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Friday, August 30, 2013

Cooking Class #1: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Curly is taking a cooking class this fall. The end goal is to have a Mother/Son dinner at our home. The boys can practice serving their mothers, good manners, and appropriate table conversation. I am a little nervous about how that meal will go, but we have some time until then.

In the meantime, Curly is beginning to learn how to cook. He will learn three appetizers, three entrees, three side dishes, and three desserts. The final menu will be determined at the end of the class. He will have some input into what is served based on how successful his attempts are.

Where did we begin? With dessert, of course!

We choose chocolate chip cookies because they are easy, and everybody likes them. We just followed the Nestle recipe to keep it really simple.

We hit on some of the main points in cooking:


Gathering supplies

Reading the entire recipe before beginning

Paying attention to what you are doing.

I didn't help him with any of it. I just supervised and instructed when necessary. Otherwise, I let him do all of the work.

Here's a glimpse of how it went.

He wasn't so good at the paying attention part. He made a huge mess while waving things around.

The mixer is a cousin to a power tool.

One thing we had to work on was mixing. He had a habit of just mixing what was on top.

This poor child absolutely hates to touch anything sticky. This was a real challenge for him. The smile is his attempt at hiding how much he hated this part.

Waiting for the oven.

Successful? Judging by how many cookies they all ate, I would say so. 

But seriously, he did really well with this task. Cookies may be easy, but they take time. He was thrilled with how much his brother and sister liked them. And he was really pleased with himself for doing it all alone. He has plans to sneak into the kitchen while we are all sleeping to make some more for us.

A very good attempt at our first class.

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