It’s Coming People!

There’s something abuzz in our house right now.  It happens every year about this time.  The kids start seeing TV commercials, new ideas start popping in their brains and all of a sudden I can barely keep them in their seats.  A recent phone conversation between Steve and the boys took place during his commute into work.  He was sharing the car with another man who heard what Steve was saying.

Steve on the phone to the children; “What are you boys doing?”

Boys answer but of course the driver doesn’t hear.

“Oh, what are you watching?” Steve continues.

“WHAT?” Steve exclaims loudly.  “You guys aren’t allowed to watch that.”

“Awwww”, Steve says in disgust.

 “I’m talking to your mother when I get home, you rotten kids. Goodbye.”

As Steve hangs up the phone in disgust the driver of the car looks over at him and says.

“Your kids watch bad TV too?”

“Yeah,” Steve replies.  “It drives me nuts.”

“What are they watching?” the driver asks. “SpongeBob or Ed, Edd and Eddie?”

“No” Steve replies.  “They’re sitting with their mother watching Top Chef.”

That’s right baby,  Top Chef – New York is starting soon.  Since the series began on Bravo Channel five seasons ago, the boys and I have gathered at the afternoon rerun of Top Chef, since it aires way too late for them to watch at night.  We watch the show; taking bets on the outcome and momma ALWAYS wins (because it’s NOT on too late for momma to watch at night ).

“Is Marcel a bad guy Mom?”

“Who do you think will be eliminated Mom?”

“Don’t you just LOVE Padma?” they say in a much more masculine way than I’m ready hear from them.

Of course this type of culinary sharing is driving my sport spitting husband nuts. 

“Watch sports or something” he hollers hiding in his man hideaway in the office.  But secure in themselves, my boys and I gaze on.  We watch the chopping techniques, marvel at the ingenious use of sun chokes (I don’t know what those are), and occasionally get a wild hair to try something ourselves.

Yeah, that didn’t go so good.

Still, Sammy did make his dad eggs for breakfast this morning; Jake will occasionally whip up his famous Ranch Chicken for the family dinner, Ben is a pro with pasta and Danny, well he’s still too short.  But he wants to help.

I love that the boys like this stuff and that they are excited about watching the program.  I want them to learn to be self sustaining and maybe even good at cooking.  I certainly don’t want to hear the reason they have to get married is to enjoy a good meal; although in the big scheme of things I guess having to get married to enjoy good food is the lesser of the two evils I can imagine.

And come to think of it Padma is a hottie.  images13Can you believe she was married to Salman Rushdie?  Could the female version of Salman EVER get a guy that’s Padma’s equivilant? Of course not.  So maybe my guys need to learn to cook and then they could meet chicks like Padma in the chef’s kitchen.  Either way, every once in a while they’ll come home and fix momma a good meal. 

By then I guess they’ll be changing my diapers too.  But as long as Top Chef has a long run, we can still cuddle on the couch, watch a good flambé flourish and drive their daddy nuts.

Parenting Tip of the Day:  Cooking with your children is a great way to bond.  It also teaches them mathematical lessons in measuring, timing and chemical reactions.  I hope you have the chance to pass along your “famous” dish to your child.  Even if it only involves opening cans and adding cheese, they’ll love the time you can share together.

A simple cookie recipe you can do together follows:

Mix one box of any cake mix, ¼ cup of water, ¼ cup of vegetable oil and 1 large egg.  Combine the ingredients and then mix in 1 cup of something your child likes, like chocolate chips, M&Ms, or nuts.  Combine the add in you like, and place scoopfuls of the dough onto a greased baking tray.  Bake for 15 minutes at 350.  They need to cool a bit before you can really handle them but they are yummy!  At least that’s what the 3d graders said.

 *Quick mommy caution here: the language on TC this past season was too strong.  I’ve read the producers are working to keep a tighter lid on things this season so the program stays on my viewing agenda.  Just FYI.


6 responses to “It’s Coming People!

  1. I’m WAY too hooked on Bravo. My stay at home indulgence. d

  2. badmommymoments

    i’m feeling a little lost without my project runway. maybe it’s time to let a new show into my life…

  3. Mmmm-sounds yummy-thanks for sharing…d

  4. Everyone that I make this for loves it. The only thing I changed is that I pour a whole jar on the bottom of the pan and a full jar on top. Having more sauce keeps it from sticking better and keeps the noodles from drying out at all. Let me know how it works for you.

    Lasagna Roll-ups

    15 lasagna noodles
    1 jar (32 oz) spaghetti sauce
    2 lbs ricotta cheese or small curd cottage cheese
    1 cup (4 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese
    1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    3 eggs, beaten
    1 tbsp chopped parsley
    1 tsp salt

    In a large pot of boiling water, cook lasagna noodles until just barely tender.
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, eggs, parsley and salt. Pour half the spaghetti sauce in a 9 x 13″ pan coated with cooking spray. Drain lasagna noodles, rinse and pat dry. Lay noodles out flat and spread filling evenly over each noodle. Roll the noodles up and arrange, seam side down, in pan. Cover with remaining spaghetti sauce and mozzarella cheese. Bake 35-40 minutes until bubbly and golden brown. Let stand 12-15 minutes before serving.

    To keep lasagna noodles from breaking, hold in cold water until ready to use.

  5. Sure – post the lasagna recipe. Anything that gets ’em cooking is a great idea. It’s definitely fun to have the kids cookin’.

  6. Tooters and I love to cook together and she always wiggles her fingers over the food and says she is putting her magic touch on it to make it extra good. I have a great recipe for lasagna rolls if you want it. Very kid friendly, little messy to make but Tooters loves to spread the filling and roll them up. Just let me know.

    Some of my best memories are cooking with my parents. As for TV me and Tooters are total junkies for things like Top Chef, ANTM, and Biggest Loser

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