Over the weekend, a dear friend invited me over for dinner. Well, actually, her 5 year old son invited me over to cook dinner. As soon as I arrived, her son ran towards me and enthusiastically started to tell me about a book called Chicks and Salsa, by Aaron Reynolds, a local Chicago author.
In the story, the animals on Farmer Nuthatcher's farm became tired of eating the same old food. The rooster, having watched the farmer's wife's cooking shows, decided that chips and salsa are what the chickens needed. Enticed by the aroma of salsa, the ducks whipped up guacamole, the pigs made nachos, and the farm animals had a fiesta!
The best part of the book is that the fiesta doesn't have to end with the animals. You can create your own fiesta at home by following the recipes listed in the back of the book for rooster's roasted salsa, quackamole, and hog wild nachos. These are the recipes he wanted me to make for dinner!
Available on Amazon, Chicks and Salsa is a fun book and a wonderful way to get kids excited about cooking. We certainly had a blast making the three items. First we made rooster salsa with grilled tomatoes, grilled onions, garlic, lime, cilantro, and salt.
Then we made the quackamole with avocados, green onions, garlic, lime, cilantro, salt, and the secret ingredient, rooster salsa. He was quite eager to smash the avocados and set the dining table for the fiesta. It was ridiculously adorable.
Finally we made the nachos by layering a large plate with tortilla chips, topping off with drained black beans, green onions, diced mild green chiles (canned), and nacho cheese sauce (of Tostitos fame). We giggled as we exchanged the childhood joke, "what do you call cheese that is not yours? nacho cheese!" The jury is still out on whether the adults or the 5 year old found the silly joke more amusing.
We microwaved the plate for a minute and then layered delicious dollops of salsa and guacamole over the nachos, leaving the sour cream on the side.
As expected the tasty nachos were immediately devoured by all. But before we dug in, I had the beautiful opportunity to experience my first Shabbat with freshly baked challah. Thank you guys for a fun and memorable evening!