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Happy trick or treating! Here’s a treat you will love making… or be turned into a frog.

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KidzClix.net and Johnny Cubert White present Kidz Kitchen’s Halloween special with Max and Olivia making Boogers on a Stick. Ingredients are a stick and tons of boogers - just kidding!! Check out the video and see for yourself. Make your Halloween treats you give out the disgusting talk of the town!

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The Parents’ Choice Awards program honors the best material for children.  KidzClix.net is the proud recipient of the prestigious Silver Honor award for the Fall of 2009.

Website Award 2009

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KidzClix.net is an online magazine and community designed to foster creative thought in a wide variety of topics, with an emphasis on science and math. KidzArena, the magazine section of the site, updated monthly with topics such as “Sci Time,” “Math Mania,” “Build It!,” “Artz Studio,” and “Kidz Kitchen.” Each topic has activities and interactive articles that are funny and interesting for the older elementary age group.

Visitors work to build a tower from shaving cream and straws, trying to make it as tall as possible. When young builders believe their structure is sound, they can turn on gravity with a press of the button to see how it holds up. If not, go back and try it again. Some of these activities are hilariously “gross”, like the Household Germ Hunt, where players swab different parts of an absolutely disgusting house to find the places harboring the most germs.

Articles are made more interesting with interactive features. “The Quest to Digest,” a step-by-step description of digestion, is made more engaging with clicks to coat a chewed apple with saliva and to swallow the bolus. Mmm! The magazine area is rounded out with art activities, including some cool optical illusions, and videos of kids in the kitchen cooking a variety of delicious dishes. Several of the activities come with off-line ideas, extending the learning beyond the computer.

KidzClix also has an online community for kids featuring moderated chat and forums for kids to talk about different activities and topics, get homework help, and connect with friends. This fun site holds up on multiple visits. The monthly subscription rate of $6.95 is reasonable considering the content changes on a monthly basis.

Amy Kraft   ©2009 Parents’ Choice

Amy Kraft is a children’s media producer with extensive experience in a wide array of media and curricula and excellent track record of meeting budgets and schedules seeks rewarding producing and game design work in children’s interactive entertainment.

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Ingrediens

-          2 Tablespoons olive oil.

-          ¼ Cup finely chopped.

-          Green pepper.

-          ¼ Cup finely chopped onion.

-          1 Garlic clove, crushed.

-          ¾ Pound lean ground beef.

-          2 Tablespoons alcaparrado.

-          ¼ Cup tomato sauce.

-          ¼ Cup cooking sherry.

-          1 Refrigerated pie crust.

-          (15-ounce package).

-          1 Egg beaten.

 

1.       Heat olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add green pepper; cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir onions are light brown and translucent. Add ground beef; cook and stir until beef is not pink, breaking up into small crumbles. Pour off drippings if necessary. Pre- heat oven to 375F.

2.   Stir in alcaparrado, tomato sauce and sherry; simmer over low 15 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.

3.       Unfold pie crust; place on sheet of waxed paper. Lightly dust pie crust with flour and gently roll out with rolling pin. Using a 2- ½ inch round cutter or a drinking glass cut out circles. Lay circles on a nonstick or lightly buttered baking sheet. Spoon 1 tablespoon beef mixture onto each dough circle, leaving a slight border around edge. Moisten edge of dough with water; fold pastry over filling. Press edges of dough together with fork to seal. Prick center of dough with fork once or twice to form steam vents. Lightly brush tops with egg wash.

4.       Bake in 375F over 15 minutes or until pastry is golden brown. Set aside and cool.

Enjoy!

 

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Two Highland Park, IL, elementary students are enjoying celebrity chef status as the stars of a cooking show featured on the newest children’s internet destination, KidzClix.net. Los Angeles filmmaker Johnny White, who produces the delightful cooking segments for KidzClix each month, flew into Highland Park earlier this year to film best friends  Lindsey Kourafas and Morgan Small, second graders at Red Oak Elementary School, making their favorite recipe, “Mini-Cheesecakes.”  You can view it at: http://www.kidzclix.net/learn_more/mini_cheesecakes.php

Morgan Small and Lindsey Kourfas

The cooking segments, called “Kidz Kitchen,” are unique because kids who love to cook have an opportunity to show their talents to the world.  Children visiting the site can view kids making a variety of recipes for all skill levels.  Beginning young chefs will have fun trying Eggs in a Basket or Chocolate-Covered Pretzels, while more adventurous cooks can try their hand at Empanadas or Lemon Pepper Pasta.

“I’ve love filming the Kidz Kitchen series because these kids are so enthusiastic about cooking, and it’s amazing how many of them are really talented in the kitchen,” says filmmaker White, who has helped produce a variety of movies and TV shows in Hollywood.

Kidz Kitchen will soon be going international with the addition of several cooking segments that White captured while traveling through Europe earlier this year, including some aspiring young chefs from the UK and the Netherlands. White hopes to begin filming children in India and Africa in the near future.

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Cooking with your kids is not only fun, it’s a great way for a child to experience that true sense of accomplishment that comes from creating a work of their own from start to finish. This recipe comes to you from KidzKitchen, a popular feature of the children’s online magazine KidzClix.net. To watch this delicious dish prepared by young Apple herself, click on the video below.



 

Apple’s Manicotti

Filling:
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup freshly grated parmesan
1/3 cup finely chopped parsley
½ teaspoon salt
32 ounces whole-milk ricotta cheese
2 eggs

Assembly:
1 pound manicotti (large tubular pasta)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
4 cups of your favorite pasta sauce
½ cup freshly grated parmesan

Procedure:
1. Place filling ingredients in medium bowl. Mix together until combined.
2. In large pot of boiling salted water, add olive oil. Cook manicotti until somewhat firm to the bite and about ¾ cooked (about 7 minutes, depending on brand). Carefully drain manicotti.
3. Spread 2 cups sauce over bottom of 13X9X2 inch baking pan. Fill each manicotti evenly with filling. Arrange stuffed pasta in single layer in prepared dish; sprinkle with chopped basil. Spoon remaining sauce over; sprinkle ½ cup parmesan evenly over the top.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake manicotti covered with aluminum foil for 30 minutes. Carefully remove foil and bake uncovered about 10 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes and serve.

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Children are curious from the very beginning of their lives.  They wonder how things in their world work and desire a hands-on experience when it comes to satiating these curiosities.  One popular way to satisfy the eager-to-learn child is to cook with them.  Cooking with your kids is not only fun, it’s a great way for a child to experience that true sense of accomplishment that comes from creating a work of their own from start to finish.  The expert educators at KidzClix.net, an online magazine for children and creators of Kidz Kitchen, share these insightful ideas:

 

1.       Parents, Let Go of Your Fears and allow your children to take hold of the spatula!  Of course, a great deal of care must be exercised with a child in the kitchen since there are many safety issues.  Age appropriateness should be of utmost concern.  Obviously, a three-year old should not be permitted to use a sharp knife.  But an eight-year old can be taught to tuck in his fingers while chopping ingredients.  Even that same three-year old might be able to use a blunt butter knife to slice ripe bananas for her mother.  Mixing and rolling can be terrific ways for the young helper to practice his skills.  Later on, children can complete an entire recipe on their own, beginning by reading the recipe with an adult to answer any questions beforehand.  Adult presence is important, regardless of the age of the young cook. 

 

2.       Cooking 101:  Cooking is also a creative way to learn important skills such as math, chemistry and reading.  Good listening skills will also be honed during any cooking session.  Entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the trend.  Cooking schools offering classes just for children are popping up in many cities throughout the country.  Some even provide child-sized kitchens and utensils made for smaller hands. For children who prefer to experience the adventure of cooking right in their own kitchens, KidzClix.net offers an exciting cooking program called Kidz Kitchen, where children from all over the world demonstrate their cooking skills, with recipes which can also be downloaded and printed out to try right at home. By following a recipe from beginning to end, children discover the yummy rewards of completing a project.  They also enjoy a true sense of personal accomplishment, while learning an important skill that many young adults are lacking – the ability to cook a healthy meal using real ingredients.  Anyone can distinguish between the taste of a true home-cooked meal versus a box of hamburger macaroni dinner.  And anyone who has cooked a homemade meal knows the good feeling they get when they sit down to eat a meal that they made themselves.

 

3.       Bonding Time:  We have all heard that having regular family dinners is an important way to ensure a stronger family bond.  Many of the same benefits can be reaped by cooking dinner with your kids.  Of course, after a long day at work, cooking may seem to be the last thing on a parent’s mind.  In many homes, families routinely eat take-out, or parents whip up a partially processed meal while the kids watch television.  Some families even eat in different rooms. However, by taking a little extra time in the kitchen and engaging children at those moments, both parents and kids can reap rich rewards.  It’s a great way to introduce children to treasured family recipes.  And giving your child the opportunity to cook helps build their confidence, especially if the product of their hard work is valued within the family. 

 

4.       Get Creative:  Once a child feels comfortable in the kitchen, it is a great idea to let her take over a bit.  Allow the child to make up recipes or to research recipes from other cultures.  It is especially fun for a child to feel like he is head chef for a day.  Trying new foods together allows for more bonding time.  Another idea is to let the child cook freestyle with the help of an adult.  Put those cookbooks back on the shelf for the evening!  Children love to experiment and there is no better teacher than trial and error.  And kids will be extremely proud when a recipe that they invented turns out well and is enjoyed by the entire family.

 

5.       Celebrate:  An excellent way to celebrate the newest chef in the household is to invite friends and family over to partake in the feast.  Imagine the pride children feel when they are asked to cook for guests.  Again, make sure that the meal is age appropriate.  For example, a 10 year old can prepare a menu and recipes, while her seven-year-old brother can be in charge of stirring and reading the steps.

 

Above all, parents should cherish the time spent with their children in the kitchen.  It is a terrific learning and bonding experience for all involved.  Start out small and allow the responsibilities to increase gradually.  Cooking can be a family affair.

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