Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Cooking Club tries out "Deceptively Delicious" recipes on daddies and kiddos

January's Cooking Club was a fun mix of old friends and great new recipes. A few of the lovely ladies in our group have Jessica Seinfeld's cookbook, Deceptively Delicious, and we've been talking about trying out some of the recipes together. The premise of the book is recipes with "hidden veggie" purees that help get kids (and adults) to eat more of the good stuff. Mama Christine led us in the cooking. She showed off her skills making Parmesan Chicken Nuggets (with hidden sweet potato and carrot purees).

Stacie got right to work on our Chocolate Peanut Butter Dip with Apples (and hidden carrot puree). Susan helped with the chicken nuggets. Meanwhile, the daddies gathered in the play room with all the toddlers. Meilani was leading the pack, followed by a toddling Caleb and Niana and climbing Olivia.

Mary was lead dessert chef, mixing up the brownies. (Mmmmm...did I mention Giada's addicted to chocolate? Hold me back!)

The batter used hidden spinach and carrot purees but the tasters never suspected a thing. You can't beat brownies with vanilla ice cream and Moo sauce from Trader Joe's. We also served up Mint Hot Chocolate (with hidden sweet potato puree) and some even had it kicked up a notch with Peppermint Schnapps.

The hit of the evening were two different versions of Gouda Mac & Cheese. This recipe was one of our own and the big debate was whether our guests liked the broccoli version or the spinach version. Yum-o!


The VM Family said...

Inspiring! I have this cookbook, but haven't actually attempted any of those purees yet. So you really can't taste them, huh?

Anonymous said...

Deception is not my usual thing, but using it to hide healthy ingredients in recipes might make it permissible!