Cooking Camp for Kids
My oldest, Grasshopper and Sensei. went to a cooking day camp for a week. It was an expensive week but when you factored in the meals she brought home that fed our family of five, it was a bargain. We would get a breakfast baked good, two desserts, entrée, sides, and salads from recipes of FoodTV network stars. One day there was homemade pasta using a recipe by Mario Batali! I think the amazing creamy polenta was his too.
My daughter cooked for five hours with one hour off for lunch where they watched FoodTV and chatted with friends. Her cooking instruction included soup to nuts, from cutting up raw ingredients to cleaning up. She was completely wiped at the end of every day. Many years ago, she said that she wanted to be a chef when she grew up. “Imagine cooking for 14 hours,” we told her. Reality check.
Still, she offered to cook dinner for us and I believe this includes clean up. Finally, the stand mixer I bought a decade ago will be used. The idea of preparing food from ingredients is the basis of the Real Food video below. Food made with love becomes an event that bonds people around the table. And now my daughter can happily take a turn in the kitchen.
Dinner ready every night! And real food! This is the best camp ever!
Great Cookbooks for Kids
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p.s. Mom friends also say it’s worth the trek to a professional cooking school that does summer classes for kids.
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