My son and I are laying on the floor of the living room, looking through cookbooks. I am looking through a cookbook that my mother gave me ages ago and I haven't fully explored yet; he is looking through one with Cookie Monster on the cover (because Cookie Monster is cool).

We are looking for new recipes to make - I'm doing this for my 100 challenge; he is doing it for the love of cooking. That's right: My son is my little sous chef.


Whenever I am making a meal, my son is often on a stool next to me - mixing, measuring and helping me organize ingredients. We talk about adding together ingredients (science!) and figure out amounts (science again!) and generally have a good time together.

I cook with my son for lots of reasons:

  1. It is an important skill to learn. Seriously. Learn to cook. It changes your life.
  2. It teaches basic science skills. We measure and add things together and magic (science) happens.
  3. If he cooks it; he might eat it. If he is responsible for the food, then he is more likely to eat it.

But it turns out there is another benefit to cooking together: It may help fight obesity. Researchers have found that a mix of exercise programs and cooking lessons help foster conversations around nutrition and health, and subsequently help fight obesity.

So, let's cook together. Let's cook the classic meals that have been in our family for years and let's try some new dishes. Let's come together in the kitchen and make something wonderful. Or, at the very least, let's dirty all the pans in the kitchen.

Who wants to help me clean up?

What dishes do you love to cook for your family? Tell me in the comments.

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Comment by Lauren Markman on May 10, 2014 at 3:04pm

Your youngest son is ridiculously cute! That cookbook thing is so funny! We've found some new favorites (who knew that we all would like roasted red pepper sauce?), but mostly I just like the experimentation of it all. It's good for my son to understand that sometimes things just don't work out and it's ok to improvise a bit. I love his help in the kitchen and hope to keep him there with me - learning such an important life skill - for as long as possible.

Comment by Marcia Fowler on May 7, 2014 at 8:59pm

What interesting recipes have you found?

My youngest son loves food so much he slept with a cookbook for over a year. His bedtime stories went like this, "and then you cut up the eggplant and cook at 350." I personally can't stand cooking especially after a day with the kids. I'd rather make oatmeal and spend the time playing games with them, but someone has to feed them. My oldest cooked with me for a while, now he just wants to play Legos. My youngest makes lunches with me each morning mainly so he can snack on cheese and lick the jelly knife (well, being a safe mom I make him scrape it to a spoon first, then lick it. ha ha).

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