Category 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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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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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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Making Homemade Kitty Treats with Kids

Making Homemade Kitty Treats with Kids
[caption id="attachment_5075" align="aligncenter" width="576" caption="This feline beauty is up for adoption at the Marin Humane Society"][/caption] Every year, I look forward to the classes that I teach with the children who participate in the Marin Humane Society summer camp program.  You might be wondering what on earth a cooking teacher might be doing at an animal shelter.  Stop that! We are NOT cooking the animals.  But we are cooking FOR them! Because so many of you have asked (via...

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Garden to Table Workshop: IACP Kids in the Kitch...

Garden to Table Workshop: IACP Kids in the Kitchen
For the second year in a row, I attended the International Association of Culinary Professionals annual conference.  Much like last year's experience in Portland, this year's event in Austin opened its arms wide and greeted me with a smile. I came to town early for my first ever bookstore appearance (yay!).  The staff at Book People were wonderful and we were easily able to draw families to our area of the store by offering a hands on cooking activity for children.  An added bonus for me, of...

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Community Service Event for Families – SOUP

Community Service Event for Families – SOUP
In case you hadn't noticed, I care a lot about community service.  But only because I am selfish.  No, really.  I like how doing service makes me feel.  And I love inspiring kids to do the same.  Yep - selfish. Studio 4 Art and I recently held our second annual SOUP event.  You  might have seen the recent post about the classes where local students and I were up to our elbows in soup.... I thought I'd offer you an update, showing you the incredible bowls that her students made, and the...

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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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Dinner Tonight - Simple and Affordable (Split Pe...

Dinner Tonight – Simple and Affordable (Split Pea Soup)
Our schedule has been crazy these days, with appointments and other activities running smack into the dinner hour.  The schedule, in combination with our limited eating-out budget, has forced me to plan ahead even more than I used to and have some meals prepared in advance. Last night, after dinner, I quickly prepped some ingredients for my favorite crockpot split pea soup.  In case you were wondering, the price of split peas from the bulk bin can't be beat.  Bring your old jars to the store...

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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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