Isabella Cooks

Cooking is soooo much fun, but there are some important things to know before you can start to cook. 

Please read through and follow these suggestions before cooking any recipe on my web site.  Also, make sure you get permission to cook from an adult who will be home while you are cooking.

It is a good idea to print and laminate these suggestions so you can refer to them whenever you are cooking. 


1.    Whenever you are going to cook, you need to wash your hands thoroughly with soap.  Make sure you get all the dirt out of your fingernails too!


2.  Put on an apron, preferably one that covers your clothes all the way.  Parents and other adults sometimes get upset when we get food all over our nice clothes!  Anyway, we look very professional when we are wearing aprons in our cooking pictures!

3.  Fill one side of the sink with warm, soapy water.  This makes it easy to clean the counters if you spill.  You can also rinse your hands in this water.

4.  Have a towel by the sink so that when you wash your hands while cooking, you can dry them too.

5.    Before starting, read the recipe all the way through.  This eliminates any unwanted surprises such as having to chill the dough for hours or letting things sit overnight when you want to finish the recipe and eat it now!


6.  Put all of the ingredients called for in the recipe out on the counter before starting.  This is so that you can make sure that you have everything you need.   It isn't fun to tell your Mom or adult helper that you need to run to the store in the middle of a recipe; adults can sometimes get pretty mad when we do that!

7.  As you make the recipe, put each one of the ingredients away right after you use it.  That way you know that you put all of the ingredients in the recipe and that you didn't forget anything.  It also keeps the kitchen cleaner.

8.  While you are cooking, put the dirty dishes in the sink or the dishwasher and wipe off the counter if you spill.  That way, you don't have a big mess in the kitchen and your Mom will let you cook again!

9.    Have an adult with you whenever you are turning on the oven.  You also need an adult there when you are putting things in the oven and taking things out of the oven.  You don't want to get burned! 


10.  If you are using the stove, make sure an adult is there to help you turn it on and adjust the heat.  Also make sure you have pot holders nearby in case the handle of the pan gets hot!

11.  And about those pan handles, make sure they are facing the side or the back of the stove so you don't accidentally bump one and knock the pan off of the stove.  You would not only get burned, but you would ruin whatever you are cooking!

12.  Knives are tricky.  Before using one, make sure an adult is there to show you how to cut with it and also to keep your fingers out of the way.  Be careful--it hurts to cut yourself!  If you are afraid to use a knife while you are learning, have an adult do the cutting for you. 

Oh, and don't forget to use a cutting board--knives can ruin your countertops and that makes adults really mad!

I will soon be putting some lessons on my web page that will teach you how to use a knife properly and how to cut things.


13.    If you are using appliances like blenders, food processors, or mixers, make sure an adult is there to help you.