Time in the kitchen=math lessons

I have a son who absolutely doesn’t like math. Never has, probably never will. However, the fact that he doesn’t like it doesn’t mean he gets to skip it (although he wishes he could and frequently tries to skip it). One of the ways he is willing to do math is in the kitchen. He loves to cook and bake. So, this week we’ve spent a lot of time working on fractions and multiplication while making pies, brownies, and dinners. It used to be when he had to double or triple a recipe, he would measure the ingredients 3 times (ie: 3/4 cup, 3/4 cup, 3/4 cup). Now, he figures out first how much he’ll need and then measures once (ie: 2 1/4 cups).  It’s fun for him and he doesn’t even realize he’s doing math most of the time.

Here are some of his favorite recipes from this week:

Pie Crust
3 cups flour
1 1/4 cups shortening
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
2 Tbsp vinegar
5 Tbsp cold water

Mix flour and salt in large bowl. Cut in the shortening. Beat egg, vinegar and water together and slowly add to flour mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time, until is forms a ball.  You may not need all the liquid. Roll out dough and place in pie plate.

No-Bake Blueberry Pie (my husbands new favorite pie)
3/4 cups sugar
3 Tbsp cornstarch
1/8 tsp salt
3/4 cups water
1/4 cup lemon juice
4 cups blueberries
1 Tbsp butter
1 pre-baked pie crust

Combine sugar, cornstarch, salt, water, lemon juice and 1 cup blueberries in saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until thick. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Allow to cool 5-10 minutes and stir in remaining berries. Pour into pie shell.

Beef marinade
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp dry mustard
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 tsp minced garlic

Combine all ingredients and put into a glass dish or large freezer bag. Marinate roasts, steaks, stir-fry strips, kabob chunks, just about anything for several hours. Cook meat as desired.

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