What's cool about these cookbooks is that they use REAL FOOD (no kool-aid or other gimmicky stuff). There's notes to the parent (the helper) and then kid-friendly instructions for the little Head Chef. And THEN... 2 pages of step-by-step ILLUSTRATIONS.
Kennady and I made French Toast using the illustrations. SHE LOVED IT!
Inside these creative cookbooks are recipes that get kids interested in helping in the kitchen AND actually wanting to eat the food!
HIDE AND SEEK MUFFINS
HOMEMADE LEMON-LIME SODA POP
POLKA DOT RICE
GREEN GARDEN DIP
CREAM OF TOMATO SOUP AND CRISPY CHEESE CRACKERS
This is the next recipe we want to try!
2 cups orange juice
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 T. honey
2 t. lemon juice
1 small banana, sliced
1 cup berries (any kind, fresh or frozen; if they're frozen, defrost and use all the juice -- it will add color to the soup)
- Place orange juice in a bowl. Add yogurt, honey, lemon juice.
- Whisk "until it is all one color."
- Place 5 banana slices and 2 T. berries in each bowl.
- Ladle the soup over the berries and bananas. Eat!
Note: You can add other kinds of fruit as well. Slices of kiwi are expecially pretty.
Yield: About 4 servings
One thing that's so cool about being a Mom is actually living vicariously through my kids. I loved loved loved loved cooking and baking as a kid. So much that I would watch Julia Childs as a 9-year-old (after Mathnet and Reading Rainbow, remember those?).
My parents bought a video camera (and it was one of our favorite sources of entertainment as 3-kids-with-no-neighbors-out-in-the-tullies). I would prop it up on a stack of books on top of a card table in the kitchen (this is so dorky, but so me!) and I would film my own cooking show... complete with sheets of paper I would flash in front of the screen with the show's name [COOKING WITH KELLIE] and the credits. Where are those video tapes?!!! I am SUCH a nerd!
Things I loved (or thought I would love as a girl and didn't get to) do, I now have the opportunity to do with my kids. My daughter just eats it up!