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kid friendly arancini

11 Sep

IMG_3585Arancini, or Italian rice balls, have been around for centuries (hailing from Sicily in the 10th century). And for a very good reason! They are fun to make, and are a friendly food that anyone would love.

They are named after their orange-like shape (arancina meaning “little orange” in Italian), and are typically filled with ragu and peas, tomato sauce, cheese, meat, mushroom, eggplant, or bechamel (cream) sauce.

They are also a great way to use up extra risotto, tomato or meat sauces.

We suggest using Lydia Bastianich‘s recipe. Her recipes always turn out delicious, and they are easy to follow. To make the recipe a bit healthier, try baking them instead of frying them. They come out perfect, and just as tasty.

Feel free to get creative when it comes to the stuffing. You can certainly follow the ragu recipe, or try her delicious tomato sauce recipe. To get even more inspired, take a peak at the Arancini Bros menu, which looks fantastic!

And if you are gluten free, you can always use gluten free breadcrumbs!

Cooking Food and Fun for 3-4 year olds

19 Oct
Greetings Parents of little ones!
For those of you in the NYC area, Butter Beans is hosting COOKING, FOOD + FUN for you and your 3-4 year old at the Commons Brooklyn (388 Atlantic Avenue between Bond and Hoyt) Wednesdays from 9:30-11am this November and December.
Classes are hands-on, delicious, and include movement, stories and music appropriate to the topic of the day.
This is the line up:
November 2nd – APPLES – Come learn how they grow, taste different varieties, and make our own applesauce
November 9th – VEGETABLE PRINTING – Have fun with paint and shapes made from seasonal fruits and vegetables
November 16th – RICE BALLS – so fun, so easy, so delicious
November 23rd – MUFFIN MAKING with seasonal fruits
November 30th – GREENS – come learn how they grow, taste different varieties and make our own kale chips
December 7th – HUMMUS and corn chips – a great snack for all ages
December 14th – GINGERBREAD COOKIES – it’s the season for sweetness, come celebrate the coming of winter!
Email Felicia@ButterBeansKitchen.com to register and reserve your spot. Classes are $25.
Happy autumn!