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Dad's, getting your kids in the kitchen you is a great way to spend time with them. Cooking with kids
is a wonderful adventure.

From baking cookies to printing out some fun recipe cards, we have a variety of activities to keep
kids busy. There are even preschool recipes that can get even the littlest ones involved.

Children of all ages and gender, benefit from spending time in the kitchen. With the easy to follow
children's recipes listed below, kids are introduced to basic math skills, reading and comprehension.

Using a recipe will also develop their ability to  follow directions, one of the most important skills
a child needs for a successful school experience, plus Dad's, it's just good quality time!
Mom's Night Out!
Tools for the "Child" Cook  
These basic kitchen items will help your child to begin their cooking adventure:
  • Wooden spoons
  • Plastic or metal mixing bowls
  • Wire whisk
  • Hot pads
  • Plastic nesting measuring cups
  • Child sized apron

Ingredients to keep on hand:
  • Peanut butter
  • Yogurt
  • Nonfat dry milk
  • Honey
  • Shredded coconut
  • Frozen juices
  • Frozen fruit
  • Cream cheese
  • Raisins
"TOP 5 TIPS" for Cooking with Children
1. Safety first. Keep young children away from a hot stove,
oven, sharp knives and cheese graters.

2. Allow even the youngest chef to pour the ingredients into
a bowl; flour, sugar, eggs etc. Remember to turn the
mixer off first.

3. Consider switching from glass measuring cups, mixing
bowls and baking dishes, to plastic. They are
easier/safer for kids to manage and you may feel more
comfortable.

4.  Pour on the praise, if the outcome isn't exactly as
expected.

5.  
Expect a mess...spills will happen. Take it in stride
and simply use the opportunity to teach that clean-up is
one aspect of cooking.
Dad's "Soon to be Famous"...Cheeseburger Pizza
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 can favorite pizza sauce
1 medium size frozen cheese pizza
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup minced onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
1. Brown beef and onion (onions optional - some kids just won't eat
them)
2  Pour meat and onions into strainer in order to remove grease
3. Add pizza sauce and seasonings.
4. Form a crust using the crescent rolls on a lightly
greased pizza pan or stone.

5. Pat together to seal seams.

6. Pour meat mixture on top of crust. Sprinkle with
cheese.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.
Hot Dog & Spaghetti Casserole
1 pound spaghetti
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 package hot dogs, sliced into rounds
American cheese slices or shredded
cheese

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
1. Brown beef and onion (onions optional - some kids just won't eat
them)
2  Pour meat and onions into strainer in order to remove grease
3. Add pizza sauce and seasonings.
4. Form a crust using the crescent rolls on a lightly
greased pizza pan or stone.

5. Pat together to seal seams.

6. Pour meat mixture on top of crust. Sprinkle with
cheese.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.
Dad's "Soon to be Famous"...Cheeseburger Pizza
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 can favorite pizza sauce
1 medium size frozen cheese pizza
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup minced onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
1. Brown beef and onion (onions optional - some kids just won't eat
them)
2  Pour meat and onions into strainer in order to remove grease
3. Add pizza sauce and seasonings.
4. Form a crust using the crescent rolls on a lightly
greased pizza pan or stone.

5. Pat together to seal seams.

6. Pour meat mixture on top of crust. Sprinkle with
cheese.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.
Hot Dog & Spaghetti Casserole
1 pound spaghetti
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 package hot dogs, sliced into rounds
American cheese slices or shredded
cheese

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
1. Brown beef and onion (onions optional - some kids just won't eat
them)
2  Pour meat and onions into strainer in order to remove grease
3. Add pizza sauce and seasonings.
4. Form a crust using the crescent rolls on a lightly
greased pizza pan or stone.

5. Pat together to seal seams.

6. Pour meat mixture on top of crust. Sprinkle with
cheese.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.
Dad's "Soon to be Famous"...Cheeseburger Pizza
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 can favorite pizza sauce
1 medium size frozen cheese pizza
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup minced onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
1. Brown beef and onion (onions optional - some kids just won't eat
them)
2  Pour meat and onions into strainer in order to remove grease
3. Add pizza sauce and seasonings.
4. Form a crust using the crescent rolls on a lightly
greased pizza pan or stone.

5. Pat together to seal seams.

6. Pour meat mixture on top of crust. Sprinkle with
cheese.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.
Hot Dog & Spaghetti Casserole
1 pound spaghetti
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 package hot dogs, sliced into rounds
American cheese slices or shredded
cheese

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
1. Brown beef and onion (onions optional - some kids just won't eat
them)
2  Pour meat and onions into strainer in order to remove grease
3. Add pizza sauce and seasonings.
4. Form a crust using the crescent rolls on a lightly
greased pizza pan or stone.

5. Pat together to seal seams.

6. Pour meat mixture on top of crust. Sprinkle with
cheese.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.
Dad's "Soon to be Famous"...Cheeseburger Pizza
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 can favorite pizza sauce
1 medium size frozen cheese pizza
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup minced onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
1. Brown beef and onion (onions optional - some kids just won't eat
them)
2  Pour meat and onions into strainer in order to remove grease
3. Add pizza sauce and seasonings.
4. Form a crust using the crescent rolls on a lightly
greased pizza pan or stone.

5. Pat together to seal seams.

6. Pour meat mixture on top of crust. Sprinkle with
cheese.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.
Hot Dog & Spaghetti Casserole
1 pound spaghetti
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 package hot dogs, sliced into rounds
American cheese slices or shredded
cheese

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
1. Brown beef and onion (onions optional - some kids just won't eat
them)
2  Pour meat and onions into strainer in order to remove grease
3. Add pizza sauce and seasonings.
4. Form a crust using the crescent rolls on a lightly
greased pizza pan or stone.

5. Pat together to seal seams.

6. Pour meat mixture on top of crust. Sprinkle with
cheese.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.
JANUARY 2010 EDITION - Updated Weekly