Friday, September 24, 2010


For “those people” who accuse Kate of copying recipes, anyone can go to the Food Network and find similar recipes by their various chefs.
Note: I said similar. It becomes your own recipe in little changes that you make to customize it to your own tastes or family preferences. I feel more people are interested in the foods the Gosselins ate "then" and "now" than the "Was This a Recipe Invented from Nothing Ever Previously Similar" issue. If Kate wanted a variation, (or publicity) she could pair with Food Network, use one of their chef’s recipes, and then show how she makes her version.Some of you requested more of Kate’s recipes. Included are two of my favorites. Both recipes are from Kate’s future book Love is in the Mix. Originally planned for release before the divorce, I’d suggest that she change the title. Otherwise, we know what will happen. The “love” in the title will refer not to her kids as was intended, but to accusations with Steve.
Grandma’s No-Bake Chocolate Cookies
2 cups sugar 1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt 2 Tbs vanilla
2 heaping teaspoons cocoa (powdered cocoa)
1/2 cup peanut butter 2 and 1/2 cups oatmeal

Bring sugar, milk, salt, and cocoa to a boil and continue for 1 and ½ minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla, peanut butter, and oatmeal. Line countertop with wax paper and use a teaspoon to drop mixture onto paper. Allow cookies to cool and harden. Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies. Kate’s comments are that the cookies are safe for young kids to help make. She mixes ingredients and divides into smaller bowls with a spoon and wax paper for each child to make. She also says they are fun to make together and a good source of fiber.
(Personal variations on this recipe are in using Nutella instead of peanut butter and sometimes adding coconut. How would you change it for your family?)
Memorable Pizza Meatballs
2 lbs ground beef
2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
1 cup milk
½ cup onion, finely chopped
2 teaspoons pepper
1 bloc (8 oz) mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup flour
1/4 cup oil
50 oz. pizza sauce (Kate’s favorite is Don Pepino)
Combine first 6 ingredients just until mixed and shape into meatballs. Cut mozzarella cheese into cubes and put one into the center of each meatball, covering the cheese completely with meat. Roll lightly in flour. Cook meatballs in oil over medium heat until browned (about 3-4 minutes each side) and then drain. Add pizza sauce and bring to boil. Turn down heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. Makes approx 32-40 golf-ball size meatballs.
Serve over pasta, rice, in buns, or as an appetizer.Kate’s comments are that she tried these during the first year with six crying babies. She says that while it may seem like an unlikely hit, it has become a favorite making its way to their table many times. She serves them with steamed broccoli and fries but notes they can also be served on rolls and is even like pizza without the crust. Additionally, she suggests it as a great recipe for serving part tonight and freezing half for a future dinner. (Personal variations of this recipe are to add 1 egg and sometimes 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce; Sometimes we sprinkle grated parmesan cheese on top after cooking is completed. How would you change it for your family?)
If we were voting on the Cook Book Title would you:
1. Change the title to A Mother’s Love is In the Mix
2. Leave it the same
3. Have a subtitle that says, “It’s about loving the kids, and not Jon or any other man.”
Have you tried any of these recipes? If you have, please add your comments or tell us your variation. Or, if you were preparing it for your family, what would you do to make it different to suit your family's tastes.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Watch School Time Here! What Do you Hope is Next For Kate Gosselin?

Photo: Splash News, Radar "At the music store Wednesday with the Twins, Kate Gosselin was pretty in pink when she took her twin daughters on an after-school field trip to a local music store today. The mother of eight took twins Cara and Mady to the Menchey Music store on Wednesday afternoon in Pennsylvania to pick up some music supplies.

The trio of Gosselin girls were decked out in matching khaki shorts, proving that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Kate stayed busy on her cell phone, doing her best to multi-task, as the girls shopped around the store." What do you think will be next for Kate?

Kate Plus 8': Kate Gosselin and the rite of passage
Monday night's "Kate Plus 8" had its toughest competion yet in the form of new episodes across the board (including Kate Gosselin's old stomping grounds of "Dancing with the Stars"), but it may have actually been one of the more difficult episodes for the reality TV mom watch.
Why is that? This is the episode where Kate had to say goodbye to having her famous sextuplets at home. All of her children are not finally in full-day classes, meaning that she has an empty nest for the day at least for the next eight years (at which point twins Mady and Cara will be done). It was emotional in a way seeing the kids start their new chapter, and from this standpoint you could have sympathy for Kate (which isn't always easy on this show).
Really, what this summer's episodes of "Kate Plus 8" have shown is that you can have this show minus Jon -- is it a bit lacking in the drama department at times? Yes, but Kate somehow finds a way to insert some sort of madness into everyday situations that the show still ends up working.
Now, we just have new series "Twist of Kate" to look forward to -- whenever it actually premieres. What did you think of Monday night's episode?