The Family That Cooks Together….

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Finding ways for your family to spend time together is extremely important, but it's also difficult when everyone is being pulled in so many different directions. Fortunately, by using these tips for family cooking, everyone can get some precious time in on the weekends.

Soup to Nuts

Work to involve your family at every step of the process. For example, in the morning, you could make a list of the ingredients you need for that night's meal, and you could all go shopping together. You might want to promise a treat to each of your children at the supermarket to make the experience even more fun for everyone. When it comes to older children, you can start teaching them how to coupon and how to look for the best deals.

Age Appropriate Tasks

Speaking of children, you want to be sure that you find a cooking task that everyone can do. Preschoolers can probably manage to crack an egg into a bowl with your supervision or pour in the ingredients you've prepared, and elementary school-aged children can help to measure out ingredients. Try to incorporate some learning aspect into these activities. This cooking experience could certainly be an opportunity to teach them about the practical necessities of math!

Loosen Up A Bit

Remember those good old days when you used to lick the spoon as a kid? Don't be so wound up that you get the family stressed out. While you do not want to promote food poisoning in the household, you and your family could certainly taste the sauce to see how it is seasoned before you turn the heat on the stove. Indeed, you need to be strict when it comes to safety, and this is especially true when the oven and the stove are involved because they could seriously burn family members.

To The End

Once the food is in the oven, do not just set everyone loose to go about their business. Everyone can help with cleaning up and setting the table. By having conversations as you are doing so, the family will see that these chores are really not so challenging after all. You might be able to establish an entirely new family dynamic once this session is over.

As soon as the food is ready, everyone is going to sit down and really enjoy what they made in this family cooking experience. Then enjoy a lovely night together as a family.

 

Simple Soups for Spring

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Make Dinner Fun for the Whole Family

Spring lends itself well to a variety of fresh dishes that even the most discerning palate can enjoy. Even though summer is just around the corner, chilly evenings make spring the perfect season to enjoy soup made from fresh ingredients. Your kids will also enjoy being able to help you create dinner, which will help get them away from the television and into the kitchen! The next time you find yourself looking for family cooking ideas, consider using these activities to get everyone involved. Not only will you end up with a delicious dinner, but you will also be able to strengthen the bond with your child and give them memories to cherish for years to come.

Get the Kids Involved

Kids of all ages love to help cook dinner. It not only instills good values, but helps them understand the process of creating a meal and learning where their food comes from. Before starting, be sure you prep all of the items going into your meal. This includes any chopping or the handling of raw meat. Once the hard part is done, get your kids involved by letting them measure ingredients, taste test and pitch-in during cleanup. Of course, older children can help cut vegetables if they are properly trained and supervised. To peak their interest, use ingredients that they enjoy eating and allow them to present their creation to the entire family before eating.

Make Cooking Fun

The key to child participation is making sure they have fun! Allow them to have free choice over what goes into the meal, and put them in charge of reading the recipe if you choose to use one. Other activities, such as playing music and small games or friendly competitions can help ensure enjoyment by all, and keep them coming back for more fun!

Creating your own family cooking ideas can be complicated. The next time you are looking for the perfect meal give this recipe a try and make your families’ dinner special for everyone.

Creamy Potato Soup

Ingredients:
½ pound bacon (thick cut works best)
3 large carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, diced
3 stalks celery, chopped
6 large potatoes, chopped
7 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 cup milk
½ cup heavy cream
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. chopped parsley
1 cup grated cheese

Directions:
To begin, cut the bacon into small pieces and brown in a large skillet over medium heat. Once fully cooked, remove the bacon and drain any grease from the pan. Place the onion, celery and carrots into the same pan and saute for 2 minutes. Add in the potatoes and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Pour the broth into the onion mixture and bring to a boil. Remove the pan from the burner and add the milk and heavy cream. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Remove two-thirds of the mixture from the pan and place into a large blender. Puree the soup until smooth and then pour it back into the pan. Simmer the ingredients until all of the vegetables are fully cooked. Serve in bowls garnished with cheese, bacon and fresh parsley.