My sons are more interested in cooking than I was at their ages. The youngest, age 9, spends most of his time in the kitchen trying to talk someone into cooking for him, and the oldest, age 17, has learned a number of things on his own and is fairly competent in the kitchen. But my middle son, 14 years old, wants more.
I've decided to be a little more methodical about teaching my sons to cook. So this week and next I'm counting down the 10 essentials I think they absolutely have to master before they fly the nest — starting with grocery shopping.