Tasty teachings

Kitchen On The Green cooking classes

Expo Recreation Center

10955 E. Exposition Ave.,  Aurora

303-326-8630

Auroragov.org/recreation

Sad but true: kids are more open to learning something if it’s not coming from their parents. If a “stranger” presents them the same activity or information that you’ve been trying to teach them, kids are all over it. They might even ask why you never taught them that before.

Cooking applies to this rule. While it should be a lovely thing to teach your child proper cooking techniques and create masterpieces together in the kitchen, kids will probably do it their way as soon as you turn your back, often resulting in sliced fingers and cakes as dense as hockey pucks.

That’s why I was so glad to hear about the cooking class program through the City of Aurora’s Kitchen On The Green. There are plenty of adult cooking classes around town but very, very few geared toward kids and even fewer that are really creative and affordable.

Kitchen On The Green offers classes for parent/child combos from age 3-12, as well as classes for kids and teens ages 6-16 sans parents. What makes these classes stand out to me is the creativity in the themes. Take for example a class running June 5 called “Pop Goes The Weasel,”  kids will create Cheesy Popovers, Pizza Poppers, and Jell-O Poppers. Get it? Pop? Ok. The “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs” class on July 6 features ball-shaped food including Italian Meatball Sammies & Red Sauce, Swiss Meatballs with Buttered Noodles, Buffalo Chicken Meatballs with Dipping Sauce and Chocolate Buckeyes.

Tweens and teens get some more advanced options in kitchen technique, such as Baking Boot Camp and Cake Decorating, along with a health-focused class, “Superfood Rainbow” in which they prepare colorful Rainbow Summer Rolls with Peanut sauce, Edamame, Hummus & Pita Chips, Yellow Curry Chicken Satay, Chilled Strawberry & Peach Soup and Blackberry Mousse & Honey Tuiles.

Most classes are one day for 2 – 3 hours and range from $24 to $32 with discounts for Aurora residents. Classes fill up fast so sign up quickly.

By the way, since it isn’t all about the kids all the time, there are also cooking classes for adults (age 15 and older) including couples classes and wine tastings (for ages 21 and older).

I think teaching kids to cook (or having them taught) is invaluable. Yes, there are the important math, science, sensory and health aspects that cooking teaches. But most of all, if they get good enough, they can cook for the family or at the very least, for themselves. Amen!

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