How often is it that you can combine kid entertainment with household chores? Practically never. And if you can, efficiency is a concept that never enters the equation.
I signed up for an in-store session with my daughter at Let's Dish - a restaurant quality food preparation store. We put on our fancy schmancy aprons and bandanas and then were given a quick "how to dish" lesson. Each food preparation station has a meal ready for us to assemble. The directions are super clear, and the ingredients are beautiful and fresh.
My daughter and I stumbled a bit through our first recipe, but by meal two, we were pros. We spent about two hours assembling eight meals: two meals each of Portabello Mushrooms Stuffed with Wild Rice, Chicken Casablanca, Shrimp Scampi with Linguine, and Fajita Steak with Chile-Lime Dressing. When we needed a break, there were fresh scones and drinks.
Of course, the proof is in the pudding, so to speak. We decided to taste test the portabello mushrooms first. And because they looked so good we invited our extended family. The mushrooms disappeared before I knew what happened so I would say they were a big hit. I can't wait to try the other meals. Budget-wise, it's less expensive than carry out (ours worked out to $24 for each 6-serving meal).
(Note:For health and safety reasons, this activity is best
for kids age 8 and up. The height of the food prep stations may also be
hard to manage for some kids, but you are allowed to bring a step
Timonium Commerce Park
9620 Deereco Road
Timonium, MD 21093