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Cooking With Kids: Jordana "Jordy" Yahr

Thursday, April 05, 2001

Tested by Kathleen Ganster

Age: 8
Parents: Janie and Chuck Yahr
Siblings: Ben, 11, and Josh, 14
Community: Squirrel Hill
School: Community Day School
Hobbies: Jordy participates in acting and ballet and play workshops through Pittsburgh Musical Theater. She also likes to play soccer and basketball and plays the clarinet.
Favorite food to cook: Brownies
Favorite foods to eat: Candy and spanakopita cups
Favorite subject in school: Language arts
Favorite TV show: "Even Stevens"
Favorite book: "A my name is Alice"
Pets: A dog named Hobbes
What she wants to be when she grows up: Clothing designer

Jordy thinks she started cooking with her mother when she was about 2 years old. "My mom and I always cook," she said.

Her friends love her mom's brownies, according to Jordy.

She was also planning to make a special dinner with her brother for their family. "We are going to have soup and salad, spaghetti, fruit salad and a cinnamon streusel for dessert," she said.

Jordy likes cooking with her grandmother, Wilma Yahr. "She gave me these recipes and then I added some things and made some changes," she said.

Her tip for other children? "Make something you like to eat."

Cranberry Apple Crisp

4 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced very thin
1 can whole cranberry sauce (16 ounces)
1 cup old-fashioned oats
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup margarine, almost melted (we used butter)

In a round or oval flat casserole dish, lay apples on bottom and spread the cranberry sauce over the apples. In a plastic bag, combine flour, sugar, oats and margarine. Shake well and spread over apples and cranberries. Bake uncovered in 350-degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until browned.

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons melted margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 cup light brown sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa
1 3/4 cups hot water

In a casserole, stir or sift together flour, baking powder, salt, 3/4 cup white sugar and 2 tablespoons cocoa.

Stir in milk, melted margarine, vanilla and chopped nuts (optional). Sprinkle over batter the brown sugar and 4 tablespoons cocoa. Over the batter pour hot water. DO NOT STIR!

Bake for 45 minutes in 350-degree oven. Hot fudge sauce will form under the brownie. Double yummy.

To submit a recipe to Cooking with Kids, please send the recipe, along with the name of the child, a head shot (preferably a school picture) and a telephone number where the child can be contacted to: Cooking with Kids, Kathleen Ganster, 3142 Camberly Drive, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Questions? Call Kathleen at 724-443-1664.

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