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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Cooking lessons

I've just started mentoring a 13-year-old girl as part of Big Brothers Big Sisters. We've only had two outings, to the Cincinnati Art Museum and the butterfly show at the Krohn. Now, she's decided that she wants to learn to cook.
She says she's only made grilled cheese before, and she claims she burned them. I have a couple of Rachael Ray cookbooks, which I think are a good place to start. I'm going to let her choose a protein and vegetable at the grocery store and go from there.
I can't remember the first thing I ever cooked, but I have countless memories of being in the kitchen with my mom, Grandma Willie and Papa Jim.
What was the first thing you ever cooked?
Have you taught your children to cook?
What do you recommend?
Check back tomorrow to read about how our cooking lesson went. I hope I'll have found a future foodie.


at 3:50 PM Blogger ShannanB said...

Mac and cheese with my mom. I thought I was sooo grown up.

at 6:49 PM Anonymous Casey said...

I don't consider myself a food snob at all....but please, don't teach any of the future of this country anything that Rachel Ray teaches. Within the past two weeks I have seen her make a mini cheeseburger salad....and then a hot dog salad with mustard dressing....yes, hot dog salad. And don't teach her any terms like EVOO, Sammies, or Stoup.

at 9:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Casey. Don't subject her to Rachel Ray! Start with something like the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, the classic in the red gingham binder. it's simple, tasty stuff, divided into great catergories.

The first thing I remember making? Cherry crumble from Peter Rabbit's Natural Foods Cookbook.

at 9:31 AM Blogger sudiepav said...

There are several children's cookbooks on the market, or I agree, many simple things that can be made from any ordinary cookbook. I have made ice cream with my children and grandchildren. I also have done things in the Cuisinart because it would be hard to get your hand hurt because of the way it locks together...just don't let the child handle the blade. Find out what she likes...grilled cheese, mac and cheese, salad, veggies, and let her work with you on those. Young Chefs Academy in Mariemont has classes, but at her age, she'd be participating by herself, not with you. They DO have a child safe, nylon knife which I bought and it lets a child cut up things without the peril of a sharp knife. When she gets more adept, you can switch to a "real" knife. Have fun!

at 4:20 PM Blogger Stepf said...

I think the more shows and books Rachael Ray does, the worse she gets. However, her older recipes are pretty good. I used a recipe from her comfort food cookbook. I don't eat meat, but we made chicken for her. She's not ready for tofu. She just tried broccoli! I have mixed feeling about RR, like her use of cream and bacon in EVERYTHING! I also hate her "sammies" and EVOO!

at 5:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just plain old dislike Rachel Ray. Between the EVOO, YUMM-O, and DELISH, I don't know which term is more annoying. I personally think she is a total phony. Give me Tyler Florence or Alton Brown over Rachel any day.

at 8:05 PM Blogger Stepf said...

Oh, Alton Brown's the best. Another day, another topic, however! I love his "Good Eats."

at 10:25 PM Blogger ShannanB said...

I really like Alton as the host/emcee of Iron Chef America.

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