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Archive for May, 2009...

Filed under Cookbooks, Cooking and kids, Food patterns and eating habits, Join Me, Menus, Regional food

I have been involved in a very exciting publishing project. Amy Houts, one of our authors, has a new children’s book coming out this summer and I am really looking forward to seeing the finished product.

This new cookbook, “Cooking Around the Country With Kids: USA Regional Recipes and Fun Activities” makes cooking with kids come alive! It has an American heritage flavor that helps children experience our country’s vast cultural diversity through food.

Children learn about regional food differences by preparing authentic recipes from various parts of our country. Amy has woven together fun activities along with a little food history and geography of each region showing where our food comes from.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Friday, May 29th, 2009

Filed under Cooking and kids, Party ideas, Recipes


This is the dessert I served for my women’s group yesterday. It was the day after my birthday – the reason for the flowers. I was happy to share flowers, and dessert, with company.

The recipe is very easy and young cooks will enjoy the crunching and rolling needed for making crumbs.

Oreo™ Ice Cream Dessert

24 Oreo™ cookies,crushed

1/2 stick butter, melted

1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream

1 (15-ounce) can Eagle Brand™ condensed milk

1 stick butter 1 (8-ounce) can Hershey™ chocolate syrup

1 (8-ounce) carton whipped topping

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Friday, May 29th, 2009

Filed under Cooking and kids

When I was a teacher in the classroom I remember how excited my students were when it was “the day we cook”! I remember the boys especially were very anxious to get going. Yes, ultimately they got to eat what they prepared, which I know was a huge drawing card, but they really relished the hands-on experience.making-banana-bread-kh1

We had five unit kitchens in our foods lab with about 4 students in each kitchen. In both the middle school or high school setting, this meant that each student needed to know what to do and have his or her task clearly in mind.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Filed under Good thoughts, Holidays, Recommendations
National Cemetery Memorial Day
Image by Dustin C Oliver via Flickr

Amid family cook-outs, golf outings, and other activities, let us remember why we are celebrating this day – it is to remember and give honor to those courageous men and women who worked, and many died, to protect and preserve our freedom. They served and sacrificed in our Armed Forces to insure our country can be the freest in the world. They were willing to fight and die so that we could continue to live in this land of the free and the home of the brave.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Monday, May 25th, 2009

Filed under Cooking and kids, Join Me, Menus, Recommendations, Safety Practices

Greetings to all!

Hi! I’m Lee Jackson jumping in here after Chef Crombie left. I hope I don’t disappoint! He has some big shoes that I want to fill but it won’t be easy.

I just wanted to tell you a little of my background. I was a family and consumer sciences (home economics) teacher in the middle school and high school for over 20 years. I taught subjects such as foods and nutrition, clothing and design, child development, housing and environment – all subjects that still interest me and ones I continue to find fulfilling.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Sunday, May 24th, 2009

Filed under Cooking and kids, Good thoughts, Safety Practices

Everything comes to an end. For many these last days in May are filled with graduation plans and parties and thinking about what the summer, and indeed, the future, will hold for them. These are very festive times as well as bitter sweet times when the joy of the present can turn into feelings of “What now?”

For those of you in this situation of having your years of study come to an end, I wish you well. May all your hopes and dreams for your future be fulfilled. Though “study”, in some form or another, continues throughout life

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

Filed under "Going Green", Cooking and kids, Table manners
Taken from inside Abalonetti Seafood Trattoria...
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In a recent post I talked about using cloth napkins versus paper napkins when we are trying to “go green” in our kitchens. By eliminating disposables we make one small mark in this vast sea of waste and consumption.

Did you know that people did not always use napkins at the table?

At one time, in very early history, people wiped their hands on pieces of bread. Later, they used handkerchiefs, or small pieces of material, to wipe their foreheads when it was hot and to blot their lips at the table. For a period of time, people just wiped their hands on anything that was available – their pants, the back of their hands, or whatever.

Comments (1) Posted by Lee on Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Filed under Cooking and kids, Healthy food practices, Menus
White hot chocolate.
Image via Wikipedia

What tastes best to you at this time of year: hot soup or cold salad? hot cocoa or cold lemonade? hot chili or ice cream?

Our tastes change with the seasons. The weather makes a big impact on what we think tastes good. When the weather turns warm or hot, we are more apt to reach for cold drinks and cold foods. Likewise, when it gets cooler in the fall, our thoughts turn to soups and hot meals.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Filed under "Going Green", Recommendations, Saving energy, Saving time and money
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 21:  Food 4 Less groce...
Image by Getty Images via Daylife

Some of you may be saying, “I’m just a kid. What can I do?” Big or small, doing everything to save the earth and the air we breathe is everybody’s business and responsibility.

When you come home from the grocery store, do you end up with lots of plastic bags and extra packaging? Where will those plastic bags end up? You’re right. They are going back to the garbage heap where they will take hundreds of years, if not more, to break down. Or, they may fly around outside, being scattered by the wind. Birds can try to peck at them or might even get caught in them. Plus they make our world look dumpy and trashy.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Filed under Cooking and kids
Textured craft card, in a variety of colours. ...
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Children as well as adults should be concerned about saving the environment. There are many ways to do this.

How can young chefs and bakers make an inpact on the environment? No matter how young or old you are, you can make a difference Let’s start out with a few simple ways to save energy in the kitchen. Little changes can make a big difference.

Today let’s think about going “green” when you set the table. First of all, is that a paper place-mat you are using? Treat yourself to at least one set of colorful place mats instead.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Monday, May 11th, 2009

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