For the Love of Food:
Not only do studies show that smell and taste association are one of the strongest senses in creating lasting memories, but cooking together allows us to get back to basics and remember the simple things. Often in our modern world we can grow detached from loved ones due to the influence of technology and social media. But, cooking together allows us to focus and enjoy quality time. After all, one thing that unites us as a human species is our enjoyment and love of food. We’ve built entire cultures around it and, in a way, our lives are built around it. Food is the foundation of who we are, because of course: everyone eats!
Building New Skills and Sense of Pride:
Cooking with children is especially beneficial to their growth into a happy and healthy adult. It helps build your child’s communication and teamwork skills as well as create positive memory association around family and food. Not only are you teaching your kids valuable life skills and tricks that will help them down the road as they get older, you are teaching them to become self-sufficient, and giving them a sense of pride. Cooking with children also helps them develop a deeper understanding of things like math, critical thinking skills and widening their vocabulary. This time together will foster a positive relationship with food which encourages them to not only enjoy a variety of foods, but build a diverse palette for an all-around healthier life.
Unbreakable Family Bonds:
We all have precious memories to look back on when it comes to food. And as we know, those began early. A savory family stew bubbling on a chilly evening, grandma’s buttermilk biscuits rising in the oven, the sizzle of dad’s burgers on the grill. It’s time to create these with your own family! Not only are you spending valuable time together and building your own family legacy, but in the process you are passing down history. Vintage cookware, beloved family recipes, or even developing new traditions for them to have in their toolkit as they get older! Not only are generational recipes treasured but they will serve as a sense of comfort to your children, even once they leave the nest. Cooking together fosters bonds and creates memories your children will revisit and repeat with their own families.
Coming up! A warm and hearty favorite that is perfect for the upcoming chilly months, Heartland style! We’ve put our own twist to make this classic American favorite a bit lighter but still full of the flavor you love!