Playdate of the month: Cooking w/ Family & Friends

Written by: Anne Book

September is a transition month in Chicago indeed. 

New routines are happening everywhere, the days are shorter and cooler, and for many of our children, it’s back to school.  So why not embrace a new ritual as you settle into Fall.

Cooking with friends and family is a great experience all through life.  Why not create a new play date plan for Fall by initiating a weekly, bi-weekly, or even monthly kitchen gathering for family and friends.

Ideas to get you started:

*Stay in touch!  Invite friends that you met over the summer or knew from previous schools, camps, activities, etc.  Staying close as our children shift into new routines is important.

*Mix it up.  Perhaps a younger child has this as their special play date because older siblings are busy with their routines and friends.

*Select your recipe and make a list for just those items.  Make a special trip to provision for your goodies as a planning activity with your kids.

*We LOVE the Mollie Katzen Series for Preschoolers: Pretend Soup, and Salad People which feature simple, fun recipes with easy illustrations kids can enjoy following.

A fun and easy recipe below to get you started from Salad People.

Tiny Tacos:


1 standard package of tortilla chips- ( small, flat round work best).

One 15 ounce can refried beans

1 cup guacamole

1 cups fresh salsa

1/3 pound grated cheese

  1. Lay the chips on a plate
  2. Spoon a small amount of refried beans
  3. Spoon on dabs of guacamole and salsa
  4. Sprinkle on some cheese
  5. Eat open faced, or add chips on top to make “sandwiches”

Makes enough for six snacks for hungry kiddos.

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Posted on September 05, 2011 at 10:48 AM