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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Cooking With Kids

Madelyn made dinner for us tonight! “All by myself!? This must be my lucky day!”, she exclaimed when I told her she would be making Pasta with Homemade Cheese Sauce. She was very excited and a little bit nervous but I told her that if she just followed the recipe it would turn out perfect! I crossed my fingers as I said that because we had never eaten this particular dish before.

I had picked the recipe from Paula Deen’s, My First Cookbook. It seemed easy enough for her to read and the instructions were clear-cut.

She cooked the pasta and tasted it for doneness. She then made the homemade cheese sauce. The super easy sauce consisted of 1 stick of butter melted over low heat and then 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese, 1 cup of half-and-half and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper. Simple!

She mixed the pasta with the sauce and added some leftover seasoned chicken. She served everyone at the table. It was looking shaky when Lana announced that “This smells horrible and looks gross!” but after tasting it she changed her tune and told Madelyn that she should “become a chef and make this for dinner EVERY NIGHT!” Well, maybe not every night, but this recipe is a definite keeper.


  1. How sweet! Good job Madelyn!

    How old is your daughter? My Maddie is almost 8, and she's never really used the stove at all. Maybe it's time to give that a try!

  2. Madelyn just turned 8 in February! I thought I'd let her cook more (with a watchful eye, of course) since she has taken an interest. She was very proud of herself and I'm glad the recipe was tasty!

  3. So I guess 8 is the magic age! Maddie and I took a cooking class together a few months ago and had a great time! I think we'll try for a night that she preps the meal with me - it would be a good experience for the whole family!


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