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Cooking With Kids: Amber Ruder

Thursday, January 25, 2001

Tested by Kathleen Ganster

Age: 12
Parents: Eric and Sherry Bruner
Siblings: Cody, 9
Community: Whitaker
School: Seventh-grader at West Mifflin Middle School
Hobbies: Dance, cello, science
Favorite food to cook: Chicken noodle soup
Favorite foods to eat: Strawberries and whipped cream, soup and any kind of pasta, chocolate
Favorite subject in school: Science
What she wants to be when she grows up: Doctor
Favorite TV show: Sylvester and Tweetie
Favorite band: B*witched
Pets: Cat named Kally

Amber's mom, Sherry, taught her how to cook when the seventh-grader was about 9 years old. "The first thing I learned was how to make a scrambled egg. Then I learned how to make cookies," said Amber.

Amber and her mom came up with the chili recipe below. "We like to make it when we get the craving for chili," she said.

Amber suggests to other cooking kids, "Always wear an apron."


1 pound ground meat
1 can pork and beans
1 small can tomato sauce
1 small can tomato paste
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce

Brown the ground meat in skillet until no longer pink. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer. Amber likes to eat this chili with crackers or garlic bread.

To submit a recipe to Cooking with Kids, please send the recipe, along with the name of the child, a head shot (preferably a school picture), and a telephone number where the child can be contacted to: Cooking with Kids, Kathleen Ganster, 3142 Camberly Drive, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Questions? Call Kathleen at (724) 443-1664.

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