Fun in the Kitchen

September 7, 2011 at 09:30 | Posted in ALEX Toys, Family Time, Mamma Mia Rea, Recipes | 2 Comments

My mother was an amazing cook – so amazing, in fact, that she held baking classes in our kitchen. I loved to watch her in action, whizzing from cabinet to tabletop, whipping up this, stirring in that, chatting away like the hostess of a cocktail party.

ALEX Mamma Mia Rea

The only problem with the way Mom cooked was that she liked to do it alone. Part of it was classic Debbi Control-Freakiness, but cooking was also my mother’s down time, her chance to relax. Once in a while she would happily accept my offers to help, but eventually I’d get a gentle nudge out of the way so she could take over. This is why, when I moved out on my own, I realized I could barely fry an egg without setting off the smoke detector. It took a number of years of trial and error (including a soup that tasted like “burning”) before I became the rocking cook I am today, as my husband and children will attest.

For this reason, I try to include my kids in most of my culinary adventures. Not only is it fun and exciting for them, but they also gain important life skills in the process. There’s the math component: measuring cups and weighing, counting, multiplication when you halve or double recipes. There’s science: watching materials change when you mix them together and add heat or cold. And, of course, there’s Language Arts: reading recipes, making grocery lists, finding all the ingredients they need at the store. With one pan of brownies, you can cover an entire school day’s worth of lessons.

Personally, I consider teaching my kids how to cook an investment in my future peace of mind. One day down the road, when one of my kids tells me he wants mac and cheese for dinner, I can kick up my feet and say, “Go right ahead. You know how to make it”.

Now to teach them to clean their rooms…


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  1. awesome kid toys

  2. Really loved the way you put this recipe together, very well laid out. Tried it and the results were excellent. Many thanks

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