One of my goals is to cook more with my kids. I grew up watching my mom cook and turned into an awesome one myself (#humblebrag.) She didn’t actually cook that much with me so I could just take my chances that the terror twins learn by osmosis like me. But that would defeat my goal of turning them into domestic servants by eight. So cooking with kids it is.
Up first, Tiana Mac and Cheese!
My brilliant mother actually was the impetus behind this cooking gig. She and my dad took the girls to see their first Disney movie, The Princess and the Frog. So when she saw a Princess and the Frog cookbook, she snatched it up. For those who have not seen The Princess and the Frog, the main character Tiana dreams of opening a restaurant serving southern food like her dad used to make. And (spoiler alert) even after she gets the tiara, she fulfills her dream by opening the restaurant with her prince. Combine that unusually empowered story with lush animation, and you have a must see film. At least in my and the Terror Twins opinion.
Anyway, this story based cookbook is the perfect way to get the girls interested in following a recipe. They love the idea of making food that their favorite characters like. Over the weekend, their dad guided them in making a southern classic: baked mac and cheese.
For once, lunch was eagerly eaten!
If you are wanting to get your kids in the kitchen, here are some other favorite story based cookbooks:
Little House on the Prairie Cookbook : Out of print but available on Etsy.
Roald Dahl Revolting Recipes : Also out of print but the website has several recipes on it.
Pretend Soup and Other Recipes : The classic’s sequel!