads ~ Water on the Floor ~ Learning Fundamentals ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ Mom’s Heart ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ Suncoast Momma ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

We’ll be taking next month off for the holiday season, but join us again in January when we’ll be off “To The Laboratory!”

Enjoy!  –Wren


6 thoughts on “Poppins Book Nook: To The Kitchen!

  1. I have used the Five in a Row cookbook with all four of my kids when they were small. It has always been one of our favorites. We always enjoyed closing out our Five in a Row week with a themed meal from the cookbook. That book helped us create a lot of good memories. I’ll have to check out your other suggestions, too!

    • Our FIAR days were some of the sweetest of our homeschool adventure. And the cookbook IS so fun! It is great to have it out again.

      How are things in your neck of the woods, my friend?

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