Welcome to week 7 of Kitchen Classroom 2021, where America’s Test Kitchen Kids is sharing a weekly kid-tested and kid-approved recipe, hands-on experiment, or activity paired with a “Learning Moment” that brings learning to life in the kitchen.
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For this week’s edition of Kitchen Classroom, kids can blend up an easy batch of Creamy Dreamy Tomato Soup in Cooking For You. Kids will practice their independence in the kitchen by making their own lunch or dinner (plus an extra serving for a lucky sibling, parent, or caregiver) with minimal adult help. As they cook, kids can hone their rhyming skills with a quick and easy rhyming challenge, and explore (or invent!) delicious food pairings.
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Here’s what’s cooking for the week of February 15th through 21st, 2021.
Cooking For You: Creamy Dreamy Tomato Soup
Tomato soup is a wonderful way to warm-up on a chilly afternoon, and is easy for kids to make on their own with pantry ingredients. The best part? This dreamy soup is wonderfully creamy—without any cream! A slice of white sandwich bread and the blender are the secrets to its texture. To round out their meal, kids can add our Classic Grilled Cheese for a comforting combination. Kids can get creative by adding some toppings to their soup, such as croutons, a sprinkling of fresh herbs like chives or parsley, a dollop of yogurt or sour cream, or chopped nuts.
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What You’ll Need
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped shallots
1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, opened
½ cup chicken or vegetable broth
1 slice hearty white sandwich bread, torn into 1-inch pieces
1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
English Language Arts (Rhyming, Poetry):
The title of this recipe is “Creamy Dreamy Tomato Soup,” which includes a fun pair of rhyming words. While the tomato mixture is cooling in step 4, challenge kids to come up with some other rhymes using words found in this recipe and around the kitchen.
Start by asking kids to name some of the ingredients that went into the soup, as well as some of the cooking tools they used or see around them in the kitchen. Together, make a list of ingredients and tools, identifying which ones might be easy to rhyme with. Here are some examples to try, if kids need some extra prompting to get started: Broth, bread, oil, spoon, dish, bowl.
Once you have your list, set a timer for one minute and ask kids to come up with as many words as they can that rhyme with each of the words on the list. Later, after kids have eaten their soup, encourage them to use their new list of rhyming words to create a short poem, such as a limerick.
Take It Further
English Language Arts (Integration of Knowledge and Ideas):
Tomato soup and grilled cheese are a universally-loved duo. Ask kids to think about other iconic food pairs, such as cookies and milk or peanut butter and jelly. How many can they name? Ask them to brainstorm some less common, more unlikely combinations that might taste great—and try them, if they’re feeling brave! Popcorn and ice cream, anyone? For more inspiration for uncommon but surprisingly good food pairings, check out this video.
In the March edition of the Young Chefs’ Club, we’re going on a road trip! We’re stopping in five of the most populous states—New York, Florida, Texas, Washington state, and Illinois—to bring you recipes and stories unique to each place, from Florida Key Lime Pie to Texas Breakfast Tacos to Chicago Deep Dish Pizza, and more. Kids can play “Eat the States,” where they’ll guess U.S. states using history; geography; and, of course, food clues. And we invite them to tell us about the dishes unique to where they live on our colorable “Have Food, Will Travel” page. This box is on sale through February 28th and will arrive on doorsteps in March.