Our kitchen the hub of our home. It’s where my wife and I work at our desks, where the kids do their homework, and where our dog, Lily, spends most her day. In addition, we play board games, talk, and eat our meals together in the kitchen.
One of my favorite activities is cooking meals together. It’s always fun when I can get my kids involved in the meal preparation. I wouldn’t say that my kids like cooking dinner, but they do enjoy spending time with me and that’s what really matters.
I decided to enlist their help with a new recipe: Corn Flake Crusted Creole Chicken Strips.
We donned our aprons and chef’s hats and prepared to cook. My daughter, Nee, gathered the ingredients. My son, N, set up the cooking equipment. My son, X, stood in front of the mirror admiring his cook chef’s hat.
As we worked, I talked to the kids about some cooking techniques and explained why I decided to use certain ingredients. While I talked, X, quietly exited the kitchen. I started to call him back, but I knew he wasn’t interested in cooking at the moment. His sister had just returned from SeaWorld and he wanted to play with the sourvenir she bought him.
Shorthanded, my crew and I worked hard to complete the meal. We formed an assembly line to dip the chicken in the egg wash, coat with the corn flake mixture, and place on the cookie sheet. As soon as we placed the last piece of chicken on the cookie sheet, Nee turned to me and asked, “Can I be done now?”
“But the meal’s not finished,” I said.
“I know,” she said. “But I really need to paint my fingernails.”
I sighed and dismissed her. I knew I couldn’t compete with cute nail designs.
I looked at N and asked him if he wanted to leave too.
“No, Daddy,” he said. “I want to finish cooking with you.”
I smiled, gave him a hug, and instructed him to gather the ingredients for my famous Corn and Black Bean Salsa. As my son and I worked together, I was reminded of the great conversations I would have with my mother as sat in the kitchen together.
N and talked about sports, comic books, and our summer plans. It was a great time of bonding between the guys.
- 4 Cups Kellogg’s Corn Flakes
- Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 Cup Parmesan Cheese
- 3 Eggs
- Garlic Powder
- Creole Seasoning
- Louisiana Hot Sauce or Tabasco Sauce
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Pour Kellogg’s Corn Flakes into a bag and crush with hammer.
- Pour crushed corn flakes into a mixing bowl.
- Add parmesan cheese to the corn flakes and stir.
- Crack eggs into a mixing bowl and stir.
- Add garlic powder and creole seasoning to egg mixture and stir.
- Dip chicken into the egg wash and place into corn flake mixture to coat.
- Repeat with each piece of chicken and places pieces on an aluminum foil covered cookie sheet.
- Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes.
- Serve with hot sauce or Tabasco sauce.
N asked everyone what they thought about the meal and everyone agreed that it was a winner. N ended the conversation by saying, “I have one word for this dineer – DELICIOUS. I must admit that I did a great job.”
Therefore, this meals gets the coveted Five Stars. And N gets a gold star for being a great chef.
Disclosure: I’m a paid Kellogg’s Ambassador