Wednesday, November 02, 2005

The Joy of Cooking (with Son)

Last night Son and I had our first cooking-together experience. It was fantastic! I bought Rachel Rae's Cooking Rocks! book and we made Fried Chicken Toes. Son was especially proficient at crushing Corn Flakes for the breading. Once we put them in the oven, he said, "I'll put the plates on the table." We had bought some orange candles and he wanted to put them on the table. "We should put some flowers on too!" he said. Unfortunately, we had no flowers. But I was pleased to note that Son recognizes the importance of presentation. It's not only about the food, it's about all the pleasing things around the food. I was proud of him, and he was proud of himself. He likes cooking (mostly the dumping of ingredients into a bowl, cracking eggs, and stirring. He's not so fond of getting his hands dirty).
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I'm especially looking forward to it this year. Maybe I'll let Son pick out the flowers.

4 comments:

theorris said...

You should forward your chicken toes recipe to the three tarts.

lis said...

you should send us the recipe. I hate Rachel Ray, but I can see how she could write a good book for cooking with kids.

Lisa B. said...

I had many cookbooks as a girl. My copy of The Betty Crocker Cookbook for Boys and Girls is still in my possession, with little grease pencil marks by the recipes I intended to try--or rather, the photos of the recipes I intended to try.

Counterintuitive said...

As I was enjoying a cut out cookie with frosting, my 4-year old informed me, "Those cookies are good because I made them with mommy...I cut out the shapes." He was so proud. Letting young kids cook: very good parenting.