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An Irish Recipe

Take a heapin' bit of laughter

Some teardrops and some signs

Add to this some sunshine

And the smiles of merry eyes

 

Then sprinkle blessings over it

Dilute it well with rain

Stir in a mess of happiness

And season well with pain

 

Pour all into a golden cup

That's buttered well with strife

Heat it up with a trouble or two

And THAT, me friend, is LIFE!

- KUMC Community Cookbook
Date Currently Unknown

Safety Steps

- Imperial Sugar's "My First Cookbook" (c) 1972

PLOP!    Keep your hands dry. Slippery, wet hands may cause you to drop something.

OOPS!   If something spills on the floor, wipe it up at once. Someone may slip and fall.

OUCH!  Use a pot holder in each hand when you take hot pans or dishes from the oven.

BOOM!  Turn pan handle away from edge of range so it cannot be bumped.

EEK!      When you plug in or unplug an appliance, be sure your hands are dry. Always take hold of the plug and pull straight out.

OOOH   When using the vegetable parer or knife always cut away from yourself. Place foods to be cut on a cutting board. Cut down, never toward your hand.

WOW!    Avoid stinging steam. Tip lid away from you when you raise the cover to check contents of a hot pan.

SOS!       Always ask for help or advice if you really need it. Before using special equipment such as blenders, electric skillets, and electric can openers, ask for permission and for help if you have never used them.

Children learn best by doing

Actively participating in food preparation increases:

  • Knowledge of math, science, and reading
  • Improves social skills and manners
  • Understanding of where food comes from
  • The likelihood to taste and enjoy all/new foods
  • Understanding and improving the environment around them

Tips for Good Cooking Habits with Children

-  A combination of tips from Texas Department of Agriculture and Imperial Sugar's "My First Cookbook" (c) 1972

  • Be prepared.  Read the recipe carefully and be sure you have all the ingredients laid out with the necessary equipment.
  • Use plastic utensils to guard against breakage.
  • Tie back long hair and cover the rest with hairnets or hats.
  • Tie aprons or towels around the waist to keep children clean.
  • WASH YOUR HANDS!
  • Take a moment to explain the ground rules of the kitchen, and the rules of the project.
  • Demonstrate how to use a knife properly, and always supervise.
  • Measure each ingredient carefully.
  • Read one step of the recipe at a time. Do what it says. Narrate what you're doing so the children will know.
  • If using stove top burners, ovens, or other equipment that will be hot, demonstrate how to use potholders and stay clear of the heat.
  • Keep pots and pans handles away from the edge of the stove so small children can't grab it.
  • Place electrical cords where children can't trip over them.
  • Once finished, clean off the work area and wash all pots, pans, and cooking utensils.
  • Put everything back where it belongs so children understand the importance.
  • Be sure to let the children see you turning off the stove or oven.

IDEA: While narrating your procedure, try giving shopping tips so that children will be mindful about buying food.