Gone are the days of fantasizing about a hot young dish firing it up in the kitchen. These days you’d settle for your kids taking on a dinnertime dish of their own.
Which is why the new web series Kids Who Love to Cook has inspired us to invite our littles to the kitchen counter. The videos showcase real kids (not actors) making real meals (no fancy editing or switcheroos). What you see is exactly what they made — all by themselves.
We asked Abby, a KWLTK contributor, why she loves to cook and found her answer to be as satisfying as her baked chicken.
There’s something about cooking for family or friends. You’re feeding the people you care about! And cooking relaxes me. It’s like therapy. I’m just minding my own business in the kitchen. No chatting, emailing, or texting. It’s my alone, quiet time.
Baked Chicken with New Potatoes, Carrots, and Caramelized Shallots
Serves four to six
8 pieces chicken (4 thighs and 4 drumsticks)
4 new potatoes, halved
4 young carrots
4 medium-large shallots, halved
2-3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. parsley, chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tbsp. soy sauce (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 425°.
2. Put chicken, potatoes, carrots, and shallots in a baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and soy sauce (if using); season with salt and pepper.
3. Toss everything in the baking dish and place in the oven.
4. After 20 minutes, turn the chicken pieces and scrape off the shallots clinging to the pan. Spoon juices and shallots over the chicken. Return dish to oven.
5. After another 20 minutes, check if chicken is cooked through. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped parsley.
Find more dinnertime inspiration online at kidswholovetocook.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Kids Who Love to Cook