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I love to cook, love to bake - basically, anything that happens in the kitchen that ends with yummy foods is all fun to me (Dishes, no, not so much...) Cooking and baking are my down time, my "me time", the time that I use to decompress and get my head on straight. I've been somewhat reluctant to invite my kids in with me. My desire to be alone plus my overactive type A personality that just knows the right way to do these things means that I tend to get a trifle territorial. It's a struggle for me to share the kitchen, that's for certain.

But I remember my own mom letting each of us girls have free reign in the kitchen . Each Friday we took turns to prepare dinner from start to finish. It was a great lesson for us that food takes work, good food takes time and to always be appreciative when others cook for you. My mom let us plan our menus, and I'm certain she regretted allowing me to purchase "A Child's International Feast" when it meant that I served "Scandinavian Beans " - basically doctored kidney beans - for six weeks in a row.

My older children are less adept in the kitchen than I might like and I worry for them when they move out on their own. I foresee a lot of eating out and ramen in their future - but none of the older three are really interested in cooking or baking. My younger three, though, think it's fun to cook, and when my 12 year old son came to me with a recipe that he wanted to try, I took a deep breath and said "yes".

And so that's how we ended up dipping chicken legs into buttermilk and rolling them in crushed cornflakes and laying them on aluminum foil that had been sprayed with cooking spray. We put those coated chicken legs into a 450 degree oven and later enjoyed a wonderful easy and pretty darn tasty dinner.

Did you cook or bake as a child? What have you created in the kitchen with your children?


by on Sep. 26, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 8:21 AM
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I come from a single full time two jobs single mom home and I'm the oldest of 5 so by 11 years old I was cooking complete dinners for about 8 people , now I dont know how to cook small portions I naturally cook for ARMYS LOL
by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 8:12 PM
No one ever taught me how to cook , I had literally never fried hamburger meet until me and dh got together . I ate cereal , sandwiches , ramen soup and ate out all through college. Being a stay at home mom now I love cooking for my family and am lucky my husband knows how to cook also. My one year old already watches me in the kitchen and I will definitely be teaching her how to cook.
by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 10:14 PM

I loved to cook, but my mom was reluctant about letting me until I took homec in 7th grade and didn't get the credit unless I did the cleanup!

I love to cook now, and my kids always want to help or be on their own to create in the kitchen!  

by Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 8:20 PM

I let my dd help when I do something simple

by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 9:02 PM

I did with my great grandma she would tell me how to make things but at the time I saw it as a chore and wish that I would have paid better attention because none of her recipes were written down. 

by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Do you regret it or are you okay with it? I always regretted it because DH does not cook and when he does its so gross I wish he hadn't, lol. So now everything is a learning game

Quoting charlene_kyle:

 I never learned to cook or bake. My husband does most of the cooking in our house but we do alot of snacks and cakes that our kids help with.

by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Oh how do you make snow ice cream?

Quoting sukainah:

I think I baked more as a child than I do now LOL.  But my son and I will get in the kitchen sometimes and make cookies or brownies and in the winter, snow ice cream.

by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Oh wow that is awesome. I have wanted to let my kids help as long as they can but we had such small kitchens there was not enough room for me. Now that we are in a bigger house and there is room I try and let them when I know what I'm making. There are some times that I do not know what is going to happen and so I dont feel like i can let them

Quoting MamaMandee:

I did a lot of the cooking when I was younger. I was the oldest of a single mom. My hubby is a chef so our kids have been in the kitchen helping since they were old enough to stand on a stool. 

by on Oct. 7, 2012 at 10:26 AM

You just need fresh snow, sugar, vanilla and milk and mix it up.  It's pretty good!

Quoting Godspitgrl:

Oh how do you make snow ice cream?

Quoting sukainah:

I think I baked more as a child than I do now LOL.  But my son and I will get in the kitchen sometimes and make cookies or brownies and in the winter, snow ice cream.

by Danelle on Oct. 7, 2012 at 10:40 AM

The kids helped me to make cookies yesterday and I managed to get a picture. Don't mind the mess on the counter

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