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GIVE THEM FOOD...and other ways to cope with life

LITTLE CHEFS...cooking with kids 
 
Aug. 12, 2010 6:12 pm 
Updated: Aug. 21, 2011 3:52 am
This summer I had the privilege ...or the insanity..to teach several Kids Culinary Camps.  These were 3 day long camps, 3 hours each.  It's amazing what kids can accomplish in the kitchen.  We made Stuffed French toast, Potato and Maple Bacon Hash and Cranberry Orange Scones for breakfast.  We made Panko Crusted Fish Sticks , Stove Top Mac-n-Cheese and Fresh Corn Salad for lunch.  We had SO much fun on the 3rd day ....Chocolate Day....we made personalized chocolate bars, suckers, dipped strawberries and Truffles.  It's amazing what kids can pick up quickly in the kitchen.  For ages 7-12, these recipes did not involve the use of knifes...all things were cut for them.  Each class started with understanding Kitchen Safety also.....but in each camp, I was amazed at how well they all did.  Some are already addicted to the Food Network!  I think it's wonderful that kids learn to cook.  They can see how they can easily make some of their favorite fast foods....but with healthy, real ingredients.  The mac and cheese tasted very similar to their favorite box kind!    Although things got hairy some days and my head was spinning after class.....I really enjoyed watching these little chefs gain self confidence with every recipe they made.    Here's the Mac-n-Cheese recipe....it's scaled down for them but will make enough for 2.  If you want to multiply it for the family...multiply everything but the mustard...add to taste and also add a beaten egg.

STOVE TOP MAC N CHEESE

1 cup elbow macaroni
1 tsp butter
3 Tbsp evaporated milk
s&p
1/2 tsp dry mustard
3 Tbsp sharp cheddar cheese shredded

Boil the macaroni in salted water until almost tender.....have an older person drain it.  Return it to the pot and while the macaroni is hot, add the butter, the milk, s&p and dry mustard....stir, then add the cheese....return to low heat and stir until the sauce thickens....3 minutes.   YUM!

KITCHEN SAFETY RULLES

1.  ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES, TIE BACK YOUR HAIR AND DON’T WEAR LOOSE CLOTHES THAT CAN CATCH ON FIRE

2.   WASH AND DRY YOUR HANDS

3.  WIPE UP YOUR SPILLS SO YOU DON’T SLIP

4.  ALWAYS USE OVEN MITTS TO REMOVE ANYTHING FROM THE OVEN..AND KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING TO PUT IT

5.  HOLD ON TO YOUR POT HANDLES SO YOU POT DOESN’T SLIP AWAY OR SPILL

6.  ALWAYS HOLD KNIVES BY THE HANDLE AND DON’T POINT AT ANYONE, DON’T LEAVE KNIVES IN A SINK FULL OF WATER, KEEP YOUR FINGERS BACK WHILE YOU ARE CHOPPING

7.  DON’T HAVE AN ELECTRIC CORD OR APPLIANCE NEAR WATER

8.  NEVER LEAVE YOUR STOVE WHILE YOU ARE COOKING AND TURN OFF YOUR STOVE WHEN YOU’RE DONE

9.  DON’T PUT WATER ON A STOVE FIRE…CALL FOR HELP, DON’T PUT WATER INTO OIL

10.  DON’T PUT COOKED FOOD ON A PLATE THAT HAS HAD RAW FOOD ON IT.



 
Comments
ruby 
Aug. 12, 2010 8:26 pm
sound like you had fun! these recipes are great with picky eaters
 
Lace 
Aug. 13, 2010 4:58 am
That's a great thing to do! I believe children should be taught the kitchen basics at a young age. I've heard there is no class such as home-ec required anymore in middle school or high school. Kudos to you for teaching much needed life skills!
 
mamaby 
Aug. 13, 2010 6:12 am
What a wonderful way to spend your summer. My daughter started helping in the kitchen at a young age, and is now very much a "foodie" with the desire to learn more. It's great that she wants to cook for us regularly and one of her favorite places is the local farmer's market. It is so important to teach children not to just make the right choices with food, but to show how to make it delicious!
 
Aug. 13, 2010 6:32 am
How fun! Teaching kids basic kitchen skills is so important. It will serve them well all through their lives and they become more adventurous eaters! I like to involve them in the planning, too (picking recipes, creating a grocery list, making a timetable to get things ready to serve at the same time, etc.) I bet you had fun with them, but I also bet you're glad it's over ;)
 
Aug. 13, 2010 8:45 am
Wow what a summer, hopefully those children have had the cooking seed firmly planted... I wonder if you have made any little chefs out of them???
 
Aug. 13, 2010 10:26 am
What fun, and it's great kids are interested enough to go to a day camp for it. Nice and easy mac and cheese recioe. I'll share that with my 9 rr. old niece. Thanks
 
cocojo 
Aug. 13, 2010 1:36 pm
It's funny, I have three kids who grew up watching and participating in the kitchen...not one of them cooks...but maybe it's only temporarly, I'm seeing a little glimmer here and there in a couple of them who now have to cook for themselves!
 
Janet 
Aug. 13, 2010 5:24 pm
The Kitchen Safety Rules for one is a huge lesson to understand in itself, such a valuable thing to have taught them. I would think the food thing would have been interesting as well. Just like Mominator wrote, you enjoyed it but you are probably happy that its over.....I think children are exposed to so many good things these days. What a wonderful camp, something very unique and valuable....Great job cocojo!
 
Pat D 
Aug. 21, 2011 3:52 am
Hope you had this experience again this summer. Pray all is well.
 
 
 
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Loving life at 50ish. Kids are gone and I'm focusing on my career! I enjoyed running a chocolate truffle business for 3 years and now teach adults and children about chocolate. I also teach hands on cooking classes at a local cooking school and am writing my first cookbook! Please visit me at my blog www.allrecipes.com/cook/givethemfood
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I love to cook almost anything but particularly enjoy Italian. I have been studying Vegetarian and Vegan cooking for the last few years and love to make healthy meals.
My favorite family cooking traditions
from scratch cinnamon buns on Christmas morning...they take forever but Oh! so worth it!
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landing my dream job as a teaching chef.
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when I was teaching myself to cook way back in college, I made these wonderful oatmeal raisin cookies for my roomies....only problem was I forgot the flour! The cookies became one big mass that overflowed the cookie sheet and made a huge mess in the oven!
 
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