Kitchen Academy

Essential techniques, clever tips, and safety basics for cooking with your Little Sous

Whoopie Pies Are the New Cupcakes

I did not grow up eating homemade birthday cake. Mint-chocolate chip ice cream cakes from Baskin Robbins were my jam. I loved them and, more to the point, cake-making did not interest either my mother or father. (They put their energy into lawyering, psychotherapy, and grounding me.) My children, however, celebrate each and every birthday …

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A Fourth of July Cake Worth Celebrating

America’s birthday is full of dazzling hues, from iconic red, white, and blue bunting to the dazzling firework shows that cap the evening. And at backyard gatherings across the nation, one patriotic dessert—the sweet, simple flag cake—has itself become an icon. Fourth of July-themed cakes, traditionally iced with white buttercream and decorated with fresh summer …

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Hand-Washing Science

This experiment will show why you should always wash your hands before handling food. Using sliced bread, you’ll see how much mold grows after you touch the bread with dirty and clean hands. How different do you think they’ll be?  YOU’LL NEED: 3 slices of bread* 3 (or more) resealable plastic sandwich bagsMarkerSpray bottle  * Any kind …

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Little Sous Pizza Party

Pizza Party!

You’ve probably eaten pizza at restaurants, school, or delivered to your home hundreds of times—after all, pizza is the most popular food in America. But have you ever made your own, from scratch? You will with the lesson in our “Pizza Party!” Kitchen Academy kit—and when you’re finished, you can call yourself a pizzaiolo (if …

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Peas: The Gateway Vegetable

Digging in the dirt? Super fun. Pulling weeds, pruning, dead-heading, thinning, fertilizing, battling ravenous bugs, and waiting several months to see the fruits of your labor? Not so fun, even for the most enthusiastic of green thumbs. That’s why peas make the perfect gateway crop for budding gardeners of all ages. (That includes parents, even …

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day: Stay Home With the Ones Who Love You Most

Surely, you’re not thinking of going out on Valentine’s Day. Babysitters and decent reservations are equally scarce. And the truth is, your kids probably want to hang with their parents, for now their dearest loves. We’re staying in, then, and creating our own festive approach to a love-laden holiday that originally began with sacrificing a …

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Chicken Soup for the Sous

Soup is one of the world’s oldest foods, and something kids all around the globe eat every day. (In the United States alone, we eat more than 10 billion bowls of soup every year!) Our “Souper Duper!” Kitchen Academy kit celebrates soup in all its forms and seasons, from winter cold-busting chicken noodle soup to …

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Supermarket Heroes

A trip around the grocery store will yield important lessons—and a delicious vegetable pot pie. Your Little Sous is probably your regular supermarket sidekick, but how often do you include them in the process in a meaningful way? Our “Explore the Grocery Store” Kitchen Academy kit will help turn everyday shopping trips into educational opportunities, …

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5 Family-Friendly Phở Recipes

One of our favorite parts of working on our “Oodles of Noodles” subscription box was putting together a sprawling, crayon-ready map of global noodle dishes. (This box truly delivers a noodle-y mother lode: a hands-on pasta-making lesson, plus our subscription series’ expert-tested recipes and activities.) And as we contemplated that wide world of noodles, one …

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