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Excerpt – Introduction
“Love is patient, love is kind.”
Oh man. Does this ever sum up the comedy routine that can be parent and child cooking together.
You have the parent who gets exasperated with the mess while the child often revels in it. You have the child who gets fed up with the parent’s seemingly never ending need for accurate measuring and not getting too close to the hot stove. Frustrating? Oh, good gravy, yes. But, like most things, nothing good comes easily. There is much fun to be had in cooking together. A lot of laughs. A great opportunity to not take yourself seriously while seriously learning.
Alyssa and I have been cooking together since she was two. She started with stirring and dumping, advanced to egg cracking, and eventually graduated to spatula flipping. It was last year that we both agreed that she was old enough at the age of ten to start preparing one meal a week for the family. Alyssa and I started to craft her own personal cookbook of items that she could make or wanted to make. The first few times she made any recipe, we did it together. Once she became comfortable, I let her loose and let her be responsible for the entire meal. During that time, I discovered that there was very little information out there about cooking with tweens, and to my further amazement, I found so many other parents who said that they didn’t even know where to begin when it came to involving their child in the kitchen.
So, here it is! In the following pages you will find recipes that we have made in the kitchen together as parent and child. This book has fifteen recipes that you can make together, as well as notes from Alyssa and I about each recipe. We hope that you find as much fun in these pages as we have had in making them. Enjoy and eat up!