The ABC's of Cooking with Lynn Fredericks
author of Cooking Time Is Family Time

Lynn Fredericks
gives new meaning to our ABC's.
Each installment will focus on a new ingredient beginning with the next letter of the alphabet. D for Dumplings features recipes, fun and family activities with dumplings.


 D  is for Dumpling
Dumplings and ravioli are particularly popular with kids, especially if they've had a hand in making them themselves. Using devices and gadgets make it doubly fun for little ones. From cookie cutters, to inexpensive plastic Chinese dumpling makers (in the Asian foods section of the supermarket or in Asian markets), to pasta machines for rolling out the dough -- kids love transforming dough into good things to eat!

Below are some family activities involving dumplings and ravioli along with some proven family-friendly recipes from my book, Cooking Time Is Family Time.

Important: Please note that an adult should always be present during cooking time.

Let's Cook!



Dumpling Memory Game —This is a twist on the familiar word game where the first person leads off with "I went to the store and bought some" and then each person adds a new item, according to the letters of the alphabet and repeating each person's addition. In this version, parents should start out, "I went into the kitchen to make some dumplings with" and let the children think of foods that they'd like to have in dumplings, going in order of the alphabet. Such as, apples, butternut squash, crab, duck, etc. Ask them to think of foods they would really like to try inside a dumpling!


Check out other recipes that bring the whole family together:

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Cooking Time is Family Time: Cooking Together,
Eating Together, and Spending Time Together

by Lynn Fredericks, William Morrow & Co., August, 1999

In COOKING TIME IS FAMILY TIME, Lynn Fredericks shows people how they can improve the time they spend with kids by inviting them into the kitchen to help prepare meals.

Included are 125 recipes emphasizing a variety of fresh, healthful ingredients and strategies to get kids to gobble them down. Each recipe offers directions that specify which steps are right for younger kids and which are more challenging for their older siblings.


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