Cooking with Kids

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Cooking with your kids can be a gratifying way to spend time together, but it also provides opportunities to pass along some useful kitchen skills. Besides, by this point in the summer, you may be thinking it’s time to channel your kids’ time and energy into something that can actually help you get tasty homemade meals on the table. Consider the following suggestions for how to approach cooking with your kids.

Aquatennial: The Festival That Saved Minneapolis

It was a different world in 1939. Adolf Hitler had just ordered the Luftwaffe bomb Britain. America was climbing out of the Great Depression. In St. Paul, the police department let gangsters make the city their home base as long as they didn’t perpetrate their crimes in the saintly city. In Minneapolis, Ira Blumenthal, a.k.a. “Kid Cann”, ran a highly profitable bootlegging, prostitution, and racketeering operation out of his Flame Nightclub on 15th and Nicollet.

Garden Fresh Salads

Minnesota does get some ribbing for the abundance of gelatin-based salads that may appear at the typical neighborhood potluck or picnic here in this state. A colleague of mine has used the term fluffy salad to refer to some of those suspicious concoctions, which often seem a whole lot more like dessert than salad to me. Though they usually have some fruit in them, they also often have a box of fruit-flavored gelatin or instant pudding mix – or both – plus any number of other ingredients that have very little if anything to do with salad, like marshmallows, pieces of chocolate-covered shortbread cookies or even chunks of cut up candy bars. (Snicker’s salad, anyone?)