Author Archives: Annie Hanrahan

The kids enjoyed Italian music while making homemade ricotta cheese with Straus milk for our Veggie Lasagna Baked Bell Peppers! The recipe is by Chef Hollie from Joyfoodly. The kids also made homemade tomato sauce with herbs from the garden. They layered the bell pepper with ricotta, sauce, shredded zucchini topped with mozzarella cheese. The older kids also made focaccia!

We also enjoyed a fun strawberry snack with ripe in-season local strawberries!

Recipes can be found on our website

We had our last Farmer's Market class of the spring season. The kids made delicious breakfast tacos with homemade tortillas filled with scrambled eggs, roasted carrots, potatoes and beets. To compliment the tacos, the kids also made, smoothies, beet greens chips (sort of like kale chips) and strawberry crumble! Our next Farmer's Market class will be in the Fall.

In our after school classes, we made mole tofu with elote (corn on the cob). Mole is a savory sauce made with chocolate that can be found in burritos, enchiladas etc. Depending on where you go, each mole sauce can be very different. I forgot to take photos though :-(

Today we had a garden salad class with the preK! They harvested lettuce from the garden. In the kitchen, they chopped up apples, mangoes, bell peppers, carrots and cucumbers to add to the greens. They also made crispy tofu croutons and homemade herby vinaigrette!

This week we created the lightest, fluffiest mini pillows - potato pillows, aka gnocchi! We made Italian style gnocchi. The ingredients are very simple, consisting of potato (we used yukon gold), egg and flour. Gnocchi means "lump" in Italian. So we started calling them lumplings! The students made a fresh basil pesto and chopped up cherry tomatoes for the gnocchi. The older kids also made a lemon honey vinaigrette to dress a colorful salad of baby greens, toasted pumpkin seeds, carrots and tomatoes.

In the words of Mark Bittman, Gnocchi is "labor intensive but highly rewarding". We found the process quite relaxing.

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Written by: Ally Miller 

Usually during sushi week we make traditional sushi rolls, but this time we switched it up a little bit! Onigiri means "rice ball" and Nigiri means to bind/wrap/tie! The kids learned new Japanese technique while practicing their knife skills as we put avocado, bell peppers, and cucumber in our onigiri and nigiri! 
We used our friend Holly's website joyfoodly.com to make the onigiri and nigiri recipes. You can find them on our website here: Recipes

We had a great pop up day camp on Friday!! We made burritos, chips and horchata. We read stories, played with veggie puppets, made play dough, has a dance party and played on the playground! It was a blast. We only remembered to take photos while the kids were eating lunch :-)

If you're looking for child care during a school holiday or parent teacher conferences, let us know and if we are available we will set up a pop up day camp for your child and friends!

Things we tried for the first time this week:

  1. Making corn tortillas from scratch
  2. Using beets to make a bright pink salsa
  3. Sour orangeade

Our focus this week was on Enchiladas, a saucy dish that is a combination of a taco and a burrito. We got to blend up cilantro, garlic, and olive oil to make a sort of chimichurri, we smashed avocados to make guacamole, and we juiced oranges (picked from the tree in our garden!) to make a tangy refreshing drink. Our kitchen was warmed by smiling faces and our bellies were full of beans and melted cheese.