When my husband was in dental school, I had the opportunity to take a cooking course through a culinary school within walking distance of our little apartment. I loved it, learned so much, and am thankful to have skills to pass on to my children.
One of the items on my 101 list was to create a cooking course for them based upon the course I took all those years ago in San Francisco. I am starting with the basics (safety in the kitchen) and taking them all the way through to recipes I want them to master.
Each child is getting a binder to keep the papers and
recipes they'll need.
The table of contents is as follows:
Poultry and meat storage
Stocks and Broths
Basic Meat Stock or Broth
Chicken Stock (make Chicken Noodle Soup)
Bechamel (add crème fraiche and serve over chicken)
Cheese Sauce (make Baked Pasta with Cheese Sauce)
Basic Brown Sauce (add Madeira and serve over beef)
Veloute Sauce (make Wild Mushroom Soup)
Boiling, Poaching, and Steaming
Poached Chicken Breasts
Root Vegetable Puree
Braising and Baking
Baked Crispy Chicken (Cook’s)
Basic Cheese Souffle
Budino al Cioccolato
Shopping for and Selecting Vegetables
Keeping Green Veggies Green
Herb Roasted Tomatoes
Pasta Salad Primavera
Basic Short Pastry
Basic Cream Pastry
Fresh Fruit Tart
Grilling, Smoking, and Broiling
Classic French Baguette
Baklava and Cheese Bouregs
You can and should substitute my recipes for the ones you want your children to take away from your household.
And if you have preschoolers who are not yet ready to learn to cook, then by all means get your ideas down on paper now when you have a little extra time.
As they grow the demands that homeschooling will place on your time will expand exponentially and you won't have as much time as you have while they're little. Trust me.