Cooking & Eating

Sam’s Sweet Idea: Caramel Cracker Cake


When we did our first Snack Time with Sam, we made hummus crackers, and for some reason Sam kept saying we were making caramel cracker cake. The idea intrigued me–the savory flavors in the hummus crackers, especially the sesame, could pair quite nicely with caramel, and so I used them to make an icebox cake with caramel cream and topped with a white chocolate-tahini ganache. I thought it was delicious but my husband said it was too bitter for him, and there was no denying that the texture was terrible.

I tried again, this time getting fancy with sesame shortbread and caramel pudding, but still the balance of flavors was wrong. It was somehow simultaneously too sweet and too bitter, and the texture was once again wrong. Continue reading “Sam’s Sweet Idea: Caramel Cracker Cake”

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Snack Time with Sam, Episode Two: Peach Lemonade

Sam is back at his snack station, and he’s got a special guest or two! (Spoiler alert: it’s Violet and Mommy.) Watch Sam make his favorite beverage (lemonade) with a fun flavor (peach). Here’s the recipe:

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Sam Hosts a Cooking Show

My son and I really enjoy cooking together–and we especially like baking. We also enjoy cooking and baking shows, and he’s developed quite an interest in being on TV. Lately, he’s taken to standing in front of the fireplace and telling me he’s doing his fireplace show, which consists of him telling me about anything that’s on his mind from the itty bitty stage that is the hearth. Thus, I decided it would be fun to shoot a cooking show–or, as he preferred, a baking show. Which is really easier for kids because the prep part rarely involves heat or anything sharp.

So here’s our first, rickety, badly filmed shot at making a baking show. He absolutely loved it (though his sister, as you might hear from her commentary in the background, was not entirely thrilled to be working behind the camera), and we are absolutely going to do it again–especially since I’ve now learned how to focus the camera properly and use iMovie and all that.

Here’s the recipe we’re going over in the show. It’s a very healthy cracker recipe, and I’ve got some tweaks from Sam’s instructions–it’s actually better in the blender, and we got a little hectic toward the end there and somewhat underbaked two of the trays, plus this recipe includes the granulated garlic. Continue reading “Sam Hosts a Cooking Show”