Boulder City Magazine® October 2009 Issue
|A Kid's View
by Giovanni Venezia
Kids In The Kitchen
Creativity is something I believe needs to be cultivated, especially in children. One creative outlet is that of cooking and baking. Cooking has many aspects to it, including science, deep thinking, creativity, and artwork.
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|It is something that many people do not have much knowledge about as they venture into the world on their own. Cooking is an art form, which is creating more and more interest, in all age groups. The Food Network is a great example. All of this begins with our youth, exploring the wonderful world of food, and carrying on throughout life.
Now that I am older, I have gained access to more kitchen appliances and things like the oven and stove. I am beginning to take interest, and I am learning much about cooking and baking. It is enjoyable, especially when you think of the thousands of options for many meals. My interest began on a day I wanted cookies, so I attempted to make them. They tasted fantastic, but they looked like a puddle of mud.
But, I didn’t quit. I also enjoy corn muffins, so I tried baking them too. They tasted great, but I forget to use flour when I greased the pan, and they stuck. Success finally came the next time I made muffins, as they were golden brown and delicious, and came out of the pan easily. Then I had my biggest challenge yet. I made a 4 course breakfast for my family and my friend. The breakfast included corn muffins, banana muffins, bacon, hashed potatoes, toast, spam, and pancakes. Aside from the four hours of cooking it and cleaning, and a few burnt pancakes here and there, it went well. I enjoyed myself, and had some interesting ideas like throwing bananas (diced) straight into the muffins.
My father bakes and decorates beautiful cakes, and he inspires me with the work and love that goes into them. My grandmother makes the best food I have ever tasted. Food is around me, and I love it, as well as appreciate what it gives me. “Some people like to paint pictures, or do gardening, or build a boat in the basement. Other people get a tremendous pleasure out of the kitchen, because cooking is just as creative and imaginative an activity as drawing, or wood carving, or music.” Julia Child.
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