Saturday, September 10, 2011

Coming soon in concert...

Benjamin has been playing piano a lot lately. Here is his concert from yesterday - a rousing medley of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" (with bonus improvised ending), ABCs & perennial favorite "76 Trombones." The "violin" he wants me to play consists of 2 handmade wooden dowel fishing poles which also serve as violin and bow and occasionally, when used as marching/dancing props, dangerous weapons.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Cooking with Ben: Hummus edition

Last Friday Ben & I ventured to one of the newly opened Trader Joe's, which was finally having a slow day after the initial shopping rush. One of the new things we picked up was a package of frozen falafel. Dave and I have tried to make them from a mix before and failed miserably, so we thought we'd try these. They were good and went well with the hummus that Ben helped me make. It wasn't quite as good as Mrs. Kennedy's model, but still delicious! Here are some of his tips:

Dump in the ingredients (he was especially enthusiastic with the lemon juice & olive oil):

Grind the pepper (tough for little hands!) and make sure we put in all of the ingredients:

Decide to eat all of the minced raw garlic pieces that were left in the measuring spoon:

Stare at the food processor spinning:

Stir, sample, evaluate:

Get really excited at the finished product!