Cooking with Kids
My granddaughter, age ten, enjoys cooking with me, especially baking bread. Whether it’s from scratch like whole wheat or strawberry bread, or using refrigerated biscuits to make cheesy garlic biscuits, she’s happy working together in the kitchen with the scent of bread filling the air.
Cooking with a child is fun, and for me, it brings back memories of cooking with my mother and grandmothers. Those are cherished memories, and I still use many of their recipes for fluffy sandwich rolls, Irish bread and pumpkin bread. One whiff of the fresh spicy pumpkin bread, caraway and raisin bread, or the yeasty rolls, and I’m transported to my childhood. I’ve passed on the family recipes to my children and now my grandchildren.
Getting together in the kitchen is much more than preparing a meal. It’s engaging with loved ones, creating new memories and spending time talking. Serving the bread and breaking it with family reflects God’s call to break bread with one another and celebrate His presence and provisions. Whether you grab refrigerated dough or start from scratch, consider baking a batch of muffins or a loaf of bread, and invite others to join you at the table.
Karen Whiting is an international speaker, former television host and author of twenty-five books for women, families and children, including 52 Weekly Devotions for Busy Families and Girl Talk Guy Talk. Her latest book The Gift of Bread: Recipes for the Heart and the Table shares her family recipes, tips on baking bread, memories and insights into the biblical purpose of bread.