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Videos: eco-friendly, cooking with kids, community service or educational

School Lunches: Scratch Cooking IS Possible

I have been working with a tireless group of passionate parents to reform our local school food.  Although we are making HUGE progress, we keep hearing about reasons why things aren't even better.  We don't have enough money. We don't have enough equipment.  Our staff needs more training. Okay.  Let's deal with it.  Let's see if we can make do with what we have.  Chef Bruno visited our central kitchen recently, to show us how to cook Barilla Plus pasta with the resources we already have. Take...

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Video: What a Healthy Lunch Means to Me (A Child...

I recently attended a screening of the movie, Two Angry Moms, and was honored to be asked to be on a speaker panel afterward.  But we kicked off the evening with an inspiring talk from the Venetia Valley Green Team, a group of motivated first and second grade students. Here is what they had to say...
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Kids & Kale – An Afterschool Cooking Class

Kids & Kale – An Afterschool Cooking Class
It was nearly freezing here today (which would probably feel relatively balmy to my friends who live in Minnesota and New York).  And it felt like the perfect day to make a batch of hearty soup with my afterschool cooking class.  Luckily for me, this recipe from Jennie came across my radar this morning when I sat down to plan: Kale White Bean Ravioli Soup.  And the best part? I already had every ingredient, and didn't have to make a special trip to the grocery store. [caption id="attachment_3722"...

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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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Making Crepes - A Saturday Morning Tradition wit...

I can't remember when it started, but my son reminds my husband about it every single weekend.  "Dad, can we make crepes?"  It was this very tradition that allowed me some time every weekend to sneak away and work on The Whole Family Cookbook, when it was in progress.  It would buy me just enough time to edit some recipes or write some eco-friendly side bars.  And it would make my son happy... Do you have any cooking or food traditions with your kids?  Or do you remember some from your...

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Project Lunch: School Lunch Challenge

Project Lunch: School Lunch Challenge
Last Friday night, I had the honor of attending an event at Marin Academy, sponsored by Project Lunch.  It was an evening of discussion, inspiration, cooking and delicious food - all to inspire the transformation of school lunch programs to include seasonal, local and organic foods.  That's right - the kind that doesn't come processed and in plastic...shipped from across the country. What a concept - but can it be done? Special guests included Ann Cooper, The Renegade Lunch Lady, and Congresswoman...

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Let’s Eat. Right. Now.

Let’s Eat. Right. Now.
I am an emotional person; a passionate person, and I wear my heart on my sleeve.  Truth, inspiration and authenticity mean the world to me.  Food Inc. spoke to me (and I cried my way through it)... and I am on the edge of my seat, waiting for Food Forward, a new show on PBS, our local public television station. Who do you think is changing the way we eat? If you were the producer, who would you include in this documentary?
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What is Gleaning and how does it improve School ...

Gotta love buzz words.  "School lunch reform" is all the rage these days. And you may have even heard about something called "gleaning." But really, what the heck is it...and most importantly, how does it help your kids? Check out the efforts of Marin Organic and how gleaning not only benefits our students but our local organic farms, as well. Is there anything like this in your community? If so, we'd love to hear your local success stories.
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Cooking with Kids Demo at the Noriega Street Hea...

My kids joined me today as I did a cooking demonstration at a health fair in San Francisco, sponsored by Senator Leland Yee. While my daughter helped me prep some of the vegetables, my son ran around with the Flip video camera, catching some of the action.  I did my best to edit the video he shot to spare you the need for Dramamine!  He's only 8, and I didn't offer him any suggestions on what to film - so under the circumstances, I think he did a great job. Here is the official version of...

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Sustainable Farms – Methane as Power not Pollu...

On a recent farmer's market tour with my students, we talked to a woman from the Strauss Family Creamery.  Here, she tells us about one of the unique ways that their farm is sustainable.  Instead of methane being released into the atmosphere as pollution, they use it for power!  Check it out: I'd love to hear about one of the sustainable things that your family does to help the environment.  Do you recycle, compost, or grow your own food? Please share your story.  You can even send a...

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