Cooking A to Z

Sandy Holthaus

Summer break is here! We are a week in and maybe you have already heard the “I’m bored” whine from your kids. Usually I avoid this the same way my parents did, you say you’re bored, you do chores!

There was a never-ending list of to dos in our house…from vacuuming and sweeping to stacking wood. We would avoid all of it just by spending time in the woods building forts and making coffee can cookers to fry hot dogs. We’d pretend they were squirrel or other random animals we had caught in the wild. Now I don’t want to encourage you to send your kids outside with some wienies and a book of matches so I thought I would present another way to get your kids cooking this summer.

If you remember in the movie Julie and Julia, Julie spent an entire year cooking her way through Julia Child’s first cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cuisine. I found an amazing little cookbook called the Alpha Bakery at a garage sale the other day and it gave me the idea that a parent could take the summer and cook their way through 26 recipes following the letters of the alphabet.

Taste of Home columnist Sandy (Anderson) Holthaus lives on a farm in South Haven, MN with her husband, Michael, and their children Zoe, Jack and Ben. Her heart remains on the North Shore where she grew up with her parents, Art and LaVonne Anderson of Schroeder. She enjoys writing about her childhood and mixes memories with delicious helpings of home-style recipes.

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