Love at First Bite

Mother and grandchild baking cookies.

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching on Friday, it is time to start cooking up some fun activities to celebrate together as a family. What better way to bond and express affection than through cooking?

There are many teachable moments for children that can be taught in the learning lab – aka the kitchen.  Cooking can reinforce skills in math, science, reading, organization and history—just to name a few.

So in keeping with this culinary theme, we enlisted the help of Stephanie Phillips from The Cookerydoo, a popular cooking school that hosts educational in-school workshops for children.

This week, Cookerydoo has planned for us a gourmet I-Love-You Day, incorporating cooking ideas and recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Just a heads-up, you will not want to miss dessert. After all, it wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without chocolate!

Everything Valentine’s


Heart-shaped pancakes with syrup and strawberry

To kick off the day, serve some heart-shaped pancakes. Use a cookie cutter and attach a wooden clothes pin for easy removal of the cutter.


Champignon-und Tofuaufstrich auf Vollkornbrot

Send the kids to school with a heart or arrow shaped sandwich. Include a note about why you love them. At midday it will remind them of your true devotion.


Hearty Valentine Dinner

Love is rare, or better yet, love is Valentine’s hamburgers. A heart-shaped cookie cutter used on the raw meat, cheese and the bun is all you need (for sanitation, use it on the buns and cheese first). You can use smaller heart-shaped cookie cutters to cut heart-shaped carrots, cucumbers and peppers for a heart-smart salad. Make pink raspberry vinaigrette by following these simple steps: Combine -1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil, 1/8 c. raspberry vinegar, 1/2 oz. orange juice, 1/8 tsp. garlic, jar or fresh, 1 tsp. raspberry jam, Salt and pepper. Top with raspberries.



When Cupid cooks for his family, this is the beverage he serves. For the first time ever, he has graciously agreed to share his magic recipe—which also happens to make an excellent dessert drink for Valentine’s Day dinner.


                12-ounce can pink lemonade concentrate
                1 cup raspberry sherbert or vanilla ice-cream
                12-ounce can of lemon/lime soda, 7-Up or ginger ale

1. In a pitcher, mix the lemonade concentrate with the recommended amount of water.

2. In a separate pitcher, combine the sherbert with 1 cup of the lemonade mixture.

3. Add the soda, stir, and serve.

Makes 3 cups.


Two heart shaped slices of a brownie on white backgroundLove-at-First-Bite Brownies


1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
3/4 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
  1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  2. Line a 9×13 baking pan with aluminum foil and spray generously with cooking spray.
  3. Melt chocolate and butter in a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Whisk both sugars into the chocolate mix. Add in eggs, one at a time, and then add vanilla. Whisk until combined.
  6. Stir in flour and salt until evenly incorporated and pour batter into prepared pan.
  7. Bake 35-40 minutes until center is set and a toothpick placed 2 inches away from edge comes out clean.
  8. Let brownies cool completely before cutting into squares.
  9. Use a cookie cutter or a butter knife to cut out small (these brownies are rich!) heart shapes. Serve plain or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or raspberry sherbert.

Makes about 8 to 12 servings, depending on size.

Do you have a growing gourmet in the family?  If you want to learn more about in-school cooking programs check out The Cookerydoo website.


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Joanne Sallay

Joanne Sallay is a Director at Teachers on Call – a personalized home tutoring service with more than 25 years of experience.  Teachers on Call’s Ontario Certified Teachers specialize in providing one-on-one instruction in all subjects and grades including French Immersion tutoring.

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