11What’s Cooking?

You’ve gotta eat, right? Why not give the kids control of the kitchen? Encourage older kids to study cookbooks or recipes online. Check the fridge and pantry, plan a shopping list, and buy the ingredients together. When you get home, let the kids create their dishes. (Younger kids can be

sous chefs.)

If you have any Food Network fans in the house, they can get inspired by watching shows like “The Kids Baking Championship,” and “Rachel vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off.” If you’re feeling adventurous, maybe you can have an at-home version of “Chopped”: give the kids a set of ingredients and allow them to create their own original recipe.

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