Category Archives: Cooking with Kids

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Kids Cook with Books: Cloudy with a Chance of Me...

Kids Cook with Books: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
This month, Kids Cook with Books is featuring the book,Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett.  It's a silly story about the town of Chew and Swallow its unusual weather patterns.  Grandpa's do tell the best bedtime stories, don't they? Join the Fun - Here's How: Please fill in the form below, saying that you're joining Kids Cook with Books this month and reading Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Get a copy of our featured books using the links above or from your local...

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Kids Cook with Books – Strega Nona

Kids Cook with Books – Strega Nona
The featured book this month is Strega Nona, by Tomie dePaola.  It is a story that blends a little magic with a tale of a young man who isn't very good at following directions.  As parents, we might predict what may unfold, but the story gets very exciting before a village grandmother comes to the rescue. Join the Fun - Here's How: Please fill in the form below, saying that you're joining Kids Cook with Books this month. Get a copy of our featured books using the links above or from...

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Kids Cook with Books – Thanksgiving Edition

Kids Cook with Books – Thanksgiving Edition
When Kids Cook with Books was born last June, I made a list of books that we would read together for the rest of the calendar year.  Originally, I chose The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing for November...for obvious reasons.  It's a sweet rhyming story about a family preparing for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.   And I like it. But a few months later, another book came across my radar - 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving, by Dav Pilkey.  I knew the author immediately,...

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Kids in the Kitchen - 4 Biggest Obstacles for Pa...

Kids in the Kitchen – 4 Biggest Obstacles for Parents
Let's have a little heartfelt chat.  Just you and me.  Parenting is hard.  There is a lot to do, and not a lot of time to do it.  And cooking with your kids might not be at the top of your list of priorities.  I mean, really - why do something with your kid if it will take you a thousand times longer than it would to do it by yourself?  Admit it - you have asked this question.  I know that I did.  After a long day, I would put on our kids' favorite show and let them zone out while I had some...

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Cook the Common Core

Cook the Common Core
I keep forgetting that some people totally freak out when they hear anything about Common Core standards.  I recently shared show excited I was to be speaking at the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom Conference on Facebook.  When I said that my workshop would be called "Cook the Common Core," someone replied, "Oh no!"  I didn't put two and two together, and asked her why she responded that way.  Her simple reply was, "you mentioned something about common core." My...

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Kids Cook with Books Bonus Bundle – Summer 2016

Kids Cook with Books Bonus Bundle – Summer 2016
You already read to your kids.  Why not take things a step further and head into the kitchen?  I know, I know.  Cooking with your kids takes time. It might make a mess.  But the perks can last a lifetime!  Spending quality time together aside, your children will learn healthy eating habits and culinary skills to last a lifetime.  The Summer 2016 Kids Cook with Books Bonus Bundle makes it easy to cook and learn with the kids.  It includes simple, engaging activities to accompany these books:...

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Soup Swap Cookbook – Service + Minestrone

Soup Swap Cookbook – Service + Minestrone
When I ran my mobile cooking school for children, my absolute favorite classes revolved around community service.  My students and I did lots of events in our community to raise funds to fight hunger and to support homeless organizations. Soup was a type of meal that we could all consistently rally behind.  It was always warm, nurturing, and seemed like the closest thing to getting a hug, from the inside out. Get Social Since soup brings me feelings of do-gooding nostalgia, I was thrilled...

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Kids Cook with Books: Chaat and Sweets

Kids Cook with Books: Chaat and Sweets
This month, our featured book for Kids Cook with Books is Chaat and Sweets by Amy Wilson Sanger.  It's a rhyming board book that is part of the World Snack Series.   Although it's geared for toddlers, the rhymes and colorful and creative artwork captivate audiences of all ages.  Readers are introduced to "chaat", savory snacks that are often served from food carts and stalls in India and other countries in South Asia.  We also learn about a variety of sweet treats from these same cultures.  This...

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Tips for Cooking with Siblings

Tips for Cooking with Siblings
Whenever I ask parents about their biggest challenges regarding cooking with their children, the number one response tends to deal with the dynamics of cooking with siblings.  If you have more than one child, I am sure you can relate.  It really gets on our parenting nerves to hear them bicker over every little thing: who gets to go first, who wants this spatula or that bowl, who is taking up too much space (even when there is plenty to go around!). It's hard to fault anyone who decides to ban...

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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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