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

Lynn Fredericks
gives new meaning to our ABC's. Every other week expect to see Lynn's creative translation of the alphabet; each installment will focus on a new ingredient beginning with the next letter of the alphabet. Our first installment is A is for Apple, featuring recipes and family activities with apples


A is for Apple
How appropriate to initiate our StarChefs Playroom with the most ubiquitous yet versatile of fruits! In fact, children's first experience with fruits most commonly includes applesauce.

Right now — autumn — is the time to explore the HUGE world of apples . Farmers are increasingly growing 'heirloom' varieties that are very delicious and offer more flavor options for exploring as a family in orchards, farmer's markets and, of course, the produce aisles of the supermarket.

Below are some family activities with apples along with some proven family-friendly recipes from the book, Cooking Time Is Family Time.

Apple Tasting — Gather samples of 5-6 different apple varieties. Cut them up and display them on separate plates. Have the children help you label each variety on an index card of piece of paper. Now, taste each one and compare differences. Kids think of an apple meaning a 'red one or a green one.' This exercise will broaden their understanding of apples, as well as help them learn more about their own flavor preferences. Be sure to talk about their taste experience, asking such questions as:

  • Which one seemed the crunchiest? The sourest? The sweetest?
  • Was there a type you did not like? Why?
  • Which one would make the best applesauce? Why? The best pie? Why?
  • Is there something else you would like to cook using apples?

Apple Picking — Nearly every state that grows apples has a website that will help you find a 'pick-your-own' orchard nearest your home. By driving to an orchard and letting your children thrill to the fun of climbing trees and plucking choice fruit from a tree, you will help them appreciate nature, freshness and the labor involved in bringing food to your family table.

When you return home, a bushel of apples can disappear pretty quickly when you have some delicious options as the ones listed in the recipe section of the playroom!

Caramel apples — Melting caramel candies slowly and then dunking whole apples or chunks into the molten candy, followed by rolling them in chopped nuts or cereals is fun for young and old. You can get creative with the decorating. Be sure to let them set on wax paper and place them in the freezer for 15 minutes to keep the caramel from dripping right off onto the paper!

Dunking for apples — This is a very old game that, once again, is fun for every age. Place the apples in a large container, kiddie-pool or the bathtub!

Everyone gets 1 minute with their hands behind their back for each turn. The 'winner' successfully pulls out an apple with their teeth! (Little ones can pull up the stems with their teeth — it's hard to get a tiny mouth around an apple!)

Check out other recipes that bring the whole family together:

>>> Buy This Book

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 y.shtmlr kids and which are more challenging for their older siblings.


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