Cooking with the Kiddos

My girls LOVE to cook with me. Even little Pitter Patter loves to sit on the counter and put ingredients into a bowl for me. Mary Anneliese has been cooking with me for years now, and it’s one of our favorite things to do. For Christmas, CC and Pop gave her two new children’s cookbooks that she has read cover-to-cover. She will look through them for things to cook for dinner or snacks. I feel like we’re “doing school” because she is practicing her reading and math skills. And who doesn’t enjoy having someone else cook for them! It’s a win/win situation!

We got both the Rachael Ray book, Cooking Rocks! Rachael Ray Thirty Minute Meals for Kids, and the Emeril Lagasse book, There’s a Chef in My Soup! Recipes for the Kid in Everyone. I can’t choose one over the other, because they each have their own assortment of fun, delicious, healthy, kid-friendly recipes. They are both written on a child’s level. Rachael Ray’s book is broken down into recipes for each age group. Emeril’s is written to the 9-12 year old age group. In addition to the great recipes, they also teach kitchen safety, cleanliness, and proper food-handling techniques. We have really enjoyed our books, and if you have kiddos that love to help out in the kitchen, I think you would love them, too!

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