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Kids’ Share Week 11: Our Final Share

This week’s kids’ share marks our final week of farm share season!  “Receiving the Kids’ Share from Siena Farms has been so much fun.  It has inspired me to cook plenty of creative and fun recipes with in-season fruits and vegetables as the focus,” reflected Abby.

We love seeing how creative other kids have been with their weekly shares, including this “word-search soup” idea from Robin, Jack and Tommy of Boston. Using their extra vegetables from their share, they made a winter sausage minestrone soup (below) based upon the ChopChop word searches included in each box!  While eating, Jack

Who We Love: Janie Wilson

 

If you’re watching Chopped Junior this season, you might notice a familiar face.  12-year-old Janie Wilson, who is on the cover of the Fall 2015 issue of ChopChop (holding a chicken) is a competitor on the new show.  Chopped Junior, which premiered October 27th, is the kids’ version of Chopped, the Food Network cooking show. Contestants are between the ages of 9 to 15. 

Janie, who is from Peabody, Massachusetts, near the ChopChop headquarters, will be on a winter episode hosted by Ted Allen with mystery judges (Janie was good at keeping secrets and didn’t tell us the judges or the

Kids’ Share Week 10: Roasting

This week marks our second-to-last Kids’ Share of the season!  Here’s what we received this week in our share: Rainbow Carrots, Bolero Carrots, Fennel, Leeks, Baby Cooking Greens, Scarlet Queen Turnips, and Apples. Our surprise was a mix of Siena Farms stickers, pins, and a ChopChop maze!

For this week’s share, Abby, our ChopChop Kids’ Share chef, focused on roasting the ingredients.  Have you even noticed how vegetables change their appearance and taste after a long roast in the oven? In the oven, the proteins and sugars that make up vegetables start moving around because of the heat. 

Cook With Disney and ChopChop This Holiday Season

 

Cooking with Disney and ChopChop

One of our favorite things to do on cold winter nights is cook a nice warm meal and watch a movie together as a family-especially a Disney movie. So ChopChop has teamed up with Disney (and some of our favorite Disney characters!) to inspire families to cook together this holiday season. 

Disney is releasing four cookbooks inspired by a few different Disney movies:

  1. Frozen Treats (inspired by the movie Frozen)
  2. Anna’s Best Breakfasts (also inspired by Frozen)
  3. A Disney Princess Tea Party cookbook
  4. After School Snacks Cookbook (featuring characters from

Kids’ Share Week 9 : Seeing Orange

Our ninth Kids’ Share was packed with great produce this week—and lots of carrots!  Here’s a list of what we received in this weeks share: Watermelon Radishes, Red Beets, Chioggia Beets, Bolero Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Cauliflower, Kennebec Potatoes, Scarlet Queen Turnips, Green Oakleaf Lettuce, and our surprise was a spreading knife!

“I was surprised at how many vegetables (especially carrots) could fit in this box from Siena Farms!  I decided to make one of my favorite ChopChop salads with the lettuce, as well as a yummy dessert with the carrots. I used the spreading knife for the

Kids’ Share Week 8: Winter Vegetables

This week, we picked up our eighth Kids’ Share.  We have been cooking from the weekly share from Siena Farms for 2 months, and it has been a blast!  This week’s share contained some great seasonal vegetables: Honeynut Squash, Butternut Squash, Tuscan Kale, Onion, Rainbow Carrots, Apples, and Chives.  The weekly surprise was a metal serving spoon along with a ChopChop word search!

What is the difference between Honeynut and Butternut Squash?  Honeynut Squash is a mini-Butternut Squash that grows on a compact space-saving bush type plant. This mini-squash has a sweet and deep rich flavor in

Kids’ Share Week 7: A Colorful, Mixed Box

For our seventh week cooking from the Kids’ Share, we received a surplus of colorful ingredients from Siena Farms!  The Kids’ Share is a weekly farm share for kids that includes a box of fresh produce, fun recipes, and a surprise. This week’s surprise was two small pinch bowls – perfect for small snacks or spices. This week’s share included: Green Cabbage, Red Cabbage, Carrots, Onion, Brussels Sprouts, Kennebec Potatoes, Apples, and Cilantro.

Fun Fact: Did you know that cabbages and Brussels Sprouts come from the same family?  You can trace back their roots (hah!) to the same plant, brassic

Kids’ Share Week 6: 2 Recipes, 1 dish, 3X the Flavor!

This week, we received our sixth Kids’ Share, which included Broccoli, Rainbow Chard, Bolero Carrots, Scallions, Garlic, Easter Egg Radishes, Dill, and Cilantro from Siena Farms, plus a whisk!

For this week’s dish, Abby decided integrate ChopChop’s Oven-Roasted recipe with one of the Siena Farms recipes—it was a success!  “I love the taste of roasted vegetables, so I figured, why not use roasted vegetables in the Broccoli Cheddar soup?  The result was delicious,” reflected Abby. Here’s what she did with this week’s Kids’ Share:

Oven-Roasted Broccoli and Carrots (using Broccoli and Bolero

KIDS’ SHARE, WEEK 5: FOCUS ON BEETS

The fifth week of the weekly Kids’ Share included some colorful produce from Siena Farms and recipes that are perfect for the family to enjoy.  This week’s share included: Red Ace Beets, Chioggia Beets, Scallions, Garlic, Boston Lettuce, Wrinkle-Crinkle Cress, and Apples. We were pleasantly surprised with this week’s prize - a rubber spatula, which was a great cooking tool to have when we cooked this week’s box.

This week, we decided to cook one of Chef Ana’s recipes:  Beet Muhammara.  “It took about 45 minutes in a 400 degree oven to roast the beets. My favorite part of this recipe was

WHO WE LOVE: Mason Partak

At ChopChop, we love featuring kids who are accomplishing awesome work in the food and health world.  Recently, we talked to Mason Partak, also known as “Mason Made”, whose passion for cooking can be seen in his popular YouTube videos and impressive school-kitchen fundraising successes. Mason is 11 years old and is from California.  He took some time to answer our questions about how he learned to cook and what exciting projects he has and is currently working on.

 

ChopChop: How did you get involved in cooking?

Mason: I was two years old when I started decorating cookies with my mom and