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Cooking Together Can Payoff

August 23, 2012 by Kenton Delisle

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My niece and nephews, with the help of their Dad, often make short films and videos of their activities - everything from music videos to action figures and monsters battling to save the earth.

They also make things together in the kitchen. This got me thinking: why not combine the two and have them make a video of them cooking together? Then it all came together as I realised the Hands On Cook-Off Contest is on again (It runs until Sept 3rd). This contest is a perfect opportunity to shoot a video of my niece making her near world famous scones with her Dad (and a good excuse to get him in front of the camera for a change).  Or maybe my nephews could do a video of preparing and roasting a chicken or turkey, showing how interested they are in the process of prepping the small dinosaur-like bird. The oldest nephew does like to pick out a chicken when in the grocery store. Then he can name it, carry it, help make it and then, ultimately eat it with pride: “Thanks Harold the chicken, you’re delicious.”  

Maybe it’s because I’m their uncle, but I think it’s gold. And, they might win some prizes - randomly drawn, or maybe even the big kahuna grand prize.

Not only is it fun, the simple act of cooking with your kids can impart much more than a few kitchen skills. It increases the likelihood of eating together and as discussed on the Better Together website, “research tells us that the benefits of eating together include better nutrition, better school performance, and better social adjustment for everyone involved: kids, youth and adults.” So, if you already cook together, why not video it and send it in? If you haven’t had the chance, this is a good excuse to give it a try, sooner rather than later. What have you got to lose?

What do you like to cook together?

 

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