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Making Farro Risotto #kidsinthekitchen

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This week for #kidsinthekitchen we each are showcasing The Piccolo Chef Cookbook. We’ve chosen to create a recipe call Toasted Farro Risotto with Mushrooms. Farro is something we’ve never had before but thought it was a good way to introduce a new ingredient. Shae helped with MOST of the cooking. Risotto is a bit time consuming so Shaun lost interest after toasting the farro in olive oil.

Farro Risotto #kidsinthekitchen

“The Piccolo Chef Cookbook” was developed by the owners of the award winning cooking school in Los Angeles, California. Piccolo Chef was created by Italian mom-preneurs with a vision to make healthy eating attainable and fun for children of all ages and economic backgrounds. Their inspiration are their children, and teaching kids and parents the art of fresh cooking and reconnecting with one another through all phases of cooking, from garden to the table.

Shae on the other hand was by my side almost the entire time asking questions, tasting ingredients (raw onion), stirring, asking more questions and overall being the ideal sous chef.

Risotto is a straightforward process and this variation wasn’t very different. I adjusted some ingredients and left out others but we ended up with a very tasty meal that I would definitely try again. Farro wasn’t weird or gross, in fact in tasted like a cross between steel cut oats and brown rice just much larger in texture.Farro Risotto #kidsinthekitchen Shae and Shaun said it smelled like popcorn when it was toasting in olive oil.Farro Risotto #kidsinthekitchen I added some steamed broccoli to the finished product and added a blend of sauteed mushrooms, onions and garlic to the risotto.
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About Melinda

Melinda is half of the mom & dad blogging team from LookWhatMomFound...and Dad too! Over 4 years ago Melinda left the corporate world to focus on raising her children while being a SAHM. With 17 years of parenting practice to 3 kids life has provided her many experiences that are used to educate the family on morals, ethics and the difference between right and wrong. While academics are very important, a full education goes beyond books and grades. Melinda strives to raise children with good hearts, strong principles and a foundation built on love and respect for others.
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  1. We’ve never tried Farro. I think I need to pick up some next time I’m at Whole Foods.

  2. It sounds like Shae enjoys cooking as much as she loves the time she is spending with you while in the kitchen!

    I looked for farro at my grocery store, but couldn’t find it.

  3. thank you so much for the party! :)

  4. I love the fact she cooks with you. You insire me to do more with my daughter in the kitchen. I have to check out the Risotto

  5. I’ve never tried it either! Glad it worked out well for y’all. It looks great…I’ll have to try that one next!

  6. Wow, look delicious!

  7. We tried farro recently and really liked it. A friend gave us some she wasn’t going to use. We weren’t even sure how to make it but after some googling we found a delicious recipe

  8. You made Risotto with your kids? I’m impressed! Mind you, my entire experience with Risotto is limited to the TV show Hell’s Kitchen, but they always make it sound difficult. Maybe it’s because it has to simmer so long, it could burn if your not careful? Either way, sounds like it was a hit with Shae!

  9. Thanks for hosting!

  10. I’ve only had risotto at fancy blogging events. I bet my husband would really like this. (I’m not a mushroom fan)

  11. That looks delicious. My daughter loves to cook so we’re always on the lookout for new recipes!

  12. This seems like a dish that my daughter and I could make together and we could surprise my husband with it! We haven’t done a lot of savory cooking together, so we’ll have to try this!


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