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A Cooking Kit for Kids by Raddish

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Cooking with Kids

Do you cook with your kids?

Cooking is an important life skill for children to learn but also just wonderfully fun. In fact, I could go on and on about the benefits of cooking with kids! (And I have here as well as in both of my books.)

And yet, despite knowing and believing that, I’ve been rather lax in this department. I bake with my kids, which has many of the wonderful benefits of cooking with kids… except for the healthy life skills aspect.

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I’m a work in progress and our family kitchen is, too!

When dinner time rolls around, I’ve been known to start pinning recipes from The Pioneer Woman, or whatever it is I’m hungry for, rather than actually cooking.

Cooking with Raddish Cooking Kits for Kids

Anyway, that’s all to say that this new cooking kit for kids by Raddish that we tried out recently was both welcome and appreciated.

Baking with Kids

It got us all cooking dinner together and trying new dishes.

Disclaimer :: The Raddish cooking kit was sent to us for free to try out and this is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Raddish cooking kits are thematic. We received an Italian-themed box, which was a good one for us to start with as my picky eaters (I feel like I’ve totally failed here!) liked everything.

Raddish Cooking Kits for Kids

When the box arrived, Daphne went through it asking about each item.

Modeling Rainbow Noodles and Letters from Clay

She made rainbow noodles with the modeling clay that was enclosed for shaping different types of pasta. And then used the rainbow noodles to spell her name.

We looked at the recipe cards enclosed ::

  • Meatballs al Pomodoro
  • Herbed Focaccia
  • Chocolate Chip Biscotti

Cooking Meatballs with Kids

We mixed up the meatballs, with Maia in charge of reading the recipes to us and telling us what to do next.  Daphne was in charge of cracking eggs and mixing things together. (I was a glorified fetcher of ingredients from high cupboards and an explainer of terms.)

Baking Biscotti with Kids

And baked biscotti (for the first time!)

Baking Focaccia with Kids

And focaccia (also for the first time!)

Everything turned out well* and the whole family enjoyed the meal.

Baking Focaccia with Kids Round 2

*The focaccia didn’t turn out quite right the first time, although it tasted good. I think the yeast was old or we didn’t knead it long enough or something. But we tried it again the next day with fresh yeast and a commitment to following directions and it turned out better. Plus the second time we used the fresh herbs suggested in the recipe that the kids had vetoed the first time around, but I kept them to one side of the bread.

Anyway, we definitely enjoyed our Raddish cooking experience and Maia’s already asking if there’s a China box. She wants to learn to cook some Chinese dishes.

Given how successful this kit was for us, I decided to subscribe to their cooking club. So we’ll be receiving a new cooking kit in the mail every month!

Illustrated Recipe Cards from the Raddish Kids Cooking Kits

Inside our Raddish cooking kit ::

  • Each cooking kit box contains three recipes, a creative activity, an apron badge, a shopping list, a table talk card deck, and more.
  • The recipe cards are tri-fold, sturdy and laminated and contain extra information such as tips and history about the dish. They’re quite nice, especially if you like to work with one recipe at a time rather than a whole cookbook. We’ve added ours to our cookbook shelf, but since I just signed up to receive more of these kits, I might order the Raddish binder to store them more easily. (A regular binder or a small box would work, too.)
  • The recipes are illustrated and easy to follow. The images help pre-readers know what each step is about in general but a reader is needed to actually make the recipe.
  • The kits each come with an iron-on badge for the child’s apron. I didn’t bring any attention to it or put it on an apron though because I knew that my kids would both want it. But there’s a sibling add-on option if you have more than one child.

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If you’re interested in learning more about the Raddish cooking kits, you can read about their individual kits and about their monthly cooking club subscription.

Discount for Artful Parent Readers

Raddish is offering Artful Parent readers 25% off your first kit with the purchase of a 3, 6, or 12 month membership.  Use online discount code ART25 when checking out.

And if you need a little convincing, check out all these benefits to cooking with kids.

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Rescuing Family Dinner with a Cooking Kit for Kids

Disclaimer :: The Raddish cooking kit was sent to us for free to try out and this is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are my own.

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    katie
    March 19, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    You could make a crafty family banner to display your patches from the kit! Sounds fun.

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    Jeanine
    March 19, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Jean this sounds soo super inviting! I hope they Ship to Canada if not, I’m still feeling inspired to make some dinner with my children! Thank you very much for the inspirational share :D

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    Katy
    March 23, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    It’s definitely one of my favorite activities to go into the kitchen and cook with my little brother and sister! After reading your post I’m going to have to plan another kitchen date with them soon! :)

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