Kids in the Kitchen: Kid-friendly Recipes

Kids in the Kitchen: Kid-friendly Recipes

Part 3 of a 3-part series on cooking with kids.

In the first two installments of “Kids in the Kitchen” we looked at some of my favorite tips for getting kids started in the basics of cooking: how to keep them safe in the kitchen, the importance of praise and keeping things fun, and ways to help our littles expand their (and our) culinary horizons.

Now, let’s get to the good stuff . . . the recipes!

I’ve chosen these two dishes, not only because the are delicious and simple to make, but also because each allows for nearly limitless adaptation to personal tastes. Omelets and pasta can stand alone or serve as a base for any number of meat and veggie variations.

For the first recipe, the basic omelet, we’ll take a crack at one of the most ubiquitous of ingredients—the amazing egg—and learn some tricks for getting the best out of these beautiful little protein bombs.

As for our second recipe, Chicken Picatta, we’ll delve into the food of my people and learn the real techniques for making perfect pasta!

To read the rest of this article, pick up a copy of the October 2019 issue at any of these locations, or view the digital archive copy here.

Find more of Chef Perry’s kid-friendly recipes and tips here.

Perry P. Perkins is a third-generation chef, award-winning writer, and culinary instructor. He lives with his family in Longview, and operates the MY KITCHEN Outreach Program, for at-risk and under-served youth. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including sixteen “Chicken Soup for the Soul” anthologies. He is also a reoccurring guest-chef on AM Northwest. More of Perry’s work can be found on Amazon at, and his cooking blog at

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