Little Chefs In The Kitchen With Kid Stir

Did you watch Food Network Star last night?!?  My kids and I love watching Giada’s shows and Food Network in general, so Giada on Food Network Star means we’re hooked!

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My two oldest kiddos and I actually had the honor of meeting and speaking with Giada at a book signing a few years ago!  More on that to come!

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But back to Food Network Star.  I don’t want to spoil the ending for anyone who maybe hasn’t seen the finale yet, but I will say you’re in for a couple of shocking moments!

Watching Food Network with my children has been such a rewarding experience for us as a family.  It has not only given us loads of delicious recipe ideas to try, but it has also completely inspired my children to become chefs one day!

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They constantly play “Food Network Star” with their play dough and have me judge the “food” and pick a winner; they sit at the dinner table and take turns describing each bite, which is always entertaining; and they’re even motivated to get in the real kitchen with me to help with dinner.  I was initially resistant to the idea of sharing my kitchen work space with them, but ultimately I found they really do know what they’re doing and with a little guidance they are actually a huge help with the prep work.  Plus, you can’t beat the memory making.

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Their play dough “creations”

We’ve definitely encouraged their budding interest.  In our side yard we planted an herb garden with Thyme, Oregano, Rosemary, Basil, Sage and fresh Mint to use in recipes and we frequently try new farmers markets together.

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To add another element to their newest hobby, we thought we would try KidStir.  You can learn more about it here, but basically it is a kit subscription service that includes new recipe cards and kid-friendly kitchen tools in each box.

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My oldest daughter has not only loved getting her own box in the mail, but she also gets excited about exploring the different themes (Soups! Appetizers! Desserts!) that come in each kit.  You can choose monthly or 3/6/12 month subscriptions and when your subscription is up your child will have recipe cards bound in the KidStir Cookbook, how-to cards with detailed explanations of different cooking techniques and methods, and colorful kitchen utensils (which they will not share with you).

And bonus-the recipes are actually pretty tasty for adults too!  With my help measuring everything out, my daughter actually made our whole family Broccoli Cheese Soup for dinner and it was delectable.

If your kids are even remotely interested in cooking, I would definitely recommend you give KidStir a try.  It’s a fun way to spend time together and at the end of it all, you get to share something that they had a hand in creating.  Their smiles and sense of pride are priceless and well worth any mess.

Have you tried KidStir?  What was the yummiest dish your child made?

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