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July 30, 2011

In the Kitchen with A & B

I have long dreamed of cooking with my kiddos in the kitchen.

Due to the logistical challenge to date presented by my two hands vs. the four hands of two, two-year olds [if you follow], it's only happened a handful of times.

As the girls are getting a bit older, and occasionally more predictable [is that an oxymoron?], I'm very slowly getting a little braver.

During our latest endeavor, the girls "helped" me make pimento cheese. I pre-measured all the ingredients, and I let them each (one at a time) dump a couple of different things into the bowl and stir.

For the grand finale, they got to watch me use the mixer...just like Corduroy and Curious George in a couple of our storybook adventures.




Baby steps...for them and for me...but I hope it's the continued start of a long love for creating things in the kitchen.

Pimento Cheese Spread
2 c. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/4 c. mayonnaise
1/4 c. softened butter
4 oz. jar of chopped pimentos, drained
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. white sugar
1/2 c. chopped pecans

Combine ingredients in a bowl by hand, then use a hand mixer on low speed to fully incorporate all ingredients together. Refrigerate for at least an hour to allow flavors to meld.

Spread will harden in refrigerator; set out at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour before serving to allow spread to soften. (To use as a dip, you can microwave what you plan to eat for a few seconds [carefully!] to soften more quickly.)

8 comments:

Andrea said...

Mandiy your girls are growing up so fast!! They look so adorable mixing up the cheese spread!! :):) very sweet pics! Thanks for sharing!!

Julia said...

I LOVE it! I can't wait till the girls are old enough to cook with me in the kitchen!

The picture you included are so sweet. You can see how excited they are and how careful they are being to do a good job stirring up the ingredients.

What a fun activity!

championm2000 said...

I love pimento cheese and this looks like a recipe I can try--even if my two are too small to help :-)

I think it's great that you are including the girls from a young age. I wish I had been so lucky.

Enjoy your weekend!

Just Another Mom of Twins said...

That sounds so DE-licious!! Thanks for the recipe and the kids looked like they had so much fun!

Barbara Manatee said...

J&S love to help us make dinner! They fight over it sometimes. DH is a really good cook and very patient with the kids, letting them help in many ways. Love it!

Holly Ann said...

That's wonderful! The twins and I have been doing more cooking lately, but Dawson is really still too little. He still just wants to eat everything!

Deanna said...

Aw, fun! I am so going to try that recipe. I haven't had pimento cheese in forever!

reanbean said...

Whenever we cook or bake together, I too always pre-measure all the ingredients and then let the kiddos take turns dumping them into the big bowl. I don't remember when we first did it, but I have let them use the hand mixer a time or two. At first I did it hand over hand with them, but now I let them do it themselves on low and still with much supervision. They love it!