The Kennett Kitchen Challenge Kickoff!

So, what exactly is The Kennett Kitchen Challenge, you say?  Read all about it below!

The Kennett Kitchen Challenge is a fun interactive way to get your family into the kitchen together cooking a new innovative meal in a fun way.  So many parents have come to me saying their dinners are the same week after week, and that means BORING and DULL! Who can relate?! I know I can!  I dread those awful words “What’s for dinner?”. Like gut wrenching. I guess tacos or spaghetti again. Or maybe we’ll just pop in a frozen pizza or do some sushi take out.  Ringing a bell? Is this your household? The Kennett Kitchen Challenge is here to help. Each week, families will receive a new “Challenge” to complete at home. The challenge will vary from week to week, but it will really spark creativity in your dinners and get you ALL thinking outside the usual dinner box.  That’s right, I said ALL. In addition to bringing life to your dinners, the challenge is also intended to get your kids into the kitchen with you, helping to plan and make your meals! Oh – and clean them up, too! 

And because kids (and parents, too!) are so excited by all of the cooking competitions out there, let’s make this one of our own!  Families will be awarded points based on a variety of things and will compete to win ultra-cool prizes! Our first ever competition begins April 1st!  

Still have questions?  Keep reading to see if this challenge is right for you!  

Megan, we are a very busy family.  Will we even have time for this?  

Yes!  There is only 1 challenge per week, so that’s only 1-2 hours of making and enjoying your meal together, and maybe a little extra planning time.  Plus, making and eating dinner with your family leads to SO MUCH more success later in life for your children! So I think it’s important to carve out time for it.  I don’t get on my soapbox about much, but I’m TRULY passionate about getting families into the kitchen together, so I’m going to push you to do it! It’s only 2 hours out of the 168 in a week, and you even will have an entire weekend to do a challenge.  And of course you don’t HAVE to complete the challenges on time – you will still have a ton of new ideas for dinners down the road, whenever you have time to make them.

My house is FULL of picky eaters.  Is this challenge for me?

YES!  Get your butt in the challenge!  I myself am the pickiest eater on the planet and I’m going to do it!  If your house is anything like mine, we’d be eating chicken nuggets and pizza for every meal, and the idea of joining any kind of “meal plan” seems like a waste of time and money since it’s unlikely we will eat at least half of the recipes.  But this challenge is different. It will give you new IDEAS of meals you can make that incorporate the foods your family likes and eats. And they say if kids help plan and make the meals, they are more likely to try them! So maybe it’s time to venture out of your comfort zone a little…  but i’m certainly not getting on a soap box about that, because if I’m being honest, there’s pretty much no way my toddler is going to try new things.  But try we will!

Is this challenge compatible with our family’s lifestyle/diet?  Will the meals be healthy?

Absolutely!  Whether you are no-carb, low-carb, give-me-all-the-carb, Keto, dairy free, gluten free peanut free and on and on, this challenge is for you!  Each challenge can easily be accommodated to any style of eating – especially with a little creativity! Plus, it just may sneak a few extra veggies in here or there!  

I don’t live anywhere near Kennett Square, PA.  Can I still join the challenge?  

Of course!  No need to be local to participate.  This is a completely online challenge that takes place in your own home, separate from our in-person kitchen classes.  In fact, we are trying hard to reach families in EVERY state to participate in our challenge. So the further away you are, the more cool it is!  

I don’t have any kids.  Can I still participate?

YES!!!  SIGN UP!  Although originally designed with families in mind, this challenge is for everyone.  Newlyweds looking to do fun activities together. Empty nesters wanting to reconnect.  I’m looking at you, mom and dad. If I can’t even get my own parents to register for my challenge I’m in trouble, so Bob and Sue, I better see you on the sign up sheet!  Even singles looking to challenge themselves in the kitchen will get something out of this challenge and maybe even gain a community of friends doing the same! It even makes a great gals night out (or in)!  

I burn everything and my cooking is drier than dry.  Is this challenge for me?

YES!  You’ll be earning points solely on your creativity and completion of the challenges.  We won’t be tasting your food, so your kids will be the only ones to even know how terrible it tastes    Just kidding! But in all honesty, I think it’s important to keep trying to cook and cooking new things, even if there are a few fails along the way.  JOIN THE CHALLENGE!

My kids are WAY too young to be in the kitchen.   Is there a point to joining?

Um, Yes, yes, and yes!  If your kids are young, they can still get involved!  I have my 2 year-old help with dinner all the time! Granted I’m ready for a huge mess and he typically gets bored after 30 seconds, but I’m at least starting him early (how many years until he can make me dinner while I sit on the couch eating bon bons?!  Haha). Or better yet. If you have young kids like I do (2 under 2 here!), you probably are in desperate need of some mommy/daddy date night time! So after the kids get to bed, get yourselves into the kitchen together for a little you time eating ADULT FOOD!  What a concept! 

I’m not on social media much/at all.  Can I still join?

Yes!  While the main community aspect of the challenge will be on social platforms (Facebook), you can still access all of the challenges via email and certainly do not need to participate at all in the group.  We are also experimenting with texting the challenges to make it even easier! Give it a whirl – what do you have to lose?!

I’m not too into the competition/prize concept.  Now what?

You absolutely don’t need to participate in the competition portion of the challenge.  You can certainly just use the challenge to spark creativity in your routine family dinners that may have gotten boring or stale.  You can also access the community ideas at any time, whether or not you choose to add your meal to it, giving you a variety of new meal ideas!  

After reading all of this, I’m just still not sure if this is right for our family.  Do I join?

If you’ve actually read all of the answers, pretty sure you know what I’m going to say!  YES! Go to the top of this page, and sign up! Do it, right now! What’s the worst that could happen?!  You have a creative meal instead of the usual chicken and rice? Your kids actually get involved in the kitchen and make a meal with you?  You bond with your children over a fun meal? You maybe even win a cool prize?! The answer is clear. Sign up! And then go tell all of your friends!  

The Kennett Kitchen Challenge

Stuck in a boring dinner rut again?! Hate the idea of cooking because you have no idea what to make? Your kids watch a ton of cooking competitions on TV and now it’s time to get them actually cooking themselves?

Join our FREE 5-week family dinner challenge!! You will get 1 challenge per week with a dinner theme or prompt and then earn points towards prizes and “compete” against other families!

Challenge starts April 1st!

Grand Opening and New Classes!

Hey there, Kennett Kitchen Students!  

Have you heard the latest news?!?  We are finally expanding The Kennett Kitchen!  While our beloved home kitchen has served us so well the past two years hosting many many classes to all of you, the time has come to move on to a bigger, more appropriate space!  Starting in March, our classes will now be held in downtown Kennett Square at The Garage Community & Youth Center!  Be sure to check out our latest class additions on our website!  We have some fun new additions like Cake Pops and Waffles!

We will be having our GRAND OPENING on Saturday March 23rd from 5pm-7pm with a Pizza party, and we hope you will join us!  We will have a mini pizza class as well as games and giveaways and it will be an incredibly fun night, plus you get to check out our new space.  Even if you’ve been to our pizza class before, it will be the perfect opportunity to refresh your skills and just have a fun night with us and your kiddos. This would be a super fun event for your family to attend to get out on these cold, long, dark, winter Saturday nights!  Please come help us celebrate!!!!

Lastly, here’s where we need your help: let’s get the word out there!  If you had fun at our classes, tell your friends/family/community! We would love to keep getting kids into the kitchen and offering more and more classes – but we need to continue to have attendance at our classes to support the new space.  So if you see my post in Kennett Community tomorrow, shout out in the comments how much fun it is for kids!  Or better yet, post in your local community boards/pages raving about this fun experience you had with your kids!  I’m not allowed to advertise in most groups, but getting recommended by all of you is definitely allowed and encouraged!  Please help spread the word for us. You can use this link to our facebook group:

Thank you all again, and I really hope to see you at another class soon!  

Fall Baking DIY Kit

Fall Baking Kit Info!

Posted by Megan Dague on Wednesday, October 24, 2018

For those of you who aren’t able to make our Fall Baking class, we will be offering a kit to take home and complete the same recipes and more with your kids. In the kit, you will receive the mini-fluted pan we use in class ($25 value), along with personal videos with tips and tricks and printed recipes. This would make a great Christmas present for the kiddos or grand kids in your life that absolutely LOVE those cooking shows. The minis also make great homemade Thanksgiving or Christmas baked goods! 

This is a MUST HAVE! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this pan!

Cooking With Kids Facts

Did you know that frequent family meals mean kids are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables, and tend to have better vocabulary growth and academic achievement? It may also lead to lower rates of behavioral problems, eating disorders, and substance abuse. Let’s get those kids into the kitchen!

Welcome to The Kennett Kitchen!

Welcome to The Kennett Kitchen! We will be using this group to list future classes – both for kids and adults! I will also share photos of classes, post yummy recipes, and have giveaways.

Please spread the word to anyone who you think may be interested and invite them to join the group!

Quality products are used in all of the workshops and are from the Pampered Chef. Please contact me with questions on any of the items we are using but workshops will not be used for selling purposes.