Exploring the Culinary Arts

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m not a whiz in the kitchen but I learned enough as a kid to make it through college without having to subsist solely on peanut butter sandwiches and Ramen noodles. My wife and I both cook meals but we can’t seem to get our son (age 11) remotely interested in cooking. How do we get him interested in learning how to cook for himself?

A: You’re absolutely right—everyone should be able to cook enough to feed themselves. Most of us will never become great chefs, but it is possible to get your son to join you in the “not-a-whiz-in-the-kitchen” category. At the very least, knowing how to cook a few things will improve your son’s diet–kids who can cook are less likely to rely on fast food and more likely to eat healthier foods. There are a number of other advantages, which I’ll get to in a minute. But your first step should be to try to figure out what your son has against getting in front of the stove.
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Cooking with Kids

 Unlike other chores, helping out in the kitchen is something most kids really enjoy. Helping them get a good, basic knowledge of cooking, kitchen skills, and know-how, is a something that will definitely help them later in life. But in the short-term, it’s a great way to create some lifelong memories—and some pretty tasty meals. [...]

Eating Healthy through Better Cooking Habits

As parents, we all want our kids to eat right. But with most of us running ourselves ragged at work or with the kids, it’s easy to slip into pre-packaged-meal mode. In this guest post, Tom White shows us that cooking can be a lot easier–and a lot more fun–that we think.

Fall is the time of year when the nights become longer and you wake up to cool, crisp mornings followed by warm sunny days.  It’s also the time of year when our bodies naturally tell us the winter months are coming and it’s time to pack on a few pounds to keep warm with through the cold season.

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