When MSNBC news correspondent Norah O’Donnell and her husband, chef Geoff Tracy, published Baby Love, we felt a moment of guilt (and jealousy). How could they — with their demanding jobs and three kids under 4 — have time to make their own healthy baby food and write a book about it?
Two weeks worth of fresh baby food in less than one hour is how. So we asked them to whip up a Halloween recipe for us — in their spare time.
Makes around two dozen
1 stick butter, room temperature
1 c. sugar
1 c. unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1½ c. pumpkin puree (recipe below)
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. allspice
½ tsp. ground ginger
1. Preheat oven to 350º.
2. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs.
3. Mix together all-purpose flour, wheat flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and ground ginger. Add to creamed mixture and mix well.
4. Mix in pumpkin puree.
5. Spoon the mixture into a small or large muffin tin. Bake small muffins for 20 minutes. Bake large muffins 25-30 minutes. Check for doneness with a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin. If it comes out clean, the muffins are ready to remove and cool on a rack.
3-5 pound pumpkin
1. Remove top and spoon out seeds and stringy insides.
2. Slice pumpkin in half and put in baking dish with 1-2 cups water.
3. Bake for 90 minutes at 350º. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
4. Spoon out flesh of pumpkin and puree until smooth.
For more delicious recipes, check out Baby Love, by Norah O’Donnell and Geoff Tracy, available online at amazon.com.
King Midas and His Friends
What: Venus, Hercules, and other gods appear in this musical crash course in mythology.
Why: He’ll learn all about the guy with the golden touch.
When: Thru Nov. 19. Sat., 2 p.m.
Where: Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, Balcony Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables (305-444-9293). Tickets at 305-444-9293 ext. 1 or online at tickets.actorsplayhouse.org. Adults and children, $15.
The Cat & the Fiddle Family Fun Day
What: Don a costume, then hear stories, make crafts, and see musicians strolling through the crowd.
Why: Your kitten can show off pouncing skills at the bounce house.
When: Sun., 2-6 p.m.
Where: Old School Square Cultural Arts Center, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach (561-243-7922). Families, $5.
Photo: elena’s pantry / Flickr
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