Sunday, April 1, 2012

April Fool's Dinner: What's on Your Menu?

Happy April Fool's Day, every one! Since I wasn't busy defending a dissertation or doing research or coursework or nursing a baby or gestating a baby, I thought I would go all out for dinner this year's April Fool's Day.

It was a hit.

I made "Faux-Berry Pie", chicken nuggets with honey mustard dipping sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, and carrots and peas. Since it was April Fool's, I told the kids they could have dessert first - Faux-Berry Pie.

My son, the budding food critic (no, seriously - that is what he has decided he wants to be when he grows up) was not impressed with my antics. He thought it was a chocolate pie with strawberry cream on top. He was NOT amused to discover it was a stripped-down Shepherd's Pie with beet-infused whipped potatoes on top. Not. Amused. At. All.

After we had the Faux-Berry Pie, we had the main course.

The Food Critic in Residence was much more pleased with this offering than he was the Faux-Berry Pie. And who wouldn't be? Cake that looks like chicken nuggets? Mashed potatoes that are really ice cream? Vanilla pudding dipping sauce? It's a seven-year old's dream come true!

Happy eats, y'all!


(The idea and recipes came from Well, except for the caramel sauce recipe which came from the Smitten Kitchen, the pound cake recipe from Paula Deen, and the vanilla pudding recipe from