Food Network Fallout

I’m a huge fan of the Food Network channel. Late at night I can be found sitting up in bed with eyes glued to the television. My fascination with Food Network doesn’t translate into my being an exceptional cook, however. Sad, but true. I keep trying though and my family is always supportive of my attempts at growing my culinary skills.

Over the last year I’ve been surprised to repeatedly find my 9-year-old daughter wanting to watch Food Network as well. She’ll come into the kitchen when I’m making dinner and I’ll offer to change the TV channel for her but she’ll shake her head, settle down on the stool at the counter and begin commenting on what a particular TV chef is adding to a recipe.

This wonderful mommy/daughter bonding experience may sound all warm and fuzzy but I’ve discovered it has a downside. A big one. Gracie wants to experiment in the kitchen as well.

Here are a few of Gracie’s recent creations:

Tortilla chips topped with grape jelly and a dollop of whipped cream

Carrots covered in mustard and rolled in panko bread crumbs

Cinnamon toast bread with mayo and chocolate sprinkles

I could go on but there’s no need to torture you further. You get the idea.

As a mother, I’ve proudly displayed my children’s artwork on the refrigerator, applauded their impromptu dance routines and cherished all homemade gifts. So of course, I have bravely tasted all culinary creations. I’m either a great mother or an idiot. Not sure which one. I am sure, however, that since Gracie’s last appetizer offering almost had me running to vomit in the toilet, I will be purchasing her a cookbook for children.

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  1. LOL! Okay THIS is epic. I remember loving the food network and all sorts of infomercials when I was a kid. I’m pretty sure I made some terrible concoctions (which were supposed to be edible). My poor mother. I better get her something nice for Christmas this year :0) *still giggling*

  2. Sounds like my son! lol. I LOVE watching food network while I cook. Although I don’t copy the recipes, just a few tips and tricks I see. My son is four and he is very interested in making things especially when it comes to helping in the kitchen. Him being so young there is very little I can allow him to experiment with. His latest wish was to put parmesean cheese on sliced pears topped with mini marshmallows and drizzled with strawberry sauce. haha. I tried it and promptly downed a can of Coca Cola with a pleasant smile on my face. It was worth it as he was so proud. haha. Even though he himself wouldn’t try it. LOL I like to let them get creative…to a point. :)
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    • You’re such a good mom for bravely trying his creation. The pears with parmesean and marshmallows might’ve been too much even for me.


  3. Love it! Stop be mental chew if you get a chance. I have a giveaway I am sure your little chef would love. Anytime my son wants to help in the kitchen, I FULLY support it. Crazy some of the combinations they come up with though. She might be on to something with those mustard and panko carrots!

  4. Oh wow, those are quite the combos! LOL I have a family member who thinks they are pretty good… I’ve had to compose myself on more than one occasion. Great story!

  5. too funny– little hands in the kitchen is always a good treat. My son loves the kitchen and helping–

  6. This is funny, I remember the first time I cooked, I made rice with marshmallows and random other ingredients I was able to find in the kitchen, and for dessert, ice cream Sunday with apple slices and purple kool-aid powder sprinkled over it. Needless to say I puked every bit of it. I never cooked anything creative as a child after that 😛

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