This kid, my kid, want to cook. Believe me, I’m all about someone else doing the cooking in my kitchen, but I’m having a difficult time encouraging his new hobby while at the same time making sure our groceries last for the entire week.
You see, he doesn’t want to follow a recipe, he wants to create, to invent, to flavor to his own taste.
A little part of me wishes that we were blessed with good sense, so we wouldn’t go through life as starving artists, following our passions. The rest of me wants to see him make something out of nothing. If you’re an artist of any kind, you know the satisfaction of creating. Maybe it’s filling a blank page with words, or creating a song out of single, unconnected notes. Maybe for you it’s turning a canvas into a work of art, or capturing life lived well in a photograph. Whatever the art, there’s enjoyment in following our passion, giving ourselves over to an idea or urge.
Yesterday my son woke up with one single goal – to cook.
He decided he wanted to make chili. I told him to look for a chili recipe online, but he wanted to make chili from scratch. Turns out I had no ground meat and I wasn’t giving up my last pack of chicken thighs, so he make chili with a bean base, vegetarian chili. It was spicy as can be, but it was good. He fulfilled his need to make something other than grilled cheese or scrambled eggs, and we all ate a meal I did not have to cook.
But chili was not enough. He also wanted to bake. This time I demanded he use a recipe. I’m not sacrificing two sticks of my butter to chance. That’s all there is to it!
So he made Pioneer Woman’s sugar cookies. They are THE BEST sugar cookie I ever ate. Use caution though, they can add ten pounds to your hips and thirty points to your total cholesterol. They are perfect.
You either need to find the recipe on her website or buy her cookbook. It’s not good for your waistline, but your taste buds will love you forever.
So, how often do you let your kids cook?