Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Ben Makes Dinner

 Recently Ben was looking through a children's cookbook and picked out something he wanted to make.  He proclaimed to me that he wanted to make dinner.  Alright.  Ben is 9.  This idea, of course, is going to take a lot of oversight and work for me.  But I didn't want to squash his enthusiasm.  My mother-in-law also encouraged me not long ago with the idea of letting the children plan, shop for and cook a meal.  So I told Ben that what he had chosen was good, but it wasn't enough.  He needed to pick something else to go with it and it had to be approved by me.  Then he picked something else that was very suitable as well, since he was determined that he would do it all himself, and we set a night to do it.  He did great.  He really did do everything himself with just some consulting by me.  He made something called Crispy Chicken Bites.  You can see him dipping chicken breast pieces in flour, then egg, then panko bread crumbs and laying them on the baking sheet, above. 
 Here he is mincing the garlic for the the sauce of his other choice, Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce.
 All done!
He even mixed up the dipping sauce for the chicken bites.  His dinner was truly delicious and he was so pleased.  Way to go, Ben!


Jennie and Julie said...

Yes, way to go Ben! That looks so yummy, I'm glad to get to see photos of your wonderful food. I bet your whole family enjoyed your efforts. Isn't it rewarding to accomplish a goal you have set for yourself? We are proud of you.
And of course, we love you! Papa and Grammie

Kathy Poncy said...

Wow Ben, how nice. Can I rent you for awhile? Hope you will post more on you cooking experiences. I am so proud of you and your meal looks wonderful.
Many Hugs,