The Kids Cook Monday – February 7, 2011 Anniversary Dinner

Today is my wife’s and I wedding anniversary. Instead of going out for dinner Alessandra and I are cooking dinner for her mommy. I look forward to sharing the experience later this evening, but we plan on having a salad with mustard vinaigrette, steak, and brussels sprouts. If  we can manage it, maybe make a loaf of brioche bread.

Alessandra did a great job tonight, and I just adore how she loves to eat the food she makes. We started off making the mustard vinaigrette. Getting a large bowl she placed 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon of fine sea salt, 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, 3 tablespoons of sherry vinegar, pepper to taste, 1/2 cup of vegetable oil, and then 1/2 cup of olive oil. Alessandra then whisked the salad dressing until this was fully mixed.  Note: we left out the pepper since Alessandra doesn’t like it, and you can easily cut the recipe in half or by a 1/4. We really like this vinaigrette and making more is easier for kids to make.


  • 2 teaspoons Dijon
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • fine white pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Add all of the ingredients together except for the olive oil. As your child whisks away you can drizzle the olive oil into the mix to help maintain a smooth mixture. Taste and if it’s too acidic add a little more olive oil. The cutest part of making the dressing was when Alessandra dipped her finger into the dressing and took a taste. She nodded in approval and I knew the dressing was ready. I also tasted it, and I agreed with Alessandra’s evaluation.

For the salad I choose a spinach leaf  variety. To clean we placed the leaves into a container with heavily salted water and mixed vigorously.  Salted water will do a great job in cleaning organic produce. We poured the leaves into a colander and let dry.

Getting a 3-year old to eat green leafy produce is a little difficult, but we put a little of Alessandra’s dressing on the salad, and she asked to eat two servings.  Alessandra helped with most of the meal, and the only thing she didn’t do, was cook the steaks. It was another great cooking moment for Alessandra and I.




2 thoughts on “The Kids Cook Monday – February 7, 2011 Anniversary Dinner

    • You will love the belly. You will be shocked on how much back fat there is…I have month’s worth of lardo now!!
      Yes, that is my beautiful daughter and thank you for mentioning her beauty. I’m a proud dad. 🙂

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