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Our new 'Summer Fun at Home' magazine looks to showcase young chefs and their favorite recipes!

Anne Endicott is a member of Pamplin Media Group's managing editors desk and a longtime journalist in Oregon.


EndicottIn generations past, the solution to life's ups and downs was comfort food. Chicken noodle soup for a cold. A big Sunday dinner with fried chicken, mashed potatoes and homemade pie, consumed around grandma's dining room table.

With families enjoying "togetherness" under the same roof these days, food is still taking center stage for comfort. And, perhaps, preparing a meal now includes younger members of the family.

How many of you are cooking with your kids? Are they involved in meal planning and preparation? What is their level of participation? If they're older, have you closed your eyes, walked away and given them free reign to create a meal? And most importantly, what is their favorite dish to prepare?

E-mail us about your kid chief!

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When my now-12-year-old granddaughter was younger, her contribution to dinner was salad, which she presented in small Tupperware containers, the portions of which were about the size worthy of a mouse, but, oh, the fuss we made over how good it was. Recently, she gave me a cooking lesson via FaceTime on how to make Top Ramen.

Our upcoming Summer Fun at Home magazine will be included in print copies of the newspaper in early June. We're looking for kid-friendly recipes that can be either totally prepared by young chefs or ones that even the smallest budding cooks can help put together. A photo or two of them in the kitchen, or showing off their creation, is also welcome.

Recipes need to be submitted by Friday, May 15, for inclusion in our special publication. Please tell us a little about your sous chef — their age, if they are novices in the kitchen and if the dish is their favorite, why. And don't forget a photo.

Email your submissions to Anne Endicott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and please provide a contact number in case we need further information.


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