Early Release Cooking Classes, Nov. 9 and 10


How about doing something fun on the afternoon of an early release day from school next week?

Chef Sheila will open her kitchen to children (ages 8-12) who love to bake cookies, muffins and quick breads on Thursday afternoon. As usual, she honors special recipe requests, so let her know what baked goods your child is eager to learn to make. Recipes will go home.

On Friday afternoon, older youth (ages 13-17) will try out their apple pie baking skills. Everyone will go home with a 9-inch flaky, buttery double-crust apple pie. Depending on how quickly the young people work, the pies may be baked during class or will go home to be baked there. A Pyrex glass pie plate and recipes are included in the fee.

Email Chef Sheila to let her know about your child’s food allergies, sensitivities and restrictions: crye4(at)aol(dot)com.


THURSDAY, NOV. 9, 1:30-4:30 p.m., for ages 8-12: Cookies, Muffins and Quick Breads; FRIDAY, NOV. 10, 1:30-4:30 p.m., for ages 13-17: Apple Pie and Pie Crust Cookies EACH 3-HOUR CLASS COSTS $75


Blue-Ribbon Muffins

The August 7-11 cooking camp focused on baking for the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, in addition to preparing and eating a simple, healthy lunch each day.

Since only one person could take credit for each entry, we drew lots, because everyone helped to make all the baked goods. As a result, six campers competed with seven entries. Campers baked:

  • Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
  • Chocolate Fudge with Pretzels
  • Snickerdoodles
  • Banana Loaf Cake
  • Pecan Caramel Bar Cookies

It was so fun! We had a blast. Each day, we set aside the six most perfect specimens for the fair, and then we divided the rest for campers to take home and share.

Today Chef Sheila received an email from the mother of the 8-year-old girl, who won first place for muffins. YAY!!!

Here is a link to the recipe for Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins, from Chef Sheila’s cousin, Edith Benthem Bain.