Holiday Gift for Children
I strongly believe that every child should learn how to cook. I was about six years old when my dad taught me how to make buckwheat pancakes with a few different ingredients and a “who needs a recipe” attitude. I was even younger when I first started helping my mother cook and bake, carefully measuring and stirring various ingredients. I bounce back and forth between both of those methods today and I am so thankful I had two such inspired cooks to learn from.
My son has shown a strong interest in the work I do in the kitchen lately, and I want to encourage him to develop his own skills as much as possible. When I was a child, I received a children’s cookbook for Christmas one year, and I loved it so much that I still have it to this day, and some of the recipes it contains are family favorites even now! So when I heard about Kids Cooking from Scholastic’s Klutz® activity books, I knew I had to check it out.
This “very slightly messy manual” is full of delicious recipes for every meal and even comes with a colorful set of measuring spoons. I couldn’t wait to get into the kitchen with Zackary and help him create something.
Zackary is a huge pizza fan, so we decided to make the Personal Pizzas our first recipe attempt. I liked that the pizzas bypassed the mess of using dough for the crust and substituted English muffins instead. Zackary carefully cut them in half and then spread them with the pizza sauce, a simple combination of canned tomato sauce, basil and oregano. His favorite part was definitely putting the pepperoni slices onto the pizzas. He layered them on until not an inch of muffin was showing!
Finally, he piled on grated mozzarella. I took over the job of popping the pizzas into the oven and taking them out twenty minutes later, and then we all dug in. The pizzas were a perfect fun and easy introduction to cooking that Zackary could proudly say he made himself!
Since the pizzas, we have tried other great recipes like Eggs in a Frame and Popcorn Three Ways. Zackary loves the thrill of making delicious food for everyone, and I love that he is developing crucial cooking skills that will help him throughout his entire life.
Kids Cooking also contains some fantastic non-edible recipes for kid-friendly products such as homemade play dough and giant soap bubble liquid. What a great way to show that working in the kitchen can be about more than just food!
Klutz® Kids Cooking would make a great gift for any child that has shown an interest in cooking or baking. With great meals that can be easily prepared by a child alone and more challenging dishes that require careful reading and following of the recipe, Kids Cooking contains a wonderful range of recipes for various skill levels. In fact, I think I’m going to have to try out the recipe for hand-breaded fish fillets myself, because they sound scrumptious! For a fun and easy introduction to cooking that children are sure to love, check out Klutz® Kids Cooking from Scholastic!
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