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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Frigidaire And Jennifer Garner Team Up To Introduce Kids' Cooking Academy {review}

 As a proud, Frigidaire Test Drive Mom, I've been informed of the latest campaign from Frigidaire and Jennifer Garner. I've also been invited to be part of it by inviting Alex to cook with me using my very own range that I was sent for review almost a year ago.

Here's the scoop, if you visit, you'll see a link to the Frigidaire Kids' Cooking Academy through Make Time For Change. Should you choose to click that link, you'll be taken to its website and invited to join {for free}. There, you'll find daily tips, recipes, and video tutorials from Chef Mary Sue Milliken.

For every person who joins, Frigidaire will be donating $1 to Save The Children. Also, just for joining, you'll be entered to win the daily prize, a kids' apron set, and a new Frigidaire Double Oven Range {that's a SUPER grand prize, no?}

I think this is a wonderful way to get kids in the kitchen and get healthy food to children in need at the same time!

Of course, if I'm going to take part in this campaign, I have to get my hands dirty and let you know how my own Frigidaire range helped me bring my son into the kitchen to make a healthy meal.

I was given money to spend before the campaign started so I found a healthy recipe from my girl Rachael Ray. {She has no clue who I am, by the way.} I chose to make Stuffing-Seasoned Chicken Cutlets with Pear Sauce and a side of Sweet Potato Oven Fries. YUM, right?  {search the recipes by name on her site if you'd like to try this yourself.}

I don't recommend doing anything without a cup of coffee first. I had my cup and brought Alex into the kitchen to help me make dinner. 

We started by getting the organic, Japanese sweet potatoes ready. I cut them into wedges and let Alex place them on the baking sheet. We topped them with extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of grill seasoning and popped them in the oven. What was so helpful, of course, was the fact that my oven was warmed up in 6 minutes and waiting for me to be ready to use it.

With the sweet potatoes baking away, we started getting our organic chicken cutlets ready. I butterfly cut the chicken breasts myself and Alex couldn't wait to help me flatten them a bit. 

Next, we dredged the cutlets in flour, covered them in the egg and dijon mustard mixture, then breaded them with the ground up stuffing. Alex liked dipping the chicken in each dish. Then, I had to ask Alex to step back while I grilled the chicken on my stove top, two pieces at a time. 

Now, if you'll remember, I was using my oven to bake the fries so I couldn't exactly put the chicken in there to keep it warm. {Although, there was plenty of room for the chicken should I have wanted to put it in.} My solution was simple, I set my warming drawer on the bottom of my range to medium heat and simply placed the chicken in the drawer piece by piece as I continued grilling. 

This kept my chicken warm while I moved on from grilling to make the pear sauce. On this last step, what should have only taken me 10 minutes took me about 30-40 minutes. I had to peel and dice the pears {I forgot to earlier} and then I had to simmer them in sugar and water until they became soft and the sauce became thick.

And here's the finished product!

On my own, this meal would have been a real "project" for me but it became twice as much with Alex in the kitchen. Don't get me wrong, I loved having him there to help me out. Honestly, though. Without my Frigidaire range boasting its Powerplus Preheat feature and warming drawer, half of my dinner would have been served cold while we continued to wait for the fries to be done due to the oven taking forever to warm up.

Please make sure to visit Frigidaire's website for more information on how you can bring your kids into the kitchen to make healthy meals. You could win a Frigidaire Double Oven Range which is double the fun of what I have! Anyone would be lucky to own one.

**Thanks to Frigidaire for supplying a complimentary gift card to facilitate this review as a part of the Frigidaire Test Drive Program. I wasn't compensated in any other way for this review. In this post I share my thoughts and opinions of Frigidaire and its latest campaign. Others may have a different experience or opinion.**



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