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My daughter and I just had a spontaneous Kids Cook Monday!

My 8-year-old daughter and I just had a spontaneous Kids Cook Monday! We made spaghetti with lemon zest, Italian parsley and garlic (all from our garden) and homemade turkey meatballs with organic free-range ground turkey. We also made, our new favorite beverage, watermelon shakes with mint! She was so happy cooking with me and so proud of the outcome, which was delicious by the way!

Kids Who Cook – 12 year old Julian knows that kids will eat more than mac & cheese

Here is another great story about a kid who cooks! 12 year old Julian knows that kids will eat more than mac & cheese. From One Kid To Another: Ideas & Recipes On How To Eat Real


Kids Who Cook – Interview with 9-year-old Emilia Gajano-Blythe


Meet 9-year-old Emilia Gajano-Blythe, from Oakland, CA.  Emilia loves to cook and she is really good!  I’ll never forget the first time I tried Emilia’s cooking, I was picking up my daughter from a play date she was having with Emilia’s sister.  My oldest daughter and I had just pulled up to her house when at the same time we said, “Wow something smells good!”  We walk in her house and automatically our mouths started watering.  I walked in to the kitchen and there was Emilia in her chef hat and apron and I was floored!  Her mom, Jane, asked if we wanted to stay for dinner, trying to be polite I said no that’s ok, and then she said “are you sure?” and I said “ok!”

That was a year ago and I can still remember how delicious everything was and how impressed and proud I was of Emilia, and I sill am!

Here is her interview:

How old were you when you started cooking? I was 5.

Why do you like to cook? I like to cook and bake because it makes me happy and other people happy.  I express my love for people through my cooking and I come from an Italian family.

Do you think cooking your own food helps you eat well? Definitely because its all fresh ingredients but baking is a different story.

What are your favorite foods to cook with? I like to make different dishes with Chicken, sauces for pasta, and I love to bake cakes, cupcakes and cookies.

How often do you cook? Very often, almost everyday.

What tips would you give other kids about cooking? Never give up, try your best and read the instructions very carefully because if you make a mistake by mixing in the wrong amount, it might not turn out the way you expected. 🙁

Here is the recipe for the wonderful dish I had at Emilia’s house a year ago!

Emilia’s Chicken Cutlets 

Serves 4


2 pound organic chicken breast

3 eggs

2 cups flour

2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

4 cups Panko

4 cups canola or vegetable oil

2 lemons – cut wedges


Rinse off chicken breast and pat dry and slice to a quarter inch thickness. Separate flour, eggs, and Panko into three separate bowls. Put 1 tsp. salt and pepper into egg mixture and 1 tsp. of salt into the flour mixture. Dip your chicken into flour and dust access off. Dip into egg mixture. Dip into Panko. Heat up oil unit very hot and then put in the chicken cutlets until golden on each side. When ready put onto a plate covered by paper towel to help soak up the oil.  For extra flavor squeeze lemon wedges over cutlets.

Kids Who Cook: Check out these two teens who cook!


I love to cook and I love to eat (maybe even more than I love to cook), so kids who cook and really enjoy it always impress me!  For that reason, I‘ve decided to dedicate a space on my blog to share stories, interviews and blogs about kids who cook!  It is my hope that these kids will help inspire more kids to cook and enjoy the process of preparing healthy, delicious homemade food!

Check out these two teen girls who cook:

Eliana de Las Casas, 13 year old author of two cookbooks, Eliana Cooks! Recipes for Creative Kids and Cool Kids Cook: Louisiana with a third, Cool Kids Cook: Fresh & Fit, due to release this Spring! http://kidchefeliana.com

Elyse May, 19 year old author of Veggie Teens: A Cookbook and Guide for Teenage Vegetarians http://www.veggieteenscookbook.com

Do you know any kids who cook? Please share their stories or blogs.

Kids Cook Monday – Green Onion and Parmesan Cheese Risotto


Hi Everyone! This is our last “Kids Cook Monday” recipe “Green Onion and Parmesan Cheese Risotto“. It was our plan (the girls and I) to try cooking together for the month of January only, but we had so much fun with it we decided to keep it up through February.  I must say that it has been so much fun cooking with my girls and I can honestly say they have enjoyed it too!  Don’t be surprised if you see a recipe pop-up here or there on a Monday in the months to come!

Have you been cooking with your kids? If so, I would love to hear about your experiences.

Green Onion and Parmesan Cheese Risotto

 (adapted from Very Easy Risotto recipe from allrecipes.com)

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Ready In: 40 Minutes

Servings: 6


3 tablespoons butter

2/3 cup sliced green onion

2 cloves of garlic

1 1/3 cups uncooked Arborio rice

4 cups organic chicken broth

3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook green onions and garlic in butter briefly, then add the rice. Cook and stir for a few minutes to toast rice. Stir in chicken broth and pepper. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.

2. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in the Parmesan cheese.

Kids Cook Monday – Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Today we are cooking something quick, easy and healthy – Mac and Cheese! Yes! Here is a stove-top Mac and Cheese recipe that is just over 300 calories from MyRecipes.com.

 Stovetop Mac and Cheese Recipe

Three-Cheese Lasagna turned out great and My Kids Want to Keep Cooking on Mondays!

Success the “Three-Cheese Lasagna” turned out great! We were so excited to start eating that I forgot to take pictures! I want to share with you that the girls and I had initially decided to try “Kids Cook Monday” for the month of January only, but we are having such a great time cooking together that we are going to keep it up through February maybe longer.

Here are some of the reasons why my kids want to keep cooking on Mondays, they told me this tonight:

  • We look forward to trying something new every Monday.
  • We like looking for new recipes.
  • It’s fun to eat what we cook.
  • We like cooking with you (I really like this one!).
  • Food taste better when we cook it at home.

For these reasons we will keep on cooking on Mondays!

Have you been cooking with your kids? Would love to hear how it’s been going!


Kids Cook Monday – Three-Cheese Lasagna

The Kids Cook Monday recipe is “Three-Cheese Lasagna” from MyRecipes.com. This should be interesting because this is only the second time I am attempting to make lasagna.  This time I will have two helpers, ages 8 and 10, so I am confident it will turn out fine, right?

Three-Cheese Lasagna

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