Things we tried for the first time this week:
- Making corn tortillas from scratch
- Using beets to make a bright pink salsa
- 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.
We had such a blast baking with our young chefs during mid winter break! Some highlights from the week include: beet cupcakes, mochi cake, and granola bars! We even had breakfast sandwiches for lunch with fresh made bagels! You can check out the recipes we made during the week here!
Happy Valentine's Day! We celebrated Valentine's Day all week by making pink sugar cookies. We took Martha Stewart's recipe and swapped out the milk for homemade beet purée. Our new Chef teacher Katy Jane made orange zested sugar for our orange beet sugar cookie. The kids made an orange glaze to spread on top of each cookie.
Our older kids made chocolate dipped orange pieces and heart shaped granola bars too!
- This week we enjoyed learning more about Japanese cuisine as we explored how to make savory pancakes called okonomiyaki or as the kids would say, "okonamiyummy"! These yummy pancakes were made with cabbage, "riced" or grated cauliflower, peeled carrots, egg, flour and some green onions! Then we cooked them up on the skillet! While cooking the pancakes, we made miso soup! The kids learned that miso paste is made from fermented soybeans and it's really good for you! If this sounds like something your kids would enjoy, you can find our recipe here!
We made baguettes from scratch with egg salad. Each group prepared the baguettes for the following group as the dough needed time to rest. The kids enjoyed our "kneading party" and creating their own versions of egg salad. We also learned about the importance of egg safety as we worked with hard boiled eggs.
You may find the egg salad recipe below. The baguette dough recipe is from Leah's cookbook Baking with Kids.
For individual Egg Salad:
- 1 hard boiled egg, peeled
- 1 scoop plain yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard
- 1 green onion finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
In a bowl, mash together hard boiled egg with remaining ingredients. Adjust seasoning to taste
YUM Chef recipes
Written by: Ally Miller
We sure did! This week we made sweet potato and collard green dumplings! As we celebrate Lunar New Year with traditional foods, the kids have learned how ginger, garlic, and onions are incorporated into many different Asian cuisines. We enjoyed rolling out turmeric yellow and pink beet dough and making fun dumpling shapes! You may find all the recipes here:
Written by: Ally Miller
Kids eat crackers as a healthy snack to munch on through their days, so why not teach them how to make their own healthy version?! This week we made sage & sweet potato crackers with collard green pesto! Children loved using pasta machines to make perfectly thin crackers! Our recipe came from Leah Brooks cookbook, Baking with Kids.
You can also find our recipe on our website: YUM CHEFS RECIPES
Written by: Ally Miller
We are so excited to announce that registration is open for our cooking summer camp for 2017! Camp begins May 30th and we have 6 sessions to choose from. This year we also have two week camp options combined with other camps at Katherine Michiels School. We look forward to seeing you in the summer!
Click the link below to sign up!
We've compiled a list of kitchen gear that we use in our classes that would make great gifts for young chefs!
Kid Friendly Knives - Curious Chefs Knives
We use these knives for our K-4th grade classes. They are great because they are safe for young children to use and they come in different sizes!
We use this tool for everything from lemon zest to parmesan! We use this tool in all of our classes, but be careful, it is sharp so you will need to remind younger children how to use it properly. We have included a link for amazon but these can be found at most kitchen supply stores.
Hands on Cooking Classes and Camps
Give the gift of hands on cooking at a Y.U.M. Chefs class! Looking to purchase a class for a child? Check out our steps on how to do just that by clicking on the link below.
Baking with Kids Cookbook
Y.U.M. Chefs founder, Leah Brooks, wrote cookbook called Baking with Kids!
Get ready to measure, mix, and decorate! Baking with Kids is just the book you need to help teach children to bake. Show your children how to safely use basic equipment in the kitchen and explain all about the important ingredients they'll need to make the most delicious baked goods. Recipes include muffins, scones, breads, pretzels, crackers, pizza dough, pie crust, cake, cookies, cupcakes, and more! Celebrated chef and instructor, Leah Brooks creates activities with simple step-by-step photo illustrations that will guide kids through each recipe and inspire creativity throughout. Put on your aprons--it's time to get baking!