One of the favorite activities that we've enjoyed this year as part of the FIAR curriculum is using the Five in a Row Cookbook that corresponds to books in Volumes 1-3 (we're doing the books in Volume 1 this year, so this will be a resource we'll be using for several years).
The cookbook also acts as a visual scrapbook of Olivia making the recipes and the final products. For each set of recipes, there is a page where pictures can be attached. This is a wonderful way to record the learning experience as well as growth in culinary skills.
Grandmother and Maggie lived "at the edge of a cranberry bog in New England." We spent some time talking about our trip to New England in September 2011 and learned more about cranberries and how they are harvested.
Despite the focus in the book on cranberries, there isn't a recipe in the Five in a Row Cookbook for anything with cranberries. However, Cranberry Thanksgiving does have a recipe for cranberry bread which we will make at another time.
Olivia made three things from the Five in a Row Cookbook. First, she made a roast turkey breast. The recipe called for seasonings as well as putting carrots and onions in the center. It turned out very well, and she was happy with making her first 7-pound turkey.
Olivia with the roasted turkey breast she made.
The second recipe in the cookbook was for corn pudding. We weren't sure what this would taste like. It is a combination of creamed corn and frozen corn kernels that have been thawed. There are eggs in the pudding to thicken it, some sugar which sweetened it, and nutmeg sprinkled on top which added a different (but good) taste to the side dish.
Olivia measuring the corn kernels
before adding them to the mixture.
We baked the corn pudding for the time specified, but it didn't thicken as much as we hoped. So, we baked it longer and then it seemed to thicken and get to the appropriate consistency.
Corn pudding that Olivia made.
The last thing that Olivia made (with some help from Sophia) was a pumpkin pie. The crust is homemade (rather than pre-packaged/pre-made); and the filling was adapted to be dairy-free (coconut milk is substituted for evaporated milk). The pie was delicious - especially warm from the oven.
Pumpkin pie that Olivia and Sophia made.
The girls said that they would make the turkey and pumpkin pie again, but would pass on the corn pudding. Although it tasted fine, they prefer plain corn rather than corn mixed with other ingredients.
By the time that we are done with the Five in a Row Cookbook, we will have tried over 175 new recipes. With pictures in the cookbook that show Olivia making the food as well as the things she made, she will have a special book filled with memories and great recipes that she can use when she is older.
If Olivia has children, I would think it would be interesting for them to see their mother when she was a child learning to cook and making the recipes that they, in turn, would be learning.