Tips – Getting Ready

Julia Kiene’s book is loaded with tips for new little chefs. We will probably never load up a tray with all of the ingredients and utensils we’ll need for each cooking session, but we may at least clear off a little counter space to collect it.

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Great Tips

Cooking Tips from Julia Kiene

Some grown-ups think cooking is hard work. It really isn’t. Here’s a tip or so some grown-ups sometimes never bothered to learn.

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Macaroni with Tomato-Cheese Sauce

Our first recipes we chose to do were part of the “Easy Dinner” from page 41. Macaroni with Tomato-Cheese Sauce, Pear and Grape Salad and Cranberry Crunch. Half way through making the dinner part we decided to put off the Cranberry Crunch for another day. But that’s getting a little ahead of ourselves.

Easy DinnerWe intend to update these recipes and make them for our family, so they have to be gluten and dairy free. Mom and little sister are allergic. The tomato sauce calls for tomato soup, which has wheat flour in it, so we read the side of the can and picked up a small can of tomato paste to use to make our own tomato sauce from scratch.

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First Things, Second.

Today we’re launching GroovyArtichokes.com and we’re really excited about it.

Bette and her mother, Julia Kiene, 1939.
Bette and her mother, Julia Kiene, 1939.

We, are Julia and Bryan. Bryan’s the dad and Julia’s the kid. Julia is the Great Great Granddaughter of Julia (Wolcott) Kiene who wrote many cookbooks for Westinghouse in the 1950’s. Julia recently discovered that when her grandfather was about her age, he helped his grandmother test the recipes for her cookbooks. One of these books in particular, The Step-by-Step Cook Book for Girls and Boys, excited us most. Julia immediately wanted to try some of the recipes and her mother said, “Well, if you’re going to do that, you might as well blog about it.”

So here we are. Blog first, cook second.