Sep
18

As I was looking back at old photos, I couldn’t help but want to share the first time I realized how much my little chef loves to be the leader in the kitchen and not just mommy’s little helper.  This the afternoon of his 3rd birthday and he insisted on making his own birthday cake.  …

For the chef’s 6th birthday, he wanted to make his own cake to share with his friends.  He got really excited when he saw a Blue Cake Mix at our local grocery store…. plus it featured one of his favorite chefs, Duff Goldman.   We followed the instructions on the box and only needed the cake…

Sep
01

Pizza in a Bowl

FILED UNDER: Dinner, Lunch

The chef and I found this fun little recipe in the cutest cookbook for kids, Fix It and Forget It.  The book features recipes that kid friendly meals that can be prepared in a slow cooker.  I really enjoyed watching my little chef prepare this meal because he needed little help from me.   Here we did…

Aug
26

Rainbow Pasta Salad

FILED UNDER: Lunch

I saw this adorable recipe on the Food Network website for Rainbows and Butterflies Pasta Salad and knew that my little chef would love it.  But of course we added our fun little spin on it and got a little messy in the process.For this recipe we decided to have fun with food coloring.  You will…

Aug
18

We are always looking for great after school snacks.  Plus who can resist any recipe that includes mac & cheese and a mini-muffin pan.  There are tons of recipes online for these fun little bites.  Here, we made small modifications to a recipe we found on allrecipes.com.   The ingredients included: 2 cups of uncooked…

Jul
28

If you house is anything like mine, the morning time rush can get pretty crazy.  More often than I care to admit but we eat breakfast on the go and in the car.  I came across this great recipe on Pillsbury.com for a Breakfast Quiche to Go that seemed like a great option for those…

Jul
14

I know that there are a lot of cook books and magazines that encourage parents to bake cookies and cakes with their little chefs, but a pie can be just as fun and just as easy.  Here is a great recipe for an Icebox Lemon Pie that was shared with me by my grandmother.  This…

Jun
30

A fun little recipe inspired by my mom’s meatloaf recipe. We just did a cute little twist and place it in a muffin pan and added mashed potatoes as the “icing on top”. Enjoy! For this recipe, you will need bell pepper, onions and garlic. Cut the veggies in small cubes. This is a good…

Jun
16

While teaching the Step Stool Chef about herbs and seasoning, we thought it would be fun to make our own mini herb garden. We visited our local nursery and picked up the items we needed. We decided on planting basil, mint and oregano because we can use it in some recipes and they smelled great!…

May
26

My little chef has a budding entrepreneurial spirit and I love nothing more to help him nurture it.  So when he shared that he wanted learn how to make his own money, we came up with the perfect idea to introduce him to business ownership… the quintessential all-American lemonade stand. I came across a program…

About the Chef!

Chef Julian has had a love for cooking since the age of 3. Now as the CEO and Head Kid Chef of The Step Stool Chef, he is focused on empowering kids to be leaders in the kitchen. Chef Julian has been featured on the covers of magazines, newspapers as well as made guest appearances on all major TV networks, conferences and food festivals and is known for his fun & easy approach to cooking.

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