I'm a single mother of a wonderful 11 year old daughter. She loves to cook alongside me.
I am creating cooking with kids workshops for family members of the large childcare center where I work as a teacher, that includes a make it take it main dish for their family meal together. The goal is to have families learning how to incorporate their children of any age into the process of shopping and cooking delicious healthy meals.
My favorite things to cook
Savory soups, stews, and chili. My all-time most requested is my pasta e fagioli soup. But I adore making comfort foods, like chicken and dumplings, creamed chipped beef, creamy hash browns.
My favorite family cooking traditions
As a child, baking and decorating cut out Christmas cookies with my mother.
Now, with my daughter, it's grocery shopping and trying new things. She's not a picky eater, and loves spinach or asparagus recipes. We have a lot of fun together, putting together faves like spinach, mushroom and garlic pizza on foccachia bread. Tonight it's simple fare, poached eggs on toast with steamed asparagus.
My cooking triumphs
Definitely creating the cooking with kids workshops. This will be spilling over into a kids only workshop on Friday afternoons all summer, where participants will be making one component of their family meal to take home and share.
A big thanks to the Wycoff Foundation for funding these programs through grants, and to the Wegman's Corporation for additional funding. I am hoping to facilitate cooking with kids workshops at other childcare centers, which would also be funded through this grant.
My cooking tragedies
The last time I made ham bean soup, the picnic shoulder roast I was using up was too salty, and I didn't compensate for it, (like adding raw peeled potatoes to absorb the salt.) Blech.
I used a boxed bread mix for my breadmaking machine. Not so bright. And I hate when I'm tweaking recipes for a pot luck dish for a family picnic, and find out that something unusual in it is a family member's allergen.