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One Sick Day + Dr. Seuss = Weird and Amazing

February 17, 2010

Whenever either of my kids shows interest in cooking anything–no matter how weird, how obscure, however ill-timed, however overly complicated (did I mention ill-timed and complicated?)–I am so excited, I’m like, “Sure, you betcha! I know it’s a weekday morning, and you have school in half an hour, but brioche sounds great!”

So, younger son, home sick for the day, begins to browse a “kid” cookbook, called The Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook by Georgeanne Brennan.  “Can we make something from this?” “Sure!”

And this is what he picks:

Inspiring photo from the Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook, published by Random House.

It’s called the Daisy-Head Mayzie Burger, and just to give you the synopsis, it’s a hamburger that has a garnish of a homemade cookie, decorated with homemade icing, sticking out of it.  Isn’t that cute? And weird? I  love him so, but leave it to Charlie to pick the most complicated recipe in the book.

So we rolled up our sleeves and got to it. Now, to set the scene: we are in a house with no car, so no access to a supermarket, so what we gots is what we gots, in terms of ingredients and equipment.

First we made the cookie dough. But since we had no molasses (which the original recipe called for) I turned to this great site I’ve been hearing so much about, Cookstr, and pulled up Dede’s Wilson’s recipe for Classic Rolled Sugar Cookies. Had all the ingredients, made the dough, put it in the fridge to chill. Now to the icing. Stuck with the original icing recipe from the book, basically beaten egg whites and confectioners’ sugar, and food coloring. But we didn’t have food coloring. Feeling highly pioneer-like (boy I hope Ree Drummond reads this), we rummaged through the cabinets. It turns out if you soak a bunch of very dyed candy in a little water, you can transfer the dye to the water, and make your own food coloring. Which we did.

Candy (conversation hearts, coated hard candies, random colored candies) all soaked in water, stirred with lollipops.

Then we dyed the icing.

In hindsight, it does seem odder and odder.

Then we cut out a stencil from some paper, rolled out the dough (um, with a wine bottle, in lieu of a rolling pin), cut out the cookies, and baked them.

The freeform stencil, created by Charlie.

Baked flowers.

After the cookies cooled, we iced. No pastry bags and tiny pastry tips in sight, we filled little baggies with our icing, poked holes in the corners, and kinds sorta piped it on, smearing it with our fingers.

Iced and ready to...decorate a hamburger?

Yes, we washed our hands.

Now, remember, these cookies are MERELY A GARNISH ON THE BURGERS! Would you like to know if we make our own homemade burgers? No, we did not. Husband and older son returned just in time to hand over the car, whereupon I drove to the market, bought burgers, buns, pickles, etc.

Then, we cooked the burgers. Cheese, pickles, lettuce and ketchup are how the chef chose to serve them.

A proud chef.

Again, here’s how it looked in the cookbook:

Here’s how it looked for us:

Side by side.

We were very proud.

And Charlie had another for breakfast today. He feels much better, thanks.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Silvina permalink
    February 17, 2010 9:43 am

    Great story!

  2. carolan permalink
    February 17, 2010 11:48 am

    Fabulous! Do they know that you’re the BEST mother?

  3. February 17, 2010 12:00 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this. Some of my best memories are of cooking with my parents, and this story made me so happy!

  4. Chip permalink
    February 17, 2010 12:27 pm

    Well, you may not be the best mother but you sure as heck are the funniest! This made my morning.

    Oh, and you are the best mother.

  5. Abby permalink*
    February 17, 2010 2:12 pm

    This is the most amazing blog post ever. You are THE BEST MOM. Other than my mom (in case she’s reading).

  6. Eliza permalink
    February 18, 2010 10:24 pm

    Katie, you are an inspiration. You truly win Best Mom Ever for this one.

  7. February 19, 2010 3:32 pm

    I love this post! So cute. So fun and sweet.

  8. February 19, 2010 4:03 pm

    When my Charlie was little …….I did the very same thing. We cooked whatever he wanted……
    Sooooooooo…… now he is 32 yr old and has a family……..he is an excellent cook and loves preparing meals for his family. He cooks more than his wife…..who is an excellent baker. His little girl is 2 1/2 and already helps with cooking the meals with her dad and mom.

  9. Brandy permalink
    February 22, 2010 4:51 pm

    I love that you did this. Such an inspiration for someone who wont’ try unless she’s got every single ingredient in the house! thanks!

  10. March 17, 2010 1:10 pm

    I’ve never seen that cookbook, I’ll have to take a look. What a fun day!


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