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Here’s an idea for the New Year: You kicking back with a glass of wine as your kids whip up dinner.
Fantasy? Maybe, but it may just be time to let your children learn a valuable life skill like cooking. You know what they say about teaching a man to fish? OK, making your kids hunt and forage for their food may be a bit extreme, but you can teach them how to whip up age-appropriate snacks and suppers.
The secret is finding tasty, easy-to-follow recipes for foods they already know and love, such as granola bars and chicken parmesan. Those classics and more can be found in American Girl Cooking by Williams-Sonoma. While the cookbook is ideal for fans of the dolls—you and your daughter can debate whether Samantha would prefer guacamole or greek salad pitas—the family-pleasing recipes are sure to be a hit with boys too.
Ready for your little one to learn how to be the next Emeril Lagasse or Ina Garten? Break out the blue apron, and help your son or daughter concoct one of the delicious dishes below. Then, give each other a Michelin star just for the effort.
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Show your kids that salad can be scrumptious when it's tucked into warm, fluffy pitas.
Try an out-of-this-world spin on a tasty party staple.
A hearty meal for the whole family—cooked by your kids. Now that's delicious.
Ditch the store-bought bags and let your kids learn how to bake their own savory snacks.
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