Kids Can Cook Too


& Real Ranch Adventure

in Stephenville, Texas

Kids Can Cook Academy

Meet Chef Dianne Linderman

I love the kitchen and I love kids. Not only is it the place where delicious things happen, but it’s the heart of the home where families gather to talk, cook, and eat together. If there’s a child in your family, I’ll bet he or she has popped into the kitchen before mealtime asking, “Whatcha making?” and “Can I help?” I can’t wait to meet those kids and share real homestyle, made from scratch and with love, simple, healthy recipes, and show them where their food comes from with our incredible Ranch Adventure.

Kids Can Cook Academy will provide a three-and-a-half hour session including two meals, all ingredients, chef’s hat, supplies for herb garden, ranch adventure, instruction with lots of hands-on experience, and fun!

How it works

Young chefs will arrive at 9:00 a.m. sharp at the Academy Kitchen located on our beautiful 45-acre Great American Lone Star Ranch in Stephenville, Texas.

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Kids Can Cook AcademyThey will put on aprons, wash hands and prepare to make breakfast. Each young chef will receive their own chef’s hat that will be theirs to take home. While teaching them how to make their first meal, Dianne will also teach food safety and the importance of cleanliness.

Breakfast will consist of two different recipes, such as homemade granola, quiche, French toast, omelets, fruit frappés, and more.

After preparing breakfast, the young chefs will then enjoy eating it.



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At approximately 10:00 a.m., the young chefs will go on a ranch tour to meet the animals and find out where their food comes from. They will learn how to milk a goat, gather eggs from nesting boxes, groom, feed, and clean up after goats, sheep, ponies, pigs, deer, wallabies, chickens and ducks.
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Kids Can Cook AcademyAfter their ranch tour, around 11:30, the young chefs will return to the Academy Kitchen and wash up. They will plant their own personal herb garden that will be theirs to take home. These little herb gardens planted in egg cartons will be accompanied by instructions on how to grow and care for their herbs.

After planting, the young chefs will then prepare two lunch recipes.  Sample recipes consist of delicious sandwiches, soups, burritos, homemade pizza, meat pies, grilled salmon, veggies, a dessert and so much more. Young chefs can then enjoy eating what they have prepared or they can take it home to share with their family.

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Sign up for Kids Can Cook Academy and Ranch Adventure!
Now taking reservations for young chefs ages 5-17 to participate in one of the greatest experiences ever offered.
Each session has space for 10 young chefs.
$95.00 per child. Credit cards are accepted.
Ask about our classes for 18 and over.

Classes are available on Saturdays.
Please call to reserve your space.

Contact 254-266-7711
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My 6 year old grandson attended and had so much fun. Not only did they cook, they fed animals, tried goat milking, picked vegetables and planted seeds. He would go again.
- Pamela


My daughter and nephew attended the cooking class, and they absolutely loved it, they can’t wait to go again! It’s also perfect for kids wanting to experience a camp without having to be away for too long. We absolutely loved it!

I had so much fun at your class. My favorite part was feeding the animals and talking to the three legged pony. What a great entertainer! I told my family all about him. I also loved all the yummy food I learned to make. Breakfast was the most delicious. I might have eaten it for breakfast and lunch that day.
- Ella Kate

My foster daughter did the Kid’s can cook experience. She had so much fun. She made a morning slushee and breakfast, got to pet the animals and make a lunch and special drink. She even brought home a mini garden, recipes of what she made & a chefs hat. My others kids can’t wait to go!!!!
- Shana

"My granddaughter had a amazing time. Hands on fun. She even came home with the recipes and made dinner the next night with what she had cooked the at the Kids Academy. We look forward to sending her back again."
- Monika

"My 9 year old son and 6 year old daughter loved every minute! They enjoyed making and eating their own breakfast and lunch, as well as interacting with lots of animals and planting their own herb garden. The staff was very friendly and welcoming. My kids can’t wait to go back!"
- Jodi Flora Hopps

"This was an amazing experience!"
- Jordon Boyd

"Well worth going to. Children are being taught in a fun environment and with a positive impact. If I lived closer I would take Elysabeth to all of the dates!! She enjoyed learning!"
- Susan Mingle

Please if you live in Stephenville or anywhere near Stephenville enroll your kiddos in the Kids Can Cook Academy and Ranch Tour.  It’s educational,  hands on and very interactive. It far exceeded our expectations! It was an amazing experience for the kids and all the adults! It was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Texas! ♥
- Kerri

Our town is so lucky to have Dianne's Ranch Diner and ranch tours! Kase and his cousin Preslee took a Kids can cook class and cooked their own breakfast & lunch and had the best time. We joined them for the ranch tour part of class & enjoyed every single animal & smile it brought the kids and us! It was educational and so fun. They milked a goat, grew a take home herb garden, cleaned a pen and so much more.  Oakley fell in love with the pig (as seen by her making the pig face basically the whole time looking for the pig haha). She tells her dad she wants a pig for her birthday 😂 And oh my gosh we met the sweetest sheep ever. What a cute video. the whole family joined for lunch out on the lawn. It was just the best experience!
 - Paige


Dianne Linderman

Kid Whisperer

Kids Can Cook AcademyDianne Linderman has 45 years of experience working with kids of all ages. Warmly known as, “The Kid Whisperer,” she believes that anyone, especially kids, can learn to cook simple, healthy and delicious recipes. Dianne’s quest is to teach confidence through cooking. Once she introduces her simple, farm to table recipes, kids can begin their adventure in cooking with an understanding of wholesome farm ingredients


Kids Can Cook AcademyA natural born cook, Dianne was concerned she would lose her own creative, authentic identity if she attended a culinary school. Instead, she and her husband, David, took their money and started the very successful Country Cottage Café and Bakery, a restaurant on an organic farm in southern Oregon, featured in Sunset Magazine. There she enhanced her cooking skills by growing and using seasonal vegetables, berries, and fruits to create unbelievably delicious recipes. When you see how simple Dianne’s recipes are, using a few tricks she’s created, you too will want to cook everything from scratch!

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Dianne Linderman has written four cook books including, Kids Can Cook, a 150-page cook book full of simple, healthy and delicious farm to table recipes. These recipes are the same ones she used at her famous Country Cottage Café and Bakery in Oregon.

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