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Today, we may have learned that Anthony Bourdain's three-year-old daughter can sit in a French brasserie, slurp down some oysters and generally enjoy herself. But before that, we found out parents told lotsa food fibs to entice picky palates to eat certain foods.
If your pint-sized eater falls into the latter, fussier category, Marc Murphy (with two children of his own) might be the chef to turn to.
5 Favorite Dishes to Make with Kids: Marc Murphy
2. "Ditch dogs," or hot dogs smothered with macaroni and cheese (recipe follows)
3. Watermelon, mint and feta salad
4. Shrimp toast (recipe follows)
5. Green eggs and ham
Lamb Chops with Moroccan Couscous and Chermoula
For the couscous
In a bowl, toss the couscous with half of the oil. Heat the other half in a sauce pot and add the onions, carrots and celery. Cook until soft. Add the tomato juice, spices and the chickpeas. Bring to a simmer. Pour over the couscous and mix well. Cover and let sit in a warm place for about 10 minutes. Uncover and fluff with a fork.
For the chermoula
1 teaspoon paprika
Mix all and set aside.
For the lamb
Marinate the chops in the garlic, oil, rosemary & cumin. Heat a grill on high for 10 minutes. Season the chops with salt and pepper and grill for 5 minutes on each side. Serve on top of the warm couscous and drizzle chermoula over the chops.
2 pounds shrimp (peeled and deveined)
Combine the shrimp, scallions, garlic, ginger, Sriracha, cilantro, cornstarch, egg white and sesame oil in a food processor. Purée until smooth. Spread the shrimp mixture on the slices of white bread and sprinkle with the sesame seeds.
Heat the oil in a sauté pan and place the toasts shrimp side down for 2 to 3 minutes, then turn over and toast the bottom of the bread until golden brown. Cut into bite size pieces and serve.
For the macaroni and cheese
Make béchamel: In a medium sauce pan, heat the milk and heavy cream. In another pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour to the butter and stir until incorporated - cook for about 5 to 6 minutes making sure that it doesn’t brown. Add the warm milk and heavy cream and whisk until incorporated. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes. Add the cheeses and whisk while the béchamel is still on the stove, but do not boil after you add the cheese. Cook until cheeses are melted, then remove from the heat and purée until smooth. Cool to room temperature and mix with the pasta.
To assemble: Grill hot dog for 5 to 7 minutes. Heat macaroni and cheese in a sauce pan with the 1/4 cup heavy cream. Season to taste. Place the hot dogs on the buns and top each with macaroni and cheese.
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