MASTERCHEF JUNIOR and Cooking with Kids!

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR and Cooking with Kids!

If you have followed my blog for a while now, you surely have noticed that I love cooking in the kitchen with my kids. This is my daughter Emily, about 5 years ago making No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies.
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…and MyLittleTwinBoys (5 years ago) hard at work making Rainbow Cookies. How could I in good conscience send them out into the world without knowing how to make Rainbow Cookies, I ask you. That’s a skill that will stay with you for a lifetime, am I right?
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Fast forward a few years and our days of making (and playing with!) Rainbow Cookie Dough have sadly passed. However, we still enjoy cooking together, though the recipes have become a little more refined. My daughter Anna makes Homemade Pizza that can knock your socks off, truly. I bet her future college roommates will like that more than Rainbow Cookie Dough, agreed? Suffice it to say, these kids of mine have learned few basic cooking skills and that makes me happy.

However, my crew of kids doesn’t know much about cooking when compared with this darling bunch of cuties. These kids are the talented contestants competing in MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Season 2, which premieres on Fox this Friday, November 6th. We are super excited to watch it this season and loved watching it last season. It’s a great show my whole family enjoys watching together, and can I just say…that doesn’t happen very often! You can hardly find a television show these days that’s clean enough for the whole family to watch. Not only is MASTERCHEF JUNIOR a good clean family show, but it’s super entertaining. The show gives 24 talented kids between the ages of 8-13 the opportunity show off their culinary talents and compete for a cash prize of $100,000. This year some of the challenges given to the promising hopefuls include a kid-only birthday party, a tag-team challenge, a cupcake frosting face-off and the fan-favorite pop-up restaurant. Sounds like fun!

Last year my family and I were absolutely amazed at the fabulous talent the contestants had. They were brilliant, darling and super funny. Their range of cooking expertise FAR surpassed Rainbow Cookie Dough and Homemade Pizza, let me tell you.  I learned all kinds of great culinary tips, just by watching them. They were cooking virtuosos! It really is a great show to watch as a family, we highly recommend it! Don’t miss an all-new season of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Fridays at 8/7c on FOX! You can also follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and Tumblr. Here is a fun video clip as well…

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  1. 1
    Gina M
    November 11, 2015 at 9:08 am


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    November 11, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I enjoy passing down family recipes to my daughters. It’s a great way to ensure the traditions will continue.

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    November 11, 2015 at 12:23 pm

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    Amanda Sakovitz
    November 12, 2015 at 4:48 am

    We love making cupcakes together!

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    Amanda Sakovitz
    November 12, 2015 at 4:49 am

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    November 12, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Sorry. No kids here. Will say that I used to love to cook with my mom. I especially looked forward to her homemade chocolate pudding! mmm! Miss that!

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    November 12, 2015 at 9:51 am

    One of my favorite ways to cook with my kids is during the holidays. They love making Christmas cookies with me and their Nana!

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    November 12, 2015 at 11:21 am

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    November 12, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    cut, bake, and decorate cookies

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    Angela Saver
    November 12, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    I love cooking recipes with my kids that have 6 ingredients or less, like sloppy joes & 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies, but I also love cooking family recipes with them & teaching them how to make our family favorites! To avoid disasters, I never let them measure over the bowl! I give them a paper plate to measure ingredients over, in case they spill over.

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    Angela Saver
    November 12, 2015 at 1:57 pm

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    shelly peterson
    November 13, 2015 at 1:02 am

    The kids love to help out in the kitchen. We keep it simple and have them help measure, mix and frost things.
    cshell090869 at aol dot com

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    Sarah L
    November 13, 2015 at 1:06 am

    No kids of my own, but when I’m at my friend’s house her granddaughter helps in the kitchen. We put the veggie tray together and put the dip in the bowl.
    Thanks for the contest.

  14. 14
    Sarah L
    November 13, 2015 at 1:14 am

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    Dawn Monroe
    November 13, 2015 at 4:25 am

    My grand kids like to help crush crackers/cookies and tear bread for stuffing or bread crumbs.

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    Betty C
    November 13, 2015 at 4:50 am

    Making and decorating cookies has always been one of the fun things to do with kids.

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    Betty C
    November 13, 2015 at 4:51 am

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    November 13, 2015 at 5:31 am

    We enjoy making cookies, muffins, and cinnamon rolls together.

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    November 13, 2015 at 5:39 am

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    November 13, 2015 at 6:03 am

    My daughter loves to help out in the kitchen. Her favorite activity is chopping up mushrooms or other soft vegetables for me.

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    Aurelie Red
    November 13, 2015 at 8:53 am

    We like cooking “fun” food like burgers and pizzas ; my son love cooking desserts too, we make a chocolate cake every sunday !
    He likes to measure and pour !

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    Aurelie Red
    November 13, 2015 at 8:54 am

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    Thomas Murphy
    November 13, 2015 at 9:48 am

    I like to make pizza with my son.

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    Thomas Murphy
    November 13, 2015 at 9:48 am

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    Tabathia B
    November 13, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    I like to bake with my girls, so they usually add the ingredients and mix and then pour the batter

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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    Tabathia B
    November 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm

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    Linda C.
    November 13, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    We love to bake cookies together.

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    Jennifer H.
    November 13, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    It is that time of year to make and decorate cookies!

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