I used to love to be in the kitchen whenever my parents cooked. My dad worked night term when we were kids so he would be home with my brother and I during the day while my mom worked. She was then home with us at night while he slept. It worked for us and it gave me good, quality time with both my parents.
|This is the age when I loved helping in the kitchen.|
Since I was home all day with my dad, he often cooked our breakfast and lunch. He would make eggs or sausage in the morning and then sandwiches or made up chicken recipes for lunch. One thing I loved was whenever he would break the eggs into a bowl and let me beat them. I felt like such a big helper and he enjoyed having me in the kitchen. My mom was the same way. If we were having chicken for dinner she'd let me put it in the bag of bread crumbs and shake it up to help.
Looking back it would have been easier for them to cook without our help but it was fun for us and it was nice for them to spend time with us. Now that I'm a teacher I see how easy it would be to have kids help in the kitchen and learn too. Young kids can be responsible for washing fruits and vegetables, mixing the ingredients in a bowl, or even measure in cups. For a teaching tool they could sort the items by size or color. Older kids can help by peeling vegetables, measuring ingredients in measuring cups or teaspoons, and even help by chopping fruits and vegetables. If they are working on multiplication or division in school you could even ask for their help in halving or doubling a recipe.
|Almost a year old.|
American Family Insurance is launching a new Back to The Family Dinner Table Campaign to get families back around the dinner table. Since that is the mission of #SundaySupper we've partnered together this Sunday to bring you our favorite childhood meals. I had to really think about this one. The things I liked as a child are not the things I enjoy now. I used to love hot dogs, scrambled eggs and sausage, and chop suey. I don't eat any of those things now which is funny because I ate them almost daily. The one thing I can remember eating over and over again were Chicken Crescent Squares.
If you ask anyone they will tell you I'm a chicken and cheese kind of girl. That isn't a new thing. I've always liked chicken and cheese more then almost anything and this dish has a crescent roll filled with chicken and cheese. It's then coated in a crumb mixture and baked. While I love the original recipe my mom made, I tweaked it just a bit to my more adult taste. The original flavors and the basic recipe are still the same though and I still like it as much as I did when my mom made it.
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Chicken Crescent Squares (adapted from Pillsbury)
5 oz. cream cheese
2 c. cooked chicken, cubed
2 T. onion, chopped
2 T. green pepper, chopped
1 T. chives, chopped
½ t. sea salt
1 t. black pepper
¼ t. cayenne pepper.
1 T. milk
1 can Pillsbury refrigerated crescent rolls
1 T. butter, melted
1 c. Shake N Bake
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. In a medium bowl combine the cream cheese, chicken, onion, green pepper, chives, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and milk. Mix well to combine.
3. Separate the dough into 4 rectangles, pressing on the seam to seal. Spoon ½ cup of the chicken mixture in the middle of each rectangle.
4. Pull the four corners of the dough to the center and pinch together. Press firmly to seal the seams.
5. Brush the tops and bottoms of the crescent square with butter and then press into the Shake N Bake covering the entire crescent square. Place on a greased baking sheet.
6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
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