Kids in the Kitchen

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"We all like french fries right? But, they're very fattening, so I want to give you a more nutritious version of the french fries."
Kathy Ishoy says she has literally spent years in the kitchen, so when she started looking for something to do four years ago... cooking was an obvious choice.

She now spends her time in the kitchen with kids... teaching them more than just how to make tasty snacks and healthy dinners.
"This will help a child gain confidence in their own abilities and skills. There's a lot of sports programs out there, but a lot of kids don't want to do a sport or don't do well in sports... but, everyone can cook."

These young cooks-in-training agree.
They have all taken at least one course from Ishoy, and have no intention to stay out of the kitchen.

7-year old Katlynn Dyer readily admits the reason she cooks is because she loves to eat the results.

7-year old Camden Holroyd is a little bit more of a picky eater.
However, he says he is now trying about half of the dishes made in class.
"It's really fun making the dishes because my family always likes the food and sometimes I do too."

Ishroy says the class gives kids the confidence needed to stand next to mom or dad in the kitchen and help.
"I think children belong in the kitchen side by side with mom and dad... maybe they can grate the cheese, maybe they can just turn over the pancakes... with a little help, they can do a lot."

8-year old Dylan Bowman says he wants to be a chef.
And, he admits, he's not the only one impressed by his cooking.
"I think I would love to see the looks on everybody's faces when I give them their dishes."

And, after just 25 minutes... a simple project of making baked potato wedges brings a silence of happy eaters made especially by 3 young cooks with some simple guidance.

The next 4-week kids in the kitchen class starts next week through the school district's community education program.
The class, offered in the evening once a week, costs 52-dollars plus 25-dollars for specifically for materials... but, you will get to taste the product of this particular class which is called "candy, candy, candy" just in time for the holidays.

*Oven-Baked Potato Wedges Recipe*

Tools: Knife, 9X13 baking pan, measuring spoons, cooking spray

ingredients: 3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp garlic powder
3 medium baking potatoes

1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Mix salt, sugar, paprika, and garlic power.
2. Gently scrub potatoes, but do not peel. Cut each potato lengthwise in half; cut each half lengthwise into 4 wedges. Place wedges, skin side down, in baking pan.
3. Spray potatoes with cooking spray until lightly coated. Sprinkle with salt mixture.
4. Back uncovered 25 to 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork. Baking time will vary depending on the size and type of the potato used.