No matter how you've celebrated Mother's Day in years past, why not try something new this year -- cooking with your kids. It's never too early to begin creating meals and memories in the kitchen. Before getting started, though, here are some tips from the French's test kitchens:
Teach children to always wash their hands.
Be sure activities are age appropriate. Consider the child's attention span as well as dexterity.
Never miss a local story.
Demonstrate proper techniques for common cooking terms such as beating, stirring, chopping, dicing, etc.
Use this opportunity to introduce new foods.
Talk about where certain foods come from; this reinforces geography lessons. Introduce the science lessons inherent in baking. Measuring skills teach math; spelling and reading can also be incorporated into the culinary experience
True buttermilk is naturally low in fat, because it was the liquid left when you churned the fat out of whole milk to turn it into butter. It doesn't take much acid to make buttermilk. Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup milk, stir, then let the milk stand about five minutes.
-- The Charlotte Observer
The best way to store bread is cut side down on the counter, uncovered. It will last that way for several days. The crust doesn't soften; no mold grows. The end piece may be a little dry, but nothing else will be. Then you just toast the end piece.
-- The Washington Post