Brown Butter Crisp Rice Treats

Brown Butter Crisp Rice Treats
I like to be efficient.  When it comes to grocery shopping, that means taking a list and trying to go to one store instead of several.  My default grocery store is Trader Joe's because their products generally contain ingredients that I recognize, they don't use artificial sweeteners or colors, and their prices can't be beat around here. When we hosted our French exchange student a couple of months ago, we introduced her to s'mores - an uber-American treat containing a warm and gooey fire-roasted...

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Placemat Community Service Project

Placemat Community Service Project
It's probably not a surprise that one of the things that floats my boat is getting kids excited about community service.  Many years ago, when I was teaching summer cooking camps, I came up with the idea to decorate placemats with children, and then send them to children in the hospital.  Everyone I spoke to, including the hospital, told me that this was a fantastic idea.  Then, I was crushed to discover that the hospital had changed their policy and was no longer going to accept cards (or...

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National Pizza Day {and a Giveaway}

National Pizza Day {and a Giveaway}
In all of my years of teaching cooking classes, my favorite tools to use with kids were always my knives from Curious Chef.  They were shaped just like regular knives and they were sturdy and safe to use.  They didn't sponsor my classes, or pay me to use their knives.  It was an authentic, genuine love. With National Pizza Day approaching on May 20, it felt like the perfect time to share a new Curious Chef pizza kit with you.  And by share, I mean GIVE AWAY!  But first, let's talk about...

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DIY Snow White Cooking Class

DIY Snow White Cooking Class
Last week, I got several emails and a phone call from anxious mamas looking for affordable quality summertime cooking camps for their kiddos.  When I used to run my own culinary program, we were swamped over the summer, often having to turn away business.  There just wasn't enough time in the day (or a big enough staff) to meet the demand.  Since I am not offering camps anymore, I felt compelled to do something to help all of the young chefs out there who want to have fun in the kitchen...

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Food Group Bingo – Nutrition Activity for Kids

Food Group Bingo – Nutrition Activity for Kids
It's easy to be daunted by trying to decide what to eat, and even more so when it comes to how to feed your family.  I have always loved visuals - they help me to understand new concepts and think about how to apply them to my own life.  The USDA has been helping people to understand what makes up a healthy diet for as long as I could remember - but for years, their diagrams were complicated and often confusing.  This "plate" is their most recent version - and makes the most sense to me.  It's...

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Teacher Appreciation Week {Sale}

Teacher Appreciation Week {Sale}
Teachers are everything.  They help our kids learn to be self confident, socially sensitive, and proficient in the ways of the world.  As a former classroom teacher and as a parent of two teens, I know what it's like to be in the trenches - and to feel under-appreciated.  In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, all of my Cook and Learn resources for kids will be on sale! Nothing would make me happier than helping to get a new generation of kids excited about eating healthier and learning by...

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Easy Vegetarian Skillet Tacos

Easy Vegetarian Skillet Tacos
We are on the tail end of hosting a delightful French exchange student.  While was only here for a week (her smoking habit aside), I'd love to keep her for a little longer.  Her enthusiasm for everything I cooked made me feel appreciated, which is something that doesn't come easy during "normal" parenting... During Aline's visit, I often found that we were rushed between school and social activities - but this lunch came together easily.  I used leftover chili from the batch I made last...

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Cooking with Kids Addresses Multiple Intelligenc...

Cooking with Kids Addresses Multiple Intelligences
I can remember being a student and feeling completely lost in the classroom sometimes - usually when the teacher was talking.  I preferred to move around, touching equipment or "toys" and learning by doing and watching others.  I also loved working with a partner to solve a problem.  I am sure that you might remember something similar.  But for you, maybe you learned best by solving equations or listening to a lecture.  Either way - one thing is clear - students (no matter what their age)...

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Vegetarian Chili – Healthy and Kid Friendly

Vegetarian Chili – Healthy and Kid Friendly
When my kids were little, it was so easy for me to imagine what it would be like for the rest of their childhood.  I saw the mom that I wanted to be - how I would feed my family, and how we would eat our healthy meals around the table every night.  When I look back, it's hard not to laugh at how naive it all seemed.  Sure, I still make healthy meals.  But with our hectic schedules, we hardly eat together every night...let alone around the table.  This recipe for vegetarian chili is a nice...

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F is for Fig Jam - An Easy Recipe for Kids to Ma...

F is for Fig Jam – An Easy Recipe for Kids to Make
I am brand new to Periscope, so it thrills me whenever there is a live audience on the other end of my videos.  It's especially fun when they chime in with comments, ask questions, and tap the screen to give me some hearts! Last week, when I was talking about my Cook the Alphabet cooking curriculum for kids, they helped me to decide the featured ingredient for my Letter F lesson plan.  F is for Figs...so let's make Fig Jam! F is for Fig Jam I wanted to use ingredients that are readily available,...

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