He assured me he already had some baking skills under his belt (or apron) so I knew he would be a good listener and a willing student. And I was right.
We started with the FIRST lesson in my kitchen...SERIOUS HAND WASHING!! And by the time dinner was ready...Warren was a PRO in the hand washing department!
|Hand washing 101...and Grandma Jan approves!|
- Always let the grated cheese sit on top of the simmering sauce for a few minutes. This allows it to "cook" and that will keep all the cheese from sticking to the spoon instead of blending into the sauce.
- If your little chefs are leery of veggies, never fear! When the vegetables have cooked and softened I run an immersion blender through the sauce to puree them. The kids will never know those veggies are in there!
- And if the raw onions cause watery eyes...take a drink of any liquid (for me? Wine, of course!) and HOLD IT IN YOUR MOUTH while you cut the onions. No more tears! Warren tried it with a drink of water, and it worked. He thought it was a very cool trick!
As the sauce was simmering, we started our next project...MEATBALLS!
|Warren used a "kid-safe" cheese spreader to "cut" the meat mixture|