I love baking cookies, but until recently I've never been fond of baking cut-out cookies. I've always found them to be too much effort, the results too uneven, the taste too bland. For lazy bakers like me, bar cookies like lemon squares or heath toffee bars are the only way to go: just dump your whole bowl of batter into a pan and cut into squares!
When summer starts, kids are thrilled to be out of school. Then after a few weeks, they start moping around the house saying "There's nothing to doooo..." in a mournful voice. If you're a mom with kids to entertain, making a rainbow cake together could be a fun summer kitchen project.
Cooking with kids is a fantastic time to spend time together, and if
you are lucky, you will accomplish something productive at the same
time! Because cooking with kids has been my business
for the past 5 years, I have some favorite cooking tools that I like to
use with children. But I realized that my experiences are only the tip
of the iceberg and wanted to see what tools other people enjoy using
schools have started to implement wellness policies and no longer allow
sweets to be shared at school. While many people are in mourning over
this decision, others rejoice. After all, school IS a place for
learning, which can be difficult to accomplish on a sugar high.
Just ask anyone who has cooked anything recently and they will tell
you that the kitchen is an ideal place to reinforce what our children
are learning in school. Measuring, estimating and counting reinforce
just started our school year and the kids are getting used to the
routine all over again. They usually return home from school in slow
motion, dragging their book bags behind them, red-faced from the heat.
good parents, we try to teach our children about the golden rule: do
unto others as you would have them do unto you. Or, more simply: treat
others how you want to be treated.
The same should be true for our food system. I am hard pressed to
believe that the parents who encourage their kids to treat others
nicely would approve of a system that intentionally adds chemicals and
Our Great American Bake Sale
is coming up, and I'm doing several cooking classes with kids ahead of
time to make some tasty treats to sell. I had chocolate on the brain
and was contemplating all of the ways that my students could melt it
safely. A friend of mine (who is in the chocolate business!) told me
that she did an experiment with a group of 8th graders and discovered
that using a hair dryer was the best way to melt chocolate! It sounded
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