Baltimore dad and chef Erik Berlin knows that cooking with your kids can be challenging. At the same time, exposing kids to different flavors and helping them become familiar with kitchen tools has long-term health and wellness benefits. Making kid-friendly dips together is the perfect entree into family cooking!

Lots of flavor. Short attention span — ok!

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Known around Baltimore as Chef Egg, Erik’s mission is to free everyone from a boxed, frozen and fast food prison by teaching them how to really get cooking! Including kids. Erik developed an illustrated children’s book, The Kitchen Comes To Life, that introduces kids to basic food and cooking concepts. and hosts web shows that feature recipes the whole fam will love.

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But you won’t just find him on your computer, smart phone, or tablet screen. Erik is all over Baltimore hosting cooking eggsperiences — everywhere from local restaurants to the Science Center. His new Farmer’s Market seasonal (and family-friendly!) cooking classes launch at the Baltimore Farmer’s Market next month.

This weekend, Erik will be at Blue Moon Cafe hosting a Family Cook-Off/Taco Takeover. This new family cooking series invites kids and their parents to take cooking classes together. During Saturday’s session, everyone will learn how to marinate, slice and dice while they make tacos, quesadillas, rice bowls and several dips. 
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Which brings us back to dips. The gateway food to family cooking. We caught up with Erik and his adorable daughter in his Hampden kitchen to whip up some delicious, snackable, and healthy dips. A little cooking eggsperience just for CP readers. Enjoy!

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four easy kid-friendly dips

Pico de Gallo

1 C Tomato, small dice
1/2 C Cucumber, small dice
1/2 C Bell Pepper, small dice
1/3 C Red Onion, small dice
1/4 C Cilantro, chopped 
1/2 Lime, juiced
Salt and Pepper (to taste)

Place everything into a small bowl and toss to combine.

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Guacamole
1/2 C Pico de Gallo
2  Avocados
1/2 tsp.  Cumin
1/2  Lime, juiced
Salt and Pepper (to taste)
Place everything into a small bowl and smash together until chunky. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
 
Black Bean Dip
13 oz.  Canned Black Beans, drained and rinsed well
1/2 C Pico de Gallo
1-2 tbsp.  Olive Oil
1/2 tsp.  Cumin or Taco Seasoning
1/2  Lime, juiced
Salt and Pepper (to taste)
Place everything into a food processor and pulse until smooth.  Season with more salt, pepper, cumin and lime juice to taste.
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Chipotle Cilantro Yogurt Sauce
1/2 C Greek Yogurt
2 tsp.  Chipotle Adobo Sauce
1/2 C Cilantro, chopped
1 tsp.  Sugar
1/2 tsp.  Cumin or Taco Seasoning
1/2  Lime, juiced
Salt and Pepper (to taste)
Place everything into a food processor and pulse until smooth.  Season with more salt, pepper, cumin and lime juice to taste.
 
Photos by Laura Black