Summertime means fresh berries. Whether you pick your own or pick them up fresh from the market, you may be looking for more ways to enjoy their naturally sweet goodness. Picking fresh blueberries is a fun way to spend some quality time with your child, and incorporate some hands-on learning! Listening to my daughter count the berries as she plucked them off the bush was precious. This summer, we took our love of pick-your-own and summer desert and created these super simple Blueberry Yogurt Pops.
Whether our kids are adventurous eaters or too timid to try anything beyond boxed mac ’n’ cheese, teaching them about food prep, healthy eating and nutrition is one of the more important things we as parents can do for their well being. Cooking together at home is one way to do this, but there are also plenty of opportunities for “instructive” fun through kids’ cooking classes and workshops.
One of the appealing aspects of kids’ cooking instruction is that it quite often takes the form of a single-class workshop or two- to three-session program. So, even if your children have regular sports team commitments or semester-long dance or music classes, they can still satisfy their inner foodie selves without missing a goal or a beat. Plus, many kids’ cooking classes are offered during those long school vacations or summer breaks - just the thing to keep kids engaged and entertained. Cooking workshops also make fun birthday parties - kids learn something, have fun and are well fed. And (maybe best of all!), no mess for the parents. (More cooking party ideas here.)
We’ve rounded up seven places that offer kids’ cooking classes and workshops in and around Boston. Get ready for your kids to cook up something great!
An icebox cake actually doesn’t have any cake in it all. It’s a combination of cookies with cream, or pudding, which is assembled and placed in the refrigerator. For you youngsters, before people had refrigerators, they kept food chilled in an icebox.
In this version the cookies are layered with vanilla pudding, strawberries and blueberries for a patriotic twist. The coolest thing about it is you won't overheat your house from the oven and it's safe for the littlest helpers to do from start to finish.
This has to be the easiest muffin recipe. It may seem crazy, but if you think about it, it actually makes sense. After all, ice cream is pretty much the same ingredients we usually use for baking: eggs, sugar and cream (which turns into butter if you churn). Add that to self-rising flour and you've got all the makings of muffins. Not only is it easy enough for a toddler to mix up, they'll love baking with ice cream, too!
If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen my proclamation this weekend that my family and I are trying the 10 Day Fed Up Challenge, a pledge to try to give up all sugar, sugar substitutes and refined flour for ten days, inspired by the new documentary by Katie Couric.
I'll be posting more about our experience with the Fed Up Challenge on social media, but in the meantime, here's a great new recipe I discovered looking for flour-free pancake recipes. I did not know how these would turn out at all but was pleasantly surprised at how similar they were to regular pancakes. And my kids loved them too. Plus they are much easier to make from scratch.
Lemon Curd. I distinctly remember the first time I tried it. I thought lemon curd was the best thing I'd ever tasted. I think I ate the whole jar in one sitting. To this day, I think of lemon curd as a delicious treat for special occasions. This recipe is so fast and easy you can whip up a small batch for a breakfast treat with toast or pastry.
Farmers' markets are a great place for kids to learn about the value of a dollar, where food comes from (and how it looks in its natural state), which fruits and vegetables are harvested during each season, how to conduct a financial transaction, and how to make choices. When we visit a farmers' market or farm stand, I give my kids a small amount of money to use as they choose, provided they make the purchases themselves. I have enjoyed watching their confidence, composure, and decision-making skills grow.
Now that spring is here and summer is fast approaching, the local farmers' markets are setting up their tents and filling their stands with local, fresh foods. Read on for info about Boston's neighborhood institutions of hands-on learning (A.K.A. farmers' markets) opening during the month of May.
Homemade butter is easy and fun to make and requires nothing more than some heavy cream, a tight lidded container and a marble—an active kid doesn't hurt either. Children love this project, not only does the butter taste fresher, you can evoke days of old without having to figure out how to make a butter churner. Plus, kids are super proud to serve butter they made by themselves.
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