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Cooking with Kids: Lauren Kuntz

Thursday, June 14, 2001

Lauren Kuntz

Lauren Kuntz

Age: 10

Parents Lori Benson and Jay Kuntz

Sister: Jessica Kuntz, 13

Community: Mt. Lebanon

School: Just completed fourth grade at Jefferson Elementary School

Hobbies: Making up recipes, gymnastics

Favorite food to cook: Snickerdoodles

Favorite foods to eat: Homemade bread, macaroni and cheese, scalloped potatoes

Favorite subject in school: Math and science

Favorite TV show: "Sabrina the Teenage Witch"

Pets: Fish and frogs

What she wants to be when she grows up: Space scientist

Favorite book: Harry Potter series

Lauren started cooking when she was about 3 years old. "I was cooking with my grandma," she said. Lauren doesn't spend too much time in the kitchen, but she enjoys making desserts.

This is the recipe she entered in the Pillsbury Kids' Bake-Off. She made up the recipe herself. Although she was nervous during the contest, she said it was a lot of fun.

Lauren shared a couple of tips for other kids who would like to cook. "Have fun cooking," she said, "and don't forget to wash your hands before you start."

-- Tested by Kathleen Ganster

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.

TROPICAL SURPRISE MUFFINS

1 package nut bread and muffin mix (we used Pillsbury)
2/3 cup coconut
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 egg
1/4 cup oil
8-ounce can crushed pineapple
1/4 cup water

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Pour into muffin tins lined with paper cups; fill 3/4 full. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes.

Thursday, June 14, 2001

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