As a mom of four, I’m a big fan of cooking with my kiddos. It demystifies ingredients (particularly healthy ones), teaches them an important skill (cooking our own food) and encourages a more adventurous palate. Perhaps my favorite part of cooking with my daughters, though, is the quality time I get with them, either as a group or one-on-one. Cooking requires just enough concentration to keep us all engaged, while leaving enough space for those open-ended conversations that turn into special mom-daughter moments I treasure. If you are looking for your child to open up about school or life in general, cook with him or her and watch the magic happen.
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Mom of four Melissa d'Arabian is a trusted expert on affordable and healthy family home cooking. Well-known for Ten Dollar Dinners — her Food Network show and New York Times best-selling cookbook — she also hosts the FoodNetwork.com series The Picky Eaters Project and serves as a lead judge on Guy's Grocery Games. Her new cookbook, Supermarket Healthy, is available now. www.melissadarabian.net