Wednesday, September 24, 2008 – Cooking Brings Us Together


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Eliana Making Original Recipe - Ladybug Pizzettas

Eliana Making Original Recipe - Ladybug Pizzettas

Friends:

It’s been a few days since my last blog. I have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen with my 8 year old daughter, Eliana. What a delight she is. I love being around her – her enthusiasm is contagious. Since we began her blog, Eliana Cooks! A Creative Kid in the Kitchen, Eliana has been working hard at her craft in the kitchen. We plan menus together, shop together, cook together, and blog together. Eliana has even started writing her very own recipes. She keeps a “Food Notes” journal. Her delight has inspired me to “get creative in the kitchen.” I cooked this meal for my famiy: grilled portabellas with chorizo stuffing in a chipotle adobo cream sauce, grilled stuffed Anaheim peppers, roasted sweet corn, and homemade salsa for a fabulous Fiesta dinner last night.

Portabella with chorizo stuffing in chipote adobo cream sauce, stuffed anaheim pepper, roasted sweet corn, and homemade salsa

Portabella with chorizo stuffing in chipote adobo cream sauce, stuffed anaheim pepper, roasted sweet corn, and homemade salsa

The past couple of days have been tough ones. Yesterday, we found out that my husband’s 55 year old uncle died suddenly of a massive heart attack. Our family is saddened and in shock. My husband just lost his father three months ago so this news came as a big blow. Please keep our family in your prayers.

I have some medical issues I am dealing with and had to have minor surgery today. I am okay – now awaiting test results, which is always nerve-wracking. But this little face helps to keep me going. What a sweetie!

Eliana Making Cream Soda Floats

Eliana Making Cream Soda Floats

Tonight, Eliana made me dinner since I had to take it easy. She made her original “Ladybug Pizzettas.” These mini pizzas were absolutely delicious. I would serve them at a party! Eliana and I plan to write a cookbook together, Cool Kids Cook! We look forward to developing recipes and spending more time cooking in the kitchen together. Eliana will post her recipe on her blog, Eliana Cooks! Check it out.

Eliana's Ladybug Pizzettas on the Plate

Eliana's Ladybug Pizzettas on the Plate

I am looking forward to tomorrow. I visit my 18 year old daughter, Soleil, in Baton Rouge. She will be accompanying me to the Baton Rouge Library’s Author-Illustrator program featuring Tedd Arnold. We are both very excited.

Until next time…

Warmly, Dianne