Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Cook with your kids
A friend of mine tipped me off to the Pampered Chef kids knife. This is a very simple serrated knife that given good supervision can allow them to cut without getting hurt (notice I said, with supervision) and works slightly better than a plastic knife. Probably not for a 2 year old but my 4 year old is starting to use it some with items like tofu, bananas, etc. I also really like their mini muffin tray for baking kid sized treats, and their garlic peeler which you just roll around to peel the garlic… all very easy things to do. Another item that has been a must for me is a good step stool. I like the nice tall wooden one we picked up at Ikea.
Actually our older daughter has cooking classes at school about once a week and many times we take ideas from school. Last week she made fruit pizzas and I asked the director too share the recipe (well, more like how-too):
Collect up some english muffins, cream cheese, and a variety of fruits and veggies to make a yummy pizza (i.e. raisin eyes, cucumber slice nose, apple slice mouth). Let kids use their imaginations to make a fun pizza
I would eventually like to take it beyond our kitchen to some cooking classes or camps. I’m not sure my 4 year old is quite old enough to get something real out of these places but here are two I have come across in the last few weeks that got me thinking about this post.
Cooking Thyme (cooking classes for all ages)
The Merry Kitchen (check out their party ideas – sounds like super fun)
I would love to get more ideas in getting the kids in the kitchen (especially since I don’t like to cook so much myself).