Cooking With Kids is enjoyable and brings families together!

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More and more people are welcoming kids into their kitchens…not for eating, but for Cooking! I believe its never too early to get kids involved in the kitchen. At a very young age children can learn to stir things in a bowl, learn basic knife skills (using a plastic knife of course) and learn about safety and cleanliness. As kids grow older, they can start to incorporate other skills like using a sharper knife, prepping foods, basic usage of the stove and how to read and follow recipes.  Once they get to this point, their confidence is really high in the kitchen. They will start to learn more about ingredients and how they work together. They may even be brave enough to create dishes without recipes and using their own knowledge and experience to make a culinary masterpiece. There are so many reasons why getting kids into the kitchen is so important:

At some point they all will need to be in the kitchen to cook and clean. Learning HOW to cook is important – and FUN!

Cooking builds confidence. This is such a vital skill for our young ones!

Safety – This is critical for anyone in the kitchen. Not only how to handle foods, but how to be safe around the burners and oven.

FUN  – Kids enjoy cooking and it will bring joy and smiles to them every time.

Unity – if you want to bring a family or young friends together, this is a most wonderful way to do so. Each member can have a job in the cooking process and work together to create a meal! And don’t forget to EAT TOGETHER!

We have our kids in the kitchen on a daily basis – we even do cooking competitions. We laugh, smile, concentrate, create and most importantly ENJOY the art of cooking. So get your kids into your kitchen!

 

It has been a wonderful journey!

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Between the restaurants, my teaching, appearances and family life, I have been incredibly busy! My apologies for neglecting my website (though I do my best to stay on top of my Facebook page – you can always find my updates there.) For those of you who do not know, I recently appeared and competed on The Food Network show – Cutthroat Kitchen. What an amazing experience. Shot over two days, the behind the scenes of what is involved is monumental. My sincerest appreciation for the teams of people who make it happen! I am so grateful that they gave me the opportunity to appear and show off some of my culinary skills…and of course it doesn’t hurt that I won! I also have an upcoming appearance on Guys Grocery Games – also on the Food Network and will be shooting another episode (of unnamed show) this fall. I guess grateful isn’t a big enough word for how I feel. This all started because I wanted to teach people how to cook. This must be part of the plan for me. What a wonderful journey and ride. I hope I do myself and my students proud!

A NEW season! Welcome Spring.

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Spring has sprung! So happy to say that after the incredibly LONG winter we had this year in Michigan. I’m tired of all the white stuff (snow). I want to see colors, hear birds chirping, think about all the new produce that is coming into season and making the plans for my bigger and better garden. This is a beautiful and uplifting time of the year. Turn your face to the sun and enjoy this rebirth of nature around us.

Cooking and Preparing ALL types of dishes

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As I’m sure you know by now, my culinary emphasis is on Asian cuisine. I like to cook healthfully and utilize the freshest ingredients (when possible). More and more I am seeing dietary restricted people. Whether it be allergies, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, diabetic or something else. As a chef, I take these restrictions very seriously and have spent a lot of time this year making sure I can prepare a dish, no matter what the case may be. If you follow my Youtube, I have made a great effort to share with you a variety of dishes to meet your needs. Here is an example of a gluten-free preparation (you can find on my Youtube). These turned out to be delicious. I will continue to expand my repertoire of these kinds of foods for those who want and/or need it.

 

 

Never Stop Learning!

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As most of you know, Asian cuisine is my forte. Although I do cook many other things, Asian fare is certainly my specialty. That being said, I haven’t been satisfied by just that. I have spent the last year researching, reading and preparing things I never thought I would make. I think too often we find ourselves staying in the safe zone of cooking. Yes, it’s great to have your specialty dishes, but why settle there? For example, desserts are not really a big deal in the Asian culture – sure we have them, but it isn’t that prevalent. I decided it was time I learned how to make desserts – from cookies to shortcakes, pies and layered cakes – I did it! I can’t believe how much I learned – and if I do say so myself, I’ve gotten pretty good at it! My point is, if you want to be a good cook, chef, or whatever title you want to give yourself, the key is to NEVER stop learning and honing your skills! Here I am at 45 just really learning to make desserts. So I challenge you to pick one thing you have never made…but secretly wanted to, research it and MAKE it! I promise you that you will feel so accomplished and proud when you are done! Let me know how it goes!

Holiday season upon us

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It’s that time of year where we come together as family and friends to celebrate the holidays. If you think about most any get together, there is always food involved. Food is a constant in our lives and it is something that unites us and something we can share with one another. One of my favorite things is to get as many people as involved as possible in the kitchen – now I know some of you may groan and say that you don’t like everyone hanging out in the kitchen, but I think it is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy cooking (and usually some laughs too!). Dividing up the tasks, giving each person “ownership” of their assigned job, and watching it all unfold like a symphony. Beautiful! As you head into this season, don’t stress out about the cooking – yes, it can be a lot of work, but think of the wonderful opportunities to spend time with your loved ones and to appreciate all the blessings you have in your life. Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!

I love the Farmer’s Markets!

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I have such an appreciation for the corner farm stand and local farmer’s markets. There is nothing like the fresh produce and products they offer! We buy from them regularly…..here is a picture from a little stand we visited on Sunday. Like I’ve said before….nature’s artwork!

1,000,000 ++ Thank you!

Hello,

Last weekend my Youtube channel exceeded 1 MILLION views. As I said on my Facebook page, that is a significant number for me. All I wanted to do is help people learn to cook and expand their reportoire of dishes. Who knew they’d watch my channel that much? Thank you to all my supporters, comments, requests and thoughts!

Chef Tom

 

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