Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Home Spun comic strip #440
Teaching them to bake. It's always come back to haunt me. I've got very low resistance against the smells of fresh baked breads and treats. It's funny, Marina has always been good at baking cookies that I consider labor intensive, like snickerdoodles and chocolate crinkles. But it wasn't until last year that I realized she had never made a chocolate chip cookie. I think I intimidated her because I can usually throw a batch together without even looking at a recipe. She likes recipes and measuring correctly.
Some of our most successful baking came from "Honest Pretzels" by Mollie Katzen; clipped recipes from Highlights magazine; and a cookbook that I got free when I bought the DVD of Ratatouille called "What's Cooking?: A Cookbook for Kids". One of my latest finds at the library was the book "Everybody Bakes Bread" by Norah Dooley. The back of the book is full of recipes for different kinds of bread. It's always nice to find a new recipe to try, but it does make it harder to keep your weight down!
Editor's note: A few other books I've been reminded of with recipes in the back: Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang had a great recipe for fudge. You need to check, because some of the later editions don't include it. Harry and Wende Devlin wrote several wonderful picture books with recipes on the back. My mother still makes Old Witch's Magic Nut Cake every year for Thanksgiving. If you have a favorite story that includes a recipe, let me know!