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By Cooking Panda

Severed Fingers Pigs In A Blanket


  • 1 package beef cocktail franks
  • Almond slices
  • 1 package crescent rolls
  • 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)
  • Ketchup, for serving
  • Directions

    1) Heat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    2) Roll out crescent roll dough and cut into thin strips.

    3) Cut a small slit in the top of the beef franks and stick an almond slice inside. Wrap with crescent dough.

    4) Place on baking sheet and brush with egg wash. Bake for 10 minutes, or until dough is golden brown. Serve with ketchup and enjoy!

    Zombie Pretzels


  • Green candy melts
  • Yellow candy melts
  • Red candy melts
  • Black icing
  • Mini pretzels
  • Directions

    1) Melt candy melts in separate bowls in the microwave on 30 second intervals, stirring each time, until melted and smooth.

    2) Scoop yellow and red candy melts into ziplock bags with a corner cut off.

    3) Dip pretzels in green candy melt. Tap off excess chocolate and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.

    4) Fill the top corner holes with yellow candy melts to make eyes. Top with a small circle of black icing to make the pupils. Fill the larger hole with red candy melts, having it go all over the bottom part of the pretzel to make a mouth.

    5) Set aside until candy melts are completely set. If necessary, refrigerate. Serve and enjoy!

    Caramel Apple Crips


  • Large green apples
  • Melted chocolate
  • Caramel sauce
  • Purple candy melts
  • Orange and black sprinkles
  • Directions

    1) Cut apple slices, about 3/4 of an inch thick. Skewer with a lollipop stick.

    2) Melt chocolate and candy melts in separate bowls in the microwave on 30 second intervals, stirring each time, until completely melted and smooth.

    3) Lay skewered apples down on a parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle with melted chocolate, caramel sauce and purple candy melts. Top with sprinkles.

    4) Refrigerate until completely set. Serve and enjoy!

    Vampire Teeth


  • 1 package cookies of choice
  • White frosting + red food coloring, or red cookie icing
  • 1 package mini marshmallows
  • Almond slivers
  • Directions

    1) Cut cookies in half. Dye white frosting red with food coloring, or use red cookie icing.

    2) Ice both halves of the cookie with red icing. Place marshmallows around the curve of the cookie to create teeth. To help support the cookie, place a few more marshmallows in the back. Top with second iced cookie half.

    3) Insert two almond slivers in between the teeth to create fangs. If necessary, use frosting to make them stick.

    4) Refrigerate until fully set, serve and enjoy!

    Tags: hacks, Halloween, kids, recipes, snacks
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    Get The Recipes: 3 Kids Snack Hacks


    By Cooking Panda

    Yogurt Bites

    Ingredients And Materials

  • Yogurt flavors of choice
  • Ziplock bag
  • Parchment paper
  • Directions

    1) Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

    2) Fill a ziplock bag with your yogurt of choice. Cut off one corner and pipe yogurt onto parchment paper. You can make bite-sized circles, of even fun shapes!

    3) Freeze for at least 1 hour, or until yogurt bites are completely frozen. Remove from freezer, serve and enjoy!

    Snack Packs

    Ingredients And Materials

  • Clothes pins
  • Googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Small ziplock bags
  • Snacks, we used grapes and fish crackers
  • Directions

    1) Glue eyes to the tops of the clothespins. Allow to dry completely.

    2) Add grapes to one side of the ziplock bag and fish crackers to the other. Pinch the bag together in the middle and seal with clothespin, this keeps the foods separate.

    3) Cut a pipe cleaner in half and stick into the top of the clothespin. Fold like an antenna.

    4) Pack in either a lunch bag or keep around the house for a midday snack. Enjoy!

    Apple Mouth


  • Sliced apples
  • Peanut butter
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Directions

    1) Spread peanut butter on two slices of apples. Line one apple with marshmallows. Top with the second apple, peanut butter side down. it’s a smile!

    2) Serve, enjoy and make sure to smile back!

    Tags: hack, Kid Recipes, kids, recipes, snacks
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    Watch These Adorable Kids Try Japanese Food (Video)


    By Cooking Panda

    We love to watch kids try foods from different countries, and we may just be learning along with them on some of the dishes. This time around, we’re going to watch American kids try classic Japanese dishes.

    The first round of Japanese dishes includes miso soup (yum!) and Natto Gohan. Miso soup is technically miso paste dissolved in fish stock. It usually comes with some good stuff in it, like seaweed or small pieces of tofu. Natto Gohan is a popular Japanese breakfast that features fermented soybeans. Judging by the kids’ reactions, the fermented soybeans were a no-go, with most kids spitting it back out. I don’t think I’ll be trying that one!

    The next round of dishes for tasting consisted of sashimi (again, yum!), daikon and umeboshi. As delicious and savory as sashimi can be, the sound of raw fish doesn’t sit well with the kids, who probably didn’t give it a fair chance as a result. The daikon, otherwise known as pickled radish, and umeboshi, pickled plums, weren’t enjoyed much, either. This is a tough crowd!

    Finally, the next round gets some better reviews. Udon noodles and shrimp tempura are general crowd pleasers, after all. Udon are big, thick Japanese noodles made of wheat flour, and are usually accompanied by an assortment of toppings. The kids have a lot of fun with this pasta dish when they learn that slurping is considered a compliment in Japan. They enjoy being very polite!

    Tempura can refer to lightly fried vegetables or meats, but in this case, it looks like the kids were given shrimp tempura. Who doesn’t like fried shrimp? And the tempura style is just perfect.

    Finally, it’s time for dessert, but this Oshiruko doesn’t quite feel like dessert to the kids. Oshiruko is the name for red bean soup with mochi, a sweet dumpling plopped right on top. First, the kids are confused with a dessert that’s served warm. Second, they weren’t too fond of the red bean soup. However, one girl doesn’t seem to mind the mochi so much. She likes how “it ends with a tinkling on [her] tongue.”

    Sources: WatchCut, Japan Guide / Photo Credit: Japanese Food Culture/Instagram

    Tags: japanese food, kids, Mochi, Sashimi, tempura, Udon
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    Jell-O Created A Healthy Dessert Because Kids Said So


    By Cooking Panda

    Kids are frank. They’ll be the first to let you know that your meatloaf sucks, and they’re never too shy to ask for better groceries. Apparently, they’re just as brutally honest to the makers of Jell-O.

    Kids want the same jiggly and colorful food — minus the artificial stuff.

    Looking to pick the brains of truthful consumers, Jell-O held focus groups with 11- and 12-year-olds. The young gelatin eaters were more nutrition-savvy than the company had expected.

    “We heard a lot about artificial ingredients, which was most surprising to us,” Nicole Kulwicki, Jell-O’s Head of Marketing, told USA Today. “They talked to teachers and friends at school, and they were really aware of it.”

    Soon after, Jell-O Simply Good was born. It’s a pouch of pudding or gelatin mix made without artificial dyes, flavors or preservatives.

    While kids of today are evidently chatting about health and the detrimental effects of sugar in the schoolyard, taste remains key.

    Simply Good is available in pudding flavors like vanilla bean, banana and chocolate caramel. Real-fruit-juice flavored gelatin mixes come in strawberry, pineapple orange and mixed berry varieties.

    Experts say food companies’ move toward more natural products is a good response to consumers’ changing needs, but they’ll eventually need to take a look at sugar content if they want success long term.

    “With the Internet, people are now educated on the impact of sugar and its weapon-grade effect on the body,” brand expert Eric Schiffer told USA Today. “Consumers are looking for healthy options.”

    While Simply Good is artificial flavor-free and has a short ingredients list, a serving of the Jell-O packs in about 18 grams of sugar.

    When the dessert hits stores, pouches will be available next to original Jell-O products. For now, get the scoop under the hashtag #delightfullyhonest. It’s Simply Good’s marketing campaign where parents are encouraged to share photos of their children’s “unfiltered moments” in the spirit of their honesty.

    Source: USA Today / Photo credit: Marcia O'Connor/Flickr

    Tags: dessert, Jello, kids, Natural, simply good
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    Italy Might Give Kids Wine Drinking Lessons In School


    By Cooking Panda

    Italy’s known for its wine, and it’s about to make the classy adult beverage something kids can learn in school!

    Italian legislators drafted a bill that would allow children as young as 6 years old to take wine lessons in elementary school. One hour per week would be dedicated to “wine culture and history.”

    “Italy is now the biggest wine producer in the world, it is our history, and we should be happy and proud to teach our children about it,” Senator Dario Stefano said, The Drinks Busines reported.

    While wine tasting won’t be in the curriculum itself, the classes will focus on proper use of the beverage and discourage abuse.

    “There will be no tastings, since we believe the body can’t metabolise alcohol before 17 years of age,” wine-taster Vito Intini said, The Sun reported. Italy’s wine production increased 10 percent in 2015.

    Looks like sommeliers are about to become a popular profession in the wine capital of the world!

    Sources: The Drinks Business, The Sun / Photo credit: Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr

    Tags: drinking, italy, kids, School, wine
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    Delight Your Guests With This Bloomin’ Gooey Cheese Bread Recipe


    By Cooking Panda

    Bloomin’ gooey cheese bread. Need we say more?

    This bread is everything you’ve ever wanted — crispy, gooey, cheesy, flavorful and easy to pull apart and devour. It is basically the bread version of a bloomin’ onion, and it is just as delectable, if not more.

    Bloomin’ gooey cheese bread is great for company, kids and adults. Even better, it is super easy to make! All you do is slice the top of a loaf of bread into cubes,  slice and mix your fillings, and stuff them into the bread. Bake and devour.

    Feel free to modify the fillings based on your own taste and creativity, as there are a ton of delicious additions. We’re including a variation with mushrooms below the main recipe.

    Here is the bloomin’ gooey cheese bread recipe, courtesy of Changeable Table: 


    1 loaf of bread that is not sliced (a round loaf is preferable, but square works too). Sourdough bread is best.
    1 pound Monterey Jack or similar cheese (provolone is great), thinly sliced
    1/2 cup butter, melted
    1/2 cup finely diced green onion, with tops
    2-3 tsp poppy seeds


    Cut the bread lengthwise and width wise – be very careful not to cut through the bottom crust.  

    Place on a foil-lined baking sheet.  

    Insert cheese between cuts.  

    Combine butter, onion, and poppy seeds.  

    Drizzle over bread. 

    Wrap in foil; place on a baking sheet.  

    Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  

    Unwrap.  Bake 10 more minutes, or until cheese is melted.

    Mushroom modification (from Beantown Baker):

    Follow all above directions; however, before putting the bread into the oven, saute 12 oz of sliced mushrooms for four to five minutes in one Tbsp butter, until they start to sweat. Add the thyme and cook for another two to three minutes. Set mushrooms aside to cool. The, place them between the cheese slices that are wedged into the bread. Use your fingers to push the mushrooms down into the loaf.

    Sources: Changeable TableBeantown Baker / Photo Credit: Diana 212mChangeable Table

    Tags: cheese, company, kids, pull apart, recipe
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