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Fall Produce {Word Search for Kids}

Fall Produce {Word Search for Kids}
Walking through the aisles of the grocery store, you would never know that produce grows seasonally.  These days, fruits and veggies are shipped all over the world, regardless of climate the time of year.  Want strawberries in the dead of winter? No problem.  They can be brought in from parts of the planet with warmer climates.  While it's convenient to have everything our hearts desire, the planet pays a price.  Shipping requires packaging and the transportation of the food produces emissions...

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How To Talk About Books with Kids {Guest Post}

I couldn't be more excited about the buzz that Kids Cook with Books has generated.  When I met Jodie, an expert on literacy with kids, I knew she would be a perfect compliment - offering some tips for how to talk about books with kids (in a meaningful way!) Hopefully, you'll be able to combine some of her great suggestions below with this month's book club selection: Blueberries for Sal. Do you struggle with finding time to read and talk about books with your kids? Do you eat at least one meal...

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Food Network is Looking for Kid Chefs - Casting ...

Food Network is Looking for Kid Chefs – Casting Now
If your child dreams of being on the Food Network, now is their chance!  The show Rachael vs. Guy is casting now for their second season and is looking for 8-13 year olds who have mad skills in the kitchen.  For more information, please visit their website Rachael vs. Guy.
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Kids: 3 Reasons to Play With Your Food

Kids: 3 Reasons to Play With Your Food
Yes.  I said, "Play with your food."  Here are 3 reasons why... 1.  Liking new foods takes time. Each experience touching, smelling, seeing, and tasting foods may bring you that much closer to falling in love. 2.  You might learn something. Maybe what you thought was a prickly pear is really a bitter melon!  Who knew? [caption id="attachment_3523" align="aligncenter" width="448" caption="Name that fruit..."][/caption] 3.  It's fun. And kids are supposed to have fun.  (You, too,...

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Ecosystem Lesson Plan: Connecting The Food Web t...

Ecosystem Lesson Plan: Connecting The Food Web to Your Students
My stomach turns when I get the list of classroom volunteer jobs at school: copying and grading papers, filing, organizing carpools for field trips...Maybe it's my years of teaching that make me avert my eyes from grading papers.  I'd much prefer to interact with the kids - to excite them and inspire them.  I always hope that our teachers want to take advantage of my classroom experience. When my son's 3rd grade teacher told me that she was doing a unit on ecosystems, I nearly tripped over my...

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Farmer's Market Scavenger Hunt - Healthy Activit...

All of the kids in my cooking camp love visiting our local Farmer's Market.  Dressed in matching yellow camp shirts, we brave the 1/2 mile walk to the Civic Center, where we shop for ingredients and nibble our way through the market.  Once we arrive, our groups scatter - each armed with a shopping list, reusable bags and a list of scavenger hunt questions that get them talking to the farmers and seeking out new and interesting ingredients. Before school starts, gather your kids and take them...

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The Golden Rule: Introducing Slow Food to Our Ch...

As good parents, we try to teach our children about the golden rule:  do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  Or, more simply: treat others how you want to be treated. The same should be true for our food system.  I am hard pressed to believe that the parents who encourage their kids to treat others nicely would approve of a system that intentionally adds chemicals and toxins to its plants and animals, pollutes our air and water with waste or one that treats animals with disrespect. Enter...

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Clean Plate Club

We recently returned home from our annual summer vacation to Montana.  As we ate our dinner at a brewery in the Salt Lake City airport, I overheard a woman commenting to her server as she handed him her empty plate.  "I just always think of those starving people in Africa" she said.   I casually glanced behind me and saw her grin and then ask for the dessert menu. I have learned a lot about healthy eating habits since I formed my business, What's Cooking, nearly 5 years ago.  For one, it has...

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Luring Kids into Eating Healthy School Lunches

After being contacted by two journalists and a television show for interviews about Back to School Lunches, I though I would re-publish this article from last year. Our fishing expedition on Flathead Lake this summer was comical. Despite our best efforts, we were unable to catch anything, even though the boat next to us was reeling in fish every time we looked! Clearly, there was something we weren’t doing right. As a man from the next boat yelled over to us, “What kind of bait are you using?”...

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Kids, Food and Community Service - Call for Idea...

For the past two months, I have been working on a book proposal that combines my passion for getting kids into the kitchen and into their communities to make a difference. Here are some examples of activities WE are doing with our students to promote community service through food and cooking. We participated in the Great American Bake sale, sponsored by Share Our Strength, in an effort to raise funds for hungry children in America. We are spending time with Humane Society Day Campers to cook...

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