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Fun with Chef Boyardee Little Chefs

I’ve been working with Chef Boyardee over the past few weeks on some really cool projects.  They are all based around getting kids involved in the cooking process.  Personally, this is something I really believe in, as I know it definitely helps to get my picky eater to, well, eat.  I also love using time in the kitchen to reinforce the concepts LJ is learning at school.

My own Little Chef!

The first project was an e-book.  I got to contribute some ideas about how to support school lessons in the kitchen (and maybe even make them a little more fun as well.)  I’d love if you’d check it out and let me know what you think!! 

I also got to do some cooking with LJ.  I had plans to create some artichoke mac and cheese, but once LJ found out there was a make your own pizza option, he couldn’t be convinced to try anything else.  The make your own pizza at a local restaurant is a favorite treat, so doing it at home was super special.

I loved how easy it was!  The Chef Boyardee Pizza Kit comes with the crust, sauce and cheese right in the box.  You simply add warm water to the crust, let it rise for about 5 minutes and then create your pizza however you’d like it.

You can make a taco pizza with ground beef, Mexican cheese, and a few peppers.  You could add pepperoni or sausage or veggies.  Being a true Wisconsin boy, LJ decided he would make an extra, extra cheese pizza.  There was a lot of cheese involved!

Want to get involved in all the fun yourself?  Consider yourself invited to a Cook Along tomorrow!!  Here are the details: 

What: A virtual Cook-Along called Teachable Moments, part of The Little Chefs Project series on The Motherhood. 

The Little Chefs Project series consists of live chats called Cook-Alongs taking place every Thursday at 2 p.m. ET until November 15, and each Cook-Along covers a different topic around cooking with kids. Teachable Moments addresses how you can use the kitchen as a fun, practical classroom to teach anything from math to culture.

When: Thursday, October 18, at 2 p.m. ET.  It will last 30 minutes.

Where: The Motherhood – here is the link to the page where the class will be held:

About the class: 
Let your recipe box and cooking supplies help you make learning fun for your kids! And the best part: at the end of the lesson, you can all enjoy the meals you created together. Find out how you can work math, science, culture, and even history into kitchen time with your Little Chefs.

To participate, just click the link above, log into The Motherhood using your member ID (if you don’t have one, it’s easy and free to sign up), and chat away in the text-based comments. We’ll also have a video feed running during the half-hour Cook-Along, so you’re welcome to show up simply to watch if you’d like!

The Cook-Along is sponsored by Chef Boyardee, and it is hosted by The Motherhood.  You can visit Chef Boyardee online at or on Facebook at
I’ll be there with several other bloggers to co-host the class, and I hope you’ll join us!  The fabulous people who will be co-hosting with me are:
 Amee, Madame Deals Caroline, Smarty Pants Mama Janene and Christine, More Than Mommies Mel, MamaBuzz Monica, Mommy Maestra Tiffany, Sweet Phenomena 

This post was brought to you in partnership with The Motherhood and Chef Boyardee. 

The One Where I Get to Go To Sobelman’s #SargentoCheeseburger

I love my job, I really do. And some days I REALLY love my job!  One of those days was recently when I got to visit a Sobelman’s Restaurant and try their bacon double cheeseburger topped with Sargento cheese.  This is the burger entered in the America’s Ultimate Cheeseburger competition. Tough assignment, right?

Lucky for me, I had recently nabbed a GoGeddit deal for Sobelman’s at Marquette so I piled the family into the car and headed back to college. (It’s much quieter there during the summer!)

For those of you who might be outside the Milwaukee area, Sobelman’s is a local burger joint that was featured in the Travel Channel’s “Food Wars”.  While they might have come in second on the show, they have been voted to have Milwaukee’s best burgers in many other local contests.  While their fresh Angus beef burgers are amazing, the thing that seals the deal for me is the bun. Fresh baked just for Sobelman’s, the bun is like biting into a puffy cloud of doughy heaven. My mouth is watering as I type this….

Sobelman’s has three Milwaukee area locations: the original located on W. St. Paul Ave, the Marquette location which opened in 2011, and Sobelman’s Tallgrass featuring all grass fed beef on N. Farwell Ave.  No matter which you visit, you will be treated to a burger like no other!  Be sure to try their signature jalapeno ketchup – it really does pack a kick!

Now, until Sobelman’s starts supplying me with their super delicious buns, I will have to make due with the ones I usually get. But that doesn’t mean I can’t make my own mean cheeseburger!  I have a secret recipe that I have used since I moved here in 2000.  I don’t share it with many people, but I like you guys, so I will share it with you!

Wisconsin Mommy’s Kickin’ Cheeseburger 

1 lb ground beef (the better quality beef you get, the more flavor your burger will have – I personally use grass fed beef which does cook a bit faster)

1 1/2 tsp Rupena’s Secret Beef & Pork Seasoning (this is what makes all the difference in the flavor of the beef – it’s all natural and has no MSG)

Sargento sliced Pepper Jack cheese

That’s it – easy peasy!!  Just form into patties and grill until your desired doneness, load up with fresh lettuce and tomatoes from you local farmer’s market and enjoy.

In case you can’t get to Sobelman’s, they’ve been nice enough to share their recipe for the Bacon Double Cheeseburger with you as well:

Sobelman’s Recipe for “Bacon Double Cheeseburger”

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 1

• 1 slice of Sargento® Deli Style Sliced Sharp Cheddar Cheese
• 1 slice of Sargento® Deli Style Sliced Pepper Jack Cheese
• 1 slice of Sargento® Natural BlendsTM Deli Style Sliced Colby-Pepper Jack Cheese
• 1 slice of Sargento® Deli Style Sliced Aged Swiss Cheese
• 2 slices thick bacon
• 10 oz. certified angus ground beef
• 2 oz. Vidalia onion, diced
• ½ tsp. butter
• 1 fresh Country Butter Roll

• Shape beef into two patties. Season with salt and pepper as desired. Cook to desired doneness on grill.
• Meanwhile cook bacon and sauté onion in butter (approximately one to two minutes) on flat grill or sauté pan.
• Put pattie on the bottom half of the bun. Place Sharp Cheddar Cheese and Pepper Jack Cheese on pattie. Top with bacon and second pattie.
• Place Colby-Pepper Jack Cheese and Aged Swiss Cheese on top of the second pattie. Top with remaining bacon and onions and top of bun.

Be sure to submit your favorite cheeseburger recipe to Sargento’s America’s Ultimate Cheeseburger page on Facebook!

And if I’m lucky, you’ll like mine as much as LJ likes Sobelman’s!!

I received products and compensation from Sargento Foods Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in this campaign. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Holiday Gift Idea for Kids: Cars Toon – Mater’s Tall Tales Wii Game

Even as new toys come into our house, the Wii continues to be one of the most popular and most used items.  Each holiday season, birthday, or other special occasion, Wii games are always an easy “go-to” gift idea.

Having just returned home from Disneyworld, being offered the chance to try out Cars Toon: Mater’s Tall Tales Wii game was a perfect match for us.  Cars is still one of our favorite movies and having the chance to interact with the characters via the Wii was a special treat.

Mater’s Tall Tales allows up to four players, which makes it a perfect family game.  The players can either play cooperatively as a team, or competitively against each other. (I find it’s best to have my six year old on MY team as he picks this stuff up faster than I do!)  As you earn coins in the game, you can use them to “buy” upgrades and customizations for your vehicle.

There are more than 30 games included which take you through the stories for each of the Tall Tales and uses actual footage from Pixar. The games cover many different styles such as racing, shooting, and flying. 

This game is probably a good match for kids between 6 and 12, although in our house the parents are having as much fun playing as the kids, so maybe I should just say “6 and up”!

Learn more at the Cars Toon: Mater’s Tall Tale’s website or purchase the game now at
Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Disney Interactive Studios and received the Cars Toon: Mater’s Tall Tales Wii game to facilitate my review.

Wordless Wednesday: Camouflage

Cool Evenings are Great For a Roast!

Now that the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler, I find myself moving away from the meals I make more during the summer and looking for heartier, more substantial meals.
One of my fall favorites is a simple beef roast.  It is easy to prepare and always brings back memories of my family gathered around the dining room table on Fall evenings.

The key to making a good roast is to start with a good, quality cut of beef, such as a Swift boneless beef round rump roast or beef bottom round roast.  A 3 to 4 pound roast should work well for most families.

I like to make my own rub with shallot salt, thyme, minced garlic, and dried parsley. I press the rub onto the roast and set it into a shallow roasting pan.

Roast in a 325 degree oven for about 1 1/2 t0 2 hours, depending on how done you like your meat and how your oven cooks things.  Keep an eye on it at the end as you don’t want to overcook it.  A meat thermometer should register at least 135 degrees when inserted into the thickest part of the roast.

For more great Swift Beef recipes, check out Swift’s official web page.

This post was sponsored by Swift Beef which can be found at your local Roundy’s supermarket.