Category Archives: Teaching

Cook the Common Core

Cook the Common Core
I keep forgetting that some people totally freak out when they hear anything about Common Core standards.  I recently shared show excited I was to be speaking at the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom Conference on Facebook.  When I said that my workshop would be called "Cook the Common Core," someone replied, "Oh no!"  I didn't put two and two together, and asked her why she responded that way.  Her simple reply was, "you mentioned something about common core." My...

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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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Learning in the Kitchen

I am not the type of person who gets star struck, but I certainly have a list of people that I hold in very high regard.  Katie, from Gift of Curiosity, is one such person.  Not only is she from the San Francisco Bay Area like me, but she has two graduate degrees in education and child development.  And the part where I get giddy is when she asked me if I would write a guest post on her blog about kids learning in the kitchen.  It is exciting to be noticed, and even better to be respected by...

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P is for Pupusas (Free Printable for Kids)

P is for Pupusas (Free Printable for Kids)
I love to eat with my hands.  My grandmother, who was a stickler for manners, used to cringe as I picked my favorite ingredients out of my salad or reached across the table to taste something from someone else's plate.  Now that I am an adult, my habits haven't changed much, and I am still a sucker for food that I can pick up.  Tacos, nachos, warm slices of pizza. Yes, please.  Another one of my favorite hand held foods is pupusas.  Have you ever heard of them? Pupusas are a Salvadorian...

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Kitchen Science: Making Ice Cream In A Bag with...

Kitchen Science:  Making Ice Cream In A Bag with Kids
Why am I not surprised that my What's Cooking summer camp kids loved making ice cream more than any other recipe?   It was real life science in action, and a perfect way to beat the summer heat. Recipe: Ice Cream in a Bag Why don't YOU give it a try?  Here's the recipe and a description of how it works: Ice Cream In a Bag: Kitchen Science What's Cooking with Kids: www.whatscookingwithkids.com Serves 1 Ingredients: 2 Tbs. sugar 1 cup half and half ½ tsp vanilla extract 1/2...

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Kids Cook with Books

Kids Cook with Books
I couldn't be more excited to tell you about our new virtual reading and cooking club for kids: Kids Cook with Books!   As a former teacher (and current parent!), I can't speak highly enough of activities that promote literacy in young children.  Anything goes - reading billboards to the kids while driving around town, pointing out familiar words in books, reading the back of the cereal box together, and of course, bedtime stories!  But what about the kitchen?  It's the heart of the home,...

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Charlotte’s Web Themed Recipes

Charlotte’s Web Themed Recipes
At my son's school, he reports that every teacher has the final countdown to summer on the board.  I used to do the same thing when I was a classroom teacher, although now I wonder if it made the students feel that I couldn't wait to be rid of them.  I'm pretty sure they understood that I was just as excited for summer vacation as they were. Summer Reading On the flip side, teachers and parents swap positions over the summer.  It's the job of the parents to figure out how the kids will spend...

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DIY Snow White Cooking Class

DIY Snow White Cooking Class
Last week, I got several emails and a phone call from anxious mamas looking for affordable quality summertime cooking camps for their kiddos.  When I used to run my own culinary program, we were swamped over the summer, often having to turn away business.  There just wasn't enough time in the day (or a big enough staff) to meet the demand.  Since I am not offering camps anymore, I felt compelled to do something to help all of the young chefs out there who want to have fun in the kitchen...

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Food Group Bingo – Nutrition Activity for Kids

Food Group Bingo – Nutrition Activity for Kids
It's easy to be daunted by trying to decide what to eat, and even more so when it comes to how to feed your family.  I have always loved visuals - they help me to understand new concepts and think about how to apply them to my own life.  The USDA has been helping people to understand what makes up a healthy diet for as long as I could remember - but for years, their diagrams were complicated and often confusing.  This "plate" is their most recent version - and makes the most sense to me.  It's...

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Teacher Appreciation Week {Sale}

Teacher Appreciation Week {Sale}
Teachers are everything.  They help our kids learn to be self confident, socially sensitive, and proficient in the ways of the world.  As a former classroom teacher and as a parent of two teens, I know what it's like to be in the trenches - and to feel under-appreciated.  In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, all of my Cook and Learn resources for kids will be on sale! Nothing would make me happier than helping to get a new generation of kids excited about eating healthier and learning by...

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