The first book I ever cooked from was a copy of The Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen. I stole it from my older, cooler sister when I was 16. Damn I loved that book. It had a cool California hippie vibe, fun drawings, and all the recipes were filled with cheese.
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I think it’s time I got my sister a new copy.
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So there’s a certain symmetry to the fact that the first book my kid ever cooked from was also written by Mollie Katzen. She’s written a trio of great cookbooks for kids: Pretend Soup, Honest Pretzels, and Salad People. All of her recipes have picto-instructions in addition to the written ones, so even little kids who can’t read can follow along. Any of her books would make a great holiday gift for the foodie parents you know. (I swear nobody is paying me to say any of this. Hi Mollie!)
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My kid has been having Salad People over for lunch since she was two. In all that time I’m not sure she’s realized how many vegetables are involved.
From the book of the same name by Mollie Katzen
1 – pear
1 ice cream scoopful – cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, flavored Greek yogurt, or hummus
Small bowlfuls – carrot ribbons, celery sticks, halved cherry tomatoes, quartered grapes, berries, orange sections, sliced black olives, capers, angel hair pasta or pasta shapes, string cheese, nuts—pretty much anything healthy you have hanging around
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You don’t have to get this carried away. Three or four things would do just fine.
Step 1: Peel the pear and cut it in half. Scoop out the core with a melon baller.
Step 2: Place one of the pear halves on a plate, cut side down. That’s your Salad Person’s body. Put a scoop of cottage cheese just above it. That’s his face.
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Naked Salad Person. I guess I should have warned you that this post is NC-17.
Step 3: Now comes the fun part. Decorate your Salad Person with all that stuff you assembled.
Know that you’re going to see some potentially disturbing flavor combinations. Look at it this way: you’re teaching your kid that pomegranate seeds are potentially gross with black olives. Although you might be surprised.
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Your Salad Person can go seasonal/slightly creepy—
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—or rock and roll. My kid says this is Mr. S from School of Rock, shredding guitar. But I’m pretty sure it’s Jerry Garcia with a banjo.
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That Salad Santa didn’t have a chance. I’m so glad she ate his creepy eyes first.
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