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Cooking Lessons Warm Winter Days

One of my firmly held beliefs is that cooking and eating at home is a good thing. Not only is the food delicious, but you can use the preparation time to spend with your children. I mourn the loss of home economics in many schools, but with a little encouragement, kids can learn to cook. It’s more about being exposed to the experience and all it can mean as life goes on.

Cold winter days are the perfect time to gather the kids in a cozy kitchen and cook up something together. I’m not really talking about teaching cooking techniques, but much more fundamental lessons. Several years ago, I had an idea to write a book about the things I’ve learned while cooking with my mother. I would call it Cooking Lessons. The lessons were nothing about actual cooking, but rather life lessons. Learning to be helpful, to respect each other and appreciative of the food we prepared.  Being successful at these tasks showed me how much I was appreciated by our family. The memories she created for me will last a lifetime.

It doesn’t really matter what your cooking, your family can always help. Make a point to get in the kitchen and cook up a treat to share. I’ve suggested a couple of easy recipes below that are made with a Martha White® muffin mix to get the kids started.

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Have-It-Your-Way Taco Pie and Chili Con Cornbread are two easy main dish family-friendly recipes that offer plenty of opportunities for the kids to pitch in and help.

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