Summer Cooking Camp

13 Jul

This week, Missy Mack and I went to Cook, Learn & Grow Cooking Camp with Chef Lori. I taught and Missy Mack was a camper who helped us set up and take down camp each day. The theme this summer was The Farmer’s Market. Lori brought tent, flags and fresh fruits and veggies.

The kids started the week doing a Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt and ended by making their own garden to grow their own fresh veggies. They shopped the market putting their math skills to the test and did some great science by putting freezing and boiling into action. We were busy, busy, busy. Each day was like a whirlwind. At the end of the week all the kids, including mine, tried many things they would normally turn their nose up to and add some new things they could help with in the kitchen.

We had fun!

cherry pitting for cheesecake parfait

They shucked corn, boiled it, made their own butter and chowed down on some fresh corn!

Making home made ravioli and Mariana sauce

We talked about the growing process, journal-ed about it and made our own gardens so we can grow the the tomatoes and basil that go into the Mariana sauce we learned to make.

These kids even touched raw meat to make meatloaf cupcakes (meatloaf mixture in a cupcake tin and ‘frosted’ with mashed potatoes). The faces the kids made were great!

Of course we made Apple Pie and Hand Shaken Ice Cream

I love that each day they got to take something home that they made like homemade pickles, homemade strawberry jam and their garden.

They had key lime tarts

The kids also learned about composting and made edible compost (this might have been a favorite of the day).

Other things we cooked that are not pictured:

Fish Sticks

Peach Smoothies

Berry Cobbler

BBQ Sauce with chicken wrap

Corn Muffins

Farmer’s Market Salad- that has every color in the rainbow in it!

Veggie Frittata

I’m telling you, these kids were cooking fools!

At the end of the week, the kids graduate to mini chefs with a certificate, a cookbook and a prize. Missy Mack was so proud of her cooking utensils and can’t wait to use them.

The name says it all, Cook, Learn & Grow. I saw each of the 18 mini chefs do all three of those things throughout the week. This was truly a hands on interdisciplinary camp with reading, writing, creative thinking, science, math, cooking and fun!

We just love Chef Lori and her positive energy, beautiful smiling face and spirit and her love for sharing her gifts and talents with kids! Thanks for a great week, Chef Lori!

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