How do you get an eight year old boy to help you make dinner? “Of course you can sit up on the counter!” is what I’m going with these days. My son learned how to cook spaghetti and heat up sauce from a jar a few weeks ago, and we also added garlic bread to the menu. He came to the store with me and picked out the bread and the garlic. He also learned how to use the garlic press. I had never actually made garlic bread before, so we looked up a recipe in Betty Crocker’s Cookbook and it turned out to be another one of those “Why haven’t I been making this forever??” moments, it was so darn easy! I told my son that knowing how to cook for himself is sort of like having a superpower that not everyone else has. It will serve him well in life, that I am sure of. And someday, he will be tall enough to simply stand at the counter…but that probably won’t be nearly as fun!
~1 loaf of sliced French or Italian bread
~1/2 cup butter, softened
~1 clove of garlic, minced
Mix the butter and minced garlic together and then butter one side of each slice of bread. Reassemble the loaf and wrap in heavy duty aluminum foil. Heat in a 400 degree oven, 15 to 20 minutes.