Young Chefs Grand Finale Party!

written by Chef Sheila

Our Young Chefs  after-school cooking club is one of the free Excel Beyond the Bell activities offered at some Montgomery County (Maryland) middle schools.

Here are a few highlights from this month’s Grand Finale Party:

Want to speak up? Pass the potato, please!
Want to speak up? Pass the potato, please!

Each cooking club meeting begins with Circle Time. Whoever is holding “Mr. Potato” has the floor. The rules: Everyone has a turn to talk. You can pass, if you like. No put downs!

Learning to "French" a drumstick
Learning to “French” a drumstick

I showed youths how to “French” a chicken drumstick. We prepared the drumsticks for the party to be held the following afternoon, so that the chicken could soak up the Chinese Barbecue marinade overnight.

The next Jacques Pepin?
The next Jacques Pepin?

M. toasts pita chips to go with Jacques Pepin’s warm white bean puree.

Popcorn makes the holidays more festive than ever!
Popcorn makes the holidays more festive than ever!
We used Chef Catherine’s Whirligig popcorn popper to make Garlic Herb Parmesan popcorn. The cooking room smelled divine!
Chef Sheila & Chef Catherine are teaching us to decorate cookies like pros!
Chef Sheila & Chef Catherine are teaching us to decorate cookies like pros!
Chef Catherine uses plastic chip bag clips to secure the end of the pastry bags. How’s that for multi-tasking tools?
The secret to perfect gingerbread cookies
The secret to perfect gingerbread cookies
Chef Catherine shared her trick for rolling out gingerbread cookies evenly: Place lengths of yard sticks on either side of your rolling pin. The thickness of the yardstick is just right for rolled cookies.
Guess what? You can make gingerbread cookies with nutritious whole grain flour!
Guess what? You can make gingerbread cookies with nutritious whole grain flour!
Part of the fun of learning to cook and bake is finding ways to make our favorite recipes taste great — and make great nutritional sense. For the perfect balance, we used 50% white whole wheat flour in our gingerbread cookies.

Happy (and Healthy) Holidays from Young Chefs!
Happy (and Healthy) Holidays from Young Chefs!

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