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Chopped Challenge! Bok Choy and Tofu with Soy Honey Glaze, Baby Spinach Salad with Lemon Dressing, Tamarind Fizzes, and Plum Mascarpone Galette

  If you haven’t seen the new Katie Couric documentary “Fed Up,” I strongly recommend seeing it with your kids. In addition to the usual talking heads, it features sympathetic kids struggling with food choices. It delivers a powerful message that excess sugar is about more than obesity (one can be thin and still suffer from […]

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Lemongrass Chicken and Bok Choy Stirfy, Spring Greens with Clementines and Candied Pecans, Cheesy Toasts, Rhubarb Apple Berry Cobbler

First, the great news: the class was renewed! We’ll be back in the kitchen next semester, with a change from Tuesdays to Wednesdays. Sadly, Mary won’t be joining us due to a schedule conflict. If you know of someone who enjoys kids and can commit to volunteering an hour or two each week, please let […]

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Spinach-Ricotta Stuffed Pasta with Quick Tomato Sauce, Butter Lettuce with Blood Oranges and Avocado

With only one week left, the kids have hit their stride and are eager to tackle the tough stuff. Lucky for them, Kim Maynard, the dainty but doughty house chef at The Pantry at Delancey, offered to teach pasta. A former Assistant Attorney General (gotta love that career switch!), she arrived with a flowered apron, pasta machines, […]

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Roasted Chicken and Root Vegetables, Caesar Salad with Garlic Croutons, and Salted Caramel Sundaes

With the cottony head and body aches that precede a cold, my visit to the grocery store took twice as long as usual, and I began second-guessing my lesson plan. Could we finish it all in two hours? We’d have to hustle. Instead of tea, I started the lesson with the health-giving ginger rosemary syrup we […]

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Fresh Local Cider, Salmon, Slaw, and Ozettes

Last Tuesday was Terra Madre Day, the international celebration of local food. Wanting to showcase Pacific Northwest bounty, I asked my friend Larry Liang, who volunteers for the nonprofit City Fruit, if we could borrow their wooden cider press (I’d seen it in action at a recent fundraiser and knew the kids would love it). Being the awesome guy he is, Larry arranged for fellow volunteer Barbara Burrill to bring the press as well as local apples and expertise. What a treat.

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Tomato-Basil Bisque with Croutons, and Greens with Mustard Vinaigrette

Our guest expert this week was my friend Lesa Sullivan-Abajian, private chef, cooking instructor, and a frequent volunteer (beloved by Seattle nonprofits and farmers markets). Lesa has a heart of solid gold, or perhaps the culinary equivalent, Plugra. As engaging as she is knowledgeable, she navigated our often-chaotic classroom with grace, spicing the lesson with amusing metaphors […]

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Avgolemono, Cucumber Mint Salad, and Baked Apples

The weather in Seattle this week has been beautiful if a little spooky. A long-lasting temperature inversion has trapped us in layers of cotton wool that scatters the sunlight, making maple trees look as if they’re lit from within. In other words, great soup weather. For this week’s lesson, I wanted to practice timing recipes […]

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Deviled Egg Salad

What a great beginning! The students arrived ready to listen and learn, and their first task was to put on a nametag and wash their hands. Phyllis had beautified the tables with red runners, and put out bowls of carrot and celery sticks for snacking, while I readied some hot chocolate on the stove (with […]

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