Tag Archives: Community Service

Soup Swap Cookbook – Service + Minestrone

Soup Swap Cookbook – Service + Minestrone
When I ran my mobile cooking school for children, my absolute favorite classes revolved around community service.  My students and I did lots of events in our community to raise funds to fight hunger and to support homeless organizations. Soup was a type of meal that we could all consistently rally behind.  It was always warm, nurturing, and seemed like the closest thing to getting a hug, from the inside out. Get Social Since soup brings me feelings of do-gooding nostalgia, I was thrilled...

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Season of Giving – Service Activity for Kids

Season of Giving – Service Activity for Kids
The changing of the seasons felt so sudden here.  One day, it was 85 degrees and we were practically sweltering, and the next, we saw our breath in the early morning.  The leaves are changing colors and floating to the sidewalk below.  And seemingly out of nowhere, pumpkins have given way to turkeys and glittery lights along rooftops. In classrooms, there is talk of pilgrims and Native Americans - but it would be a gift if there were also talk of inequity and hunger.  We see the bounty of...

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Cooking with Kids - Making Soup and Chili to Fee...

Cooking with Kids – Making Soup and Chili to Feed the Hungry
[caption id="attachment_4294" align="aligncenter" width="537"] Making Soup with our local 4-H Club[/caption] Soup is a food that can fuel your soul.  On a cold day, it's like getting a warm hug, from the inside out.  It's also the perfect food to prepare in a group, demonstrating the collaborative nature of cooking, as it should be.  One of my favorite memories of cooking with children in the classroom is when my son's teacher invited me to make Stone Soup with her class.  Every student shared...

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Forget the Boy Band - Here's a Boy Blogger (Figh...

Forget the Boy Band – Here’s a Boy Blogger (Fighting Hunger)
It takes a lot to be a kid these days.  In addition to school and social obligations, there are extra curricular activities...and then for special young people, they even make time to make the world a better place.  I am proud to feature Brian, a rock star "boy-blogger"...which in my opinion, is much better than a "boy band" any day. My name is Brian Kaner I am a 12 year old, 6th grader. I am working on a community service (Mitzvah) project for my Bar Mitzvah. My Bar Mitzvah is on October 29th,...

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I Dare You to Feed Hungry Kids (+ Potato Latke R...

I Dare You to Feed Hungry Kids (+ Potato Latke Recipe)
Every year, my kids and I look forward to potato latkes.  Truth be told, we don't even wait for Hanukkah half of the time.  Sometimes we mix it up a little and add some shredded carrots or sweet potatoes.  But other times, we simply opt for the traditional ones with potatoes.  This version comes from my book, The Whole Family Cookbook, due out in April.  Consider it my early gift to your family for the holidays. [print_this] Potato Latkes By Michelle Stern, Author of The Whole Family Cookbook www.whatscookingwithkids.com Nothing...

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Special Visit from Allrecipes.com: Cookies for C...

Special Visit from Allrecipes.com: Cookies for Charity
Two days before Thanksgiving, I hosted a Drop In & Decorate event with a group of children who decorated cookies for the homeless. I shared some photos, but what I didn't tell you was that we had a special guest. Michael is the host of What's Cooking (great minds think alike, right?), the cooking show on Allrecipes.com. For the holidays, they are doing a special event called Cookies Across America. Because they are good people, they are featuring Lydia's organization, and are encouraging people...

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Kids, Cookies, and Sharing - A Drop In and Decor...

Kids, Cookies, and Sharing – A Drop In and Decorate Event
[caption id="attachment_3425" align="aligncenter" width="342" caption="Me & my daughter"][/caption] You probably already know this by now, but I am a community service junkie.  I do it purely for selfish reasons - I get a total rush when I do a project with kids that helps the less fortunate.  Well, maybe it's not really for selfish reasons...it is, after all, helping people and teaching kids how to be a contributing member to society.  Whatever.  The point is, I love it.  And when...

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Cooking with Kids: Turkey Meatballs

Over the next couple of weeks, I'll be sharing recipes from our amazing Kids Cook for a Cause workshop at the IACP Conference (International Association of Culinary Professionals) in Portland.   I thought I'd start with the one that was the most intensely hands-on and fun for the kids to make:  Turkey Meatballs! Turkey Meatballs Recipe courtesy of Joel Olson, Hemmachef (& Co-chair of the Kids in the Kitchen section of IACP) 1 pound ground turkey 1 small onion, minced 2 cloves garlic, pasted 1...

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IACP Portland - Empowering, Inspiring and Delici...

I have a sneaking suspicion that the week I spent at the IACP Conference in Portland will be life changing.  I made new friends, met online pals in person, and learned from some of the best in the business.  And I ate.  A lot. Before the conference started, I visited the Oregon Food Bank, where I did a training about Cooking with Kids for volunteers who work with families in nutrition education programs.  It was wonderful to connect with these women, hear their stories and help them with some...

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How I Started My Cooking School for Kids

When people learn that I founded a cooking school for children, they almost always say, "Oh, you are a chef."  And I always jump in and correct them, "No, I am a teacher."   To me, chefs are artists - creative people who get inspired by raw materials (forgive the pun) and transform them into something wonderful and delicious.  An excellent chef, in my opinion, will inspire people - to try new flavors, taste the foods of different cultures or maybe even to cook more at home.  But me?  No, I am...

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