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What should I teach middle schoolers to do in the kitchen?


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What should I teach middle schoolers to do in the kitchen?

northside food | May 31, 2009 05:52 PM

I teach at a small private school in metro Atlanta. I'm required to offer two electives each semester, in addition to the core classes I teach. Spring semester, I offered "Food Appreciation" as one of my electives. I had my class do the following:

-Learn how to pack balanced lunches for themselves
-Bake cookies and banana bread from scratch
-Decorate cupcakes
-Plant an herb garden and composted our veggie scraps
- Held a cheese tasting
-Made chocolate truffles
-Made pizza from scratch (sauce, dough)
-Discussed menu planning, shopping with a budget, and why they shouldn't eat fast food

I'm definitely going to do pies and pastry this fall. And we're going to plant a bigger garden this year, with some cool weather crops like broccoli. Anything else that middle schoolers should be exposed to? I'm looking for ideas of what else I should be introducing them to.

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