Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Now we're cooking!

An update on our summer cooking class:

Klaus has started making recipes even I haven't wanted to try--fried chicken, for example. I always thought it was too hard and too messy, but he did a fantastic job. He's volunteered to cook dinner three out of the last seven days.

Wolfie much prefers to create his own recipes. We elaborated on a basic lasagna recipe that turned out better than mine do. One experiment--chicken drumsticks rolled in cooked rice like sushi and then deep-fried in tempura batter--didn't turn out so well (we couldn't get the rice to stick) but at least he's trying--and raising the bar himself.

Chester is less ambitious--he's always been a picky eater. But I bought the Better Homes and Gardens Kids Cookbook and he quickly found three recipes that sounded both easy and fun. In fact, the day the cookbook came, we also happened to have company from out of state. Sam insisted on making the "Pick Pockets" (calzones) for the company, even though it wasn't his usual day to cook. They turned out terrific, by the way. ;)

As an aside, the link above for the cookbook is through It's an online branch of Book-of-the-Month club that I've been a member of for almost a year. Every single book is $9.95, no charge for shipping, even Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell, which retailed for $35. Their selection is limited to recent books, particularly bestsellers, but I highly recommend them for bibliophiles. :D

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