Here’s the thing, you can relieve your work load and have fun with your kids in the kitchen. “How?” you ask with a bemused look.
Take a little time to teach them simple skills.
Think of it this way: Give a kid a meal and you feed him for a day. Teach the kid to cook and you never have to feed them again.
(Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration.)
But think of it, if you taught him/her how to make one dinner you could have one night off a week. Teach each kid in your house how to make one meal and you could have several nights off a week. Hmmm, I hear the wheels turnin’.
It doesn’t have to be a 5-star meal. Simple chicken dishes can be a lifesaver and with all the easy-to-sprinkle flavor packets it’s easy-peasy to throw something together.
If your kids are too young to handle raw meat on their own or use the stove, have them make side dishes. They can stir things together, rip lettuce for a salad, and even mash potatoes. Just be sure to get them on the right level. Having to reach up and over the counter will make things too difficult for young ones and invite spills.
One thing I love about cooking with my kids is that they tend to open up while their hands are busy. Because I’m not staring into their beautiful eyes and wishing I had eyelashes as thick as theirs, they relax and share things about their day. (It’s when I learn their secrets.) It’s also when I give them little pointers about holding a cutting knife or the speed of the hand mixer. It’s laid back because they are actually helping. It’s a great time to be together.
Hey kids! It’s time to take charge in the kitchen. Become a young chef as you make your favorite foods and explore new recipes with everything from Game Day Hot Dogs to Lemon Shark Bars. Each recipe tells your parents when help is needed and also includes stories, jokes, and history about the recipes. You’ll be whipping up masterpieces in no time. Let’s get cookin’!
Christina Dymock was once at a dinner party where her husband was teasing her about the frosting-to-cupcake ratio on her dessert. The woman sitting across from them sniffed her delicate nose and said, “If my husband gave me a hard time about my frosting I’d quit baking. That’d show him.” To which Christina’s husband replied while pointing at his speechless wife, “Try to stop her!”
Christina divides her time between the kitchen and her computer and books and her family of six. (Naturally, the family gets the biggest share.) Because she reads everything, she also feels compelled to write in several genres.