Last spring I started to teach my children how to cook. Each weekend, they would take turns choosing and preparing a menu. My kids enjoy looking through recipe books and talk about their dinner for a few days before they make it and love calling all of their relatives to tell them how it worked out. I allow them to do almost everything (short of pulling a hot pan out of the oven) and they really take ownership of their meal.
So, I am going to share my children's creations and I encourage you to participate in the challenge with your family (after all, lots of you have commented on the Pillsbury post saying how you would love to cook with your kids)! If you would like to participate and have your creations featured right here on Cake Mom, feel free to send me the recipe you tried and any pictures of the finished results and/or your family having fun with the cooking process.
My kids are excited to get cooking again now that summer is almost over but I will warn you that they are a little less apt to try new recipes since they miss some of their favorites. Repeats or not, we enjoy the process and hope you can try some of the recipes!
Bella's Dinner: Macaroni and Cheese & Oreo Pie
Macaroni & Cheese recipe
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs, divided
8 oz dry large elbow macaroni, uncooked
10 oz shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups milk
1 tsp pepper
3/4 tsp salt
1. Preheat oven 10 350. Spray 13x9 inch baking dish with cooking spray; add 1/4 cup bread crumbs covering the pan evenly.
2. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Layer 1/3 each of the macaroni and shredded and Parmesan cheese in dish. Repeat layers twice more. Whisk together eggs, milk, salt, and pepper; pour evenly over layered mixture. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup bread crumbs over top.
3. Bake 55-60 minutes or until golden and set. Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving.
Oreo Triple Layer Chocolate Pie (from Kraftfoods.com)
32 Oreo cookies, divided
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 pkg chocolate Jell-O instant Pudding
2 cups cold milk
8oz Cool Whip, thawed, divided
1. Finely crush 24 cookies; mix with butter. Press onto bottom and up side of 9-inch pie plate.
2. Beat pudding mixes and milk with whisk for 2 minutes
3. Spoon 1&1/2 cups pudding into crust. Stir half the Cool Whip into remaining budding; spread over pudding payer in crust. Chop remaining cookies; stir into remaining Cool Whip. Spread over pie. Refrigerate 4 hours or until set.
Results: We have made the macaroni and cheese recipe many times and everyone in the family loves it. It is really tasty and there is enough for all 4 of us plus some yummy leftovers. This was our first time with the pie. Bella enjoyed making it, saying it was the easiest dessert she has ever made. I loved the layers and each layer had its own fun flavor yet they tasted so great together. These recipes both have permanent places in my recipe book!