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!