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Detox: What about the kids? Detox: What about the kids?

A reader recently asked (as well as participants in my new cooking classes) how are the kids doing and what are they eating, since I started with the detox diet and all the changes that followed. “I wonder how it goes with your kids? Do they change their diet too? Do you eat separately and […]

Fresh Fresh

Thinking about my recent trip to Israel, I realize that fresh and good food was so easy to find there, and at relatively inexpensive prices. The restaurant at the beach, the little falafel shop, the pastries at the grocery store at 10 PM, the street corner Shawarma place…  It was all good, fresh, and cheap. […]

Kids cookbooks: Part 2 Kids cookbooks: Part 2

So… I ended up buying this book… (Because I had a store credit at Williams-Sonoma and I really don’t need anything from the store right now.) My son’s reaction as he unwrapped the gift and saw the book cover picking through the paper wrap was “Is this a gift for me or for my sister?” […]

Kids cookbooks, only for girls? Kids cookbooks, only for girls?

There’s so much I have to say about this: In short, it makes me a little angry. And somewhat frustrated, as a person, as a woman, and as a mother to a boy and a girl. I was merely looking for a cookbook for my boy, you know, so he will have one of his […]

Junior "cooks" a family portrait Junior "cooks" a family portrait

Tonight I asked Junior (7 years old) to make dinner. While I cleaned up the scattered toys in the family room–his job–he “cooked” dinner–my job. A fair enough trade? Dad: Junior (Looks like Dad, but no beard, yet): Mom (It looks so much like me): Junioress (she does look like me):

Fish ‘n chips Fish ‘n chips

Sometimes I let the guys cook. They play in the kitchen, taking their time, talking, discussing the recipe, but using tongs because they don’t like touching the food and getting their hands dirty, ha ha.

Cooking with Kids: “Feast Lesson” Cooking with Kids: “Feast Lesson”

Once a week I take my son, who is 5 years old, to do the grocery shopping with me. It’s a lot of fun (but wasn’t always like that). I love to see how his interest and excitement about food grows and grows. This of course, doesn’t mean that he is not a picky eater. […]

Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids Who Cook Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids Who Cook

When my son was 3 years old, he got a Home depot tool box from Toys R Us for his birthday. That was one of the best gifts ever. He played with it a lot, by himself or when he was “helping” his dad build things. It was a wonderful imaginary toy as well as […]

Baking with kids: Chocolate-banana cookies, recreating the magic – Part I Baking with kids: Chocolate-banana cookies, recreating the magic – Part I

A while ago I bragged about how my son, who is 5 years old, wrote a recipe for Chocolate-banana cookies. A recipe! From scratch! All by himself! And no one asked him too. He made mommy, that’s me, very proud, of course. That was in September (2008) and I have finally found the time to […]

Baking with kids: Chocolate-banana cookies Baking with kids: Chocolate-banana cookies

My son (5 years old) wrote a recipe. He did all by himself. I’m so proud and happy. That’s’ the recipe: Don’t try to read it, it is written in another language, but he also drew pictures of the ingredients and specified the quantities (some in cups, some in teaspoons, and some in “scoops”). That’s […]

Baking with kids: Chocolate cookies Baking with kids: Chocolate cookies

Bellevue school teachers are still on strike. Since we have already had most of our adventures during August, baking cookies with my 5 years old seemed like a nice little project to pass the afternoon today. Putting butter in mixer bowl: Measuring flour: What is a “teaspoon”?

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Sour Cream Coffee Cake

I made this cake with my son (5 years old). It was easy and fun. Kids can measure ingredients, pour dry ingredients, sift the dry ingredients, crack the eggs, and make the streusel, turn the mixer on/off – they love that! – but you need to make the rules and explain about safety, stand next […]

Cookies for the weekend: White and dark chocolate chunk cookies - fun to do with kids Cookies for the weekend: White and dark chocolate chunk cookies - fun to do with kids

This was a fun and very easy project to do with my son (5 years old) on a Sunday afternoon.The recipe is from one of my favorite cookbooks “Wolfgang Puck Makes It Easy”, and it is dedicate to my friend, Sharon, who checks my blog every day, and who told me that I inspire her […]

Chicken thighs, Israeli couscous, steamed cauliflower, and salad with feta Chicken thighs, Israeli couscous, steamed cauliflower, and salad with feta

This dinner can be prepared in 20 minutes if you are quick and efficient in the kitchen. If you are not, you know what I say: 1) take a cooking class, and 2) the more you cook, the better you get. Makes 4-6 servings For the chicken: 4-6 boneless skinless chicken thighs 1 teaspoon paprika […]

Tips to Encourage Good Eating Tips to Encourage Good Eating

Some kid-friendly tips: Love and appreciation of food Teach your kids to love food by treating food with respect. Show them how much you enjoy your meal. Talk about the food – how it looks, how it tastes, the texture, (if needed) how can you can cook it better next time, etc. This country has […]

Why should you cook with your kids? Why should you cook with your kids?

Why should you? First, your kid/s won’t be able to say “my mom/dad didn’t teach me how to cook”! Also, Because your child/ren will… * Learn real life skills * Get a sense of accomplishment and feeling good about themselves * Learn how to follow instructions and family rules (like washing hands before cooking, cleaning […]