Why Your Child Needs to Know How to Cook
We are placing more emphasis on food in our families these days. We want to know where our food is coming from, we know we should be able to pronounce each ingredient on the nutritional label and frozen dinners just don't cut it anymore. More parents are realizing that teaching their kids to cook helps prepare them for the future. As the parent of a student who has taken a kid or teen cooking class at The Chopping Block, you are ahead of the pack!
Here are just a few benefits your kids will get from cooking, as outlined by Parenting Today:
Do the Math
Cooking is a fun way to crunch numbers, whether it's doubling a recipe or learning how to be precise with measurements.
Anti-Obesity Weapon By learning the nutritional value of food, kids can arm themselves with knowledge to help fight the childhood obesity epidemic.
Appreciation Teaching your kids where their food comes from will give them an appreciation for nature that will last long into adulthood.
Nutritional Control Learning how to cook helps give kids control over their health. This is an important foundation to lay for the rest of their lives.
Read about more reasons why you child should know how to cook in our recent blog. At The Chopping Block, each hands on kids and teen class includes a lesson on ingredients, sanitation, organization and cooking techniques. We have a whole new lineup of classes for winter & spring! Take a look at our offerings through April in the left column, and sign up your child today.
Cooking Resources for Kids
Using cookbooks is a great way to improve your child's reading skills in a fun way. We just ordered more of our "Kids in the Kitchen Flip Cookbook" ($14.95) which is now available at both locations.
The popular "Spoon" and "Chopsticks" series ($16.95 each) teaches kids about food, as well as celebrating independence, friendship and what makes us each special.
Stop by our stores to page through these children's books. They make perfect presents for young foodies!
Cook Together as a Family
Spend more time together in the kitchen as a family in the new year. Our monthly Family Night cooking class in Lincoln Square features fun menus for kids, as well as adults.
$75 for 1 adult + 1 child (16 and under) & $20 for each additional child
Sunday, February 24 5pm Crispy Vegetable Egg Rolls with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce; Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry with Steamed Rice; Almond Cookies
Pasta Party Note: We have two Family Nights in March!
Caesar Salad; Homemade Fettuccine with Alfredo Sauce; Oven-Roasted Broccoli; Individual Chocolate Lava Cakes