Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Cooking Class Questions Answered

I have received a few questions regarding our cooking class and I thought I would try to answer them all here. Our "Cooking with Kids" class started when our church started small life groups. These groups are started by someone who has an idea of something that they would like to get together and share with others, like going to the movies, cooking, playing cards, crafting, etc. My Aunt and Uncle brought up the idea of cooking with kids and I was right on board with it. My kids love cooking and I thought it was a great idea. We just had our second "class" and it is growing. Everyone is having so much fun!

Where did I find those adorable aprons? Felicia's apron with the chef hat was from Target. My mom bought it for her, but when she tried to get one for Mady, they were sold out. So she bought an apron at a craft store and helped Madelyn decorate it with fabric paint and foam stamps. It turned out very cute and they are both so proud of them!

You may have noticed the cardboard on the floor from my last cooking with kids post. That was there in preparation for Donut Day so the floor did not get to slippery from the oil. Although, we may get a little messy, we don't usually have to cover the floor with anything! LOL!

Of course, I have had a few requests for some of the recipes that we made, so I have posted the recipe for the Skillet Spaghetti below. It was delicious and super easy:0)

Skillet Spaghetti

1 lb. ground beef
3 cups water
2 cans (11 1/2 oz. each) tomato juice
1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
2 T. dried minced onions
1-2 T. chili powder
1 1/2 t. dried oregano
1 t. sugar
1 t. salt
1 t. garlic salt
1 package (7oz.) spaghetti
grated Parmesan cheese, optional

In a skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the water, tomato juice, tomato paste, and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Add uncooked spaghetti. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until the spaghetti is tender, stirring frequently. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired.


  1. That is such a great idea. I wonder how you would be able to accomodate larger groups of kids. If you had only one oven or 4 burners and it involved cooking. It just sounds like so much fun!

  2. Oh oh oh! I'm gonna do the cardboard thing!! oh oh oh!!!

  3. Thanks for the information. What a great idea!!

  4. I love this idea - and the aprons are adorable!

  5. My younger son loves to cook and is a huge fan of spices. I will try this recipe! Yum!
    Thank you for the recipe!

  6. That recipe sounds so good, thanks for sharing it!

    My oldest loves to cook/bake with me, he wants to learn to do EVERYTHING! =)

  7. I think it's a great idea to teach kids to cook. I remember taking home ec. in jr. high but they didn't teach us anything practical. We made things like escaragots. Yeah.

    And at home, my mom always shooed us out of the kitchen. Then when I moved out on my own she said "oh gosh, I hope you don't starve, you don't know how to cook!" Grrr (the joke's on her though, I'm a pretty good cook now! ;) )

  8. Sounds like a really fun time for the kids! Wish our church had something like that.
    I think I hear some clicking :)

  9. The messy chef photo, paired with your spagetti recipe, is really quite perfect, Sandy. Thanks for sharing. Anything that looks this good and easy needs to be on my dinner table.

    I noticed that you are a Welcomista! Those SITS girls really do think of everything, don't they? Question: How did you become one? It looks like great fun!


  10. How fun to have cooking classes for kids. And thanks for the recipe.

    You roll called before me at SITS. Just thought I'd stop by. You have a cute family.
    Have a great day.

  11. That is a great activity and group idea. I saw you comment over at Jeannie's with this recipe. I plan on making it. Looks very good.

    I see Wenda too!

    BTW, I have an award for you on my blog. Check it out when you can:)

  12. Over from SITS! What a great way to cook ita ll in one pan! Spaghetti is one of our family's favorites... who doesn't love it?

  13. Thank you for sharing this:) I am making it for dinner tonight! Sounds yummy (and easy!)

  14. Cooking with kids is fun. The recipe you shared looks yummy too!


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