I am so excited to share with you
This Cookbook is for Dancing:
A Taste of The Nutcracker!
In early October, I was beginning to become nostalgic for activities and happenings that I loved about the upcoming holiday season. I realized very quickly that The Nutcracker was certainly going to be more challenging to experience this year than ever before, but I did not want to lose touch with this tradition that has brought me tremendous joy as a dancer for so many years.
I was also searching for a new project to further my cooking and reach more people while still in quarantine when I remembered that dance has such a magical ability to bring people together.
In no time at all, I had the perfect idea -
a Nutcracker-themed cookbook!
I am taking 'This Kitchen is for Dancing' to a whole other level!
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to
Kids Dance Outreach!
Read more about this incredible organization below.
With The Nutcracker being such a significant part of my childhood, it is extremely important to me to support other young children who love having dance in their lives as well - the value of a dance education is limitless, and I am so grateful to be able to contribute to setting children on an optimal path for their future.
Included in this cookbook is a collection of recipes and anecdotes that relate to every scene in The Nutcracker with numerous savory and sweet treats full of intriguing twists. The dishes are approachable and can be created with others if you are spending these occasions with family and friends, but they also evoke a sense of familiarity and comfort even if you are on your own.
Additionally, the recipes are generally plant-forward and nut-based –all are gluten-free and vegetarian, and they are jam-packed with flavor and decadence!
This cookbook is very special though, because not only does it have scrumptious recipes, it also includes timely anecdotes and reflections for the end of the year. I fashioned the book as a way to think about the past year for young children to adults, using
the themes of the Nutcracker story to create a more universal connection and understanding of ourselves and the world around us.
Concepts highlighted include sharing happiness, overcoming challenges, beginning anew with the start of every year, gaining wisdom from family both current and past, and appreciating the diversity amongst everyone - I am eager for this aspect of the cookbook to encourage conversations regarding deeper recollection and personal growth within you and your loved ones as the next year arrives.
Furthermore, there are delightful illustrations by my friend Christina Lee, adding another interactive element to make this wonderful culinary experience even more original as you follow along!
I hope this cookbook fulfills your Nutcracker, epicurean, and celebratory wishes while introducing a new way to embrace and appreciate the beauty of the holidays!
Kids Dance Outreach, also known as KDO, provides accessible, high-quality dance and arts education to children in Indianapolis. Founded in 2012, KDO has built a solid reputation and achieved impressive progress, building on exceptional teaching expertise, use of live music, and a laser focus on dance outreach. KDO is different from a dance school or studio. One of KDO’s most important features is its accessibility. KDO’s core programs are FREE for every child, regardless of ability, economic status, race, or religion. More than 12,000 children in the Indianapolis area have participated in KDO programs. KDO offers its programs to school-age children in Indianapolis public and charter schools. These schools are 70% minorities, with more than 80% on the free/reduced meal program, 50% boys and 50% girls. The KDO Adaptive Dance Programs reach children with developmental disabilities.