churros with a cookie press – grandson gastronomy

by jani on March 25, 2013

My eldest grandson, Josh (age fifteen) absolutely loves to cook. He and all five of his brothers have been cooking since they were very young. Their mom has always encouraged my grandsons to experiment with their culinary interests. She and my son have done an incredible job raising their sons to be very independent and “prepared”. Josh, after all, is an Eagle Scout!

Josh loves churros! One day he asked his mom if she would buy some for the family. She did, but soon realized that it was just too expensive. So, she told Josh that he’d better figure out how to make them, if he wanted anymore churros. So he did!

On his own, when he was in sixth grade, he searched the web and found just the right recipe on allrecipes.com. Initially, he rolled the dough into long ropes and dropped them in the deep fryer.

churros 1I believe that my grandkids are the smartest and greatest in the entire world… and I’m not at all biased! :) In this particular case, Josh came up with what I thought was a brilliant idea… and…  he thought of it completely on his own. Why not use Mom’s cookie press to make his churros?

churros 6Isn’t he handsome?

churros 2Here, he’s kneading the hot dough,using Crisco-covered gloves so as not to burn his hands.

churros 4Below, he is filling the cookie press – using the “star” tool.

churros 5He’s making perfectly formed churros, and he can decide the length he wants!

churros 3Doesn’t this churro look delicious? It was!

churros 7From time to time, I will be featuring each of my grandsons from my eldest son’s family as they recreate some of my favorite recipes. I’ve decided to call this “grandson gastronomy”. I hope you will look forward to reading these posts as much as I will enjoy documenting them. I learned so much from just watching Josh making this yummy treat!

Do you encourage your children or grandchildren to use their creativity? Is it more important to you to always have a clean kitchen or do you teach your little ones the importance of  exploration and creativity, even at the cost of cleaning up lots of messes? As always, I welcome your comments.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenny March 25, 2013 at 11:39 am

Awesome!

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jani March 25, 2013 at 11:42 am

Thanks, Jenny! :)

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Summer March 25, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Yum! We have lots of messes here because the kids are always creating. It is hard to keep up after them.

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jani March 25, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Good for you, Summer! Thanks for your comments! :)

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Marie March 27, 2013 at 1:52 pm

What a cutie! Love that Josh. Great idea for the cookie press!

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jani March 28, 2013 at 12:28 am

Josh was really cute and he thought up the cookie press on his own! Darling grandson/nephew!:)

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Chrissy March 27, 2013 at 3:23 pm

I hope to one day get my grandson to cook with me.. I’m going to send his mother this link right now!! Planting seeds… That is a brilliant idea to use the cookie press!

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jani March 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Thanks, Chrissy. I actually refer to Josh’s dad, Chris, as Chrissy. I’m sure you’ll be able to enjoy all kinds of fun activities with your grandson!:)

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Marci March 27, 2013 at 7:20 pm

This is awesome! Josh should go on the cooking channel. What a stud! I really want a churro…

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jani March 28, 2013 at 11:58 pm

He’s gonna love this comment fron his Aunt Marci! :)

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Amber @ rick•a•bam•boo March 28, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Genius! We love churros. I am totally going to use my cookie press to make some this weekend.

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jani March 28, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Thanks, Amber! I think my grandson is a genus… but I could be biased! :)

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