Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Kids in the Kitchen

Sorry for not posting sooner.... had a crazy weekend and then spent the last two days prepping for/enduring a colonoscopy.  This does not make one in the mood to talk about food!  Anyway, I just wanted to share with you my idea I had this summer re:  my kids and cooking.  I decided that every Wednesday they are in charge of dinner.  That means planning the meal (yes, Morgan it has to have a vegetable and no, Grayson it cannot just be ice cream), prepping, cooking and serving the meal.  They are taking turns planning it but all three of them have to help with the making of it. The first week we had macaroni and cheese (homemade, of course) and Caesar Salad, the second week was turkey burgers and Caesar Salad (notice a theme here?), and last week was Chicken Marsala, roasted broccoli with parmesan, and orzo.  Well tonight is Week #4 and we are having turkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and roasted cauliflower with gruyere.  I have to say, it is going really well.  They seem to like it and get really into it, even fighting to do the different jobs.  I was hoping that it would make them not only more comfortable in the kitchen, but also make them appreciate the work that goes into it.  Usually if kids participate, they are also more likely to eat it.  I must admit, I was not at all sure that it would have the desired effect.  But it has!  I am thrilled that they seem more into it and that they want to try everything (even the things I don't really want them doing.. like cutting with sharp knives....eek!)  However, I try to resist my instinct to do everything for them and let them do everything that they want/can, within reason. I am not sure we will still do this in the Fall when school starts as the homework is pretty heavy duty around here, but for now, I am loving it.  I even sat down while they worked (!) and had a glass of wine.  This was desperately needed after the past 36 hours of food deprivation and disgusting jugs of Gatorade mixed with "prep" medicine.....

Happy Summer!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Saturday night dinner

Wow, it seemed like a good idea to start a blog... tonight.. with no prepared entries, no dry runs or samples, or "practice posts." Except now that I actually have to write something, I'm stumped.  Which is funny, because when I am trying to sleep, or driving (anytime I am alone with my thoughts, actually), I constantly think of things I'd like to share.  Which is why I started the blog in the first place.  You would think I'd be full of things to say.  Okay, here goes.....it's a typical Saturday night here.  Typical in the fact that we (my husband and I) are home cooking, not out to dinner.  We've opened some wine, planned a dinner, (and in tonight's version), turned on the grill.  Two of my three children are home as well, with one at a friend's house (this is also common.... at any one time I might have one or two of my three, but they are sometimes joined by any number of friends so I am often back to my original number of three children, but often it's four or more).  Tonight we are grilling wild salmon (it's in season so we are having it a lot lately), nutty brown rice ( a recipe from Bon Appetit that I absolutely love), and broccoli (also grilled).   Not exactly a "gourmade" dinner for my first post, I must admit.  Most nights I do more... more sauces, more prep, more effort.  But it's been hot here all week and I was out most of the day with two of my three shopping for summer essentials and my husband planned the dinner.  Which I am thrilled about, truly.  I do more of the cooking in our house, for sure, but I have to admit that I love it when he takes over and I get a night off.  Funny, since I love cooking and I think of it as a true labor of love, but it is still nice to have a break once in awhile.  Kind of how no matter how much you love traveling, it's always nice to come home.....  so tonight I am home.  Sipping pinot, smelling the grill outside and listening to the laughter from the neighbor's home behind us. I love summer....