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Your Baby Can: Get Involved with Food Prep

Your Baby Can: Get Involved with Food Prep

Licking the bowl: a crucial step in any recipe

From a very early age, children love to participate with their parents or caregivers in the kitchen, and they can often handle an even more hands-on role than we realize. If we prepare the kitchen environment with the right tools for them, involving babies and toddlers can be enriching and fun. Here’s how I like to progress:

Practically from birth, I love to hold my babies or wear them in a wrap or sling while baking or preparing meals1 They quickly grow accustomed to the sounds and smells of the family kitchen. I love spending time baking and cooking, so talking through various processes as I go is always an enjoyable way for me to bond with my littlest ones, and of course it enriches their language as well. Continue reading

  1. Obviously this is not advised in some situations for safety reasons (when you’re frying in hot oil, for instance), so use your judgment. You know that, though.

Culinary Wanderings #6: Granola

Welcome to the sixth edition of Culinary Wanderings! To give me a way to share a bit about my culinary adventures, and to learn from all of yours, I’ll be writing a post on the last Tuesday of each month to share any new recipes, ingredients, or other discoveries I’ve made in the kitchen. I would love for you to join by sharing your favorite or most recent food-related post from the month. Anything food-related that you want to share is appropriate! Continue reading

Culinary Wanderings #5

Sourdough rye beginning its second rise.

It has been a crazy month for us, as our house was packed up relatively early on, leaving us with one saucepan, one skillet, one baking sheet, one cutting board, one mixing bowl, and enough dishes for a single meal. On one hand, that this is the bare minimum shows just how fortunate we really are. Of course it also means that there was no pureeing, no grating, and there were certainly no complicated multi-pan meals. For the past several days, there have actually been no home cooked meals at all, as even our remaining supplies have been packed up and we’ve moved to a hotel for the time being. The focus of the month has definitely been on nutrient-rich single pan meals, and meals that used up the odd ingredients we had remaining in our pantry. Continue reading

Culinary Wanderings #3

Welcome to the third edition of Culinary Wanderings! To give me a way to share a bit about my culinary adventures, and to learn from all of yours, I’ll be writing a post on the last Tuesday of each month to share any new recipes, ingredients, or other discoveries I’ve made in the kitchen. I would love for you to join by sharing your favorite or most recent food-related post from the month. You’re welcome to focus on one recipe, one ingredient, one new kitchen gadget, one new cooking or meal-planning technique, or to write about your entire month in food as I’ll be doing. Anything food-related that you want to share is appropriate. It’s all up to you! Continue reading