About Lil' Chef's Clubhouse
Lil' Chef's Clubhouse was created through my love of teaching, cooking and baking.
We have all heard it before: Cooking with kids is the best way to teach good nutrition and encourage healthy eating habits. I have seen that when we introduce new foods (ie vegetables) those cute little hands are helping us prepare their meals they are more willing to eat what they have created.
At Lil' Chef's Clubhouse our young chef's will be Mixing Math, Simmering Science and Tasting Fun! By reading a recipe it is helping our Lil Chef's to follow words from left to right, while beginning to distinguish numbers from letters.
Fine motor skills are enhanced when those little fingers are tearing, stirring, pouring and cutting.
While the recipes are subject to the theme of the month, they still have to be palatable for a child’s taste buds. So, no watercress, no hot peppers, nothing spicy, nothing too foreign like cheese curd or durian. The recipe has to have many steps – peeling, chopping, mincing, sautee-ing, mixing -- so children feel they are contributing to the making of the dish.
The recipe has to comply with the allergies of the class, so no nuts and sometimes no meat or wheat or legumes or eggs or preservatives, dyes and food coloring. The recipe has to keep within a time frame, so no recipe that take longer than 45 minutes to make. In some cases, when we cook in a classroom, the recipe has to be made without an oven.
I hope you will come and visit us at Lil Chef's Clubhouse and tasting some fun!
"Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It's about harnessing imagination, empowerment and creativity." ~ Guy Fieri