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Raising Little Foodies

July 19, 2011

If you have kids, you know that each and every one of them has differing tastes.  Tastes that do not necessarily line up with your own.  Sure, there are kids who are the exceptions – they’re often only children, whose parents take the credit for their kids “adult” tastes, saying that it’s the result of being exposed to varying tastes and flavors – but I think the norm is that kids are all wired differently and we’re pretty foolish if we try to take the credit for how they are innately wired.  I have five children, all of who started out in life being fed a varied and healthy diet.  Each one of my five are very different, tastes wise, from their siblings.  I have one who has always had very broad tastes in food to the point that she has never enjoyed typical “kid fare”, and one who has extremely narrow tastes, yet they’ve both been offered (and yes, once in a while, in times of parental desperation, been force-fed)  a wide variety of things.

So one of the big kicks I get in parenting, and in watching my kids grow and develop their interests, is seeing what foodies these kids are turning into.  My son is going to be an amazing chef someday.  While he’s really athletic (football, anyone?) he spends far more time watching the Food Network than televised sports.  The only birthday gift idea he could come up with this year, when he turned 16, was a new saute pan.  When the kid is home, if he’s not locked in his room or parked in front of a cooking show, he’s in the kitchen, putting that saute pan to good use.  He’s very big on cooking breakfast foods – pancakes from scratch, 4-5 egg omelets, shredded hash browns.  He’s also been playing a lot with desserty things – sauteing things in butter, adding various chocolate ganaches and fruits and nuts.  His appetite, thankfully, matches his zeal for cooking.  Here’s a recent “snack” (don’t we all wish we had the metabolism of a 16 year old boy?):

My girls are budding foodies as well.  They like to “play kitchen” on a regular basis, too (in our house, “playing kitchen ” generally includes making all sorts of food experiments which utilize many ingredients, utensils and dishes, and then walking away, too tired and full to clean up any of the mess).  My youngest child, who is notorious for not eating – and particularly not eating any fruits or vegetables – gets in on the fun as much as her siblings do.  Here she is, posing with her own collection of recipes (she’s 9 now, after all, high time she start preparing to be out on her own, right?)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Carolyn permalink
    July 19, 2011 8:33 am

    Love this!
    Forest will be like your son, for sure. We just switched our cable and now have The Food Network. I showed it to Forest last night and he was mesmerized by an entire channel devoted to cooking and food.

  2. bonnyclark permalink*
    July 19, 2011 3:55 pm

    Smart boy you have! Jordan’s favorites right now, I think, are Iron Chef, Chopped and … Extreme Chef? I think?

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