Learning in the Kitchen

I am not the type of person who gets star struck, but I certainly have a list of people that I hold in very high regard.  Katie, from Gift of Curiosity, is one such person.  Not only is she from the San Francisco Bay Area like me, but she has two graduate degrees in education and child development.  And the part where I get giddy is when she asked me if I would write a guest post on her blog about kids learning in the kitchen.  It is exciting to be noticed, and even better to be respected by...

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Waste-Free Lunch Supply Essentials

Waste-Free Lunch Supply Essentials
No matter how your kids are being educated - in a homeschool or classroom setting, packing lunches can be an overwhelming proposition.  First, there is the struggle of feeding the fussy eater, and then websites like Pinterest make you feel inadequate because your lunches don't look like works of art.  Okay, maybe I am projecting.  But still - there is a lot to consider.  For me, it's really important that when we pack lunches to go, we aren't producing excess garbage.  So, when we hit the...

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Homemade Cup of Noodles

Homemade Cup of Noodles
I am a sucker for foods that make me feel cozy and comforted.  Perhaps that's why I love to use my slow cooker in the winter time to make big batches of split pea or mushroom barley soup.  But I am also a carb-lover, and am a huge fan of noodles and any type of meal that contains them.  With our busy family schedules, I thought that it would be nice if I could develop a recipe that would both be comforting to my kids while they were eating lunch at school and be healthier than the convenience...

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How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans

How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans
It's hard to believe that this is the third installment of Kids Cook with Books, our virtual reading and cooking club for kids.  This month, our featured book is How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans.  It is a wildly entertaining tale of a little girl, who like many children, struggles with eating her vegetables.  But one day, when a band of green bean thugs comes to town, Martha has to act fast to save her parents...and she has to do the unthinkable. Kids Cook with Books:  August,...

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P is for Pupusas (Free Printable for Kids)

P is for Pupusas (Free Printable for Kids)
I love to eat with my hands.  My grandmother, who was a stickler for manners, used to cringe as I picked my favorite ingredients out of my salad or reached across the table to taste something from someone else's plate.  Now that I am an adult, my habits haven't changed much, and I am still a sucker for food that I can pick up.  Tacos, nachos, warm slices of pizza. Yes, please.  Another one of my favorite hand held foods is pupusas.  Have you ever heard of them? Pupusas are a Salvadorian...

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Giveaway – Who’s Hungry Book for Toddlers

Giveaway – Who’s Hungry Book for Toddlers
Ever since I launched Kids Cook with Books, our free reading and cooking club for kids, I have been getting emails from authors and publishers asking if I would like to review their books for children.  Honestly, I am pretty finicky and don't want to share anything that I can't truly get behind.  When I got my copy of Who's Hungry by Dean Hacohen and Sherry Scharschmidt in the mail recently, it actually made me giggle out loud.  That's a pretty good litmus test, right?  If I can get enjoyment...

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How to Make Wonton Cups

How to Make Wonton Cups
A million years ago, when I was a consultant for The Pampered Chef, a direct sales company selling kitchen tools, I used to make the most amazing appetizer using wonton wrappers.  Ever since, I have never forgotten the little trick of turning the thin, flexible and adaptable wonton wrapper into a crispy delicious wonton cup that can hold any number of different ingredients.  They are elegant when served to adults, and fun and whimsical when the kids fill them with items of their own choosing. Before...

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Kitchen Science: Making Ice Cream In A Bag with...

Kitchen Science:  Making Ice Cream In A Bag with Kids
Why am I not surprised that my What's Cooking summer camp kids loved making ice cream more than any other recipe?   It was real life science in action, and a perfect way to beat the summer heat. Recipe: Ice Cream in a Bag Why don't YOU give it a try?  Here's the recipe and a description of how it works: Ice Cream In a Bag: Kitchen Science What's Cooking with Kids: www.whatscookingwithkids.com Serves 1 Ingredients: 2 Tbs. sugar 1 cup half and half ½ tsp vanilla extract 1/2...

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Big Hungry Bear {Strawberry Recipe}

Big Hungry Bear {Strawberry Recipe}
I have a confession to make.  I cry easily.  And when one of my amazing readers emailed me photos of her toddler cooking the featured recipe from June's Kids Cook with Books, I cried. And then I showed my husband, and cried again.  It hit me like a ton of bricks that this mama, a former special education teacher, trusted me and used our book club as her inspiration to spend quality time with her daughter. This month, our featured book is The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and THE...

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How To Talk About Books with Kids {Guest Post}

I couldn't be more excited about the buzz that Kids Cook with Books has generated.  When I met Jodie, an expert on literacy with kids, I knew she would be a perfect compliment - offering some tips for how to talk about books with kids (in a meaningful way!) Hopefully, you'll be able to combine some of her great suggestions below with this month's book club selection: Blueberries for Sal. Do you struggle with finding time to read and talk about books with your kids? Do you eat at least one meal...

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