The Family Kitchen

When kids cook, they laugh, learn and feel important - and that tastes very good.


Bake in the bonding and sprinkle with fun. Here you’ll find lots of fun ways for your kids to learn key cooking skills with “on-the-job” training.

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Baking ABCs

Bake
To cook in the oven, instead of on the stovetop.
Baking pan
A metal pan without a lid that is used to cook foods in the oven.
Batter
A mixture of flour and other ingredients that’s thin enough to pour (not thick and gooey like dough).
Beat
To stir ingredients quickly together until they’re all combined; either with a spoon, a whisk or an electric beater.
Blend
To combine ingredients into a smooth mixture that’s all the same color and texture.
Boil
To heat a liquid until bubbles form, rise to the top and pop.
Brown
To cook or bake something until it turns brown.
Chill
To let something get cool in the refrigerator.
Chop
To cut into little pieces.
Combine
Stirring ingredients together until they’re mixed.
Cookie Sheet
A flat metal tray that is used to bake cookies.
Cool
To let something hot sit until it gets to room temperature.
Cream
To mix ingredients together until they’re fluffy and smooth.
Dash
A very small amount of an ingredient (less than the smallest measuring spoon can hold).
Dissolve
To stir something dry into a liquid until it disappears.
Dough
A mixture of ingredients that includes flour and is soft and thick.
Drizzle
To drip a topping or icing onto a food, often using a fork or a spoon.
Fold
Carefully combining heavier ingredients with light ones like whipped cream or eggs by gently mixing together. Usually people run a spatula along the bottom of a bowl then lift it toward the top.
Frost
To put a sweet topping on a cake, cookie, or cupcake. The topping is spreadable, but will stay a little fluffy.
Grease
To rub the inside of a pan with something that keeps baked goods from sticking—usually butter or margarine.
Ice
To put a thin, sweet topping on a baked good.
Knead
To mix together ingredients—usually with your hands—by pushing and pulling on it until it gets smooth and stretchy.
Knife
A tool with a sharp edge that’s used for cutting.
Measure
To check the exact amount of an ingredient.
Measuring Cups
Special cups that come in specific sizes, which are used to make sure the right amount of an ingredient is included in a recipe.
Measuring Spoons
Special spoons that come in specific sizes, which are used to make sure the right amount of an ingredient is included in a recipe.
Mix
To combine more than one ingredient together.
Mixing Bowl
A bowl that is large enough to hold all the ingredients of a recipe; it’s used for stirring or blending things together.
Oven Mitt
A mitten made of special heat-resistant material that is used to take things out of the oven.
Oven Rack
The wire shelves inside an oven.
Pack
To pat ingredients down flat into a measuring cup so that as much as possible fits inside.
Peel
To remove the outer covering of a fruit, vegetable or egg.
Pre-Heat
To turn the oven on before you put something into it so that it can warm up to the right temperature.
Roll
Making food into a shape, often by pressing on it with a rolling pin.
Sift
To smooth out any lumps in an ingredient, usually by using a sifter.
Simmer
To stay just below the boiling point while bubbling gently.
Slice
To cut something into thin pieces.
Spatula
A kitchen tool with a flat wedge at the end that is used to lift food or spread ingredients.
Stir
To combine ingredients by moving your hand in a circle with a whisk or a spoon.
Toss
Using two spoons to combine ingredients by lifting them.
Utensil
A tool used for cooking or baking.
Whip
To mix up ingredients by beating them rapidly—and lightly—with a whisk or an electric mixer.
Whisk
A kitchen tool with a long handle that is made of thin metal wires shaped into loops.
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