Grandma's finest

  • Time: 1:20 min.
  • Complexity: advanced

Banana Cream Pie

Sweet graham cracker crust piled with layers of vanilla pudding, sliced bananas, and whipped cream -- the very sight of one of these homemade pies can tickle a kid's taste buds. Plus, making one is practically a rite of passage for young pie chefs. The only challenging part can be waiting for the pudding filling to chill (it takes a few hours) so that you can pile on the bananas and whipped cream and dig in.

  • Complexity: easy

Blueberry Pancakes

Here's our favorite recipe for blueberry pancakes along with some tips to help your young short-order cook griddle them to perfection. Just remember, hot pancakes wait for no one. So have everything else (juice, milk, softened butter, and syrup) ready to go so you can enjoy them right out of the skillet.

Broccoli, Ham, and Cheese Omelet

What fillings to put into an omelet is a decision that can really bring out an aspiring chef's creativity. So while this classic combination is great for first-timers, once your child gets the hang of omelet making, encourage her to experiment with other.

  • Time: 1:20 min.
  • Complexity: medium

Caramel Apple Pie

This apple pie recipe is super easy, but is unusual in it's construction. It contains no flour or other starch in the filling to bind it together. The filling is basically caramelized apples, glued together with the natural pectin from the apple skins, and a glossy, clear, just thick enough, apple syrup.

  • Time: 50 min.
  • Complexity: easy

Chocolate Brownies

Few kids can pass up a chance to bake a batch of brownies, and this Best Fudge Brownies recipe is especially irresistible. Made with generous measures of chocolate, butter, and sugar, it yields the fudgiest bars we've sampled yet.

  • Time: 20 min
  • Complexity: very easy

Dessert Nachos

Fresh fruit puts a sweet spin on this Mexican-style treat.


  • Time: 30 min
  • Complexity: easy

Graham Crackers

Finally, Graham Crackers are available in South Africa.

  • Complexity: easy

Grandma Lulay's Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings are a perfect combo when you want a nice and hearty meal.

Rub-a-dub Chicken

An easy rub makes this chicken simply mouthwatering and forms a gorgeous crust during grilling. Make a batch of the spicy powder, store it in your cupboard, and use it all summer long to give your chicken an outrageous zing.

Spice-rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Barbecue Sauce

This pork tenderloin recipe gets its zip from an easy-to-make dry rub that's applied to the meat before grilling. The modified barbecue sauce is just the right consistency for dipping. (For a milder version, omit the hot sauce.)

  • Time: 60 min
  • Complexity: medium

Strawberry Scones

The ordinary scone is too often plain and dry. This version is deliciously different. Made with fresh, juicy strawberries, it has a moist texture and a buttery flavor that's sure to please. Add a bit of lemon zest and a glittery topping of sugar -- two jobs just right for kids -- and you have a scone that's extraordinarily good.

  • Complexity: easy

Sweet Cinnamon Rolls

No longer is it necessary to go to the local bakery for great-tasting cinnamon rolls made from scratch. With this recipe, you can bake a sweet and buttery batch that everyone will find irresistible.

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