Cooking with kids is a great way to expose them to new flavors and cultures. It teaches them math and science in a way that they don’t even realize. It brings families closer and having family dinners has shown to reduce depression and drug use, and make for happier, healthier kids.
There is a wonderful not-so-new concept that is catching on like the latest cute cat video on YouTube. This experience is bringing communities together and helping families bond.
Once a week, multi-generational families from a community come together and cook with local foods from their Farmer’s Market to make wonderfully nutritious meals. There are conversations over chopping carrots about the community, families, and cooking. Then everyone sits down and has a fantastic meal together and have lively discussions about anything. At then end, everyone cleans up, and takes home leftovers to freeze for easier and healthier meals during the week.
Parents just don’t have much time in the evening to prepare such time intensive dishes, after work and between homework, laundry, dishes, and bedtime. Home Economics and Cooking classes have been cut from most school districts’ budgets, so where do our kids learn to prepare barley, or homemade apple pie?