Cauliflower is the Cruelest Lesson

Cauliflower is the Cruelest Lesson

“What?!” The fifth grader stamps his foot on the red cement floor. His eyes are furrowed, mouth twisted in distress. “Cauliflower?! This is so unfair!” I can’t really do anything but laugh at his comment, “How is this unfair?”...
Cupcake Mommy

Cupcake Mommy

I found this drawing last week after a kindergarten/ 1st grade class. I love the person: arthritic back, 4 eyes (maybe glasses?), awkward saggy boob hanging out at the left and a spatula-arm coming out the head. I can almost see the right arm bent at the side. Sweet...
With Sponges Like This

With Sponges Like This

This is my third year in the kitchen with kids. Like many kids I teach, I dread the first days of class. Thankfully, I’m beyond the fear of the unknown or strangers. Nor is it a fear of developing a new curriculum– all new recipes every year is a...

Just Breathe. It’s a New Semester.

Just breathe, I’ve been telling myself. Fine. Half the class is 20 minutes late, making the whole class late, but we’re supposed to be done on time regardless. It’s okay that a kindergartner is licking strawberry juice off her knife. Repeatedly....
Freeze! Semester End

Freeze! Semester End

Another school year has come to a close. Kindergarteners with little coordination have blossomed into seasoned 1st grade Chefs able to grate, roll and chop their way through a recipe. 4th graders are now familiar with the kitchen and 5th graders are off to greener...
The “Lesser” Holidays

The “Lesser” Holidays

The past two weeks my students have discussed and baked dishes for what I will politely call the “lesser holidays.” Not to say they are unimportant (because I can hear my Irish friends and those I know down in New Orleans screaming hearsay), but more that...

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