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WORLD EGG DAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second Friday in October is ‘World Egg Day’.  This is certainly fitting, because Eggs are probably the one major food that is consumed by people all over this planet.  The majority of Eggs consumed are Chicken Eggs, but Duck Eggs are very popular in China and the South Eastern Asian Countries.  The photo below was taken at an outdoor market in Thailand.

 

 

Duck Eggs & Pink Colored Pickled Duck Eggs

Also popular in Asia are un-hatched Eggs.  As kids we used to love them in Chicken Soup but health laws forbid the sale of them here in the States, at least in California.

 

 

Un-hatched Chicken Eggs

 

Quail Eggs are used in Gourmet Cooking, more for looks and ‘Eye Appeal’ than for nutrition as they are so small.  In the picture below Quail Eggs were baked in Mini- Pate Choux Cups (Cream Puff Shells) by the Teen and Pre/Teen students in our Summer ‘Basics Culinary Camp’ at Let’s Get Cookin’ in Westlake Village, CA.

 

Quail Eggs in Pate Choux Cups

Turkey Eggs are probably consumed too as well as Ostrich Eggs which definitely top off the list of ‘large’ Eggs.  One Ostrich Egg would probably feed a dozen people, if not more.  Since this is World Egg Day, there will follow a short list of Egg Dishes consumed Globally by people all over the world.  By far, the most popular use for Eggs is for Breakfast, but Eggs are one of those foods that can be consumed for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner.  The Egg is probably my all-around most favorite food.  I can eat it any time of the day.

 

Brazilian Omelet -this Omelet is made with Cream Cheese, Bacon, Pineapple and Avocado.  Different, but tasty.  The Brazilian Omelet is good for Brunch, Lunch or Dinner.

 

Brazilian Omelet

Denver Omelet  (USA) – made with Bell Pepper, Ham and Cheese.  A popular Southwestern Dish.

Egg Foo Young  (Chinese) – a popular dish in Chinese Restaurants – made with Vegetables, Bean Sprouts, and occasionally Shrimp.  Sometimes served with a Brown Sauce.

 

Egg Foo Young

 

Eggs Benedict    – Eggs Benedict is an American breakfast dish that consists of two halves of an English muffin, topped with ham or bacon, poached eggs, and Hollandaise sauce.

French Omelet – usually folded in half and somewhat moist inside.

Frittata (Italian) –  started in the pan and finished in the oven – the amount of ingredients in the Frittata make it difficult to turn so the top side is baked or broiled.

 

 

Broccoli Frittata

 

 

Thai Omelet – similar to Egg Foo Young – contains Vegetables and sometimes meat – fried in oil in a Wok or pan.  Results in a thin, crispy, tasty omelet.

Salami Eggs (Jewish Deli Food) – salami cooked into the Omelet

 

Salami Eggs Cooking

Salami Eggs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tortilla (Spanish Omelet)– in Spain, the Omelet is called a Tortilla – usually cooked with sliced Potatoes in it – the American version with Tomatoes and Peppers is not really a Spanish Omelet.  The Spanish Explorers probably named the Flat Bread ‘Tortilla’ because it looked like a Spanish Omelet.

 

Whichever way you enjoy your Eggs or whatever kind of Eggs you like, do indulge.  Eggs are a healthy food, which contain the best complete protein.  Even though the yolks may contain cholesterol, they also contain lecithin which helps to reduce cholesterol.

 

Lastly, don’t forget that Eggs are essential in most baked goods.  For more info about Eggs see ‘The Versatility of Eggs’ under Archives June 2013.

 

Whisking the Eggs

 

 

 

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Posted by sylveee - 2013/10/11 at 10:50 AM

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‘FIRE & ICE’ – PRETEEN/TEEN CUISINE

 

Friday night, September 7th was our Teen Cuisine Class at Let’s Get Cookin’. 

The theme this month was ‘Fire & Ice’ – grilled Appetizers and Frozen Desserts.  The Students made:

 

Chinese Style BBQ Chicken Wings

Teriyaki Beef Kabobs

Louisiana Style Grilled Shrimp with ‘Dirty Rice’

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Pomegranate Sorbet

  Ice Cream Sandwiches 

Tempura Ice Cream

Shown below are some photos from the class.

Giselle & Elsie with Teriyaki Beef Skewers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cassie Grilling Shrimp

Louisianna Shrimp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dirty Rice

 

Amanda & Ryan making Tempura Batter

 

Cassie

 

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Posted by sylveee - 2012/09/09 at 7:04 PM

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TEEN/PRETEEN WESTERN CULINARY CAMP AT LET’S GET COOKIN’

The week of August 13th – 17th was the Teen/Preteen Western Culinary Camp at Let’s Get Cookin’ in Westlake Village.  During the week, we traced the evolution of Western Cuisine from its birthplace in the Middle East and followed the trail to Greece, Italy, France and then across the Atlantic to the New England States in America.

 

 

 

 

 

Day One – Middle East

Lavash -Flat Bread                                                        

Spinach Borani Spinach & Yogurt Dip

Israeli Chopped Salad

Israeli Couscous

Chicken Tangine

Egyptian Bread Pudding

Cardamom Cookies & Pomegranate Blast

 

Emma & Paige making Lavash

    Paige making Israeli Couscous

 

 

Israeli Chopped Salad

Emma Meek – Middle Eastern Lunch

On Emma’s plate is Israeli Couscous & Lavash.  In the small cups are Israeli Chopped Salad, Spinach Borani & Pomegranate Blast.

 

Egyptian Bread Pudding

Egyptian Bread Pudding – contains Baked Puff Pastry, a variety of nuts and Coconut sweetened condensed milk.  The ingredients were combined and then baked before being served.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Two – Greece

Pita Bread

Mediterranean Vegetable Salad

Beef & Macaroni Pie

Lemon Rice Pilaf

Pineapple Baklava

 

 

Paige & Emma T. making Pineapple Baklava

                Filling for Baklava

Eating Lunch on Day Two – Macaroni Pie, Vegetable Salad, Rice Pilaff

Emma T, Paige, Emma M & Sheema

Day Three – Italy

Antipasto

Stuffed Shells with Marinara Sauce

Chicken Picatta

Fruit Lasagna

Italian Sodas

 

Emma T. and Paige dicing Onions for the Chicken Picatta

    Chicken Picatta  – Lemon flavored dish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emma M. Shredding Cheese for Stuffed Shells

Paige & Emma T. Serving themselves Antipasto

 

Antipasto with Balsamic Vinaigrette

 

 

 

Fruit Lasagna

 

Day Four – France

Coquille St. Jacque (Scallops in White Butter Sauce)

French Onion Soup

Baguettes

Butter Lettuce Salad

Boeuf Burgundy

Haricot Verte (French Green Beans)

Strawberry Napoleons

Coquille St. Jacque

Strawberry Napoleon’s for Dessert

Elizabeth adding Pastry Cream that was forgotten

Day Five – New England

Rhode Island Clam Chowder

Stuffed Eggs Florentine

Roasted Asparagus

Lamb Carbonnade

Corn Fritters

Pumpkin Biscuits

Sally Lunn Bread

Boston Cream Pie

Emma T. with Pumpkin Cookies

Paige – just added glaze to Boston Cream Pie

 

Boston Cream Pie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Photos

 

Sheema, Lauren & Aya – Italy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheema, Emma T & Piper  —->

 

 

 

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Posted by sylveee - 2012/08/19 at 4:47 PM

Categories: Bread, Cooking for Kids, Dessert Ideas, Italian, Lunch Ideas, Main, Pasta, Pastry, Pre-Teen Classes, Salads   Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

PRETEEN/TEEN INTERNATIONAL BAKING CAMP PHOTOS

DAY ONE –  French & Italian Bread

Country French Bread Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COUNTRY FRENCH BREAD  ————–>

 

 

Italin Foccacia – with sun-dried tomatoes, basil & Fresh Mozarella

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also made French Baguettes, an Italian   Country Corn Loaf and a French Corn Loaf in addition to Quick Chocolate Bread from France.

 

 

 

 

Lunch – Cold Cuts were served with the Bread the Student made as well as Vegetable sides. The beverage was Italian Sodas.

 

 

DAY TWOScandinavian Cookies

 

Norwegian Cherry Cookies

Mary with Swedish Jam Cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making Krumkake

 

 

J.J., Dean, Kevin & Tristan – on Cookie Day

 

Krumkake is a Norwegian Waffle-like Cookie similar to an Italian Pizzelle but the Iron is much thinner, thereby producing a thinner cookie.

 

Fatigman are also Norwegian in origin.  They are a fried cookie – the name translates to Poorman’s Cookie, but the ingredients are certainly not those of a poor man.  They are rich in butter, eggs and cream.

 

Danish Meringue Cookies

 

 

Grace & Tristan…

  Grace, Tristan & Jeanette

 

DAY THREEAustrian, Russian & German Pastries

Viennese Chocolate Nut Torte

Rugelah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fruit Kuchen from Austria

 

DAY FOURSouth American Savories & Sweets

Panquecas Estufa with Tomato Sauce – (Stuffed Pancakes)

 

Cheese Empadhinas

 

 

Tristan, Jeanette, Megan & Grace with

 Empanadas they made

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY FIVEUnited States

 

Strawberry Shortcake & Beignets

 

Kevin sugaring the Beignets —–>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Photos

 

Morgan

 

Morgan & Kendal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeanette & Grace

First at the Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anticipating Lunch

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Posted by sylveee - 2012/08/13 at 5:37 PM

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International Baking Camp Brownies

For those who attended our Preteen/Teen International Baking Camp on Thursday, July 26, 2012, the Brownie Recipe that was supposed to be in the packet and the Brownie Recipe that we actually used are printed below.

BRAZILIAN  BROWNIES

INGREDIENTS:    

½ cup shelled Brazil Nuts

2 Tbsps. Sugar

3/8 (1/4 cup + 2 Tbsps.) cup unsalted Butter

3/4 cup Sugar

3 Eggs

½ cup Flour

1 tsp. Baking Powder

½ cup Cocoa

1 Tbsp. Milk

DIRECTIONS:

  • Place the Nuts along with the 2 Tbsps. Sugar in a food processor and PULSE just until the Nuts are roughly chopped; set aside.
  • Cream the Butter with the remaining Sugar and Eggs.  Be sure to mix until all the ingredients are well-blended.
  • Combine the Flour with the Baking Powder andCocoa; add to the Butter mixture and mix well.
  • Stir in the Milk and the chopped Nuts.
  • Grease an 8” square baking pan; spoon the Batter into to the prepared pan.
  • Bake in an oven which has been preheated to 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Cut into 16 pieces and serve.  Wrap any leftover pieces in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container.

Yield:  16 – 2” squares

 

Here is the recipe that we actually used.

 

INTERNATIONAL. CAMP  BROWNIES

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup unsalted Butter                                          1 Tbsp. Vanilla

6 oz. unsweetened Chocolate, broken up              1 ½  cups Flour

1 cup Brown  Sugar                                            ½ tsp. Baking Soda

1 cup Granulated Sugar                                      ½ tsp. Salt

4 Eggs                                                               Vegetable Spray

 

DIRECTIONS:

  • Spray a 9 x 12” baking pan and turn the oven to 350 degree.  Be sure that the baking rack is in the middle of the oven.
  • Place the Butter and Chocolate in a microwave proof mixing bowl.
  • Place in the microwave for 90 seconds; remove and stir until the Chocolate and Butter are completely melted.
  • Stir in the Sugars; add the Eggs and Vanilla and beat lightly, just until the Eggs are blended, then stir in the Flour, Baking Soda & Salt.
  • Pour the Batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes; to test the Brownies, insert a toothpick 1” from the sides.  If it comes out dry, the Brownies are done.
  • Cut into bars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by sylveee - 2012/07/28 at 2:07 PM

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LET’S GET COOKIN’ – PRETEEN & TEENS BASIC CULINARY CAMP PHOTOS

 

 

The week of July 9th – 13th was our ‘Back to Basics’ Culinary Camp for 10-16 year olds at Let’s Get Cookin’ in Westlake Village.  I teach all the Kids & Parent/Child Classes as well as Birthday Parties & Private classes.  I also teach Food Processor Classes.  The photos below depict the activities during this week.

 

Day One was introductory with all the Basics such as Safety, Measuring, Equipment, etc. being taught.  We also made Breakfast food on the first day and unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures.  The menu for this day was:

 

Almond Raisin Granola

Ginger Snap Granola 

Breakfast Shake 

Waffles  & Fruit Toppings

Omelets

Cooking Bacon and Sausage

Home Fried Potatoes

All the students worked in groups and helped to make at least three different items.  In addition, after a brief demo, each student made their own omelets with choices of vegetables, meat & cheeses to incorporate into them.  Depending on their appetities, each student made either a one egg or two egg omelet.  The omelets were eaten as soon as made, but the rest of the food was kept warm and served all at one time so the students could sit down as a group and also practice their social skills.

Day Two was a lunch menu which included  Bread Product, Salads, Sandwiches and a Dessert.  The dishes made were:

Buttermilk Biscuits

Jalapeno Cornbread

Tomato Basil Soup

Quick Clam Chowder

Corn Chowder 

Shrimp Salad Wraps

Baby Belle Sliders 

Southwest Chicken Salad

Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

Ribbon Pasta Salad

Fudge Brownies

Again, the Students worked in Groups of four or five and at the end sat down and enjoyed their labors.  Shown below are some photos of ‘Lunch Day’.

Making Slider Buns for the Baby Portobello Sliders

Jacob – Slicing Tomatoes for the Baby Belle Sliders

 

The sliders buns are a yeast dough that the students made from scractch.  Some were finished with Poppy Seeds and some were finished with Sesame Seeds.

 

 

 

 

 

Provolone Cheese, Tomatoes, and Lettuce also went with the Sliders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making the Dressing for the Baby Belle Sliders

 

 

The Dressing was made with Mayonnaise and Sundried Tomatoes

 

Day Three was Dinner.  For this Menu we made:

 

Garlic Dinner Rolls

Baby Lettuce Salad

Caesar Salad

Vegetable Garden Chili

Macaroni and Cheese Supreme

Chicken Croquettes

Rémoulade Sauce

Beef Stroganoff 

Scalloped Potatoes

Vegetarian Chili

 

The Vegetarian Chili was made with a multitude of Vegetables including Golden Beets, Broccoli, Onions, Tomatoes, Northern Beans & Mushrooms.  Since the Menu for today was quite large and tomorrow’s menu was Desserts only, we saved the Chili for Thursday so the students would have something healthy to eat along with their desserts.  Also, the longer the Chili cooks, the more flavorful it is.  Also, standing refrigerated overnight helps to intensify the flavors.  The Chili was served the next day with shredded Mozzarella Cheese and garnished with snipped Chives.

 

Test Tasting the Chili

 

 

Dean & Ethan making Caesar Salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Four was Desserts.  For this Activity the students were asked to make requests on the first day of camp.  From the requests that were made, the following were chosen to best represent all the students desires.

 

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

In Oreo Cookie Crust

Tiramisu 

Chocolate Lava Cake

With Raspberry Sauce

Pate Choux

Pastry Cream

Lemon Curd

Apple Pie

Berry Pie

All the desserts turned our really good, but the one of the best ones was the Raspberry Covered Cheesecake.

Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce

The Tiramisu was also very good as were the Cream Puffs made from the Pate Choux.  The Cream Puffs were filled either with Lemon Curd or Vanilla Pastry Cream.  The ones with the Pastry Cream were glazed with a Chocolate Glaze.  Looking at the photos, you will see that the Chocolate Glaze turned out to be much more than a glaze.  The Chocolate Lovers, loved them though.  And everyone in the group was a Chocolate Lover!

Pate Choux filled with Lemon Curd

Pate Choux filled with Pastry Cream and topped with a Chocolate Glaze

We did not have time to bake all the pies so, they were taken home to be finished baking by the students.  They were purposely made in individual pie tins as we made a lot of desserts and I knew from experience that we probably wouldn’t have time to completely bake the pies.

Apple Pies and Berry Pies

The Chocolate Lava Cakes were made in individual ramekins and they of course had to be eaten right away to experience the molten chocolate inside.

Day Five was our Mystery Bag Day.  Each team of students were given a bag with a Protein, a Starch and a Vegetable.  In addition, they were allowed to use any spices and herbs available plus a number of vegetables, fresh herbs, eggs, butter and other ingredients that were put our for their use.  The rule was that they must use all the ingredients in their bags.  The students were very creative and came up with some very interesting and beautiful.  When they were finished, each group had to present what they made to to the other students and describe in detail what they made.  In the end, the food was served buffet style and all the students sat down together and enjoyed their lunch.  (See photo at beginning of this blog)

Shrimp Cocktail by Morgan Irwin & Crew. The Shrimp were dressed and placed in a cabbage bowl along with Cocktail Sauce on the side.

 

 

 

Artisan Greens Salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radicchio Salad

           

 

MORE PICTURES 

J.J. & Emmerson

Stephanie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jasmine Rice – made on Mystery Bag Day to go with the Scallops

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by sylveee - 2012/07/21 at 10:55 PM

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TEEN/PRETEEN CLASS AT LET’S GET COOKIN’ – WINTER COMFORT FOOD

 

Friday night, 11/13 was our Teen/Preteen ‘Winter Comfort Food’ Class.

Twelve young people between the ages of 10 & 16 gathered together to learn how to prepare and cook a menu for cold Winter nights.

Creative Vegetable Soup

Jeweled Meat Loaf

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

Foccacia

Apple Crisp

The students were divided up into groups depending on their skill level.  Four students who had never made yeast dough before were put in charge of the Foccacia with of course, a supervising adult to guide them through the process.  They made the Dough and then set it aside to rise.  The actual Foccacia was made from a risen dough that had been made before the class started.  Once the Dough was fitted into the Baking Pans and topped with Olive Oil, Herbs and Tomatoes, and Cheese the Bread went into the oven for baking.

 

The Foccacia Team

 

 

 

The Dough that the students made was divided up and given to the students that made it to take home and finish.  They were told that they could make either Pizza, Foccacia or Breadsticks with it.

Two of the girls made the Apple Crisp.  This involved peeling, coring and slicing about 10 Apples and combining them with spices and other ingredients.  A streusel topping was made to go on top of the Apples.  This dish was baked while the rest of the food was being made.

Two other students started the Soup.  This is a wonderful Vegetable Soup that can be made with most any kind of Vegetables and Beef, Chicken or Vegetable Broth.  Even though we generally advise the students to mise en place their recipes before they start cooking, the rule was changed for this recipe so that the soup would be done in time for the students to eat it.  The Onions and Mushrooms were prepared first so that they could start sautéing them. While the Onions and Mushrooms cooked, the other Vegetables were prepared.  After the Onions and Mushrooms were sufficiently cooked to start caramelizing them, the Stock was added and the whole mixture was allowed to simmer for about 45 minutes.  Then the seasonings were added along with the remaining Vegetables.  Once the Vegetables were almost cooked sufficiently, the tiny pasta was added.

While all this was being done, the Meatloaf was prepared by two different groups of students.  One group put all the Vegetables into their Meatloaf and one group who preferred not to have Bell Peppers, put all the Vegetables, except for the Bell Peppers into their loaf.

 

Meatloaf Team

Cooked Meatloaf

 

 

 

While the Meatloaf was baking in the oven, the    Cheesy Broccoli Casserole was prepared and baked.  This dish does not take too long to bake.  Once the students were done cooking, the tables were cleared and set with placemats and dinnerware and the soup and Foccacia were served.  After the first course, the Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Broccoli was also served and of course, dessert finally came at the end.

 

Sitting down to Eat

 

 

 

 

Mealtime

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soup and Foccacia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beverages for this meal were fruit juices and water.  All in all, everyone had a good time and learned how to make several different dishes. Everyone took home recipes so that they could practice at home on family members.  Keep an eye out for our next Teen/Preteen Class at Let’s Get Cookin’.  February will be a Dim Sum Menu to celebrate the Chinese New Year ‘The Year of the Dragon’.

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Posted by sylveee - 2012/01/16 at 11:34 PM

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Teen/Preteen – US Regional Foods – Days 3, 4 & 5

 

Thursday, August 11th was our 3rd day of Camp.  The topic today was the Pacific Northwest and included Alaska, Washington State, Ida and Oregon.  The menu was:
Dungeness Crab Bisque, Potato and Mushroom Soup, Open-faced Crab Sandwiches, Corn Relish, Cucumber/Sour Cream Salad
Potato Cheese Spoon Bread, Oregon Blueberry Rolls, Ginger Snaps and Rhubarb Cake. In addition, some of the students created  a Caprese Salad using leftover tomatoes and cheese from Tuesday.

Student Creativity

 

The students who made the Bisque had an interesting time removing the meat from the Crab.  Fortunately, the Crabs were purchased cooked, so we didn’t have to deal with live crabs.

 

Katie serving Crab Bisque

 

The Crab Bisque and Crab Sandwiches represented the state of Alaska.  Unfortunately, when we were in Alaska, the restaurants that we ate at had no King Crab available.  Evidently, most of it is shipped down to the lower 48.  We never seem to have trouble getting it here in California.

The Mushroom /Potato Soup and the Potato/Cheese Spoon Bread were representative of the state of Idaho which everyone knows is famous for their spuds.  Spoon Bread is more a casserole than bread and is served as a side dish and of course is dished out with a large spoon.

 

Potato/Cheese Spoon Bread

 

The salads were the Corn Relish and Cucumber/Sour Cream Salad.  Oregon was represented with the Oregon/Blueberry Rolls which are very similar to Cinnamon Rolls.  We also made Ginger Snaps and Rhubarb Cake, both of which were enjoyed by the students.  All the students went home with some of the baked goods as there was too much food to be eaten at one time.

Corn Relish

 

 

 

 

Oregon Blueberry Rolls

 

Day Four was Southern Cooking and for this day the menu was Southern Fried Chicken, Chicken Fried Steak,Scalloped  Potatoes, Succotash, Ambrosia,Weeping Salad, Buttermilk Biscuits, Sweet Potato Pies, Pecan Bars and Sweet Mint Tea.

 

 

Fried Chicken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last day of camp was Pacific Rim Food and this entailed the Pacific Rim States of California and Hawaii.  Unfortunately, we were short TA’s on Saturday and did not have time to take many pictures.  The Menu was California Rolls, Chicken Fajitas and Hot Artichoke Dip.  The Artichoke Dip represents the area of Monterey where Artichokes have been grown for a long time.  Noweadays, the growing fields near the coast in Oxnard also grow Artichokes, so Monterey is no longer alone in that area.

 

Artichoke Dip before Baking

We also made a Hawiaan Grilled Shrimp Salad that was served with a Papaya/Mango Marmalade, Oahu style Potato Salad.  This Potato Salad contains bay shrimp, crab meat and corn.  We also made a corn pudding.  Needless to say, corn is grown in many areas in Southern California and Hawaii also grows some.  We made Strawberry Pie and Macadamia Nut Brownies for dessert.  For the beverage we made and served a Pineapple Punch.  Strawberries are grown year-round now in California.  They usually ripen in serial order from the San Diego area being the first crop on up to the Santa Maria area in Central Coast being later ones to ripen.  In the Oxnard, different types are grown and one type or the other is available year round.

 

Strawberry Cream Pie

 

All in all the camps were a great success and the students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learned some new techniques and we hope a few facts that they can use during the school year.

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Posted by sylveee - 2011/08/29 at 4:42 PM

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Teen/Preteen – US Regional Foods – Culinary Camp at LGC

The week of August 8th, 2011 was US Regional Foods Camp for the Teen/Preteens who attend the Culinary Classes at Let’s Get Cookin’ in Westlake Village, CA.  The camp lasted five days which included Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  The time was from 11 – 2 making each camp day 3 hours long.  Just long enough for the participants to learn and practice new skills without becoming too tired.

The Regions that we visited were New England, the Midwest, Pacific Northwest, the South and the Pacific Rim States.

Monday was New England and different breakfast dishes were prepared;  blueberry pancakes, Johnny Cakes (or Journey Cakes), Skillet Apples, Molasses Doughnuts, Cranberry Muffins, Deviled Eggs Florentine and a Broccoli Cheese Fritatata.  Since it was breakfast, the beverage that was served was milk.  The Blueberry Pancakes were served with Butter and Blueberry Syrup.  The Johnny Cakes were served with the Skillet Apples.  The Deviled Eggs Florentine were an Appetizer and the Fritata was served with the Cramberru Muffins.  The Molasses Doughnuts were dessert.

 

Flipping Blueberry Pancakes

 

 

Preparing Muffin Batter

Cooking Skillet Apples

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Two was the Midwest and luncheon items were prepared.  Since the midwest is known for Beef and Corn, these items were the main focus,  but not the only ones.  Early in the morning before class I went out to Underwood Farms in Moorpark and purchased a box of corn.  Needless to say, corn has been a mainstay of the United States, not just in the midwest but almost in every region.  The box contained about 46 ears of corn and by the end of the week, most of it had been used.  One of the unique things about Corn from Underwoods is that it retains its sweetness far longer than corn purchased in the supermarket.

The Appetizer was Asiago Cheese Puffs and these were passed around during prepartion time so the students wouldn’t get too hungry.  The taste buds can be quickly activated when the aroma of good cooking is around.  We made a Corn Chowder and Cheese Stuffed Burgers along with a Midwestern Potato Salad.  The Midwestern Potato Salad is very similar to a German Potato Salad and for good reason.  Back in the early days of immigration to the US from Europe many German immigrants and Scandinavians settled in the Midwest.

We also made Taffy Apple Salad, Apple Pie and Peanut Popcorn Bars.  The beverage that was prepared and served was Blueberry Lemonade, which of course was very popular.

Belinda and Cassy making Burgers

 

 

Burgers & Potato Salad

Who's cutting the Bars? Emili or Sofi?

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Posted by sylveee - 2011/08/27 at 2:45 PM

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LET’S GET COOKIN’ TEEN/PRETEEN BAKING CAMP

This past July was Baking Camp time for the Teens and Preteens who take classes at Let’s Get Cookin’ in Westlake Village.  The schedule was as follows:

Day One – Breads – Yeast and Quick Breads which included:

Challah (Egg Bread), Kaiser Rolls, Pizza,  Cinnamon Rolls & Cream Cheese Frosting,  Monkey Bread Cheddar Cheese Biscuits Ginger Scones & Ginger Butter,  Fruit Muffins & Honey Butter and Jalapeno Cornbread.

For lunch we made BBQ Pork Tenderloin and used the Biscuits to make Pork Sliders.  The sliders were served along with a salad.  The bread that was not eaten in class was divided into ‘take-home’ boxes for the student participants.

Day Two – Cookies which included: Bar Cookies, Drop Cookies,  and a miscellaneous variety which included Black and White Cookies (a delicatessen favorite),  Mexican Sugar cookies (also known as Mexican Wedding Cookies), Ginger Snaps, Graham Crackers and Rugelach.  Included with the  Bar Cookies were Brownies and Lemon Bars.  The Drop Cookies included Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Cookies as well as Lemon Meringues.  Lunch was a   salad and pizza  that never made  it to the oven on bread day.

Day Three – Pastries which included: a variety of Pie Crusts, Pie Fillings, Cobblers and Fruit Turnovers.  The students also learned to make a variety of pie toppings which included Meringues and Whipped Cream.

 

 

Making Pie Crust

Rolling out Pie Crust

Pie Crusts

 

 

Mini- Apple Pies

Berry Tart

Day Four –  Cakes – which included  Classic White Cake, Sponge Cakes including Angel Food, Chocolate Lava Cake, Upside Down Cakes, and Cake for Decorating.  Frostings included Chocolate Fudge Frosting and Whipped Cream.  The students broke up into groups of 4 and each group made 6 inch cakes for each student to decorate the next day.  In addition, they made two other cakes which were one of the ones mentioned above.  The Angel Food Cake was split and filled with Whipped Cream and Strawberries and the Upside Down Cake was Peach.  Each student had their own individual Chocolate Lava Cake and the Fudge Frosting was put on the Classic White Cake.  The students also made several batches of Butter Cream Frosting to use for decorating on the last day.

Day Five – Cake Decorating – the students learned how to crumb coat and to finish coat.  Different decorating techniques were also taught.  Each student made their own cake and was given a box to take it home in.  Several of the Students brought a full-size cake from home to decorate.  All in all, all the students enjoyed the camp and some let us know that they were practicing some of what they learned at home.

 

A square Cake

A heart-shaped cake

 

 

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