Category Archives: Recipes

Cooking Play date Inspiration: Pad Thai

Clearly, things have been busy around here.  I just realized that I hadn't written about one of the big highlights from our Thanksgiving trip to visit family in Virginia.  We have never travelled cross-country over the "busiest travel holiday of the year" before, and to be honest, I wasn't not looking forward to the journey.  Most likely, my reluctance was from years of watching fear mongering news stations showing hordes of people stranded in airports,  but perhaps it was just because I like...

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Melt Takes Mac & Cheese to a Whole New Level

Melt Takes Mac & Cheese to a Whole New Level
I love living in Northern California, especially our easy access to wide open spaces, rolling hills, mountains, and beaches.  We can hop in the car, and within 20 minutes, be immersed in the historic agricultural regions of the bay area.  Aside from finding inner peace while visiting these areas, we are also fond of the artisan foods made by local farmers.  It's almost as if we have our own fairyland of food, right in our own back yard. The combination of running a cooking school for children...

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Kitchen Chemistry: Lemon Radish Granita

This year, the International Association of Culinary Professionals had their annual conference in San Francisco - just 40 minutes away from home.  Since What's Cooking with Kids is no longer my "real" job, I couldn't justify the expense to officially attend the conference.  But I quickly realized that I could volunteer as a way of earning my keep.  In addition to visiting with friends, I also got to participate in an amazing field trip to my friend's vineyard, Petrichor, in Sonoma County.  Her...

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Cooking with Kids: Stinging Nettle Pesto

Cooking with Kids: Stinging Nettle Pesto
Recently, members of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) were in San Francisco for the annual conference.  Every year, the Kids in the Kitchen section does a workshop with local children to inspire them to cook and eat healthy foods.  I was the co-chair for this section for two years, but ever since I returned to classroom teaching two years ago, I have been admiring their work from a distance.  Fortunately for me, the San Francisco conference was close to home, and...

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Advanced Prep - Working Mother's Life Saver in ...

Advanced Prep –  Working Mother’s Life Saver in the Kitchen
My daughter recently started middle school and has been busy with friends, homework and cross country practice.  Helping me make a meal is pretty low on her list of priorities lately, although she would rather take on that job than put away the piles of clean laundry that litter her bedroom floor.  Maybe that's why I was so surprised when she offered to help me prep veggies for dinner this weekend. Now that I have returned to work full time, my time is more precious than ever.  I only have...

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Capturing the Flavor of Summer - Strawberry Hone...

Capturing the Flavor of Summer – Strawberry Honey Jam
When I sat down to write this post, my first inclination was to apologize for the long delay between posts.  But then I thought again.  I am a high school teacher, and have devoted the summer to my children and improving my lessons for the upcoming year.  Nothing to apologize for. Right after school ended, we went up to Oregon for my sister's wedding. It was beautiful.  The wedding.  AND Oregon.  And best of all, I had a great time on the road trip up there, even though I worried that my...

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Summer Camp: Day 3: Our Moroccan Menu

Summer Camp: Day 3: Our Moroccan Menu
On Day 3 of our summer cooking camp, we focused on Morocco.  Here is the menu, generated by my campers... Kehillah Cafe: African Beauty Rock’n Moroccan Carrot Soup: Creamy vegetarian carrot soup with a touch of honey Zesty Broccoli Braised with Olives: Al dente broccoli with olives and garnished lemon zest Couscous with Dried Apricots and Pistachios Moroccan Harcha: Delicate patties made from semolina flour and butter, topped with a drizzle of honey
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Skip the Soda and Drink Iced Tea Instead (Giveaw...

Skip the Soda and Drink Iced Tea Instead (Giveaway)
It's hot this summer.  But that doesn't mean you need to reach into your refrigerator for a cool can of soda.  There are healthier and cheaper options - and ones that you can make yourself. Thanks to West Bend, one of my lucky readers will have the opportunity to brew up their own summer refreshments. This Iced Tea Maker... is uniquely designed, and has variable tea brew strength. allows you to brew tea with or without sweetener. includes an attractive 2.5 qt. glass pitcher to...

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Summer Camp: Day 2 – Our Mediterranean Menu

Summer Camp: Day 2 – Our Mediterranean Menu
Today, our summer camp students created a delicious menu from the Mediterranean.  I must confess, there is nothing quite as sweet as hearing 14 students begging for seconds of Falafel! Kehillah Cafe Special Menu of the Day: Nóstima Noshes: ("Nóstima" translates to "delicious" in Greek, the theme of today's class) A Waffle is for Breakfast…but a Falafel is for any other meal. Try our unique Falafel Scramble – Who needs falafel patties when you can scramble together this Mediterranean...

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Trying our Zoku for the First Time: Pudding Pops...

Trying our Zoku for the First Time: Pudding Pops
My mom loves to surprise us with fun gifts for our family kitchen.  And as much as we love to receive these gifts, I think it thrills her equally to hear about our adventures in the kitchen using them together.  So, today's post is dedicated to her.  Thanks, mama, for our new Zoku! As I was browsing through the pages of my recent issue of Cooking Light magazine, this pudding pop recipe caught my eye.  I thought it would be perfect to try in our new gizmo - and yowza - it was awesome! After...

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