Cooking with Kids

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Today felt like the best day ever!  The boys (11 and 9) rode their bikes with me as I trail ran, and they mountain biked.  Immediately there after we hit up a roadside produce stand run by a local couple that has been farming 4 miles from my house for years.  Not only did I get excellent quality produce for practically nothing (I tipped too), I also got great advice for my own garden.  Then I took the boys to the lake and taught them how to  canoe.  We saw so many amazing things, like a Blue Heron gliding just above the water 20 feet in front of our canoe then landing just of shore and feasting.  All of these things were amazing, but the best part of the day was cooking with my kids.

When we got home Cooper shucked the corn, Will cut the green beans, and I grated the carrots and zucchini.  The boys had talked with the growers today, and knew the food had been picked that morning.  The boys handled it, and prepared it themselves.  Then Cooper came in and made his first loaf of home-made bread entirely by himself.  They had a hand in preparing food from it’s raw natural state to what we ate for dinner.  HOW COOL IS THAT!  They learned quite a bit in the process.  There’s measuring, chemistry, cause and effect, bonding, among many many other lessons.  Bonding, I haven’t found a better way yet.  Of course they are still young.

Carrot-Zucchini Burgers ready to be cooked up!

The best part is that when you are done, you get to eat it!  They were so proud of themselves.  They couldn’t wait to watch their Dad eat it.  Perhaps, in the future, they’ll be more compassionate towards me when they don’t absolutely love what I’ve worked to make for them.

Nearly finished. The green beans and corn are there some where!

I only spent 6 dollars on the produce I bought today, and I didn’t even use it all!  I just can hardly put into words the amazing feeling of watching your kids comprehend FOOD, watching them comprehend where food comes from, how food is cooked, that food in boxes is different from food in the ground.  Food preparation, and meal sharing has long been a central part of cultural identity.  I feel like we all gained a sense of family culture today, more so than ever before.  It felt really important, I don’t know why but it did.   Also, it was amazing to watch their little chests puff out with pride when their Dad took his first bite!  Now I can’t wait for my own produce to ripen!!!  That’s going to be ultra splenderific!

Our “trash” from this meal.

OH I ALMOST FORGOT!  RECIPE:

Carrot Zucchini Burgers

5 medium carrots (2 cups): grated

1 medium Zucchini (1.5-2 cups): grated

1 cup corn meal

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

1/2 c plain yogurt or sour cream

1 egg

2 10ish garlic cloves minced, OR 2-3 tbsp (sounds like a lot you can do this to taste.  I LOVE GARLIC.  I’d say at least 6 cloves/2tbsp)

dash of oregano, and basil or any other spices you chose

Mix it all together (hands work best)

Form into patties

Cook in a thin layer of olive oil until brown.

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