In the Pink Princess Cookbook, the newest offering from children’s cooking expert Barbara Beery, parents have recipes and party tips to create a perfect event for their little ones. The book includes six themes to celebrate the whimsy of childhood. All six themes offer both recipes and party favors designed to satisfy the princess in every little girl. Not only the plans for a great party, the recipes are kid friendly so both you and your child can share in the cooking aspect as well.
The latest cookbook grew from both Beery’s years as a children’s culinary teacher and her own family. “The idea for the Pink Princess party came as long ago as 24 years with my daughter, who is 28 now,” Beery said.
Instructing children in the ways of the kitchen has been Beery’s passion for the past 21 years. She operates Kids Cook in Austin, Texas, which offers birthday parties, cooking lessons, and a cafe for walk-in treat making for children. There is also an accompanying website, www.kidscookingshop.com to order supplies and signed copies of Beery’s cookbooks.
The original Pink Princess cookbook, published in 2006, spawned a Pink Princess series and the newest addition, The Pink Princes Party Cookbook. While the original cookbook inspired the idea for the current book, all of the recipes and party tips are new. “What this cookbook is all about is a combination of the most popular cookbooks that I’ve done combined into one party handbook, if you will. So people can do the theme start to finish should they choose to do so. But my hope is, with any recipe, that they take it and personalize it. And they may pick and choose a recipe out of each section to create a party that’s perfect for their little princess,” said Beery.
Her expertise in familiarizing parents with setting up kitchen time for their children earned her features in The New York Times, Everyday with Rachael Ray and an expert segment along side Alton Brown on his Food Network program Good Eats.
Her current cookbook continues to encourage parents to incorporate activities for their children no matter their age or abilities. “I think little ones can get into the kitchen at three, three and a half years-old. It would have to be one simple recipe at a time. One with a whole lots of prep and guidance from a grown-up,” she says of getting children interested in cooking. “Older kids can read the recipes from start to finish and do them. I don’t think it’s any less fun for a four-year-old who can only frost a cupcake and put cherries and sprinkles on top because that’s what they accomplished and that’s a big deal too.”
Pink Pony Pink Hot Chocolate
Courtesy: Barbara Beery
10 to 12 large marshmallows
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 quarts vanilla soy milk (light or regular)
2 cups white chocolate chips (one 12-ounce bag)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ cup grenadine syrup or maraschino cherry juice
1. Place the marshmallows and cornstarch in a large zip-close plastic bag. Shake to coat the marshmallows. (This will keep them from sticking to the mini cookie cutters.)
2. Remove the marshmallows from the bag and press each one with your hand to flatten it. Use a 1-inch (or smaller) cookie cutter to cut the marshmallows into assorted shapes. Set aside.
3. Heat the milk in a saucepan over low heat until simmering. Add the white chocolate chips and stir constantly with with a whisk until they have melted and combined with the milk. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract and grenadine syrup or maraschino cherry juice. Garnish with the marshmallows and pink sprinkles and serve immediately.