Until a couple of weeks ago.
I'm not sure if it's reverse psychology for me or them, but I started inviting my girls into the kitchen during dinner prep. We turn off the television, I get out the knives and vegetables that need to be prepared and tell them to have at it. I allow my 7 year old to cut with a regular kitchen knife, but give my 4 year old a child-safe knife (it's very much in the vein of pumpkin carving knives, it has teeth, but is not sharp). We laugh and chat a lot, they easily open up about their day during this time. I find it's easy for me to focus on the dinner prep that they aren't quite ready for, but will soon be able to handle just from my modeling. I keep an eye on them and am quick to offer up advice to Sj, who is getting to be very proficient in the kitchen. It's also been proven that children who actively participate in food preparation and shopping are more eager to try new foods. If you have a picky eater, make certain to invite them to help you!
We haven't quite moved the kids into the kitchen into a daily ritual, but it is a couple of times a week. I enjoy instilling a passion for cooking in them, skills they will bring with them through out their life.
Bruschetta prepared by the girls!