I give cooking and baking lessons to the middle-school-aged girls at my church on a periodical basis. I hope to start doing it a lot more. I always have so much fun doing this. These young ladies are very special to me. They are sweet, funny, compassionate, and wonderfully gifted in a whole host of areas. I look forward to the times we can have these sessions together. It combines my love for food, my love for young people, and my love for teaching. It’s a win-win for everyone involved. We all have a great time, the girls get a little kitchen knowledge, and everyone gets to munch on the end result!
We had another lesson last week in the home of one of my dear friends, and we had a great time. I wanted to keep the menu fairly simple while touching on some basic, practical skills that the girls could use right away. This would also be a good foundation for further cooking experiences.
This was the menu:
- Marinated seared chicken breast tenderloins with caramelized onions
- Fresh herb-marinated roasted vegetables (red bell pepper, mushrooms, onions, zucchini, summer squash) with a dusting of parmesan
- Homemade rice pilaf with orzo, slivered, toasted almonds and asparagus
- Garlic-Parmesan bread
Most of the pictures were taken by the young ladies I was teaching. I brought my camera and asked if people could snap photos as we went along. They took some really great shots, don’t you think?? Photo credit goes to Abby, Lizzie, and I believe Abby’s mom, Tiffany, who took a few winners as well. Good job, ladies!
And, yes… That is a storm trooper apron I’m wearing. How nice of you to notice. It was a super rad Christmas present from Kirsten, the lady of the house we used for the cooking lesson!
Thank you to everyone who participated in this groovy food day: Kirsten (for opening your home and buying all the groceries!), Tiffany (thanks for taking some photos and bringing two of your amazing daughters: one old enough to cook, and one old enough to eat!), Emily (next time, I bring something you can eat!), all the moms for bringing your girls to this event, and most importantly, my super-talented, amazing students: Lizzie, Sara, Abby, Amanda, Lacey, and the rest! I love you all! ♥ …and WHY didn’t we get a picture of all the adults?? Oy vey.