My mom, Maddie and I braved the snow yesterday and headed to the Kids Food Festival NYC at Citi Pond at Bryant Park. I signed Maddie up for the Allergy- Free cooking event with Kristin O’Connor. Maddie was able to help pour, mix, and crush ingredients to create chocolate truffles. She rolled the chocolate into balls and covered them with cinnamon, crushed dried pineapple, and crushed dried apple. While she was learning to make the truffles, she tasted the different ingredients she was using. Her favorite ingredient by far was Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips. I have been looking for allergy friendly chocolate chips to use for pancakes, cookies and frozen yogurt for sometime now and have finally found some that are soy, dairy, and nut free. Kristin was kind enough to send the remaining bag home with Maddie and she has been eating them as a snack. I tried them and you would never know that they were different then your regular chocolate chips. They tasted the same if not better. Maddie had a wonderful time cooking with Krisitn. She was so excited to bring her truffles home to Daddy and Pela. The truffles were amazing, the entire family enjoyed them. The recipe will be featured in her book, Personalized Living..Using the Blood Type Diets, which will be in stores on February 14, 2012 and will include other recipes for eating right for your Blood Type.
At the Kids Food Festival Maddie also participated in the USDA Choose My Plate Scavenger hunt. She went to different booths which included Plum Organics, Horizon Organic Dairy, Wild Planet and Little Duck Organics to collect stamps for each of the food groups on her plate. She had a great time despite the cold and snow. Kids Food Festival will be traveling to Washington, D.C., so I think we will have to make a trip so she can go with her cousins who live down there. Keep checking the Kids Food Festival website to see when it will be held.