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Old 05-27-2014, 09:47 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Add a teaspoon of sugar, works every time.
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Old 05-27-2014, 12:00 PM
 
Location: So Cal
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We have two 12 year old (adopted) girls still at home. 5 grown kids are hatched and gone. And while they certainly help as sous chefs and clean up help they are not (yet) involved with seasoning of food. That would drive any cook batty to have somebody else come along and decide it needs "a pinch more of" this or that.
I'm teaching them about menu prep, shopping from sale flyers, knife skills, etc but we haven't gotten to seasoning except they know about House Seasoning and why I chose certain spices and herbs.
Wow. Do they enjoy it?
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Old 05-27-2014, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Wow. Do they enjoy it?
Oh yes. About once every two weeks I also do an informal lesson with written test. I do it cause I knew squat about cooking when I was on my own. Of course this was before the internet but still I was woefully under prepared for life away from home.

I taught them French terms as a way of helping them understand the importance of knowing a little bit of lots of languages. Flambe, fondue, bombe, sautee, julienne, etc.

Once I got out about 20 kitchen utensils and we went over all their uses. Same for all the different kinds of knives. We arranged the drawers using the tools I use the most, the ones I don't use very much but which are essential and the fun to have but not really necessary.

I got out about 6 different electric tools like hand held blender, food processor, blender, electric skillet, bread machine to review. I think this is important cause when you are cooking and getting ingredients together is not the time to be introduced to a new machine.

We are learning what goes together too and I use CD Make a Meal as a guide. They know never to serve potatoes with corn (2 starches), and how to try not to have too many competing flavors on a plate. They are learning about nutrition of course.

All this started when we realized one of our girls is not ever going to star academically. She needed reading and math practical application so she started reading recipes and labels to me. Using measuring cups and spoons I think is helping her to actually see fractions, division and multiplication in practical use. I am trying to find ways for her to feel good about herself cause her frustrations in school are many.

Their Daddy is teaching them how to clean up the kitchen.
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Old 05-27-2014, 12:59 PM
 
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That's great that you're including them in the kitchen! So many kids are growing up having no clue. My (now 4 yr old) son has been in the kitchen from the beginning (on my back in a carrier as an infant) and helping me with food prep as soon as he had any interest. He measures and pours, sifts and whisks and stirs. He has his own knife and cuts things up for me as well as helping with stirring things on the stove etc. He also sets the table and clears his plate into the dishwasher! I don't test him, but he's learning a lot anyway!
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Old 05-27-2014, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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^^^Terrific. The time you are spending with him now is not only a bonding time but he is learning necessary life skills. I certainly wouldn't test a 4 year old either. I started with the "testing' after they started bringing test papers home from school and being so proud of their results (or in the case of the struggling child--not so proud) She was delighted to have test papers with great scores even if they were from home that she started taking them to school to show her teacher. Teacher said it was a great idea, she signs them just like I sign her school papers and now she uses this "papers from home" method to help some other students.
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Old 05-27-2014, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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^^^Terrific. The time you are spending with him now is not only a bonding time but he is learning necessary life skills. I certainly wouldn't test a 4 year old either. I started with the "testing' after they started bringing test papers home from school and being so proud of their results (or in the case of the struggling child--not so proud) She was delighted to have test papers with great scores even if they were from home that she started taking them to school to show her teacher. Teacher said it was a great idea, she signs them just like I sign her school papers and now she uses this "papers from home" method to help some other students.
It makes me proud to know you're in my 'hood, No Kudzu. You and hubby sound like terrific parents.

PS - Do try the white pepper. It really does have a milder flavor but it's ground so finely that a little goes a long way. A good experiment is to make scrambled eggs, one set with white pepper, the other with black pepper. See which one everyone likes better.

And remember: The fix for things that are too spicy is add something sweet. Sugar, honey or even a sweet vegetable like corn or red pepper or tomato.
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Old 05-27-2014, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I've been cooking for 50+ years but I still learn something new almost every day. Watching TV cooks and CD friends add a lot. Now if only I could crack an egg without either spilling whites on the counter or shell in the bowl I'll be just fine.
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Old 05-27-2014, 01:38 PM
 
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^^^Terrific. The time you are spending with him now is not only a bonding time but he is learning necessary life skills. I certainly wouldn't test a 4 year old either. I started with the "testing' after they started bringing test papers home from school and being so proud of their results (or in the case of the struggling child--not so proud) She was delighted to have test papers with great scores even if they were from home that she started taking them to school to show her teacher. Teacher said it was a great idea, she signs them just like I sign her school papers and now she uses this "papers from home" method to help some other students.
That's fantastic that her teacher was on board with it and incorporated it so readily. I've always felt that kids learn a lot more than many people give them credit for through play and 'every day living.'
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Old 05-27-2014, 01:43 PM
 
Location: So Cal
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Oh yes. About once every two weeks I also do an informal lesson with written test. I do it cause I knew squat about cooking when I was on my own. Of course this was before the internet but still I was woefully under prepared for life away from home.

I taught them French terms as a way of helping them understand the importance of knowing a little bit of lots of languages. Flambe, fondue, bombe, sautee, julienne, etc.

Once I got out about 20 kitchen utensils and we went over all their uses. Same for all the different kinds of knives. We arranged the drawers using the tools I use the most, the ones I don't use very much but which are essential and the fun to have but not really necessary.

I got out about 6 different electric tools like hand held blender, food processor, blender, electric skillet, bread machine to review. I think this is important cause when you are cooking and getting ingredients together is not the time to be introduced to a new machine.

We are learning what goes together too and I use CD Make a Meal as a guide. They know never to serve potatoes with corn (2 starches), and how to try not to have too many competing flavors on a plate. They are learning about nutrition of course.

All this started when we realized one of our girls is not ever going to star academically. She needed reading and math practical application so she started reading recipes and labels to me. Using measuring cups and spoons I think is helping her to actually see fractions, division and multiplication in practical use. I am trying to find ways for her to feel good about herself cause her frustrations in school are many.

Their Daddy is teaching them how to clean up the kitchen.


That's amazing. You're making it very fun for them to learn. I'm impressed, with you and your 12-year-olds.


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That's great that you're including them in the kitchen! So many kids are growing up having no clue. My (now 4 yr old) son has been in the kitchen from the beginning (on my back in a carrier as an infant) and helping me with food prep as soon as he had any interest. He measures and pours, sifts and whisks and stirs. He has his own knife and cuts things up for me as well as helping with stirring things on the stove etc. He also sets the table and clears his plate into the dishwasher! I don't test him, but he's learning a lot anyway!
Sounds so cute.

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^^^Terrific. The time you are spending with him now is not only a bonding time but he is learning necessary life skills. I certainly wouldn't test a 4 year old either. I started with the "testing' after they started bringing test papers home from school and being so proud of their results (or in the case of the struggling child--not so proud) She was delighted to have test papers with great scores even if they were from home that she started taking them to school to show her teacher. Teacher said it was a great idea, she signs them just like I sign her school papers and now she uses this "papers from home" method to help some other students.
Yes, I'm sure you are both creating what will become some of your kids' favorite memories later on.

And I wish more people would come up with such inventive ways to help their kids with school, especially if they are struggling. It's very nice to hear.
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I've been cooking for 50+ years but I still learn something new almost every day. Watching TV cooks and CD friends add a lot. Now if only I could crack an egg without either spilling whites on the counter or shell in the bowl I'll be just fine.
Another reason I'll only ever have granite countertops.
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