My latest video—costarring my niece, Daphne—is all about making pizza with kids. Here's what I learned while shooting it:
- Kids can do way more in the kitchen than you might think. All they need is ingredients, a sturdy stool, and an adult who believes in them and doesn't care too much about the mess.
- Small fingers are great for picking dough out of whisks and this shmancy stirrer I am now obsessed with.
- My weeknight pizza dough and super-easy marinara sauce recipes are basically designed for making pizza with kids.
- Sneaking tastes of sauce and other toppings (I saw that, Daphne!) is a good thing. How else are you going to know how to season your pizza when it comes out of the oven?
- Engaging in a cooking project with kids does way more than just teach them self-confidence and culinary skills. It also teaches you how to explain things better, and it helps build a stronger bond.
This also happens to be a fantastic activity for hot summer days. Stay inside in the air conditioning, grab a few bowls and some basic ingredients, and make memories you'll never forget!
What?! You didn't know I had a YouTube channel?! That's because I'm not that great at publicizing it. I am slowly but surely getting the hang of this whole video thing, though, so I'll be posting more in the next few months. (Don't mind the whispery voice in the first few I made; turns out it is not a great idea to tape in a tiny house while trying not to wake a sleeping baby.)
Is there anything pizza related you'd like to learn in a video format? So far, in addition to pizza with kids, I've covered making, stretching, and launching the dough; adding finishing touches to amp up "basic" pizzas (props to Albert Yee for shooting that one!); and choosing the perfect pizza cutter. I'll be remaking the dough videos and channel intro first, now that I've got better equipment and a toddler who's out of the house during the day, but feel free to post any requests in the comments below and I'll add them to my list!