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Cooking with Kids: Crisp adapts to many fruits

Thursday, May 09, 2002

Name: Christian Comella

Christian Comella

Age: 6
Parents : Jeff and Paula Comella
Community: Franklin Park
School: Kindergartener at Franklin Park Elementary School
Hobbies: Math and reading
Favorite food to cook: Cut-off roll cookies
Favorite foods to eat: Candy and cheeseburgers
Favorite subject in school: Math
Pets: Cat
Favorite sports: Golf
Favorite book: "If You Take a Mouse to the Movies"
Favorite movies: The Indiana Jones movies (he has them all)

"I've been cooking for about three years," says Christian. He likes to cook with his dad, Jeff, who taught him how. They enjoy making this fruit crisp and, according to Jeff, it works well with any type of fruit. "With the strawberry and raspberry season right around the corner, you could pick them and make the crisp. Either berry works great in this," he said. Jeff said Christian enjoys berry picking.

For other children who like to cook, Christian offers this advice: "Never touch an oven that is on. And never touch the point of a sharp knife."

When his father reminded him about the importance of accurate measurements, Christian added, "Always match the numbers on the cup."

Fruit Crisp

5 apples -- about 3 cups (or other fruit such as peaches, see note) -- peeled and chopped into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 sticks ( 3/4 cup) butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Butter the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Layer chopped apples or fruit on the bottom of the dish. Mix all the other ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Pour mixture over the apples, spreading evenly. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Serve warm topped with vanilla ice cream.

Note: We used peaches, and this dish was fabulous.

-- 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 or e-mail at kganster@fyi.net

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