Category Archives: Community Service

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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Chefs Move to Schools - My White House Experienc...

When I was growing up, my parents taught me that it is customary to be grateful and polite when you are invited to somebody’s house. The rules would be no different for the White House, of course.  Maybe that is why I have been hesitant to write about my trip to DC until now.  I have been struggling with how to capture the whole event – the thrill, the honor, the inspiration…and also some of my concerns and constructive feedback.  I don’t have any real dirt to share and I am not leaking...

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Powerful Lyrics: Mouths To Feed

On an already emotional day of service and community building, I nearly went over the edge when our school principal dedicated this song to me.  He wrote the song after taking a tour of the farms in West Marin with MALT (Marin Agricultural Land Trust).  He has been very supportive of my work trying to change our school lunch program and wanted to publicly acknowledge how important it is to know where our food comes from and support our local farmers.  I was touched when he shared the lyrics with...

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2010 Music For The Hungry – A Smashing Success

Yesterday was our third annual Great American Bake Sale / Music For The Hungry extravaganza to raise funds for Share our Strength's efforts to fight childhood hunger.  And I am pleased to say that it was a smashing success!  We raised over $2500 and had a day filled with music, delicious food and community. As you could have expected, I got pretty darned emotional during several portions of the day - like when our principal dedicated a song to me (about eating locally and feeding the hungry) and...

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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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Snickerdoodles with 3rd Graders: Great American ...

Every year, I look forward to the Great American Bake Sale.  It is a perfect event for me and my students.  We already cook together - and this gives us an important reason to make some sweets for a change.  All of the money we raise from selling our treats goes to Share our Strength, an organization dedicated to fighting childhood hunger. Today I made some cookie dough with my daughter's 3rd grade class for our bake sale next month.  They were sorely disappointed that they wouldn't get to taste...

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Food Bloggers Unite: Great American Bake Sale

I just love it when I get to combine two of my favorite activities:  cooking with kids and community service. Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale is coming up, and this year we are all in for something special.  On April 17, 2010, food bloggers will be hosting bake sales across the nation to raise funds to fight childhood hunger. We are gathering bloggers from all over the country to help lead and organize bake sales in their area.  We could use some additional help, especially if...

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Fancy Food Show - Project 7 Is My New Favorite C...

My head grew dizzy as we walked the aisles of the Fancy Food Show a few weeks ago.  Samples of chocolate were followed by samples of cheese...and then maybe some hot sauce, chips and beer.  There were foods in all shapes and colors, along with whiz-bang marketing campaigns intended to catch the eye and draw us in for a taste or a marketing spiel.   Maybe that's why the understated and tasteful Project 7 booth caught my eye. This is one of the most generous companies I have ever seen.  Project...

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