Painting Potatoes (Grilling with Henry)

July 24, 2009

By Mark Bishop, Deputy Director

For those who read my blog entries (and there must be millions out
there, right?), you probably think that I'm always cooking with my son
Henry. And while I do involve him as much as possible, I struggle with
new ideas for appropriate three-year-old recipes. I mean, if I need
minced garlic, I don't think Henry is the right sous chef for the job
— at least not yet.

And grilling. In the summertime I love to
cook out, and you can't have a 3-year-old flipping burgers in front of
a hot grill. But you can have him paint potatoes.

So much of
what I do is less about a recipe, and more about involvement. For grilled sweet potatoes, we coat the potatoes with a bit of olive oil, then sprinkle
with a little salt, cinnamon and powdered garlic. It makes a nice
sweet/salty mix that we all love to eat.

But involving Henry is
the main point — that's where painting potatoes comes in. Just get a
basting brush and and let your kid paint the olive oil all over the
place. It makes a mess but that's what makes it fun.

Painting

One more quick idea for grilling… Corn. Kids love to shuck corn.

Corn