I love how my 20 month old daughter loves to cook with me. She's 20 months old and she gets so excited when I ask her to help me to cook. When she sees me pull the chair up to the kitchen counter, she grins the biggest grin and runs over.
So far, I found making eggs is a big hit. She loves scrambling the eggs. She knows the oven is hot and that she stays by the counter while I handle the hot stove. She seems interested in watching the eggs cook.
She also loves our Friday pizza nights. She continues to enjoy rolling the dough and painting on the oil, spreading the sauce and placing the cheese and ingredients. I'm not sure if she realizes the cooked pizza is what she made but she sure enjoys eating it.
I've also discovered she has a ton of fun making baked ziti. She loves stirring and watching the spinach disappear in the ricotta cheese and all the ingredients melding together.
I knew before my daughter was born, I wanted to instill a love of cooking with her. I didn't know I'd be able to start it so early and it's one of the joys of motherhood that excites me and thrills me.
I'd like to try to introduce more than just cooked veggies and fruits but she's still not keen on crunchy and super cold foods but I know in time her tastes will expand and change. Heck, she likes Thai food and Indian food. I'm not going to worry.