Thanks for visiting Creative Kids Kitchen! I'm really excited about my cooking classes, and all of the enthusiastic responses I have received thus far from other parents. Please allow me to tell you a little about myself, and why I started this business.
I began cooking with my mom before I could walk. I was fortunate to have one of those moms who doesn't mind making a mess, as long as it involves having fun and learning something. My little step stool had a permanent place at the counter, where she taught me to crack eggs, cream butter and knead dough. My childhood was filled with happy memories of afternoons exploring new tastes, textures and smells as we experimented together in the kitchen.
As a new mother, I wanted to provide my son Miles with the same experience; as soon as he could sit in his plastic Bumbo seat, he was on the counter watching me cook.
As he got older, I
learned that my toddler was very curious about the kitchen, especially
pouring and mixing. I watched him playing in the sandbox and realized it
was time to involve him with the preparation of the family meals.
I should also explain why healthy eating is an especially big deal for our family. In addition to taking care of our two little ones, my husband Brett
and I are both endurance athletes. Brett is an avid runner and
marathoner, and I enjoy competing in even longer
distances...ultramarathons and Ironman triathlons. As a result, I am forever working
on new recipes for nutritious, tasty meals to keep up with the demands
of my high-energy family!
I’m excited to join Andie in the Creative Kids Kitchen! I’m a mother of three, a former teacher, a bookworm, an avid traveller, and an international development professional. I also love to cook – and eat! Wherever my family goes (and thanks to a previous life in the Foreign Service, we lived overseas quite a bit) we love to learn about the local culture through art, music, architecture and especially food. We’ve stuffed grape leaves in ArI’m excited to join Andie in the Creative Kids Kitchen! I’m a mother of three, a former teacher, a bookworm, an avid traveller, and an international development professional. I also love to cook – and eat! Wherever my family goes (and thanks to a previous life in the Foreign Service, we lived overseas quite a bit) we love to learn about the local culture through art, music, architecture and especially food. We’ve stuffed grape leaves in Armenia, wrapped tamales in Mexico, and made fresh pasta in Italy.
My love for making (and eating!) food started early in life. Many of my happiest childhood memories revolved around mealtime traditions with family and friends. While I certainly didn’t have tamales or sushi in my lunchbox growing up, my mother always baked all our bread and made everything from scratch. She is still famous in our hometown in NY for arriving on the doorstep of a new neighbor or a colleague with the flu wielding a tray of lasagna and a batch of cinnamon rolls. I learned from her that making and sharing food is a way to get to know each other, express appreciation, show affection, and extend friendship. Fueling your body while fueling your heart!
I’m thrilled to share my enthusiasm for preparing and sharing food with you and your children. Our three kids love cooking and sharing their creations with me and my husband, their grandparents, and even soccer teammates. Cooking classes have inspired them to be more engaged in planning and preparing daily meals and learning about nutrition. This is particularly important to me since I have spent much of my professional life working to improve nutritional status and overall health for women and children, especially those more vulnerable to malnutrition because of poverty or disease.
On a lighter note, I confess that it’s also nice to have three willing sous chefs ready to peel carrots or mince parsley. One of these days I’ll snap a picture of them chopping onions with swim goggles on.
Until then, I’ll see you in the kitchen!
Creative Kids Kitchen Begins
With the arrival of his baby sister Maggie (and her morning nap schedule), Miles and I were home in the mornings. Missing our playgroups and interaction with other kids, I wanted to find a way to bring friends into our home on a regular basis to do something that Miles and I both enjoyed.
As I thought about our favorite activities, I realized that cooking together is somewhat unique to our family. Not all parents have the time, know-how (or desire for a mess) while they teach their children to cook. What better way to share our home than to invite other kids to join us!
I created my classes to provide the opportunity for toddlers and kids to explore the kitchen in a safe setting, while keeping the mess out of your homes. We hope you enjoy them!!
Expanding my Cooking Classes
As my business has grown, I have ventured out beyond the toddler age group. I now offer classes for kids ranging from 9 months through high school. From summer camps to playgroups, birthday parties to girls' night out I have now taught hundreds of kids to enjoy learning about food and healthy eating.
I am also excited to announce that I have begun working with schools, camps and other educational groups. I can bring my classes onsite for a great supplemental activity as part of the curriculum.
Andie, Miles and Maggie
location: North Arlington Virginia near the intersection of Lorcom Lane and Nellie Custis; convenient to most of Northern Virginia, DC and Maryland