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MommaT's picture MommaT

Can you tell me more about "Family Cook Night?" Do you have it on a set night of the week? How many times do you have it during the week? What kind of foods do you typically make?

I enjoy cooking, but since my husband and I both work, it's hard to stay away from processed and frozen foods. Plus, S. is on this "all mini-corn dog and all mini-pizza" phase. I thought I heard angels sing the other day when S. ate smoked chicken. HA!


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

MommaT--I wrote a column on Family Cook Night some time ago: here's the link:

http://blogs.familyeducation.com/blogs/aliki-mcelreath/the-family-cooks-...

We LOVE doing this! We started it because we were in such a rut with cooking and I was getting tired of preparing things all alone and having my son refuse to eat anything. Dinners are stressful around here mainly because of my son's food sensitivities and sensory issues with food and smells. So once a week we all go food shopping and we prepare and cook the food. L. often does the chopping and T. mixes if there is mixing to be done, and L. sets the table. We mainly cook Chinese stir fry because we haven't been able to branch out from there with L., but as you saw from the pictures he did agree to help wrap and roll the egg rolls.

Family Cook Night has brought us together in the kitchen, and helped teach the kids all the responsibilities that go into meal preparation.


MommaT's picture MommaT

Wonderful information! Thank you so much. S. likes to help in the kitchen, so I think we'll have to try this. I received Sandra Lee's Cool Kid's Cooking cookbook (http://www.amazon.com/Semi-Homemade-Cool-Cooking-Sandra-Homemade/dp/0696...) for my birthday a few weeks ago; we haven't made anything yet but this would be a great time to try something. Maybe, just maybe, S. will pick something out he likes (from the pictures) and then we can make it. Right now, our kitchen antics just include "tong wars"--we are each are armed with tongs (I get the regular ones, S. gets the huge BBQ ones) and we try and squeese the other person's tongs. There's an occasionaly tushy sqeeze and/or lots of taunting. It's fun.

Thanks for the idea. I'll keep you posted.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Let me know how it goes! Family Cook Night has been a great success here, so I'd love to hear your spin on things and any other ideas you might have!


Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

This looks like something I will definitely try! I made homemade crab rangoons for family once, with wonton wrappers, and was the hero for a day! The egg rolls look really good. Do you have a fryer, or did you just do it in a skillet? I'm no expert and frying, so was wondering if I'd have to have a fry daddy.

Great post!


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

No fryer--I just use a skillet! They brown quickly so you have to be on top of them for certain, but they're quick to make.


MommaT's picture MommaT

So I was having a bit of a hard time coming up with dinners for us to make. I did pull out my cookbooks and showed S. pictures but he said "no" to everything. So we adapted it to Family Fun Day and will make a treat each week. We rarely keep sweets around the house, so will be a nice change.

Here are some pics we took....
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Oppsy!
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Water gun wars while we waited for the cup cakes
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And the finished product. YUM
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Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

What a great tradition, MommaT--thanks for sharing.