The Best Kitchen Gift for that Toddler

by Evan Kleiman
Print Email

Pot banging gave way to egg beating and carrot peeling.  Two tools were introduced to me as toys.  The first was a simple egg beater made of a wood dowel handle with a sturdy spring attached. (I still have it).  Mom cracked the egg in a deep bowl and I was permitted to run amok with the egg beater.  She didn’t care about the mess.  Cleaning up after was easier than attempting to hem in my enthusiasm.

Not much later a simple vegetable peeler and a carrot were handed to me.  No, I didn’t stab myself (or others) in the eye. At first I just pretended to peel (imitation) then as grew a little steadier and taller a stool appeared so I could stand at the sink next to mom and peel along with her.  Soon I peeled on demand, and beat the eggs for our breakfast scrambles.

Get the little ones in the kitchen early.  There is always something they can do.

 

Evan is an active speaker on culinary subjects as well as issues of food culture and sustainability and, just to keep a balance, she has a very public love affair with Pie. She’s been called the Jerry Garcia of cooking with the freewheeling improvisation she brings to the kitchen. You can follow her exploits on her blog at http://www.evankleiman.com/

 

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

 

restaurant news

The Charcoaler Restaurant
Texas
by Scott R. Kline

charcoaler-drive-in-1.jpgThe Charcoaler in El Paso, Texas, looks like it fell out of time capsule from the 1950s. That is a good thing. A beautiful glass fronted open building sits back from busy Mesa Drive with an...

Read more...
La Duni Love
Texas
by Haley Schultheis

1.-la-duniOne of my favorite places to satiate my sweet tooth is La Duni in Dallas. La Duni Latin American café and bakery has several locations. Not only is the atmosphere feminine and romantic, the...

Read more...
Via Matta: A touch of Tuscany in Boston
Boston
by Kitty Kaufman

Via Matta 4Via Matta's got location and style as it dazzles regional flavors of Tuscany. Sitting on prime real estate in Back Bay, Boston, Chef Michael Schlow dishes Italian with flair and a sense of humor....

Read more...
Traveling the Yellow Brick Road
Florida
by Nancy Ellison

westpalmbeach.jpgOur friend, Shiny Sheet Society Editor, Shannon Donnelly, can masticate on purple prose as well as any one I know: we are naught but a chew toy impaled on the incisors of the Cosmic Hellhound of...

Read more...