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Teaching An Old Dog (Grammy) New Tricks! 
Jul. 26, 2012 5:23 pm 
Updated: Sep. 8, 2012 2:42 pm
This morning I had the opportunity to learn how to make “Fluffy Omelets.” My cooking instructor was my 9 year old Granddaughter.

Evan came to spend the morning with me before going to her Aunt Christine’s for the afternoon. I asked her if she’d had breakfast and she said had, but was just about ready for “second breakfast.” (All you Hobbit fans will know about “second breakfast) She then asked me if she could fix me and Papa a “Fluffy Omelet.” Oh course I said; only if you’ll let me take pictures of you while you make them  so I will absolutely know how it’s done and also so I’ll have a photo reminder if I forget. Evan agreed and away we headed to the kitchen.

The following are photo instructions for a “Fluffy Omelet.” I just can’t help myself. This was so stinkin’ cute that I had to share with you all. I did NOT help one bit or give any advice. I did ask questions and because she cooked, I cleaned up.  I hope you are as entertained by our 9 year old future chef as we were.

And, All I have to say is….. “Look out AR, this little girl has a future in cooking!”

(The following captions are the recipe instructions in HER WORDS.

“First, get out all the stuff you want to put in them”

“Next, chop it all up kinda small.”

“You have to put the eggs whites in one bowl and the yellow part in another bowl.
Then you beat the whites until it looks like whipped cream.”

“See, how it looks like whipped cream? O.k., set it aside for now”

“Beat the yellow part of the eggs until it gets lighter, like butter.”

“Pour the yellow part into the whites and…..

"Very gently mix it all together. Just turn the rubber spatula over and over about 10 times”

“It should look like this after 10 turn overs.”

“Pour some oil in the frying pan and after a minute pour in the fluffy eggs.”

“In 3 minutes, turn it over and scoop up the meat and onions and put it on top.”

“Spread them around a little.”

“After about 3 more minutes, fold it in half like a taco.”

“Now, be careful, cuz the pan’s hot, but it’s suppose
to just slide out of the pan and onto the plate.”

“Here you go Grammy, I hope you like it!”
Jul. 26, 2012 6:36 pm
Can I rent her! I want a grandbaby to spoil! Actually it rather looked like she was spoiling the adults with her cooking :) Deep sigh I have several years to go before I get such help in the kitchen. Please tell your aspiring chefette she did well and I loved her blog!!! As done by one of the prettiest Grandmas I have had the pleasure to meet :)
Jul. 26, 2012 6:38 pm
Wow, that is great that she can cook. Somebody is doing a great job of raising an independent, confident young girl. You have good reason to be proud.
Jul. 26, 2012 6:47 pm
One Of Chef Ramsey's Test for New chefs is cooking eggs. I always love cooking eggs for my wife.
Jul. 26, 2012 8:09 pm
Oh Cat, can I just tell you how much fun they are! Evan loves to be in the kitchen cooking and her sister Rylea who is 11 loves to be with me in the garden. The "Fluffy Omelet" was delicious too! She had made it for her Daddy the day before.
Jul. 26, 2012 8:14 pm
Thank you Marie! Yes, she and her sister have great parents. Their Mama is a teacher, so they get taught how to do everything. Their Daddy has a very adventurous spirit so they "try" doing many different things. I think you're right, they both will grow up to be self sufficient, independent women.
Jul. 26, 2012 8:16 pm
Hi King Sparta, cooking eggs perfect is just about the hardest thing there is as far as I'm concerned. Which is probably why Chef Ramsey does that. My husband is the only person in MY world who can make the perfect "soft" scrambled egg.
Jul. 27, 2012 4:58 am
Ahhhhh! Her omelete looked great! How fun to have one in the kitchen and one in the garden!
Jul. 27, 2012 5:52 am
Hello Candice. I love it when kids cook! What confidence your granddaughter displays. The omelet looks amazing.
Jul. 27, 2012 6:54 am
Wow! I immediately thought of my 9 year old Granddaughter (avatar) when I read your amazing blog. I love cooking with my Granddaughter. I've always said eggs are one of the most difficult foods to cook to order. Off to get the Granddaughter to work on some "fluffy omelets".
Jul. 27, 2012 6:59 am
Oh Candice what confident little sweetheart. I love her method to make an omelette. Younguns just belong in the kitchen, and not only to wander from the pantry to the fridge begging for someone to 'feed my belly'
Jul. 27, 2012 7:30 am
That was not just scrambled eggs folded over, actually there was some pretty sophisticated moves involved with separating the yolks and whites and beating the whites. She looks proud of herself and with good reason. Eggs are the first thing I taught my grands to make.
Jul. 27, 2012 7:44 am
Cat, I cannot even begin to tell you how much joy those two little girls have brought me. I enjoy every single minute I spend with them.
Jul. 27, 2012 7:49 am
Lela, oh yes... for sure. She is most confident, but not at all "snotty." (don't like snotty kids) She's always saying, "Grammy, did you know....." fill in the blank. Of course I say, "No, tell me." We have some of the best conversations.
Jul. 27, 2012 7:52 am
She's so lovable too! She even gave our dear Marianne a hug the other night. She's somewhat shy (until she gets to know you)I think they're buddies now!
Jul. 27, 2012 7:55 am
Hi Brian, I LOVE your Avatar! I've often wondered if that was a Granddaughter. She's so stinink' cute! LOL!..... YES, yes and yes. Get that little sweetie in the kitchen to make some Omelets.
Jul. 27, 2012 8:00 am
Morning' RG, I believe ALL kids belong in the kitchen. Evan and Rylea both know their way around my kitchen. They even do the dishes and know how to load my dishwasher. I send them to the "Good Deal" pantry in the garage all the time and they know what's on what shelf. AND, Not only is Evan a budding chef, but she's a wonderful Sous Chef for me and Papa when she's here.
Jul. 27, 2012 8:08 am
Covergirl, you are absolutely right. She separated the eggs all by herself. I did NOT help one bit. She was very methodical and organized and did each step in order. She explained everything she did.... I think she's got the "teaching" gene. It was priceless!
Jul. 27, 2012 8:45 am
Candice: I would love if one of my children were interested in cooking. Evan is delightful! You two enjoy the rest of the summer!
Jul. 27, 2012 9:09 am
Great job..when my dd was 8 she taught the (adopted daughter who was 15) how to cook..:O) thank for a walk down memory lane..Great Job..Get that girls some cook books & stuff..
Jul. 27, 2012 9:38 am
ok, i'm green with envy! call me kermit. that is a special young lady! i'm hoping i get a grandson to take catching ( both fishing and basball) before i'm too old. YOU raised your daughter the right way and she is carrying on the tradition, as i know evan will too. congrats...some of life's greatest joys really are free.
Jul. 27, 2012 9:39 am
That is so impressive!! Awesome job, to all involved! :)
Jul. 27, 2012 11:20 am
"Look behind you!"
Jul. 27, 2012 11:20 am
What's for lunch? Be there in a bit (= [Don't I just wish?!]
Jul. 27, 2012 1:19 pm
Hi bikerfamily, thank you so much for coming by! I love that you can tell Evan's delightful! She is such a little cutie pie. I love that kid half-to-death! We're having a great summer! Next week, who knows.... maybe eggs benedict.
Jul. 27, 2012 1:24 pm
Hi Jayashiangel, isn't it funny how some kids take to a thing and others don't. Like I said above, Evan's sister (who, btw is adopted too) loves to be in the yards with me. In the kitchen cooking? Not so much. I'm making ALL the Grandkids cookbooks... they've been a work in progress for several years. Last year I gave the 15yo GD hers.
Jul. 27, 2012 1:28 pm
Hiya Kermit, er...um, I mean Gary! Hey, girls fish too! I've taken Christine NICU RN fishing all her life. In the late 90's, she caught the LARGEST salmon (by a woman) in the State of Oregon. And, all my girls know their way around any firearm you can think of. Evan's Daddy started teaching her about hunting and shooting rifles last year at 8 years old. He got not boys, so......
Jul. 27, 2012 1:29 pm
Ah...Candice you really are a very lucky woman to have such an amazing and joyful family. Evan is such a sweetheart and evidently a great little chef in the making too. The other night on the way home, Isabellah couldn't stop talking about what a cutie she is and how incredibly smart she is. Can't wait to get together again with everyone.
Jul. 27, 2012 1:30 pm
BTW, that salmon weighed in at over 120 pounds and DH had to butcher the thing.
Jul. 27, 2012 1:31 pm
superfox12082, I felt pretty special having her make breakfast. She's a keeper, that's for sure.
Jul. 27, 2012 1:39 pm
Dad-gummit Barbie Girl, you got me again! You always do.... We're having left over porkloin sammiches from when Marianne and DH were here. OrangeZest smoked it and it's scrumptious! They'll be ready in about 20 minutes. Come on over. Our Avon made the bestest Lemon Drop drinks too! Ooopppsss! I'm slobbering on myself again. Love you and miss you.
Jul. 27, 2012 1:40 pm
LOVE IT! I am fortunate enough to have my 3yo granddaughter live with us and she likes to help in the kitchen, too. Like you, I absolutely treasure the pure joy that comes with spending time with her. Evan looks like her Aunt Christine - she is an absolute cutie! Thanks for sharing such fun times with us!
Jul. 27, 2012 1:43 pm
Oh my dear Avon, you are so right. I have the bestest family, the wonderfulest neighbors and the GREATEST friends. I am one blessed woman. Evan kept telling us all how beautiful Ivon is and how smart she is and how kind she is. Me thinks Evan has a new best-y! And, thank you for that delish salad and the wwwaaayyy yummy Lemon Drops. I'm making the roasted red bellpepper dip this weekend for the son that WASN'T there Tuesday. I love you gal.
Jul. 27, 2012 1:45 pm
Oh and guess what? Eggs and Rhubarb. Drat, I forgot AGAIN!!!
Jul. 27, 2012 1:58 pm
I know!! I thought of that in the way home, but I have blueberries!!
Jul. 27, 2012 4:50 pm
Oh how wonderful for both of you! I teach cooking classes and spend a lot of time working with kids and teens...this generation is very talented in the kitchen...it's amazing. They have so much exposure to food & cooking shows and it seems to be paying off! Congratulations there is nothing better then spending QT in the kitchen with your kids (& grandkids!).
Jul. 27, 2012 7:52 pm
Hi Sheila, If you saw Evan and Christine in person, you'd think Christine was her Mother. They really do look that much alike. But, Evan's my son's daughter. How lucky you are to have your little granddaughter there with you all the time. Don't you just love all the "off the wall" things kids say? I think it's too cute when they're as young as your GD and already in the kitchen. I'm so glad you stopped in to read my blog. Have a wonderful weekend sweetie. Hugs!
Jul. 27, 2012 7:59 pm
p and q, you are so right! Evan loves to play "cooking show." She acts like she's Rachel Ray or Paula Dean and pretends there are t.v. cameras filming us. It cracks me up. But, I will say this... she has learned lots from watching those cooking shows. This generation coming up are true Foodies! And, how awesome is it that you teach kids and teens to cook. I would love to do that! Props to you!
Jul. 27, 2012 8:43 pm
Candice, you and Avon are just trying to make me jealous . . . and it's working!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If I thought I could handle the rain, I might move up there . . . But, then again, I'd miss my buddies down here )= Oh, pooey!
Jul. 27, 2012 9:47 pm
Omg, Candice. I can still hear her giggling over her crazy pictures on the ipad. And see her driving that four wheeler. And hearing Isabellah's sweet commentary with her. LOVE LOVE this blog. Hi to you all.
Jul. 28, 2012 4:48 am
I know you are proud of your granddaughter! How long has she been cooking? Maybe she should be on AR and her first recipe can be omletes!
Jul. 28, 2012 7:49 am
She's a doll and already a good cook. :) And that's exactly how my grandmother taught me to make omelets! To me, "regular" omelets are like unstirred scrambled eggs; they have a completely different texture.
Jul. 28, 2012 10:19 am
So, it's working huh? Our job here is done!!! Just kidding... but seriously my Barbie Girl, you should plan a trip to the PNW. We'd love to have you come. We'd spoil you too!
Jul. 28, 2012 10:21 am
Don't you just love that laugh Marianne? To me there is no sound sweeter than a child's laughter! I could listen to that all day. LOL! She's coming again today, so I'm sure she'll be riding Papa's four wheeler some more. Orange says "Hi" back atcha'.... heading to the Saturday Farmer's Market. Hope you're having the time of your life!
Jul. 28, 2012 10:29 am
Hi luv2cook, Evan's been helping in the kitchen since around 4 or 5. She luvs2cook too! hehehe Actually, I think you have to be 18 years old to be a member of AR. But, if she could, I'm sure her first recipe would OMELETS! Wouldn't that be a hoot? Today, she's wanting to do something with Blueberries. We'll see what she comes up with.
Jul. 28, 2012 10:33 am
*eclectRicity* Well, of course I'm extremely prejudice, but I think she's a doll too! I can't wait for her to cook us up an entire meal! Next year maybe? I was talking on the phone this morning with our Avon and neither of us had ever heard of making Omelets that way. So, you see, Evan REALLY did teach "this old dog" a new trick.
Jul. 28, 2012 10:34 am
BTW, Marianne.... Christine and Evan came over yesterday afternoon in Christine's BRAND NEW car!!! Oh, yes she did!!!
Jul. 28, 2012 12:40 pm
A new Honda??? What color?
Jul. 28, 2012 1:38 pm
Wow, that is impressive, my omlettes are okay, but I have never beat the egg whites separately, then folded in the beaten yolks. Please thank your very talented future Chef, for me. She has convinced me to try it her way.
Jul. 28, 2012 2:04 pm
Wow how cool of a way to make omlettes! I'll have to try that!:)
Jul. 28, 2012 4:54 pm
Oh, you deserve to be proud...she's adorable! I so look forward to having grandkids someday...I just hope my own children are a bit closer than they are now.
Jul. 28, 2012 5:20 pm
Marianne, yes.... a new Honda. It's a silvery taupe color. Pearl-escient sorta. A very nice ride. You can plug your iPhone into a port thingy and listen to your playlist through the car speakers. So cool!
Jul. 28, 2012 5:24 pm
Hi thunder, they have a whole different texture made this way. Way more light and fluffy. I've been convinced by DH to submit her recipe to AR. Let's see if they publish it. Oh... and please let me know how you like them. Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog.
Jul. 28, 2012 5:26 pm
Hi CookandBakeGirl, Oh please do try making an omelet Evan's way and let me know how you like it. I'll be waiting for your report. I'm so glad you stopped in. Thank you.
Jul. 28, 2012 5:32 pm
TwoSweetPickles, there is nothing in this world better than grandkids. I love mine better than just about anything else. We have so much fun and do so many things together. Also, they help to get me "young at heart." You will love it when you get grandkids. Thanks for stopping in and reading my blog. Have a nice weekend.
Jul. 28, 2012 10:00 pm
I need to start buying lottery tickets - and praying hard (= We have lots of cooks on the site that are under 18, Candice. [That's why I got so gosh darned mad when that dope was posting that inappropriate link all over the buzz last week! There are lots of kids here! This is a family place!] Btw, I am going to be "Gammy." babyxray said, "Grammy" - but that's MY mom. Can't have TWO grandmothers with the same name - lol (=
Jul. 29, 2012 7:39 am
Good Morning sweet Barb, oh happy, happy, happy...(clapping hands together and jumping up and down)When? Sweetie, your world is about to change. You will be falling head over heels in love with this new little one. I can't wait to hear all about it Gammy!
Jul. 29, 2012 7:41 am
BTW, Thanks. I didn't know you could be on AR that young. However, I do think 9 is TOO young for her to belong to a website. Maybe when she's a big girl of 10. LOL!!! Today, Julie and Lora will get to meet my little chef.
Jul. 29, 2012 8:53 am
I've been cooking with my 14 y/o granddaughter for 10 years and it's our favorite thing to do together. It's amazing what you can learn about them in the kitchen. Now my 7 y/o grandson wants in on the action so he and I have been cooking for about a year now. I don't know of anything better to do with them. It's fun and you're teaching them. My biggest challenge has been reminding them that spills and such are okay....you just clean them up. Love your post.
Jul. 29, 2012 9:22 am
Oh! Wish I were there! Hugs to all!!!!!
Jul. 29, 2012 2:47 pm
How funny! I did not mean to make a big announcement here - I thought you knew, Candice. I was just sharing my new name - I've been sending the baby books, and signing "Gammy." . . . babyxray is due in early November. BUT, she is supposed to be moving even further away )= They're supposed to be headed to Texas soon )=
Jul. 29, 2012 4:59 pm
What an awesome kid! And you are even more awesome for encouraging her! That omelet looks like something you would order in a restaurant. :)
Jul. 29, 2012 8:25 pm
BJM5596, I agree, it's the best thing to do with the grandkids. And, think of the memories were creating with them too! We're always "stirring things up" when they're here. Thanks for dropping in. I'm so glad you like my blog.
Jul. 29, 2012 8:27 pm
Well, we will need to get an AR lottery going for the due date. Wouldn't that be fun? TEXAS??? Why Texas?
Jul. 29, 2012 8:30 pm
WFDM, thanks for stopping in. The omelet WAS just as good as something you'd order in a restaurant! I think she's pretty awesome too. Today driving home from Portland, she told me she wants to cook some mussels. Seriously? Mussels? Where'd that come from?
Jul. 30, 2012 1:01 am
A job - in my understanding . . . But that's why they moved to Missouri to begin with - and why they left Missouri . . . [Bless her heart, I couldn't live like that . . . /=]
Jul. 30, 2012 7:56 am
Candice, I didn't realize you were so close, we should try for a get together? I am in Salem.
Jul. 30, 2012 8:31 am
Are you kidding me REDCWOLF? Please send me your e-mail addy. Mine is orangecandy@comcast.net I would LOVE to meet up!
Jul. 30, 2012 9:00 am
Barb, If I'd known Cady was in MO... Christine and I would have tried to hook up with her when we were there. :(
Jul. 30, 2012 9:18 am
Candice, I'm pretty sure they were already gone - they were not in Missouri for very long, at all - whatever he moved there for did not pan out, so they headed back this way and have been in AZ for the past few months . . .
Jul. 30, 2012 9:19 am
Thanks Candice for directing me to this blog. I'm surely going to give those a try myself. Quite an impressive young lady there.
Jul. 30, 2012 10:43 am
Wow! I've learned something new today too.. I've never made omelettes that way before.. I beat the eggs up pale but bot never separately em like that.. I'm trying this method soon. &the instructions are really good and clear too.. I've got a gem there candice!! :)
Jul. 30, 2012 2:56 pm
Aw Candice...she is precious! I learned something new from her, I've never whipped the whites like that, I'll have to give it a try!
Jul. 30, 2012 8:26 pm
Barb, Arizona is so much closer to Gammy than Missouri, so that's good. November's just 4 months from now. Are your ready?
Jul. 30, 2012 8:28 pm
*Sherri* I can't wait to hear how they turn out. I'm actually making them tomorrow. Evan won't be here, so I'm on my own. But, I've got those pictures above, right?
Jul. 30, 2012 8:29 pm
Cuppycake... thanks so much for stopping in. It's so good to hear from you. I never heard of making an omelet that way either. Let me know how yours turns out.
Jul. 30, 2012 8:31 pm
Wyattdogster, I'm so glad you dropped in to read my blog. Yes, she is precious, isn't she? I'm just a tab bit prejudice, but I just adore that kid! She taught me something too. Who says we can't learn something from a young'un?
Jul. 31, 2012 1:30 pm
Reminds me of the other morning. I was making scrambled eggs until I spaced out and frogot that I was makeing it. So, I got up for a dink a few minutes later and found myself an omlet! It was yummy with no water, just 2 eggs in a small pan.
Jul. 31, 2012 3:57 pm
LOL! Another new recipe. I think that's how lots of recipes are born, don't you?
Jul. 31, 2012 6:48 pm
Oh wow i can't wait till i get a girl to cook with..She the next best thing to butter as Paula Dean would say...
Aug. 1, 2012 9:42 am
LOL! Thank you Paula West for stopping in this morning and putting a smile on my face. Evan is BETTER than Buttah!!!
Aug. 1, 2012 5:10 pm
as Billy explained I didnt know that a stay at home mom able to get paid $7613 in a few weeks on the computer. have you read this webpage NuttyRichdotcom
Aug. 3, 2012 12:46 am
Oh, Candice ~sigh~ Everything's a mess and up in the air right now . . . I'll send an email when I have the emotional energy to write it . . .
Aug. 6, 2012 10:40 am
Adorable! You are one lucky Grammy! : )
Sep. 8, 2012 2:42 pm
Candice, I plan on making the cinch de mayo cupcakes with cayenne and ancho chilis. Are the ancho chilies fresh or is it powder?
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