Today we started talking about some of the cooking terms that are used. To help the girls gain a better understanding of what the terms mean, we put them to use in our meal this evening. Here is what the chalkboard said for the binders:
~Al Dente- Firm but not mushy. Use with pasta and vegetables.
~ Au Gratin- Browned or crusted top, usually with cheese, bread crumbs and a rich sauce.
~Bake- To cook food by surrounding them with hot, dry air as in an oven.
~Boil- To cook in water (or another liquid) rapidly bubbling.
I decided that we would take one dish and use all of the terms for today, so we made a chicken noodle casserole. Now I'm not much into using "cream of" soups, but we did for this one and then discussed healthier alternatives and how we could make our own sauces for the noodles. The girls boiled the noodles til they were Al Dente. Then they made a topping of bread crumbs and butter to have the Au Gratin term in there. We of course baked it in the oven before tasting it. It tasted as good as it looks!
I think tomorrow may be a big day in the kitchen with another chocolate chip cookie experiment needing to be done, and I'd like to get some granola made and prepare the food to cover their terms for tomorrow. I think we're going to have a wonderful smelling kitchen tomorrow! You'll have to stop by! : )