Monday, February 16, 2015

In the kitchen

For Christmas, my friend Mary helped me come up with an idea for my kids that is turning out to be a lot of fun.  My "kids" are all living on their own now, adjusting to life as newlyweds or students.  Of late they've all become interested in cooking, realizing that it is more economical and more nutritious to prepare meals at home.  Since they are all on tight budgets, I wanted to do something practical for them for Christmas.  They each got a 'fun' gift, too:)
So, my 'theme' was cooking.  For each of them, one of their gifts was related to cooking.  A hand mixer, baking pans, really good cooking knives.  I had fun filling their stockings with some of my favorite cooking gadgets.
Then, Mary helped me come up with the idea of having cooking lessons.  I let each "couple" choose a two- week menu plan from this book. 

The idea is that Dan and I purchase the groceries and set up our kitchen to prepare the recipes.  Then, each household gets to come over to our house to put together the recipes.  The kids go home with meals to fill their freezers.  And I get to spend time with my kids.  It's a win/win!

Joe and Sam were the first ones to take me up on my offer.  It was a good plan to have them start first, because they both already know how to cook, so I mainly washed dishes;)  Joe did most of the assembling.

Sam did the prep.  We talked about remedies for dicing onions so as not to weep uncontrollably.  But, we never did come up with a good solution.  There were lots of onions to dice for 14 meals.  He was a good sport!

I think they were pleased with their haul!  Next up, Miranda and Luke!



Melinda said...

What a great idea!
I'm sure they enjoyed
this fun time with you

M :)

Mereknits said...

What a great idea, love those boys.

Susan said...

I LOVE this idea!!! What a practical and fun way to introduce cooking lessons and get meals for the freezer.

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

What a fabulous idea! So creative, and a great way to spend time with them and teach them valuable life skills as well :) I hope you kept a bit back for you guys to eat after that marathon cooking and cleaning session! LOL! :)