Cooking with Kids

Our home is a great place to launch a child’s cooking education, but when it’s obviously more than a passing fascination, maybe it’s time to investigate a more formal cooking education for your child.  Its never too early to get them started at one of a myriad of kids cooking programs across the country.

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Former Food Network chef, George Stella, lost over 250 pounds through healthy eating, and now serves as the programs national spokesman.  His Kids In The Kitchen message of healthy lifestyle choices is widely distributed throughout the media, especially during the month of March, which is National Nutrition Month.

New Jersey

Love Your Fruits And Vegetables
This program focuses on healthy alternatives and the importance of fruits and vegetables.
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Young Chefs Academy
This school offers a structured program promoting learning and creativity. (see above)

 

 


KitchenKapers

This hands-on, supervised program teaches children to make multiple course meals and conveys food appreciation. Nutrition and the importance of fruits and vegetables are stressed alongside proper technique.

 

Arizona

Les Petites Gourmettes
This school offers four-day cooking classes for students aged 8-12.  The program runs for five weeks in the summer and relies on cooking demonstrations to teach kids kitchen basics.  There are lots of opportunities for tasting the kids’ culinary output when adults are invited to join the feast at the end of class.  Older teens can take the 5-day course offering for 11-17 year olds.  Making soups, pasta, cupcakes and all manners of kitchen creation is addressed in a way that is easily understood by the younger set.

Young Chefs Academy
This program encourages discovery and creativity (see more, above).

California

Stir Crazy Kidz
The classes at the school are offered for students aged 5-14 in the regular program and ages 17-21 in their “BigKidz” college crash course curriculum.  Culinary preparation comes to your home or their kitchen for group or private lessons.  Safety, process and nutrition are key components of the classes for children, while college survival skills are laid out for newbies in the adult track.

Young Chefs Academy
This program offers classes for children in a safe and structured environment. (see above)

Florida

Foodies
This program is for students aged 4-11. Also offered at this school are weeklong classes during summer and holiday breaks.

Young Chefs Academy
This school has several locations across America. The program is geared towards creativity and expression. (see above)

Massachusettes

Kids Can Cook
This school offers an afterschool cooking program for middle school aged children.

Create-A-Cook
The program offered at this school focuses on fun and excitement in the kitchen, and promotes the creation of great food.

Minnesota

Way-Cool Cooking School
This program imparts valuable life long skills for kids and teens, and encourages fun in the kitchen during weekly classes and summer ‘camps’.   The staff also specializes in hosting private events and celebrations.  A new branch is on the way for 2012.

Young Chefs Academy
This program is offered by a nationally known school which focuses on discovery and learning in a safe environment. (see above)


KitchenKapers

This hands-on, supervised program teaches children to make multiple course meals and conveys food appreciation. Nutrition and the importance of fruits and vegetables are stressed alongside proper technique.

North Carolina

Classy Kids Cook
The program offered at this school combines important life skills classes with etiquette and culinary arts.

Lil’ Chef
This structured culinary experience is combined with plenty of fun. Camps, parties and classes utilize creative themes to keep students focused on food.  Harry Potter and Star Wars themed night are appealing to wide age-ranges and levels of culinary interest.  Cakes, eggs and other familiar foods are tasted after class to help kids build their young palates.

Pennsylvania

Love Your Fruits And Vegetables
This program offers “green” cooking classes for children and encourages healthy cooking and eating habits.

Texas

Le Petite Gourmet Cooking Store
A cooking shop that instructs kids during the summertime for only $10 per session.

Kids Cooking Company
This program encourages creativity and curiousity in an exciting hand-on environment.

Young Chefs Academy
Great national program that has a standardized approach to passing fundamental cooking skills on to the next generation of great cooks. (see above)

Did you know March National Nutrition Month. oppps if you just missed it. Tune in Next month Mommy District is Hosting COOKING Class for the entire Family.

Halloween Safety Tips

 

Let’s keep Halloween safe and fun! So many incidents happen every year on this day. As moms we need to go the extra mile to do our part to keep our children as safe as possible. If we follow these simple tips we can help with keeping all children safe while having fun on special days like Halloween.

1. Go trick or treating in groups. Get together with other moms, adults, or mature teens who want to help supervise. Have a ratio of around 4 kids to 1 chaperon; using the buddy system is great for days like this.
2. When trick or treating at night bring a flash light. A lot of our smart phones now have flash lights on them, use them! Or you can just bring a small one from home; this also makes it fun for the kids.
3. Plan out your route. If you know exactly where you’re going ahead of time this causes less confusion among the group and gets everyone home at a good hour as well.
4. Only visit homes with porch lights. Groups are great but lights prevent anyone from being left behind because everyone is seen under the light.
5. Be sure to check ALL candy before it is consumed. This is the most important tip! Trick or treating is fun but we need keep it safe after all the trick or treating is said and done!