Sarah Michelle Gel­lar’s tasty pan­cake muffins

Slay brunch with this dish from for­mer Buffy star

Metro Canada (Calgary) - - FOOD - Karon Liu

Nos­tal­gia is one hel­luva drug, whether we’re talk­ing about a Full House re­boot, a Fresh Prince re­union or the 20th an­niver­sary of Buffy the Vam­pire Slayer.

Since Buffy ended, the butt-kick­ing Sarah Michelle Gel­lar had a few star­ring roles (such as the can­celled sit­com The Crazy Ones with the late Robin Wil­liams) and in 2014, she along with the book’s co-au­thor Gia Russo founded Food­stirs, an on­line food com­pany that sells or­ganic bak­ing kits and mixes for chil­dren.

Think of it as the food ver­sion of the Hon­est Com­pany, the baby-ori­ented house­hold goods com­pany co-founded by fel­low TV ac­tion star Jes­sica Alba of Dark An­gel, which aired in the early ’00s.

Gel­lar and Russo’s new of­fer­ing is Stir­ring up Fun with Food ($36.50, Grand Cen­tral Life & Style), a kid-ori­ented cook­book fo­cus­ing on healthy snacks and tyke-sized meals.

Gel­lar writes in the in­tro that the book is more “food craft­ing” than cook­ing, mean­ing dishes are pre­sented in a cutesy, kid-ap­peal­ing man­ner. Think mac and cheese in cup­cake tins, waf­fles served on and scram­bled eggs eaten out of. Most bak­ing recipes rec­om­mend boxed mixes (which are con­ve­niently sold on the au­thors’ Food­stirs site), seem­ingly try­ing to ap­peal to par­ents with lim­ited time and kitchen ex­pe­ri­ence.

Her hus­band and fel­low ’90s teenage dream, Fred­die Prinze Jr., also re­leased a fam­ily-ori­ented cook­book last year. His recipes seem geared to cook­ing for the kids while Gel­lar’s book is for cook­ing with the kids.

“Mak­ing fun food with my kids was about more than just get­ting them to eat. Mea­sur­ing in­gre­di­ents, pulling to­gether pots, pans, and bowls; stir­ring, whisk­ing, dump­ing, rolling, skew­er­ing — and wait­ing — are skills that helped them de­velop self-con­fi­dence, ex­pand their vo­cab­u­lary and cre­ative think­ing, and sharpen math con­cepts as well as their fine and gross mo­tor skills (and mine too, for that mat­ter),” she writes.

Clearly I am not the in­tended au­di­ence for this book (be­ing a child­less avid home cook who stopped watch­ing Buffy af­ter Sea­son 2).

But I also can see how par­ents would be drawn to this book as a way to get their kids in­volved with cook­ing, or for ideas for throw­ing a chil­dren’s party.

Evan agostini/in­vi­sion/aP

Ac­tress and writer Sarah Michelle Gel­lar has re­leased a new kid-ori­ented cook­book called Stir­ring up Fun with Food ($36.50, Grand Cen­tral Life & Style).

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