Cooking with Kids can be enjoyable quality time together, and a cold winter like this is a solid reason to stay indoors and make comfort food, right?!  So we started researching for you novel ideas other than slow-cooker a.k.a. “Crock Pot” recipes, and the typical baked goods.

Find inspiration recipes on kidscookingactivities.com (a name we related to immediately! 🙂 ) where fun cold weather recipes like a variety of edible snowballs and snowflakes! can be found as well as soup for the kid chef.  A reliable go-to online recipe source Allrecipes.com actually has a page for kid-created and tested “recipes for kid chefs” that we plan to explore! Post your favs in the comments below. More yummy soup ideas: 16 Kid-Friendly Crockpot Soup Recipes from popsugar.com.

For classes:   we found a new one on Facebook with a name we like, too – Kidalicous in Woodbridge; or head to longtime favorite Sur La Table in Canton — next appropriate class this Sunday! March 1 when make Teens Bake Macarons.  In Fairfield County’s Aux Delices Foods; for sweet creations connect with Ladybug Cake and Candy Supply, Southbury. Remember Stew Leonard’s offer quick workshops for kids:  Friday Morning 2/26 for Toddlers in Newington or check out the new March/April Schedule.

For “contests”: try First County Bank Teen Chefs Challenge at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center at the annual Maple Sugar Festival Weekend on March 7. Watch teen chefs create delicious dishes using SM&NC maple syrup and vote for your favorite.

Nutrition information: for your kids and your family is very valuable, too, so consider educating yourselves through a local program:  Bristol Hospital Parent & Child Center is offering a workshop this Thursday, 2/26 evening called “Your Personal Plate” modeled after the USDA created “Choose MyPlate.”  You will get to sample a healthy entrée in class and get groceries to try a Cooking with Kidsrecipe at home with your family.  $5 – contact Cecilia at (860) 585-3895 or cgaray@bristolhospital.org.

Learn healthy eating and how to make it with Robin’s Healing Kitchen, is about creating delicious, healthy, whole food meals for the entire family.  She believes you can make a difference in preventing disease through your own choices and proudly develops “Junior Chefs” in her classes.

AND remember – think about others that have less…kids don’t thrive when they are hungry!