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15 Aug

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When Practical, Invite Your Kids to Help Cook Dinner

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You, like myself, are probably just a bit tired after a long day work.  Instead of getting takeout, which costs the pocketbook and the waist line, invite your kids to help cook dinner.  It’s a great way to lessen your workload and teach your children the ins and outs of cooking.

Here are a couple of tips to help make the time together both educational and fun:

  • Be practical.  Don’t have your child’s first time helping be during the prep of a really complex dish.
  • Start small.  Give your child a small job to start with.   Over time he or she can do increasingly complex tasks.
  • Messes are a reality.  Teach your child to do their job with care and as much precision as possible, but be realistic by understanding that messes are going to happen.
  • Everybody cleans up.  The prep and cooking process are important to learn about, and just as important is proper clean up.  Have your child help out with age appropriate aspects.
  • Stay calm.  No one was born knowing how to prepare a multiple course meal, right?!  Your child wasn’t either, so be patient as he or she learns.  Questions are to be expected.
  • Keep it fun.  You want to foster their interest, right?  I sure do.  Don’t be overly critical and when possible, loosen up a little bit so you can enjoy this time as well.

14 Aug

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Welcome to Cooking.IsYourPassion.com

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You’ve found us, which means that you must share a passion for cooking, just as we do.  Please join us each day as we check out new recipes, exchange tips for making the most of our time in the kitchen and look for fun ways to make cooking a family affair.

We could use your help!  If you are interested in contributing to Cooking.IsYourPassion.com, please contact me at brian@isyourpassion.com so we can discuss ways for you to get involved.