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Cooking with the Chief

January 24, 2010

Monkey got this cookbook for Christmas from his Great Grammy. (please forgive the unsightly link I’m still learning how to make things textually pretty on WordPress)

Chief loves to cook, but just doesn’t have to time to do it all that much. I showed him some of the things from this cookbook and he decided that he would try cooking with our munchkins on some Saturday mornings. I had just the thing for them to start with. We had all the ingredients right in the house.

Ok, I’ll confess, I just really wanted to eat warm banana muffins without baking them myself! The steps are laid out simply for children and any step that involves a sharp knife or heat is marked with a triangle and an exclamation point. Monkey got to work opening the butter while Bruiser did what he does best: beat things.After some more measuring and mixing, Chief took care of the oven steps while the boys worked on step #7.“Insert silicone baking cup into mouth.” Wait! No, that’s not step #7, what are you two doing?

The whole house would have smelled delicious if *someone* hadn’t left the cheese on the bottom of the oven from the pizza two days ago. My house still smells like smoky burnt grossness. But the muffins, oh the muffins! They were perfect!Ok, fine. Not really perfect. We had a bit of difficulty getting them out of the cups without destroying them. It turns out that we were just not patient enough; they needed to cool more. The next batch came out much better, but of course I didn’t take pictures of that.

This book has way more than just muffins and cupcakes. And I tell ya, It’s not all “kid food” either! I’ll be trying this one for dinner sometime soon.Risotto. Yes, that’s right. Herb and Cheese Risotto! It’s just so cute in it’s little cup shape.These are decorative potato nests. Shred a potato, mix with oil and garlic salt and cook! Wow that’s easy and so fancy looking. After cooking you flip them over and fill them with whatever makes you sing!

Included with the book are six colorful silicone cups. My munchkins had as much fun playing with the cups as they did mixing the ingredients. My only complaint is that most of the recipes require you to bake the 6 cups, let cool, and then repeat.  They should have just included 12 cups and charged a little more for the kit. I do believe I will be picking up some more cups, because I just can’t be bothered with several batches when there is still plenty of space in the oven.

And just in case you were wondering what was hiding behind the book in that last picture:It was a messy-faced Bruiser with a very satisfied tummy.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Squirt's Mom permalink
    January 25, 2010 12:37 am

    cute pics. my fav is the one of the boys with the cups in their mouths. delightful!

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