From washing produce to grating cheese to peeling potatoes, one of my goals is for my daughters to be comfortable in the kitchen at an early age. Since we stay busier during the school year, summer is the perfect time to get them involved with cooking beyond helping me bake cookies on the weekend.
A favorite lunch this summer has been what our girls call “butter pasta.” It’s a simple dish and I was confident that my ten-year-old could handle making it on her own. Last week I supervised as she boiled the water, added the penne pasta, set the timer for the appropriate cooking time, then drained the pasta in the colander.
She added butter, sprinkled on Parmesan cheese, tossed it all together, and served herself and her sister. The following day, she repeated the meal without any help (except my watchful eye), and she’s quite proud of what she can do. She now wants to learn how to make pancakes by herself, so we plan to attempt that soon.
Meanwhile, my eight-year-old asked if she could create her own cookie recipe. I had her look through my cookie recipes to get an idea of what ingredients to include and in what proportions, then she wrote out her own version of a sugar cookie. She included cinnamon as a “secret ingredient” and added green food coloring for a little flair! They turned out good enough to be edible (though she proclaimed they were “missing something”), and, since she concocted the recipe on a Wednesday, we named them “Hump Day Cookies.”
Do your children like helping in the kitchen?
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