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…

What are some of your favorite ways to cook with kids? Leave a comment for a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card!

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  1. 1
    November 4, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    My kids are bigger so they make cookies for me each week.

  2. 2
    November 4, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    My girls are all grown up and I cannot tell you how much I miss our times together, especially in the kitchen!
    So many excellent memories!

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    November 4, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Our girls started out baking cookies with me when they were toddlers. Now that they are older (15 and 11), they have fixed us complete meals!

  4. 4
    November 4, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    My favorite way to cook with kids is to make homemade pizzas together with lots of healthy toppings. It is fun to work together in the kitchen.

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    Denise R.
    November 4, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Love making cookies together!!!

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    Ellie Wright
    November 4, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    My grandsons love to help me cook. especially cookies and brownies. My 10 year old has just gotten old enough that I let him help me peel potatoes and chop veggies.

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    Ellie Wright
    November 4, 2015 at 4:04 pm

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    Stephanie Phelps
    November 4, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    My kids and I love to make cookies and candies together in the kitchen! We love to give them as gifts to our family and friends!

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    Stephanie Phelps
    November 4, 2015 at 4:36 pm

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    Jennifer Gasper
    November 4, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Hello all,
    I love to bake with my daughter. I started doing it with her when she was about two years old. We have now moved on to chopping veggies for salads. We also enjoy watching the food network together. I love cooking with kids!

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    Karie Coats
    November 4, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    I love making sugar cookies with my kids! Oh the messes we make!!

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    Becca M
    November 4, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    I love to have my little brothers and sisters by my side as I bake. As they get older, I like to give them more and more opportunities to take charge, and now they can pretty much give me a run for my money. 🙂

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    Erin Ellis
    November 4, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    My girls are small, but they are big enough to help poor in ingredients, and of course lick the bowl 🙂 We love to make cookies and cakes together. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    ErinLoves2Run at gmail dot com

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    November 4, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    We love baking together and making big saturday morning breakfasts together

  15. 15
    Jessica To
    November 4, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    I like to get my son to help with desserts by pouring and mixing. He’s more interested when he likes what we are cooking.

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    Margaret Smith
    November 4, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    I like to have my kids help with measuring by using measuring cups and spoons. They also love to stir items and they also help me wash veggies and fruits.
    Thanks so much.

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    Carly R.
    November 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    My boys love to dump everything in the bowl and stir it up!

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    Margaret Smith
    November 4, 2015 at 7:01 pm

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    Andrea D.
    November 4, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    I love having the kids help me cook as I go with dinner or with a baked good. Thanks for the chance to enter.

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    November 4, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    My oldest son Dash (7) loves to cook with me! He calls everything ‘Dash’s Famous…’. He is really into making soups and baked goods. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win! <3<3 🙂 🙂

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    November 4, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    I don’t have kids of my own, but I do love baking with my little cousins when I get the chance. Its so much fun watching them learn and eat their own creations.

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    November 4, 2015 at 11:04 pm

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    November 4, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    My kids love to cook with me adding healthy toppings

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    November 4, 2015 at 11:12 pm

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    November 5, 2015 at 3:48 am

    My favorite thing to teach my kids was to make Butcha, a Czech sweet bread. Now the daughter makes it even better than I can.

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    Cynthia C
    November 5, 2015 at 5:33 am

    My little great-niece is only three, but she loves to help me stir ingredients and crack eggs. She also likes helping with cookies, especially the decorating.

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    Cynthia C
    November 5, 2015 at 5:35 am

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    November 5, 2015 at 6:10 am

    I always loved baking with the kids I used to babysit. Having them help make their favorite treats seemed to make them appreciate them more, and I was even able to sneak in a few baking-related science lessons.

  29. 29
    Kristin G
    November 5, 2015 at 7:18 am

    I love to bake with my son. He likes to stir up our mixtures and he is also in charge of taste testing.

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    Susan Fowler
    November 5, 2015 at 7:39 am

    My daughter and I have always cooked together. Now that she’s older and lives in another city we don’t get to do it as often. I would have to say my favorite memories are Christmas cookies and holiday meals. It seems like something always goes wrong and we have another memory to share.

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    Erin Cherry
    November 5, 2015 at 8:01 am

    My kids are still pretty young buy my oldest (6) helps me measure and stir. All are willing taste testers!

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    November 5, 2015 at 8:08 am

    My kids love to get on Pinterest and look for yummy recipes to make together. They are great at measuring and stirring.

  33. 33
    November 5, 2015 at 8:12 am

    My kids like to help me make cookies. We like to pick a recipe and make a delicious treat together

  34. 34
    November 5, 2015 at 8:13 am

    I enjoy baking with kids, allowing them to decorate and stretch their creativity.

  35. 35
    November 5, 2015 at 8:15 am

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    Allison Swain
    November 5, 2015 at 8:40 am

    We enjoy making pizzas and cupcakes together!

    Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

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    D Schmidt
    November 5, 2015 at 8:41 am

    My children like to help byby chopping vegetables and mixing cakes.

  38. 38
    Allison Swain
    November 5, 2015 at 8:42 am

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    Melissa M
    November 5, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    My children love cutting up vegetables and anything that lets them use the mixer!

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    November 5, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    I’ve started letting my 10 year old choose dinner once a week and we make it together. It’s been so fun to work together, and chat and laugh in the kitchen. I wish I had started doing it years ago!

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    Denise L
    November 5, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    I like to let my son decide on a menu and then help him make it happen from shopping to cooking.

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    Denise L
    November 5, 2015 at 1:01 pm

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    Heather B
    November 5, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    My kids love to mix all the ingredients together especially if they get to use their hands.

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    November 5, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    I love letting my boys each plan one dinner a week and then they help me prepare it. For a while it was mostly pizza and hamburgers, but they have really started to get creative. And brave!:)

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    November 5, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    We like to bake cookies together at holiday time.

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    November 5, 2015 at 3:37 pm


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    e michelle
    November 5, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    i love making breakfast on the weekends with them! They are 6 and 4 and have mastered the art of making scrambled eggs both northern and southern style! My other favorite time is when we make empanadas! They are my little assembly line!

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    November 5, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I like to make weekend breakfast with my kids because there is more time.

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    November 5, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    My son is very interested in measuring out ingredients, so baking is a lot of fun for the two of us!

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    November 5, 2015 at 8:11 pm

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