One mom who sees it that way is Ashley Hansen, who was among parents who shared with me tales of cooking with kids.
Hansen, who owns Hansen’s Sno-Bliz snowball stand in New Orleans, admits she is a bit of a Pollyanna when it comes to cooking with her daughter Avery, 8, and son Gordon, 10.
“I always seem to go for this Mary Poppins aspect,” she said. “Let’s make this fun.”
And, snap, the job’s a game – literally.
“We have cooking contests with smoothies, small salads, grilled cheese, cookies. Everyone is encouraged to add a ‘secret ingredient,’” Hansen said, explaining that the idea for the game grew out of family members having their own ideas of how a cookie or smoothie should taste.
“So, I was like, let’s all put in our own special ingredient. They loved the idea of a secret ingredient that would not be revealed until