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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

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by Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Everyone grows up with Dr. Seuss. His timeless books rest on bookshelves in millions of homes around the world. They are inscribed by loved ones, collected and passed on through the generations. Every reader has a favorite. Maybe it’s his breakthrough work, The Cat in the Hat, or One Fish, Two Fish. But can you guess the best-selling Seuss book of all time? Would you, could you?

That’s right, Green Eggs and Ham.

And to think it all started as a $50 bet.

Dr. Seuss, born Theodor “Ted” Seuss Geisel on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Mass., accepted a challenge from a friend in publishing to write a children’s book using 50 words or less. Seuss later joked that he never got the payment, but after receiving seven honorary doctorates, two Academy Awards, two Emmys, three Caldecott Honor Awards, a Peabody, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a little thing called the Pulitzer Prize, we doubt he held a grudge.

Dr. Seuss credits his mother for the rhythmic absurdities found in all his children’s books. When working in her father’s bakery, she would memorize the names of the pies on special that day and repeat them in a singsong voice to her customers. His mother even sang the specials to herself at night if she had trouble sleeping.

If you’ve ever found yourself lying in bed trying to push the Sam-I-ams from your head, you aren’t alone. The musical quality of Dr. Seuss’s writing wriggles its way into our thoughts and eventually into our hearts.

But when your arguments with a child over what to eat start to sound as nonsensical and repetitious as Green Eggs and Ham, it’s time for a new approach. Kids ask for the book over and over again (and again, and again) because it’s playful and fun. Sure, they are learning through the process, but telling them would steal away the joy. The same goes for food. Creative meals can go a long way in getting picky eaters to dig in rather than wrinkle up their tiny noses. Paula’s always looking for new ways to get her grandson, Jack, excited about mealtime, so she brewed up a Dr. Seuss-inspired recipe she calls Green Eggs and Ham Cups.

Sadly, the beloved Dr. Seuss passed away in 1991 at the age of 87. But the 44 children’s books he wrote and illustrated leave a lasting legacy for all readers, young and old. This month, celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday by seeing how a little imagination can light up a child’s world.

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!” –Dr. Seuss


Green Eggs and Ham Cups

Ingredients:
8 slices deli ham, thinly sliced
1 slice sandwich bread, divided into 4 pieces
4 eggs
1 cup frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
¼ cup White Cheddar cheese
4 slices toast
4 slices bacon

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400ºF

Lightly coat 4 cups in a muffin tin with cooking spray. Fit two of the ham slices into each cup (ham ends will be above cup edges). Divide bread among cups. In a blender, combine eggs, spinach, salt and pepper and blend. Divide mixture among cups. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake on middle oven rack until egg is cooked. Approximately 15-20 minutes. When warm enough to handle, remove the cups from the muffin tins and serve with a slice of toast and crispy bacon. 

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 15-20 min
Difficulty: Easy

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Reader Comments:

 

This is so cute! My little girls would just love this!

Sinful Southern Sweets of The South on March 02, 2010 08:46 AM

this recipe is really good. =]

kimberly of merced.ca on March 02, 2010 06:21 PM

I love this recipe. I make egg cups with a piece of ham, some mozzarella cheese and top it off with Pesto that I make from the Basil in my garden. Sometimes I put a slice of tomato on the botton. Everyone loves them!!

Great article. I too love Dr. Seuss! My fav is the Lorax-he protects the trees!

Amy Nelson of Miami, Florida on March 03, 2010 04:39 PM

This is adorable!  Going to try it out with my daycare kids!!  Thanks!

Kasey@All Things Mamma of Chatham, IL on March 03, 2010 04:46 PM

I wish I would have been so creative!  When I used to babysit for 4-10 children, I’d read ‘Green Eggs and Ham” and we would have it for lunch….I just used green food coloring in the eggs.  This would be much more fun!!  Thanx, Paula!

Ginger Wilkinson of Saugatuck, Michigan on March 03, 2010 04:59 PM

This is perfect! My granddaughter has to bring green eggs and ham as the snack for her preschool class, as they are also celebrating Dr. Seuss! Thanx sooooo much!

Maryanne Freeh of Chicago Heights, IL on March 03, 2010 08:57 PM

my favorite book is Green Eggs and Ham. I have also done as Ginger has done and made my children Green Eggs and Ham using green food coloring. I have even colored milk with food coloring. Another of my favorite books is “Oh the Places You Will Go”. I gave this book to my daughter when she was 18 years old for one of her graduation gifts.

Kimberly Harrison of Clarksville, Tn on March 04, 2010 04:16 PM

I plan on doing this for my Sunday school class.  thanks for sharing this recipe with us. 

Also a special note to Kimberly Harris, thank you for sharing your story about your daughter.  My daughter is graduating this year too and when I read this book I cried.  I plan on giving this to my daughter as well for graduation now. smile

Robin Mullins of Louisville, Ky on March 04, 2010 05:25 PM

Thank you for the good ideas. My daughter is helping with a Pre K class, during Dr.Seuss week. They have done several activities , including having guest “readers” to read to the children. This would be a tasty treat to go with all the fun they have had…..  One of my daughter’s fav. Dr. Seuss books was “Are You My Mother?” She is 18 now and is reading these books to a new generation.She is going to be a teacher.

Nanaheiffer of Lebanon, TN on March 04, 2010 08:04 PM

This is a cute recipe. My 18 yr old daughter is working with Pre K kids as a work study. They are celebrating Dr Seuss week by having people read to the kids. When my daughters were little , their favorite Dr. Seuss book was “Are You My Mother?” Now that they are going to be teachers, I hope they will read this to their class someday. Thanks for the recipe . I think the Pre K kids will enjoy

Nanaheiffer of Lebanon, TN on March 05, 2010 12:05 AM

This is a wonderful recepie and I want to try it.  I’m a teacher and have also made green eggs with food coloring and served green milk with it.  I’ve done other things too like given malted milk eggs to the children to throw down the hatch when reading Dr. Seuss’ book “Horten Hatches an Egg.”  But never been this creative before and love Paula’s idea.  Thank you, Paula!

Esther Harris Springstead of California on March 06, 2010 10:38 PM

This was always one of our family’s favorite stories when the kids were growing up, and now it’s time to share reading these wonderful books to my grandson. I look forward to reading this story to him and sharing this wonderful new recipe when I visit them next. Thanks, Paula!

Shelley of Iowa on March 07, 2010 04:09 PM

 

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