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Kitchen Tip Thursday: Cooking with Kids

Happy Thursday Everyone! Thanks for stopping by the kitchen today. Today we are going to share with you ways to cook in the kitchen with your children. Cooking with kids teaches them math skills, how to follow directions, healthy eating and it gives you a chance to bond with them. Take a look at these tips and feel free to share some of your own.

  • Let your kids pick out vegetables to try.
  • Allow kids to plan out the menu or the recipe.
  • Hygiene first, teach them the benefits of washing their hands while cooking.
  • Set up a work area just for them.
  • Explain the rules of the stove, and hot surfaces.
  • Have them read each set of directions out loud.
  • Practice math skills as they measure and stir ingredients.
  • Teach them to share the process with siblings and /or friends.
  • Use cookie cutters to make fun shapes with bread.
  • Decorate sandwiches with their favorite veggies.
  • Try dishes from other cultures to teach foreign language or history.
  • Dress for the occasion: an apron or a mini chef’s hat will do the trick.
  • Give your kids their own set of plastic measuring cups and spoons.
  • Have fun!

We hope you have picked up some tips to share with the children in your life. Do you have any additional tips? Please feel free to share them with us.


Cooking Does Not Have to be a Chore!

Fast food and daily take out does not always have to be your ‘go-to’ option for any meal. You can cook your favorite meals and enjoy them at any time. Cooking is not a chore but an experience that you can enjoy.

  1. Pick a recipe that you want to try out. This doesn’t have to be something extravagant, it can something as simple as baked chicken and vegetables. Just make sure it’s something you want to eat.
  2. Make it a family affair. If you have kids, get them to help you in the kitchen. Use cooking as a game to help with vocabulary, spelling and even math. If it’s just you and your significant other, make it a date night in the kitchen!
  3. Pretend You Are On TV. That’s right, pretend you are the host of your own food show. Get creative and talk your way through the show. You can even record yourself, just to see how it goes when you are done.
  4. Play Music. Do you sing in shower? Or just around the house in general? Well this is another way to enjoy your music. Sing, dance and have a good time while you are cooking…we do!
  5. Have fun. This is chance for you to try something new, you are not being graded so enjoy it.  Once you are done cooking, plate your food as if you are serving it at a restaurant. Presentation is everything. Take a picture to include with the recipe for the next time you make it.

Cooking should always be fun. You work hard during the day and need time to relax, let cooking become an outlet for you. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Even if you mess up, skip a step or change an ingredient…it’s okay. Cooking is a fun experience.


Giveaway: Gourmet Cookie Bouquets

Who loves cookies? We sure sure do! Our friends over at Gourmet Cookie Bouquets are having a giveaway and we decided to participate. The kids are back in school, whether they are in grade school or college, we’re sure they love getting sweet treats. Why not share the love and get them a cookie bouquet? Or better yet, enter to win one of the 3 baskets that Gourmet Cookie Bouquets is giving away.

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Need a gift? Cookie bouquets are the way to go. They work for birthdays, anniversaries, get well, just because, bridal showers and even party favors. Flavors range from Chocolate Chip, M & M’s, Oatmeal Raisin, Sugar and much more. Be sure to check out all they have to offer, you won’t be disappointed.

How to enter:

Enter your information into Rafflecopter below.

Must be at least 18 years old to enter the giveaway. Contest is open to all 48 contiguous states.

The winners will receive a 7 cookie Back to School cookie bouquet – a $39.99 value.

Winners will be notified via e-mail. You must respond within three days of being contacted. If you do not respond within that period, another winner will be chosen.

The full list of the summer cookie giveaway rules can be found in this pdf.

Contest ends at midnight EST on September 8th, 2013. The sweepstakes winners will be announced by September 15th, 2013

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NOTE – You must complete the specified entry task in order to be eligible to win the contest. If you click the green entry button without completing the task, your entry will be thrown out (disqualified from winning the prize).

Enjoy!!!


Very Vanilla Fruit Salad

Spring should be here soon, or at least we hope. Get in the mood for a refreshing fruit salad. This recipe was provided by the wonderful people over at McCormick, who graciously provided us with a portion of the products and recipes to try. Let’s just say we had a great time in the kitchen with everything.

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Ingredients (Makes 10 (1/2 cup) servings

  • 2 cups strawberries, halved
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh or canned pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup cantaloupe chunks
  • 2 kiwis peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract

Directions

  1. Mix fruit, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla in large bowl. Cover.
  2. Refrigerate 1 hour or until ready to serve.

This a great side dish to serve with the Cheese and Bacon Casserole dish, or just as a snack itself. Get your kids involved by letting them mix up the fruit in the bowl or even helping you serve it.

Thank you so much to McCormick for providing us with these seasonings and recipes. Be sure to check out their site for more recipes and ideas not just for holiday cooking but for everyday use.