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Making Bread, Breaking Bread

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June 10, 2019 | By Captain Amber Imhoff

Kid Cooking Cropped

Ding, dong!  Stomp, stomp, thud!  

“Are we first?”

“We made last week’s recipe for Sunday dinner! Our grandfather loved it! We switched up one of the ingredients and tried a different kind of cheese! It was so good! What are we making today?”

“Here is the recipe. Add pinch of this a pinch of that. Watch the temperature. Remember, when we are chopping, eyes are on the cutting board at all times.”

Sniff Sniff


“Don’t be afraid to try something new.”

Kids in the Kitchen (for children in grades 3 to 5) and Youth Cooking (for children in grades 6 to 12) are two programs at The Washington Salvation Army that teach young people how to cook – for free! 

During each two-hour lesson, these little chefs will don their aprons, chop fresh ingredients, and use kitchen equipment to create tasty creations. The menu is very kid-friendly with simple-to-prepare dishes like chicken broccoli alfredo, homemade bread, pizza, and omelets. Often, the young participants feel like they’re starring on a cooking show!


Additionally, during the weekly lessons, the children also learn best practices for healthy eating, such as shopping from the perimeter of the grocery store. And, they are encouraged to be creative in the kitchen, as sometimes it may be necessary to substitute one ingredient for another. After all, throughout their entire lives, they will need to prepare food for themselves or for someone else using what is available in their kitchens. The Salvation Army hopes these programs will help families to be healthy emotionally, physically, and spiritually. What better way to help families connect than through a delicious meal that was prepared together?