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Cool Kids Cook Radio Show #104 – Interview with Hugh McMahon

– Posted in: A Tisket A Tasket What’s Inside My Basket, Breakfast, Cooking, Cool Kids Cook Radio Show, Creative Cuisine, Dessert, Food, Interview, Kitchen Tips N Tools, Snacktivity Time
Hugh McMahon celebrity pumpkin portraits

For my Thanksgiving episode, I interviewed special guest, Pumpkin and Gourd Carver Hugh McMahon.

Hugh McMahon takes an ordinary piece of fruit and creates dynamic sculptures that enlighten any environment. He’s an original artist whose talent for carving pumpkins and watermelons has featured him in many restaurants, events, television, magazines, and books throughout the world. Since 1976, he is been carving spectacular gourds and melons. Well known for his pumpkins around Halloween and Thanksgiving, his amazing watermelon carvings are in demand all year round. I’ve even been lucky enough to see his magnificent carvings at Chelsea Market in New York City.

“A Tisket A Tasket What’s Inside My Basket?”

Today’s secret ingredient is Pumpkin. Here is a recipe for my Pumpkin Eggnog and Candied Date Bread Pudding.”

“Figure Out This Food!”

I have a game on my Facebook page called “Figure Out This Food.” I post a close-up of a food item and the first three guesses get a shout-out here. Congratulations to Jeff Young, Rachel Moye, and Kelli Mayon Songy for guessing “Okra.”

Okra

“Snacktivity Time”

It’s Snacktivity Time! Here, I give you fun easy breezy snack ideas. Today’s Snacktivity is… Devil’s Food Monster Muffins.”

“Creative Cuisine”

Hey young chefs! You’re listening to the VoiceAmerica Kids Network. This is Kid Chef Eliana and it’s time for “Creative Cuisine.” This is a recipe for Roasted Pumpkin and Potato Fritters.” I recreated the fritters I made in Culinary Arts and they taste really delicious!

“Kitchen Crafts!”

Here is a fun kitchen-related craft. Today’s kitchen craft is how to make a “Pumpkin Vase.”

Supplies:
1 pumpkin
Glass bowl or vase
Rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle
Water
Fresh flowers

Instructions:
Step 1: Carve a large hole into the top of the pumpkin and scoop out all the insides.
Step 2: Spray the inside of the pumpkin with rubbing alcohol to help prevent decay.
Step 3: Place a glass bowl or a vase inside the pumpkin.
Step 4: Place water inside the bowl/vase. Arrange flowers.
Step 5: Use as a Thanksgiving centerpiece or give it as a hostess gift.

That’s all for this week!

Bon Appetit,
Kid Chef Eliana

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