Category Archives: Cooking with Kids

Cooking with kids; kids in the kitchen

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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Coconut Spice Zucchini Bread

When I read on Facebook that my friend Annalise was publishing her first cookbook, I was excited for her.  I remember how surreal it felt when I had my own cookbook published, and it was a thrill to know that she would be going through those same feelings.  But when I found out that her book would be titled,The Make-Ahead Kitchen, I was excited for me!  Why?  Because we are a busy family (who isn't?) and I was eager to try some new recipes that might, just maybe, make our lives a little easier. Cooking...

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Blueberries for Sal

Blueberries for Sal
Last week, I announced the launch of Kids Cook with Books, our new virtual reading and cooking club for kids.  People seem thrilled, especially on Instagram, where there is a really engaged group of parents, teachers and homeschoolers.  I'm launching our new club with Blueberries for Sal, one of my favorite books to read to my children when they were little.  I chose this book for our maiden voyage because blueberries are in their peak season right now, and I wanted to take advantage of their...

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Kids Cook with Books

Kids Cook with Books
I couldn't be more excited to tell you about our new virtual reading and cooking club for kids: Kids Cook with Books!   As a former teacher (and current parent!), I can't speak highly enough of activities that promote literacy in young children.  Anything goes - reading billboards to the kids while driving around town, pointing out familiar words in books, reading the back of the cereal box together, and of course, bedtime stories!  But what about the kitchen?  It's the heart of the home,...

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Charlotte’s Web Themed Recipes

Charlotte’s Web Themed Recipes
At my son's school, he reports that every teacher has the final countdown to summer on the board.  I used to do the same thing when I was a classroom teacher, although now I wonder if it made the students feel that I couldn't wait to be rid of them.  I'm pretty sure they understood that I was just as excited for summer vacation as they were. Summer Reading On the flip side, teachers and parents swap positions over the summer.  It's the job of the parents to figure out how the kids will spend...

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DIY Snow White Cooking Class

DIY Snow White Cooking Class
Last week, I got several emails and a phone call from anxious mamas looking for affordable quality summertime cooking camps for their kiddos.  When I used to run my own culinary program, we were swamped over the summer, often having to turn away business.  There just wasn't enough time in the day (or a big enough staff) to meet the demand.  Since I am not offering camps anymore, I felt compelled to do something to help all of the young chefs out there who want to have fun in the kitchen...

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Easy Vegetarian Skillet Tacos

Easy Vegetarian Skillet Tacos
We are on the tail end of hosting a delightful French exchange student.  While was only here for a week (her smoking habit aside), I'd love to keep her for a little longer.  Her enthusiasm for everything I cooked made me feel appreciated, which is something that doesn't come easy during "normal" parenting... During Aline's visit, I often found that we were rushed between school and social activities - but this lunch came together easily.  I used leftover chili from the batch I made last...

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Cooking with Kids Addresses Multiple Intelligenc...

Cooking with Kids Addresses Multiple Intelligences
I can remember being a student and feeling completely lost in the classroom sometimes - usually when the teacher was talking.  I preferred to move around, touching equipment or "toys" and learning by doing and watching others.  I also loved working with a partner to solve a problem.  I am sure that you might remember something similar.  But for you, maybe you learned best by solving equations or listening to a lecture.  Either way - one thing is clear - students (no matter what their age)...

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