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Flour Power: Tips to get kids cooking, plus mini pumpkin pie recipe

Posted November 20, 2014

Holidays are the perfect time to teach your child about nutrition and cooking. Children will build their self confidence and try many new foods while learning valuable math, chemistry and reading skills.

Teaching the Basics
Start by teaching your child the basics. Cracking eggs and learning to measure out the correct amounts in a recipe are great starting points. You can talk about different utensils you’re using and equipment needed to complete a cooking recipe.

Safety Precautions
It’s always smart to kick off the fun in the kitchen with covering a few ground rules before getting started. Teach your children how to wash their hands properly. Singing the ABC song is a great way to discuss how long they should wash their hands to kill germs. Stress to never eat mixtures containing raw eggs and it’s always a great idea to ask Mom or Dad for help with hot items.

Here’s a quick list of great Thanksgiving help they’re easily to accomplish

Three to Five Year Olds
• Making pudding for desserts
• Snapping green beans
• Preparing lettuce with safety knife for a salad
• Pressing out cookies with cutters
• Pouring and stirring
• Setting the table

Six to Nine Year Olds
• Shucking corn
• Mixing and shaking ingredients
• Beating eggs
• Measuring wet and dry ingredients
• Rinsing vegetables and chopping with a safety knife
• Washing dishes

Ten and Older
• Slicing and chopping vegetables
• Boiling potatoes (Mom and Dad should still drain the hot water!)
• Simmer ingredients at the stove
• Bake foods in the oven (under Mom and Dad’s supervision)
• Explain to your older Chef the different methods and styles of cooking and their purpose (for example, baking vs broiling)

You’ll build life long memories together that you’ll both remember! Bring your Lil’ Chef into the kitchen this year and create a few new traditions this year!

Here's an easy recipe that you can do as a family!

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Ingredients
• 1 tablespoon sugar
• ½ cup pumpkin puree
• 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
• Pie crust
• ½ cup dark corn syrup
• 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Spray your mini muffin pan with non stick spray.
3. Roll out your pie dough and cut out circles with round cookie cutter.
4. Lightly press the pie dough circles into the muffin pan openings.
5. Mix ingredients except the pie crust.
6. Fill each pie crust ¾ fill with pumpkin pie mixture
7. Bake for 12 minute at 350 degrees until set.

Makes 12 mini pumpkin pies.

Susan Caldwell is the mom of two and owner of Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios (formerly Lil' Chef), with locations in Raleigh and Charlotte. Go Ask Mom features recipes every Friday. For more, check WRAL.com's recipe database.

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