Mama Don't Allow by Thacher Hurd
April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Mama Don’t Allow features jazzy alligators who inspire New Orleans style food. Put on a song like Sugar Plum by New Orleans’ own Preservation Hall Jazz Band to really get into the mood, and party with the Swamp Band with Jazz Chicken Sausage Gumbo. Gumbo is a flavorful, thick stew from Louisiana with rice, meat, and vegetables.
When Miles gets a saxophone for his birthday and starts playing jazz around town with his friends, they find their most appreciative audience in the thick of the swamp. The sharp-toothed, long-tailed, yellow-eyed alligators love their Swamp Band music and invite Miles and his band to play at the Alligator Ball.
If you liked Sugar Plum, check out the whole album by Preservation Hall Jazz Band, That’s It!
April Pancakes (and more...)
April showers bring...pancakes! When you live in Chewandswallow, food tends to fall from the sky, and springtime means plenty of pancakes. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett chronicles the tale of a town with rather unusual, yet tasty, weather patterns.
These cornmeal pancakes are fluffy and easy to make. You can enjoy them with syrup and fresh fruit, or for a special treat, try homemade applesauce as a topping. For dinner, run outside and put out your pasta bowl to catch some spaghetti and meatballs.
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