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How to Cook With Kids (Or Inspite of Them) During a Big Cooking Day
Posted By Jessica Fisher On November 3, 2009 @ 1:33 am In Family Fun,Freezer Cooking,Parenting and Family | 6 Comments
Those who know us well know that the FishFam loves to eat. Everyone in the family loves good food and all enjoy cooking. My home is full of little chefs.
Case in point: Saturday afternoon FishBoy7 surprised us all with a HUGE platter of PB&J — on sourdough — about an hour before dinner. At first I was panicked, “There goes dinner.” But, as it turns out, it was a nice little appetizer for my family of hobbits .
I love to stash meals in the freezer  so that I don’t have to cook every night unless I want to. And though I have lots of helpers, cooking with children underfoot can compromise a mother’s efforts at efficiency. The first time I did “once-a-month cooking” my eldest child was still in utero. He didn’t get in between me and a speed cooking session. However, times change and so do kids — and family size. When you have lots of little ones, making a piece of toast can seem to take hours. Forget about 30 meals!
Over the years, I’ve developed a number of approaches to pulling off big batch cooking with kids and sometimes, in spite of them. These same techniques will also come in handy when you’re preparing special holiday dinners as well, like Thanksgiving, Hanukah, or Christmas.
What do you to when you have cooking to do and kids nearby? How do you blend your roles as caregiver and cook?
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