The kitchen is the heart of the home, and usually the busiest room in the house. Our kitchen has welcomed guests for birthdays, anniversary’s, holidays, family get-togethers and dozens of other occasions.
Nothing says welcome like a fresh pot of coffee and the smell of homemade goodies baking in the oven. No matter where I serve our guests, we always end up in the kitchen. Our kitchen has provided countless hours of family fun as our children learned to bake a variety of foods.
The all-time favorite is Stromboli, followed by pepperoni rolls and a host of easy to make and bake cookies. Making Stromboli with frozen bread dough was the starting point for our kids until they mastered the art of bread making and made their own dough.
With a pound of pepperoni, three cups of shredded pizza cheese, a sprinkle of garlic salt and a couple of pounds of fresh (or frozen and thawed) bread dough, you can turn out pepperoni rolls and Stromboli in no time! You can also add any combination of fresh vegetables to the Stromboli; the more the merrier I always say.
Roll out fist sized pieces of dough until fairly thin; cover with pepperoni, cheese and a sprinkle of garlic salt. Add any diced or thinly sliced vegetables of your choice; roll up like a jelly roll, tuck ends under and transfer to parchment lined baking sheet. Make short diagonal slices across top, let rise until double in size. Bake at 350 degrees for twenty minutes or until golden brown. Serve with warm pizza sauce,and you’ll have a hit every time!
For pepperoni rolls, roll out dough that is half the size of fist, cover with pepperoni; fold over in thirds, place three pieces of pepperoni on top, fold ends over, turn over and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Let rise until double in size, then bake at 350 degrees for fifteen minutes or until golden brown. Folding the dough and adding three pieces of pepperoni on top will ensure that there are layers of pepperoni when you slice into the pepperoni roll.
These recipes are so easy to make and fun to eat that your family will be making them quite often, or asking to help you make them. For memories that last a lifetime, share yourself and your kitchen with your family, and encourage them to help and experiment with food. What a great way to spend an afternoon!
Teaching kids to cook and clean up after themselves is easier when it’s a family affair and everyone pitches in to help; from the oldest to the baby, there’s something for everyone to do. When you make things fun kids will enjoy and remember them, and that’s a testimony to your teaching and cooking skills.
The next time you head into the kitchen to whip up a batch of cookies or even just to start dinner, invite the family to join in and help, and you’ll be surprised how eager they will be to lend a hand! Did you know that kids are more likely to eat whatever they have helped to prepare, even if it’s something they aren’t too fond of? Try it and you’ll see. From our family to yours, happy baking and cooking!