Today we're bringing you a guest post from Brette Sember, author of the just-published Parchment Paper Cookbook. We asked her to write about cooking with kids. Here's what she said:
I’ve always said that if you cooked with your mom (or grandma) as a kid then you are much more likely to not only know how to cook as an adult, but to enjoy cooking. My kids (19 and 13) have always been present in my kitchen, as I was in my mom’s and grandmas’. Cooking is something that brings you closer. Somehow it’s so much easier to get your kids talking while they’re working with their hands than it is to sit them down and ply them with questions.
Parchment paper cooking is perfect for kids because it’s very hands on and is simple, healthy, and minimizes any clean up! All the food is cooked in one parchment paper packet, sealing in flavor and nutrients, while reducing the amount of fat needed to cook. And the best part is, there are no pots and pans to scrub when you’re done. Cooking in parchment is like stacking blocks. You just keep adding the ingredients on top of each other, then you seal up the packet (see instructions here) and bake in the oven.
This recipe for S’mores, made in parchment paper is perfect for a little taste of campfire fun during the long winter months. It’s so easy, even the youngest of kids can put it together.
1 crepe (I find these pre-made in my produce section)
½ of a standard candy aisle 1.55 oz milk chocolate candy bar, broken into pieces
¼ cup mini marshmallows
¼ of a graham cracker, crumbled (either by hand, or let your kids put it in a ziptop bag and pound on it)
Preheat oven (or toaster oven) to 400 degrees. Place the crepe on the parchment. Line up the chocolate along one side. Add the marshmallows and graham crackers crumbs. Roll up the crepe. Fold the parchment. Bake for 5 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
Brette Sember is the author of The Parchment Paper Cookbook, published by Adams Media. She blogs about parchment paper cooking at www.NoPotCooking.com. She also writes the popular food blog www.MarthaAndMe.net. She is also the author of the upcoming titles The Organized Kitchen and The Muffin Tin Cook Book from Adams Media. Sember is a former attorney and author of more than 35 other books, including How toParent with Your Ex, The Complete Credit Repair Kit, The Divorce Organizer& Planner, and The Complete Divorce Handbook. She is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She lives in Buffalo, NY with her husband, two children, and two golden retrievers. Her web site is www.BretteSember.com and you can follow her on Twitter @brettesember.