Amazing Kids! Magazine

Cook Time with Remmi

By Remmi Smith, Cook Nook Columnist

 

Hi Amazing Kids! February is Berry Fresh Month, National Cherry Month, Sweet Potato Month, and National Hot Breakfast Month. It is also the month that has Oatmeal Monday, which falls on the second Monday of February, National Cabbage Day (February 17), and also my day of the year- National Strawberry Day (February 27)! And, of course, February 14 is Valentine’s Day! However, since this month of Amazing Kids is dedicated to “Generations – Stories from the Past”, I’ll be giving you guys a few of my favorite recipes from my family cookbook! So, let’s get cooking!

 

Remmi’s February Menu

Tender Rolls

Pasta with Sausage and Peppers

Sam’s Favorite Brie Pasta (named after my Dad!)

Best Baked Custard

 

Tender Rolls

Ingredients:

  • 1 C self-rising flour
  • ½ C milk
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise

Directions:

Mix all ingredients and divide into 6 well-greased muffin tins. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Serve immediately.

Family Note: These are best served right from the oven. They usually loose their appeal if left overnight.

 

Pasta with Sausage and Peppers

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs sweet Italian sausage
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 C onions, chopped
  • 2 sweet red peppers, cut into strips
  • 1 C sweet or dry non-alcoholic wine with 1 Tbsp of vinegar (substitute for red wine)
  • 1 2 lb can tomatoes with liquid
  • 1 Tbsp thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • Red pepper flakes (if you like it spicy)
  • 1 tsp fennel seed
  • ½ C parsley
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped

Directions:

Prick sausage with a fork and put in pot with ½ inch of water. Set on medium and simmer until sausage fries in its own fat. Set aside. In the same pot, add oil, onions, peppers, and sauté. Add all ingredients to pot, except for sausage and fennel. Simmer for 30 minutes. Cut sausage into rounds and add to pot with the fennel. Toss with linguini or your choice of pasta.

 

Sam’s Favorite Brie Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 4 large tomatoes, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 lb Brie cheese, rind removed and torn into pieces
  • ½ C fresh basil leaves, cut into strips
  • ½ C olive oil
  • 2 ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 ½ lbs of linguini
  • Grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

Combine all ingredients, except for linguini. Let sauce sit for 2 hours at room temperature. Boil pasta. Add to sauce.

 

Best Baked Custard

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/3 C sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 ½ C sour milk, scalded (see Family Note)
  • Nutmeg

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Blend eggs, sugar, salt and vanilla. Gradually stir in milk. Pour into 6 custard cups and sprinkle with nutmeg. Place cups in 13 x 9 baking pan and pour very hot water into pan to within ½ inch of top of cups. Bake for about 45 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean. Remove cups from water and serve warm or cold.

Family Note: We don’t make this unless we have milk that has gone bad to make with. This is a great way to use sour milk and not have to throw it away! But, you can always add lemon juice to make it sour!

 

Ok…for some fun food facts and food history!

Did you know?

  • Oatmeal nutrition leads to a healthier heart.
  • Cabbage is considered Russia’s national food. Russians eat about seven times as much cabbage as the average North American.
  • Strawberries can help eliminate headaches. They contain natural salicylates- an ingredient that’s found in aspirin.
  • It takes 9 seconds for a combine to harvest enough wheat to make about 70 loaves of bread.
  • Each American consumes, on average, 53 pounds of bread per year.
  • The word sausage is derived from the Latin word “salsus”, which means something salted.
  • More sausages are eaten on Saturday than any other day.
  • Grilling is the most popular cooking method used for 44% of all sausages followed by frying at 23% and baking at 20%.
  • Bell peppers have 3-4 lobes. The color depends on the stage of ripeness. Most are sold in the green stage (fully developed, but not ripe). As they ripen on the vine, most bell peppers turn red and become sweeter.
  • Louis XVI’s last and dying wish was supposedly to have a final taste of brie.
  • It takes about 6.6 gallons of milk to make one round of brie cheese.
  • Raw milk or cream that has soured is actually NOT harmful or dangerous, but actually are full of beneficial enzymes and good bacteria!
  • Food historians generally agree that custard dates to the middle ages.

Happy February to all my Amazing Kids Friends!!! You will always be my Valentines! <3 Remmi