Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Company in the Kitchen

Right now we're baking a batch of our new fall favorite - pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. My family can't seem to get enough of these autumn treats. I suspect this recipe will outlast the season stretching into winter and likely spring.

Often I like to be alone while cooking. It's just easier that way. No step stools. No prying hands. Less mess. But tonight I was feeling accommodating. My youngest daughter joined me for a little kitchen adventure. First she helped unload the dishwasher (and did a great job I might add. I could get used to that kind of help).

Then we baked. In the process we learned the difference between 1 cup and 1/2 cup. We did a little math (if you have one 1 cup container and one 1/2 cup container how do we get 2 1/2 cups flour?).

We also tackled spelling and committed the word C-U-P to memory.

Thanks to my daughter's astute observation I learned that nutmeg looks like a miniature coconut. We both agreed it smelled delectable when grated into the batter.

I taught her the proper function of a Silpat mat and that a small ice cream scoop was perfect for ladling out dough.

She taught me to count to twelve. And now we have 12+12+12 cookies all ready to eat.

All-in-all we had a lovely time. I do believe I ought to have company in the kitchen more often.

Tell me ... do you cook alone or does your family join you? I'd love to know!



Tammie said...

i usually like to go it alone, its more relaxing for me that way. but sometimes im nice and let the kids help.

Gayle said...

Your photo is so sweet. It has such a lovely nostalgic feel to it.

I usually cook alone, but my 12 year old son wants to be a chef when he grows up, so sometimes he helps. Also, sometimes he cooks alone, or I help him!

Bridge said...

I love to bake alone; years of baking with kids has led way to an appreciation for the meditative joys of baking. I will say that your post is food for thought and perhaps a family baking session is in order.

lovely photo.

The Berghorn Family said...

I am beginning to have my girls cook with me and I do a little math, spelling and other lessons as they come up. We especially enjoy holiday baking and I love pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!

Amy said...

Lately my two year old has been standing on a chair mixing flour and water while I cook - he thinks he's helping - and I guess he kind of is!