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Linda Larsen

Start Your Kids Cooking

By July 14, 2003

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I don't know why I've been so nostalgic lately, but hey, let's just go with it. I was thinking last night about how my mother encouraged me to cook because, although she is very good at it, she just doesn't enjoy cooking. I was allowed to try just about anything in the kitchen, and vividly remember making Napoleons, from scratch, when I was 13. The pastries were a total success, but the kitchen and dining rooms were total disaster areas. My mom didn't say one thing about the mess - just cleaned it up. I know that some cooking teachers say that cleaning up is part of cooking, but my personal experience prompted me to keep trying new things. And hey, when I was a Home Ec at Pillsbury, there were technicians who cleaned the kitchens for me!

If your kids want to start cooking, please encourage them. It's a skill they will use for the rest of their lives. I started learning how to cook by making Betty Crocker's Date Bar Mix. Mixes are ideal for teaching kids how to cook. If you don't want to use packaged mixes, take a look at my Baking Mixes, stir up a few, and get your kids into the kitchen. You may be encouraging a blossoming career in food!

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