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January 31, 2011



Aww, love the recipe books. Too cute. My family of 7 loves this recipe. Enjoy!

From "The New Farm Vegetarian Cookbook".

Cook 1 1/2 C of rinsed lentils in 3 1/2 C of water until tender.
Partially mash lentils and mix with 2 medium onions that have been sauted in a little water. Add to the onions and lentils:

2 C cooked rice
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 C catsup or barbecue sauce
1 tsp sage
1/2 tsp marjoram

Press into a sprayed loaf pan and spread catsup or barbecue sauce over the top.
Bake for 1 hour.


I raised my now grown children on the classic Laurels Kitchen!! It has many simple recipes your kids will love...(Get it from the Library and photocopy a few!!LOL!..is that legal???)

Oh! And dont get rid of all those old recipe bits and pieces..I did and I so regret it....


Oh!! And BTW!! YOUR recipes have now become our Fam faves..all the soups..the lentil burgers...keep em coming!

Angie D in Snowy Ohio

Simply adorable.....


My girls (4 and 2) and I love to make veggie potatoe- or wheatsalad.

We usually use leftover veggies (boiled or raw), some boiled potatoes, wheatberries or bulgur.
Plenty of raw tomatoes, celery, bell peppers/paprika and spring onions give a nice crunch and marinated and then fried tiny blocks of tofu adds soms flavour and balance.

The only thing I do is fry the tofu and boil the eggs, the girls do the rest. Including making the mayonaise to bind it all together :D

Shayna Proctor

Oh I love cooking time with mom. Ivy is amazing.

Kirsten J

Most excellent! My girl just turned 11, and we have a local business that has cooking classes for kids. 2 1/2 years ago she did this 3 day cooking camp with them and learned so much! I should have her send Ivy some recipes - my brother gave her the Williams Sonoma kids' cook book for Christmas that winter, and she cooks full dinners for us - she loves to make mac n cheese and fettucine alfredo, and just last night, she made carrots in the oven, and "smashed" potatoes -

Jill D

My 3 year old stays with her Mimi three times a week and they cook together. She can tell you how to make muffins already- "suga", "flowa", "bakin' soda"- she's also getting Mimi's Boston accent. She loves to cook and comes running whenever I am getting dinner ready. She helped me make lentil soup this weekend- I cut and she throws it in the crockpot.

Funnelcloud Rachel

Oh, I love Ivy's recipe book! I've written about this before - but for the recipes you have torn out of magazines or printed off the internet (or if you have any in your grandmother's handwriting!), I use 3 ring binders - works great and you don't have to recopy them.

Here's a summery recipe for Ivy - fresh squeezed strawberry (or peach, etc) lemonade! Requires a little adult help to boil the sugar & water, but squeezing lemons is a great kid's job:

Funnelcloud Rachel

Oh, and here's another recipe that kids will love (both to eat and to help make), if you like Mexican food. It's also vegetarian:
So easy and delicious!

Desiree Fawn

Awe, so sweet!


from hereafter, I am never going to call it 'boil'--I am going to say 'bubble away' :)


Do you need me to email some of my tips to add to your new creation?....you know I'm full of them......

Jill scripps

i LOVE ivy's book!

and yes! both of my kids loooooove to help in the kitchen!

p.s. did you get my email i sent last week? :)


don't throw those oil stained scraps away! they will be precious mementos one day for your children.

tara pollard pakosta

honestly, I really LOVE the stained bits of scraps ones WAY BETTER!!! once you make a recipe and love it, it looks better loved! I think you could save the hand written ones for the girls later, so they have your writing, but I would totally keep the loved ones!
I have mine in a binder. I always date the recipe and write on it so I know when we had it. so much fun to look back on. and both my girls asked for copies of all my faves when they get married lOL! tara

tara pollard pakosta

p.s. heres a quick one for Ivy's book:

graham crackers, strawberry cream cheese spread on, and then sliced strawberries, then another graham cracker on top, eat like a sandwich! quick and easy snack!
love her little booK!

Holly C.

*Hot tips*-hehe!

Here's an easy recipe:

Easy Tortilla Pinwheels

1 package of tortillas
2 small tubs or 1 large tub onion and chive flavored cream cheese

Spread flavored cream cheese over tortillas. Roll up tortillas. Slice tortillas into pinwheels. Refrigerate. Serve with salsa.

Love the cookbooks, girls!


Hot Tips!


Fantastic! (love the tree on Ivy's book). I tend to only have yummy baking recipes written down, every thing else just gets made up as I go along...


Chili Chili Bang Bang from Looney Spoons (Podleshki)
chopped onions
lots of chopped veggies to your liking (capisicum, celery, carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, to name a few)
chili powder (1 tbsp or to taste)
I can tomatoes
2 to 3 cans of beans of your liking or more (black, chickpeas, kidney, etc etc)
1 can corn
1 tbsp cumin or to taste
1 tsp oregano and basil
cayenne pepper to taste
Cook veggies, onions, garlic and chili powder on medium until softened
Add tomatoes, beans (with liquid) and spices. Boil and simmer for 20 minutes.


Yay for Ivy! Love her book (and yours).

We adore this Tomato Gorgonzola soup. Kids can chop, pour, and measure nearly every ingredient in this soup!


(I will say that I double the amount of tomato juice, as it's a bit thick for my taste.)

little moments

oh Im just starting this journey with my 5 year old...love the books...


Spinach Pasta Sauce: chop onions, garlic, mushrooms and courgette in bits. Fry them in a little oil. Add deepfrozen spinach and when this is warm, add cream cheese. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with pasta. Tastes great with grated cheese.


I know it's easier & quicker to do it on your own but believe me, keep cooking with your children, it is so worth the time & mess. My boy is 22 now and cooks wonderful meals for me, and he even clears away!! such happy memories...thank you x

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