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CookBook Review American Heart Association's Kids' Cookbook May 27, 2008

I picked up this interesting-looking cookbook at a local thrift shop, the American Heart Association Kids’ Cookbook. In the words of American Idol’s Randy Jackson, “This one was just alright for me, dawg!” Since I’m an avid reader & so many books pass through my house, even if I don’t particularly love a book, I always manage to find some take away from it! This one is no exception. This would be a good read to check out at the library, rather than to purchase. I almost downgraded it even more, because considering it is an AHA cookbook, I did not see any nutritional information with the recipes. But in finally skimming to the end, I found an entire section that just listed that info all the way in the back.

Overall, the book has some mostly common, nutritionally-packed, easy recipes that would be perfect for your school-age child to plan a meal, help with the shopping, and preparation. It has clear illustrations and kid friendly cook’s notes.

My one take-away recipe would be the Top Hat Pizza and its’ ingenious use of a whole wheat pita pocket carefully cutting a wide circle out of the top layer of the pita.

1-7″ round whole wheat pita
3 TBL prepared pizza sauce (I prefer Dei Fratelli brand!)
Toppings of your choice (my modification, here)
1/8 tsp dried Italian Herb or Pizza Seasoning
1/2 ounce shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 tsp grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using kitchen scissors, cut out a circle from top layer of the pita bread only, leaving 1 inch of top all around to form an edge or border. Save cut-out circle. Place bottom of pita on cookie sheet. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven & cool slightly. Spread pizza sauce on evenly on top of and under the edge. Sprinkle toppings on followed by mozzarella cheese. Top with reserved circle of pita bread to form a “hat”. Return pizza to cookie sheet. Bake in oven for 8-9 minutes. Remove from pan. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and let stand a few minutes. Cut and serve.

I think this one has alot of potential for what you could possible “hide” under the pita!!

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