We figure a child is never too young to learn how to navigate the kitchen. Even the first bowl of cereal that is poured without half of it landing on floor, the first milk that is tipped and doesn’t flood the counter, is a miraculous feat to which we raise our hands skyward and say, “Hallelujah.”
This means that on the weekends, on those precious, fleeting two days call Saturday and Sunday, because our wee one is capable of getting out of bed, visiting the rest room, turning on a cartoon, and filling her stomach, Mom can get another hour of sleep. Desperately needed sleep.
When our growing toodlebug, sweet pea, sunshine, or little monkey progresses to peanut butter and jelly sandwich-making, then on to complex layers of mayo, mustard, lettuce, cheese, and turkey, culminating with slicing the slightly listing product into quarters, nirvana is close. Next is slicing and dicing (cuts and blood are guaranteed; take it in stride), turning on the gas and operating the oven, learning not to get burned from the bacon grease, flipping an egg without breaking it, learning to boil water and making eatable pasta and fluffy rice, whipping up creative salads, gooey grilled cheese, and juicy turkey burgers. Make dinner for Mommy? Heaven on earth.
This summer, let someone else guide your child through the trials and perils of learning how to cook or, if you’ve already accomplished that task, let them do the fine tuning.
Summer Art Academy in La Cañada offers weekly classes for 7-10 year olds and 11-14 year olds. Jeanne Benedict on her blog brags that her 7-year-old was coming home and spoiling them with eggs benedict, bruschetta, ham and cheese souffle, homemade pasta, and “extraordinary and beyond delicious crepes.”
Classes run 9 a.m. to noon and have such titles as “Baker’s Delight, Pizza/Pasta/Palooza, Grilling and Chilling, and Hogworts Cooking School. Cost: $315 plus supply fee. SummerArtAcademy.com. 4463 Oak Grove Dr., La Cañada 91001. Questions? Call 818.386.2107.
Photos courtesy of Summer Art Academy.
Urban Kitchen in South Pasadena is offering Kids in the Kitchen summer camp, which includes instruction in all the basic skills and techniques with the added bonus of an end-of-the-week “friendly” Iron Chef competition.
From the middle of June through the middle of August, classes run for one week, 9 a.m.-noon. For ages 8 to 14; space is limited. Cost: $275. UrbanKitchen-LA.com. 1009 ½ Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena 91030. Questions? Call 818.536.3771.