Teen Cooking Challenge

Do you want to learn or improve your meal-making skills? Think of this class as a jump-start to get you cooking. We’ll learn some basic skills: pasta technique, some knife handling, 2 or 3 ways to cook an egg. Then move into planning a couple meals. The final project will take place at the students’ home, Thursday, and then we will meet on Friday to debrief and celebrate.


Meets 3 times: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, June 12, 13, 15. 4-6:30

$100 for all 3 plus virtual support and coaching.

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Kids are invited to join a forest school and cooking camp, March 14, Wednesday of spring break!

For ages 5 and up.

The camp will last from 9-3. We’ll hike and relax in the greenbelt, then and head back to my home near the greenbelt. The day will include lots of making things, games, and some cooking.

Cost is $50

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Weird ingredients: We will take on the challenge of using some unusual ingredients and ways to cook in a recipe we create.






Cooking and baking is one way you can raise money and make a difference. Here are some steps- I would love to hear more ideas in the comments!!

Get the Word Out

Spread the word with parent help? to neighborhood mailing lists, the app NextDoor.com, and possibly Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc. Think about your mission, or why are you raising money? Why is it important? Can you say it in one or two sentences? If you can explain it to your customers, they will be excited to buy or contribute more.

Make it Easy for People to Donate

People might donate even if they don’t buy a lot of goodies. Have a jar, labeled with something that matches your cause. For example “Fight Cancer”. If you have an interesting jar, or pitcher, or container, that can be helpful- make sure you place it in a location on your table where everyone will notice it.


Make your products look amazing! Nice wrapping, decorations and labels help a lot! Showing that you put time into your products can make a difference.

Keep it Simple

Keep your menu simple – 2 or 3 popular items (see below).  Try not to make things no one has heard of, even if they sound amazing to you. I have found people like the classics. Also consider if your item will melt in the sun or break easily. It is always best to go with things that are not too fragile.  (This means, sometimes cupcakes don’t work!)


Set your prices to raise money. You can ask an adult for help with this.  Don’t underprice, it is for a good cause, but don’t charge more than people would be willing to spend.  


Be sure to set up in a place that a lot of people will pass and have signs so people know what you are doing. You can also have flyers about your cause- someone might take it home and get back in touch, or help you to spread the word.

Cash Box

Make sure you have change on hand. ($1s, $5s, and quarters) A lot of people will have a $20 bill only!

  • Popular and Best Selling Items: 
  • Brownies
  • Rice Crispy Treats
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Cupcakes- this depends on weather and audience- can be the most popular of all.

Cook the Books #1

The book: Bad Beginnings, or Orphans! by Lemony Snicket
Dishes: Pasta Puttanesca and Chocolate Pudding

Please post comments here on this private page if you want to talk about the book or the recipes!

The recipes:

Pudding, improvised
• 1 cup Vanilla Greek-Style Yogurt
• 2 tablespoons unsweetened chocolate cocoa powder
• 1 tablespoon maple syrup (more or less to taste)

Note 1: It helps to sift the cocoa powder- that is a trick for any recipe with cocoa!
Note 2: Violet, Klaus and Sunny did not make their pudding with yogurt, but they are very creative and they would approve of this approach to making pudding!

Pasta Puttanesca Recipe (via Food Revolution)
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Level of Difficulty: Easy

• 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 1 onion, finely chopped
• 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed in a press
• 4 anchovy filets, chopped
• 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
• 2 teaspoons capers
• 1/2 cup black or kalamata olives, coarsely chopped
• 1 large can (14 oz.) diced tomatoes
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 1 box pasta (we like how sauce clings to penne), cooked and drained
• freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish

1 Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, then saute the onion and garlic for 5 minutes or until translucent.

2 Add anchovies and cook for another minute, breaking up the filets with a wooden spoon.

3 Add the chili flakes, capers, olives, tomatoes with juices, salt, sugar and pepper and bring to a boil.

4 Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

5 Divide pasta into four bowls and top each with sauce and grated Parmesan.

Upcoming Workshops

Here are some upcoming workshops.

Contact: Laura we will get you signed up!


Have you ever wanted to make the raspberry cordial from Anne of Green Gables? Or the pasta puttanesca from Bad Beginnings: A Series of Unfortunate Events? If so, this is the club for you. Each meeting will feature a discussion of a book along with some cooking activities. Sign up for one club meeting or a whole series.
The club will meet every other week on Thursday evenings or Saturday afternoons.
Thursday 4-6 PM (first meeting 6/16/16)

July 7: Anne of Green Gables

July 21: Tale of Desperaux

August 4: Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder

August 18: Redwall series


Note: A second session of Anne of Green Gables will be held on Saturday morning July 9, 10-12:30.
Cost: $35, includes all supplies
Please click here to contact Laura for more information and to sign up.

Cook the [Picture] Book Club: Seven Silly Eaters!

Meet the Peters family. Each of the silly kids in this big family will only eat one food. But what will happen when they try to prepare a birthday surprise for their hard working mom? you just need to read to find out. Join us to read and prepare a Seven Silly Eaters recipe. Great for ages 4 and up.

Monday, July 11 9-10:45 AM

Cost: $20

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This class is a chance for you to make some delicious food to eat and share. Pesto is made from basil, and it smells and tastes wonderful! You will leave with some pesto to take home and new skills to use. For this class, all experience levels are welcome! This workshop is best for ages 6-12.

Friday, June 24  2016 3:30- 5 PM

CANCELLED but please contact me if you would like to sign up for this class at a different time.