Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Cookbook Wednesday | The National Dance Week Cookbook

The National Dance Week Cookbook

As many of you know, I usually visit my daughter and grandchildren some time late April or early May. This year I ran into a couple of snags and won’t be able to go to Idaho right now. Needless to say, I’m not a happy camper. Well, not right at the moment but, come June, I will be going no matter what! (Tabitha has requested I go for my birthday:)

Since I normally visit just in time for Tabi and Noah’s dance recital, I thought today would be the ideal day to share The National Dance Week Cookbook; Barre Food with you. To be perfectly honest, I had no idea a National Dance Week even existed. (You know me, I’m all about food days, lol:) A quick visit to the website revealed that National Dance Week began on April 22nd and continues until May 1st. Well, would you look at that, today’s post just happens to coincide with the Chance to Dance initiative.

FYI: In case, like me, you’re not up on dance lingo, I’m assuming the word Barre in the title of the book is referring to the handrail dancers use for various type of exercises. The only reason why I might know this is because my daughter Michele is planning a dance room for the kids and Tabitha has requested one:)

Okay, so before I reveal some of the recipes in the book, I must show you what I will be missing at this year’s recital.

Truth be told, my time spent in Idaho is usually a whirlwind. Between the kids still attending school and all the extra curricula activities, we really don’t get much quality time together. Don’t get me wrong, I love going to baseball games, art classes, dance practice, cheer leading practice, school plays and spelling bees. However, it seems there’s a whole lotta running around to do. Whew! (I’m always worried about what’s for dinner and when is there time to eat, lol:)

The first recipe I’ve chosen to share comes from Nancy Stone, the National Chairperson for National Dance Week and the author of the book. According to Nancy, she had collected recipes for most of her life and had planned on creating a cookbook to share with close family and friends. The inspiration for The National Dance Week Cookbook came to her while scanning through a friend’s celebrity cookbook. “A light went off in her brain” and she thought she should do a cookbook using dance “Celebrity Cooks” with all profits donated to NDW “to expose and introduce as many people as possible to the enjoyment and benefits of dance…”

Here’s her recipe for Big Liz’s Pound Cake.

Big Liz's Pound Cake | Nancy Stone

Although Tabitha and Noah take their dancing very seriously, for them it’s more about having fun and the camaraderie they share with their teammates. Michele is fine with that and has “forgiven” me for exposing them to all those Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies when they were younger. (we can’t forget, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra and one of Tabi’s favorites, Audrey Hepburn. I can’t even tell you how many musicals we’ve watched through the years, lol:)

Noah is a huge fan of Gene Kelly and yes, he just loves tap dancing too.

I’m sure he wouldn’t mind sharing this Healthy Jazzy Salad with Luigi, lol…as he does a hysterical impersonation of an Italian Luigi, lol…(he has taken quite nicely to a Brooklyn accent although, we’re not sure how he picked it up:)

Healthy Jazzy Salad | National Dance Week Cookbook

Tabitha is a bit more reserved. If it were up to us, we would probably spend Friday family nights watching Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly in Cover Girl. (Tabi is always in awe of the fashion and yes, the dancing also:) Tabitha is also an avid reader. Boy oh boy, does that kid read a lot! (oh no we’re not complaining one bit. Actually, in my youth I was quite the bookworm myself.)

So, when Tabitha was little and I recalled the Angelina Ballerina books, we just had to compile a list of Katharine Holabird’s Angelina Ballerina books. She has since “graduated” to young adult books, lol…(she also enjoys reading anything to do with Greek Mythology:)

I was pleasantly surprised when I found this recipe for Ms. Mimi’s Mini Cheese Cakes “from the desk of Angelina Ballerina.” Tabi is all about mini bites too, lol…

Ms. Mimi's Mini Cheese Cakes

I think the back cover of The National Dance Week Cookbook sums up the contents quite nicely.

Barre Food, The National Dance Week Cookbook, is the first cookbook for dance and food lovers. A combination cookbook and Who’s Who in Dance, this collection of recipes celebrates the art of cooking with the art of dance. Inside you will find over 200 recipes, ranging from breakfast through dessert, submitted by dance luminaries, dancers and dance merchants from all over the country. Each section features stunning photography by one of the premier dance photographers of our day, Rose Eichenbaum, and recipes include photos and biographies of notable figures in the dance world.
National Dance Week Cookbook

Thank you for joining me for Cookbook Wednesday and letting me “gush” over my grandkids:) I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit. My plan is to return here on Sunday, May 1st with the calendar for May. If by chance I don’t make it, I will definitely be back next Wednesday with the calendar, Cookbook Wednesday and a little surprise:) Louise:)

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  1. Hi Louise,

    I think... visiting your daughter and grandkids in June might be better. Is late June the beginning of US summer holidays? Then all of you can have more time together.

    While waiting, let's dance towards to your glorious Spring weather... sob sob for me that I will be getting the winter chill :(


    1. Hi Zoe:)
      We will be able to have more time together Zoe especially since the kids will not have as busy schedule and school will be out for the Summer. I can hardly wait:) I'm wiggling my toes and dancing for glorious Spring weather...Sending sun your way Zoe, stay warm:)

  2. What lovely post and what nice are yours grandkids !
    Love Noah he looks amazing and Tabitha too :)
    Hugs and love for you and Marion :)

    1. Thank you Gloria. That's so sweet of you:)

  3. Awww! I think I just fell in love with you and your family even more! You're grandkids are lucky to have you in their lives. <3 I'm a little perplexed over this cookbook. It's just so unexpected! Ballet publishing cookbooks, so bizarre in my opinion. I have no idea what Barre is, I previously thought/ have heard about Barre in terms of exercise, what that entails I have no idea either. But it does exist. I thought it was a mix of ballet and yoga or something along those lines. But I am probably way off!


  4. I have zero coordination, so I never learned to dance. I'll bet I could eat some of those desserts, though! I'm always up for cheesecake.

  5. Really fun pictures of your grandkids! Bet you can't wait until June when you can see them. Had no idea it was Dance Week, but I tend to be clueless about these things (I need you to clue me in!). Fun post -- thanks.

  6. Hi, Louise!
    Sorry to hear you’ll be postponing your visit. Hope there’ll be a video of Tabitha and Noah’s performance for you to enjoy. Love the flashback soda counter clerk and poodle skirt :-)

    What an interesting idea for a cookbook! About the pound cake - how much time would be needed to bake the small loaves?

  7. Oh, Tabi is a real beauty! I'm sure this cookbook would delight her, especially Angelina Ballerina's mention (my girls loved Angelina, too). But, I don't know, would you want to be known as "Big Liz"? I'm going to do my post shortly and then I'll link up with you, Louise! Great Cookbook Wednesday selection, as always!

  8. Dear Louise,
    Sorry that you had to push back your trip to see your daughter and the grandchildren. But now you have something to look forward to. This cookbooks is so different. I have never seen a cookbook like this especially for dancers. I took ballet, toe, and jazz from when I was little to about 17 years old. I agree that the word Barre is the (bar) that the dancers hold on to to practice their positions. Years ago I would throw my leg up on the Barre and do all kind of exercises. NOT ANY MORE, that is for sure. I am lucky if I can get my foot up the stairs. But anyhow, the recipes look like they are yummy. Your grandchildren are so adorable. They really are into it and I love that. Dancing is such fun as well a great way to work out. No wonder you want to see them..family is everything...God Bless them and your daughter. Thank you for sharing dear friend...have a good day!
    Hugs Dottie x :)
    PS: I loved all of the old movies as well...

  9. I sure love those dance photos. Your grandchildren will be on a show like So You Think You Can Dance one day and I wish them success! Too bad you had to postpone your trip. I would love to visit Idaho one day. What a beautiful state.

    1. Lol. I'm not sure about any shows for those kids, Tina. I have a feeling their Mom wouldn't allow it, lol...Idaho is a beautiful state much like PA actually. I'm looking forward to my visit:) Thanks for popping by Tina...

  10. What a fun cookbook to share - and how lovely to hear about your grandkids - those outfits are great and I was impressed that Noah does tap dancing because my grandfather was a tap dancer (he was actually a ballroom dancer but did tap too) - hope that you have a great trip to visit them in June and get to hear all about their recital

  11. Oh Louise...another fun post...sorry to hear that you are not a happy camper for now...but June will be here in no time...I love the jazzy salad...especially that has a touch of Asian ingredients...sounds delicious!
    Enjoy the rest of your week :)

  12. Hi Louise, wow! looks like you have some pretty talented grandkids. Thank goodness you get to see them in June, sounds like you will be busy. Interesting post, did not know there is a National dance week. Take care!

  13. My daughter does ballet too, she likes it but I think I like it more than she does. I love to see her dance.
    Your grandchildren are lucky to have you. Love their photos! And the Angelina Ballerina recipe too.
    Nice post I didn't know about National Dance week. Ciao!

  14. Oh my gosh, Louise! Love this post! Your time in Idaho sounds like my time on Long Island, and Georgia. They live such busy lives…running from one activity to another.
    Your grandchildren are so good looking and talented, they must take after their grandmother.
    My granddaughter is also a huge reader and is really into Greek Mythology. It all started with Percy Jackson.
    When Josie was very young I used to read Angelina Ballerina to her…one of her favorites. Love the recipe for the mini cheese cakes.
    Happy National Dance week! Before long you will be on your way to Idaho! Hugs!

  15. Hi Louise,
    Sorry to miss participating in Cookbook Wednesday but I'm in France and not near any cookbooks except in the occasional gift shop. In fact I just posted about what I'm eating in numerous fabulous French restaurants while touring. Next week I'm hoping to find a cookbook shop in Paris so maybe I'll be able to play the game too.

    Your grandkids have very cool costumes, and I'd love to see their performance. Sorry you can't be there either! I love those fifties memories and also I'm always fascinated by which stereotypes of the era survive. So glad the surviving style isn't Mamie Eisenhower's little suits, hats, and hairdo with bangs!! I recently watched West Side Story and love that style of dancing -- I bet they are great.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  16. Your cookbook collection is truly mind boggling, and I would love to see it someday. As for this particular volume, well, who wouldn't love a pound cake named for "Big Liz?" :-)

  17. what a fun book! i'm so sorry you've been delayed in seeing your family--take heart that it won't be too much longer!

  18. Hi Louise, it sounds like you have very busy grandchildren. Sounds like you have a wonderful time when you go to Idaho. Love this post!


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