Zing Anything

IMG_1843Zing Anything brings you a refreshing new way to subtly infuse all-natural ingredients into your beverages and cuisine. Enhance the flavor and health benefits of water by using their Aqua or Citrus Zinger water bottles with fruit, veggies, and herbs to create refreshingly flavored drinks. You can stay away from artificial flavors, colorings, and refined sugars simply and smartly with the Zing Anything product line. By using all-natural ingredients, Zing Anything is great for your health, your wallet, and the environment. At home, school, the gym, or on the go – when you Zing, you capture healthy and delicious benefits.

We recently tried out the Citrux Zinger water bottle. It is designed specifically for citrus fruits. You can easily zing away with lemons, limes, clementines, and more. It so easy and convenient to use. You flip it over and juice whatever you want. We used lemons. It worked great to infuse our water with lemon juice, and it was easy enough that Madison could do it (my 9 year old). If you want something a different than plain water, this is the easiest way to do it!

Handstand Kids: Italian Cookbook

The Handstand Kids Cookbook Company creates international cookbook kits that introduce children to the culture, language, and cuisine of a new country. Each cookbook kit is uniquely packaged with a cooking accessory: the Italian Cookbook is packaged in a pizza box with a chef’s hat, the Mexican Cookbook comes in a tortilla bag with a child-sized oven mitt, and the Chinese Cookbook is packaged in a take-out box with a set of chopsticks. The five Handstand Kids are featured throughout the series: kid chefs can follow along as Felix, Izzy, Ari, Gabby and Marvin learn about the recipes, culture and language of a new country. Kids can easily relate to the characters, because Felix is a vegetarian, Izzy is a picky eater and loves to cook for his diabetic sister, Ari uses her cooking skills to volunteer at kid’s charities, Gabby is bilingual, speaking both Spanish and English, and Marvin is an aspiring chef.

We were able to try out the Italian Cookbook, and my kids loved the recipes in there.  The recipes are simple enough for the kids to help you.  Plus, I loved how they were learning and not even realizing it.  I do have to recommend the Mangia La Lasagna.  It’s very good and was easy enough for Madison to make!

If you are looking for a great kids cookbook, I recommend looking at the line of Handstand Kids books!

Foodie Events

All events are in Chicago unless noted:

Latin Cuisine – Macy’s is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with Latin and Spanish cuisine with area chefs.  It is free on Friday and Oct. 1 at 111 N State St.  Please call 312-781-4884 for more information.

Autumn Cooking – Jeff Muldrow is teaching an autumn cooking class. $65.  Friday at 6:30 pm at Va Pensiero, 1566 Oak Ave, Evanston.  Please call 847-475-7779 for reservations and more information.

Kids Can Cook – Kids from 7 – 11 years old can learn to make dinner in a hands-on cooking class.  $40.  6-9 pm on Friday at Sunset Foods, 835 S Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest.  Please call 312-752-2206 to register.

Sweet Treats – Learn to cook pies and tarts with Joy Shields.  $40.  7 pm Tuesday night at Beverly’s Pantry, 1907 W 103rd St.  Please call 773-238-8550 to register.

European Adventures – Dominick Kwentus is teaching a 4 week course that cover Italian, Spanish, French, and German cuisine.  $192 for nonresidents and $160 for residents.  This will be held Oct. 1 – 22 at 6:30 pm at The Depot, 401 Thatcher Ave., River Forest Park District.  Please call 708-366-6660 for more information.

Mastering risotto – Daniel Tucker shows you how to make the perfect risotto.  $10.  Oct. 2 at 6 pm at Room 21, 2110 S. Wabash Ave.  Please call 312-328-1198 to register.

Teaching organics – The Organic School Project is hosting a benefit and silect auction supporting its outreach services.  $50.  Oct. 2 at 6 pm at The Golden Triangle, 330 N Clark St.  Please call 312-924-0195 for tickets and more information.

Pizza – Learn to make artisan pizza dough with Jonathon Fox.  $30.  Oct 4th at 11 am at 59 W. Grand Ave.  Please call 312-329-0400 to register.

Halloween Fun – Susan Maddox is teachinga hands on Halloween and Spooky Treats Class for ages 8 and older.  $45.  Oct. 5 from 10 am – 1 am at Le Titi de Paris, 1015 W Dundee Rd., Arlington Heights.  Please call 847-506-0222 to register.