Kitchen Academy

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

How to Soften Butter (the Fun Way!)

Everything’s better with butter! Since the creamy sticks are refrigerated to maintain freshness, the fats inside harden and need to be broken down into a malleable state before being added to your favorite recipes. By using just two simple kitchen tools (a rolling pin and parchment paper), kids will be amazed at this method’s simplicity. …

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Muffin Magic

You’ve probably heard the saying, “The best gifts come from the heart, not the store.” We couldn’t agree more. Our December Kitchen Academy kit, “The Gift of Food,” is full of ideas for delicious, edible gifts kids can make all by themselves, from granola and chocolate-dipped pretzels to flavored sugars and salts. But first, your …

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Why Cooking With Kids Is Worth It

My universe of friends with kids is pretty evenly divided between two groups: those who embrace cooking with their children—and those who categorically don’t. Before I get any further, let me just say this: I don’t think there’s a right or wrong way here—it’s whatever works for you. For me, the idea of spending a …

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The Dos and Don’ts of Dry Ice

Mysterious and mesmerizing, dry ice is a spooktacular way to turn your Halloween punch into a thing of BOO!-ty. That said, as with lots of awesome stuff in life (hot glue guns, sharp knives, propane torches), dry ice is also something you must handle with care, especially when children are involved. Get the dos and …

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Teach Kids How to Safely Slice an Avocado

Cutting open an avocado is one of those big kitchen moments—dramatic and delicious. Who knew these greenish-black oblongs concealed such bright, creamy goodness? Teaching kids how to slice up avocados safely and precisely takes them one step further along the path to self-sufficiency (and guacamole). That’s the lesson in our latest You Did It! video, a collaboration …

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Ready, Set … Roasted Pumpkin Seeds!

When it comes to jack-o’-lanterns, the guts are the glory. Whether your kids favor a jaunty, crooked smile or a menacing grimace, every Halloween pumpkin sacrificed for a doorstep decoration has a treasure hidden inside. Tangled up inside those wet, slimy strings (sometimes called “pumpkin brains”) are the seeds, which roast up beautifully into a …

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