Arrr, Matey! If you've got a young swashbuckler at home that would give anything to trade in his schoolwork for an eye patch, consider making up a special pirate bento box lunch, like this one shown on Bento Lunch. For this pirate-y fun meal, mama Shannon made a taco muffin (recipe included in the post) with white cheddar cheese on top for the pirate's face, along with an orange cheddar bandanna. The pirate's one good eye is made with icing and his eye patch, mustache and mouth are all made out of cucumber. 20 Lunch Box Ideas for Kids I Bento Box Lunch Ideas I Kids Lunch Boxes - ParentMap
Layers or All Mixed Up In some recipes, the ingredients are all layered in a clear glass jar so that each layer is distinct, giving it the look of "sand art." If you're going for this layered look, the ingredients need to have different colors and textures. A sugar cookie mix made with white sugar and white flour is not going to show up well as layers! Packing 'em In Most of the cookie and brownie varieties of mix-in-a-jar recipes will fit into a 1-quart or 1-liter wide-mouth canning jar, as long as you pack the ingredients in as tightly as possible.
Every cook, being human, errs, bungles, botches, and screws up in the kitchen once in a while. If you have not "caramelized" fruit in salt rather than sugar, you have not suffered the most embarrassing mistake made by one of our editors. We did not have to look much farther than our staff―and their encounters with readers, friends, and relatives―to compile a list of common, avoidable culinary boo-boos. The creative cook can often cook her way out of a kitchen error, but the smart cook aims to prevent such creativity from being necessary.