We were lucky enough to receive this awesome cookbook in the mail last week and we are loving it! It is Chef Gino’s Taste Test Challenge by Gino Campagna. There are 100s of recipes in it that kids can actually cook. What is great is that they are recipes that kids would actually want to eat too. There are even instructions in there to make your own pasta and pizza dough. How fun is that?!

*Disclosure: I’m proud to be working with Taste Test Challenge to help spread the word that kids can cook. All opinions expressed are my own.*

Gianna was so excited when the book came that she sat right down and looked through the book to see what she wanted to make. She loves to cook but has never cooked a meal mostly by herself. She has only cooked together with me leading most of the cooking and her just mixing and stirring.

We decided a night that she was going to cook dinner for us and she picked out her recipes. She chose Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce.

She even wanted to make a dessert, Berry Good Trifle! Looks delicious.

I purchased all of the ingredients for her and prepped some of them, like chopping the onions and garlic. She was so excited to get started that we ate dinner at 4 o’clock that night because she just couldn’t wait. We started with the marinara sauce. We used my basic marinara sauce recipe because the book does not give you exact measurements to use in this recipe which I think is confusing for kids.

Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil, 1 clove crushed garlic, and 1/2 diced onion in a pot over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes.

Add a 28 ounce can of crushed tomato. Add 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 30 minutes.

While the sauce cooks, we started on dessert. Gianna actually did all of this herself. She cut up the fruit.

Following the recipe, she layered the trifles and they look delicious.

She set the table all by herself and everything! To make it extra special we even had dinner in the dining room which is not an everyday thing for us.

The dinner was absolutely wonderful! Everyone had second helpings because it was so good. Gianna was beaming with pride. She can not wait to cook dinner again. She actually started looking through the cookbook again right after dinner to plan out her next meal.

All you moms of littles out there, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. One day your kids will cook dinner for you. I really only had to provide very little assistance to her and basically just oversee the process. Happy Eating!!