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Recipes from Your Child's Favorite Books

Bring your kid's beloved stories into the kitchen and stir up some fun.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

My boys, ages 11 and 4, love to read and eat -- not necessarily in that order. Back when my older son, Jai, was in preschool, he hit on the idea to make treats around the books we were reading. When we read Winnie the Pooh, we often made honey milkshakes topped with jelly bean "bumblebees." When we read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom we ate fruit sprinkled with coconut (if you don't know why, read the book!)

What started as a fun way to read and eat became a family tradition. Today, the boys pick the books, decide on the foods, and help make them. Here are some of our favorites.

A Plate of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Let tiny meatball raindrops fall from mashed potato clouds onto steamed broccoli trees.