Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Chef in the making

If you've spent any time at all reading my blog, you know I love to cook. For me, good food can take you out of yourself and transport you to a different place. Cooking is in my bones, and probably in my DNA.  My dad is an incredible cook--a natural; I never saw him use a recipe, but grew up watching him concoct delicious meals that looked as good as they tasted. My comfort food memories are gifts from my Mom. Warm pudding, mashed potatoes, and the best lasagna, turkey soup and apple pie I've ever had. 

I guess it goes without saying that I want my son to experience all the joys of cooking I have come to love. I want him to be shaped, in part, by a passion for good food; to have taste memories that take him back to a certain time and place.

Earlier this spring, I discovered a friend was opening a cooking school for kids. Just a hop, skip, and a jump from our house. I was giddy, to say the least. It wasn't even a question I would sign my son up. To my delight, he was very excited about his summer "cooking camps." Today was his first class, and in his small eyes it was a huge success. He loved everything about it. So did I. The Boerne Cooking Cottage is set in a quaint old house, immaculately restored and designed with the young cook in mind.

"Chef Lauren," as the kids call her, is a treasure. She has amazing teaching skills and patience, plus a dash of fun, which provides for an awesome kid-friendly cooking experience.  My little chef hasn't stopped talking about his "beautiful and delicious banana pudding" all night. We are LOVING this cooking school and can't wait for the next class. If you're local, please stop by and visit The Cooking Cottage. Sign your children up. You won't regret it. The gifts they'll gain will last a lifetime.


Anonymous said...

SO cute!!! I'm going to see what she'd have in July or early August!! It looks like a darling set up!! Like Mommy like son, he's GOT to learn to cook with you as a Mommy, I mean that in a good way, as my mouth is watering for the macaroni and cheese you made for us when we were without kitchen..still dream of it!!

Honorary Indian said...

Great pics---kids are so proud of their "cookbooks!" Priya can't wait to add more recipes.

Mary Beth said...

I enjoyed reading your blog. I am going to try the cooking class at some point this summer. I met Lauren at a Boerne event and think it is a great idea!

Amy said...

LOVE the pix, and hearing about Jaden's experience. Looks like I'm going to fit some classes in for my fellas as well.

Brooke said...

My nephew would love something like that when he grows a little older! He's always in the kitchen, helping with the baking. What a fun place! :)