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September 10, 2006

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Tanna

A crock pot would make soup - would they want a cup of soup at the end of a school day or the next day.
I always make my hot morning cereal in the crock pot but it takes an hour and seems out of step with a school day.
I think I've seen cakes baked in a crock pot.
A bread machine - needs money.
As a nurse I once had a difficult 6 y/o who wanted to "cook" - we made a graham cracker crust and instant pudding pie.
Somebody will have some bang up ideas.

Cathy

Wow Julie - that's quite an undertaking... sounds like it could be lots of fun, though, especially given that the kids want to take the class. I remember making chocolate pudding in my first home ec class, but each group used a different kind of milk (skim, whole, reconstituted evaporated, and something else... maybe reconstituted dry). We then tried each kind to see what, if any, differences we could detect. I'll have to give some thought to no-cook recipes. If I come up with anything I'll send you an email. Good luck!!

Sucar

What about granola? Or homemade yogurt? Bean salads (from cans so they can see what concoctions are edible from some processed foods). Ceviche. (This would probably need some dares to get kids to actually eat it) Good luck!

Melissa

My hat is off to you - what an undertaking! I'll keep pondering it, but what about making sushi (rice can be made in an electric cooker and you can obviously skip the raw fish in favor of other fillings) or Asian salads where you just have to boil noodles and blend up a peanut sauce? What about tabbouleh or instant couscous or homemade hummus? I'm already envying your students :)

Bakerina

Oh, Julie, reading this brought tears to my eyes -- in a good way, of course. Even with sufficient time and facilities, your work for this class would be impressive, and worthy; under the circumstances you and your kids find yourselves, your work is positively heroic.

As far as what to make...well, I don't see anything wrong with culturing a sourdough in class. ;) All kidding aside, I like Sucar's idea about the yogurt, and you could use it to explain the process of fermentation, and how it is key for yogurt, bread, wine, beer and miso. Beer and wine, of course, are right out, but miso soup might be doable with an electric kettle.

Whatever you decide to teach, please do continue sharing it with us. :)

Tea

What a challenge--but an exciting one at that. I taught my students in Japan to make deviled eggs, with eggs I pre-boiled. I wanted to do something easy enough that they might make it on their own, with ingredients they likely would have at home. You can do a lot with various bean salads--that brings in a protein source and is veggie in case you have kids who don't eat meat. Can you bring in a toaster oven? That might expand your options.

Good luck, and please do keep us posted. I'm sure you will do great things with this opportunity--your students are lucky!

Tea

PS. I used to work in Sausalito and one day went into Muchies at the end of a rough day. When the owner asked how I was doing I told him that my boss had made me cry. He sympathized and when it came time to pay for my candies he refused to take my money. What a nice guy!

Molly

Wow, Julie! You are doing a wonderful, wonderful thing. I can't think of anyone better to tackle this sort of challenge. With your enthusiasm and inspired ideas, you're bound to wind up with some budding chefs before the semester is through. I can't wait to hear the next installment...
xo!

KelliMelli

(she de-lurks!!!)

I am so impressed -- and jealous! Can I visit your class? =)

How about wraps? PB, apples, and bananas is one of my favorite combos. Also, hummus (which someone mentioned earlier -- how fun would homemade be?) and cucumbers... salsa and cheese... cold cuts... so many quick and easy possibilities!

=) Kelli

Julie

Thank you all so much for the suggestions and support. I just love food bloggers. And Kelli, you can certainly come to visit -- maybe you could do a guest cooking stint! An update is being posted even as I type this...

teri

how about Paneer or for your group, queso blanco. It's simple enough just requiring whole milk and some vinegar or a lemon, a stock pot and cheese cloths. People are always impressed when you say you can make cheese, until they see how easy it is to make this version. This would help explain how cheese was made, as well you could introduce herbs and spices. Asking each kid to bring in a spice or herb to add to their cheese...

Joyce

Vietnamese summer rolls! all you need is hot water to soak the rice noodles and wrappers, all else is cold and they're fun to work with. They never turn out right but what the heck. You could also make pesto with your blender, maybe microwave up some pasta! good luck, this is a noble undertaking.

Laura F

A very simple, delicious salad I like to make -- just combine 1 can each of pinto beans, yellow corn and chick peas with cilantro, lime juice, red onion, and salt & pepper to taste. I also sometimes add chopped or cherry tomatoes. If they make at home, the kids can add cooked fish to the dish, such as shrimp or scallops.

Julie

Joyce and Laura, thanks for these great ideas!

Joe the Dog Lover

I appreciate the thoughts and the ideas.

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You are doing a wonderful thing, that's so nice of you.

Luigi Hanway

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