Culinary

Fish Unit

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Doing a unit on fish and seafood can be expensive so most programs leave it out. I had the privileged of working at a high school with a fish market adjacent to the school. We took a walking field trip to the fish market for a demonstration of how to select and cook fish. This was an awesome opportunity for students and helped mitigate the costs to the culinary department. With a little creative thinking, you maybe able to incorporate a seafood unit into your culinary program.

Project Brainstorm: Let us help you! This month’s topic is Microwaves

Project Brainstorm

We are going to pose a topic and ask you to “help us help you” by just sharing one thing you did whether it be an activity, a video clip, infographic, reading, TPT product, etc. when teaching that topic. We believe everyone will win in the end as you’ll have a new lesson or at least a lot of new ideas and resources to pull from. Check back often as this page will be updated as resources come in.

Fun with Foods: Bento Box Lunches for Kids

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When my children were in elementary school they thought it was cool to take their lunches in a fun lunch box. Sometimes I would surprise them with a clever, creative food inside. The memory of this, plus knowing I wanted to teach my child development students about healthy foods choices for children triggered this lesson and project. I assign this as a take home project but this could easily be done in a foods lab or even as a creative competition!

Desserts in a Jar: Lab Ideas

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Who would have thought that the age old canning jar would be perfect for dessert food labs! When choosing recipes for labs I try to select recipes so students get a nice sample to taste, but leave very little, if any leftovers. Not only does this cut down on waste, money spent on ingredients, but it also forces students to practice portion control and eliminates arguing over who gets the extras.

Math Skills for Measurements (sponsored post)

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How old are the cooking DVD’s or VHS tapes (ikes) on your shelf? I had the pleasure of reviewing Math Skills for Measurements by QuannaGourmet. LaQuanna Sparkman, a former Family and Consumer Science teacher took to creating her own videos after showing her fair share of dated videos that had students more focused on actors’ clothes and hair styles than content. LaQuanna has a series of cooking DVD’s that offer updated looks, great information, and a decent price.

The Many Layers of Onions

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When I was a child you couldn’t pay me enough to eat an onion in any way, shape or form, and when I did have to work with them they always made me cry! As an adult, I’ve come to appreciate the value of the onion, not only for the flavor it adds to whatever I’m cooking or preparing, but also for the health benefits it provides. So bring on the onions to help add some sweetness and zip to your meals as well as your health!

Thanksgiving Lessons, Worksheets, PowerPoints

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Here are a few holiday ideas to either help your department raise money, fit in some extra holiday excitement, or comply with a half day schedule. Happy Thanksgiving!

Extreme Lesson Plan Make Over: Leavening Agents

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Christine, a family and consumer science teacher from New Jersey submitted her leavening agents lesson plan for a makeover. This is what she said about it, “I love that I am attempting to show show the students the food science…

Quesadillas: A Nutrient Dense Mixed Food Lesson & Lab

When teaching about the food groups in MyPlate I find it’s also important to explain the concepts of mixed foods, empty calories and nutrient dense foods.  Junior high students are often confused as to what these terms actually mean.  After…

Grill Off: The Grilled Cheese Challenge

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Ever get caught up in watching the food competition shows on the Food Network channel?  I do…so I decided to challenge my students to be innovative and creative with the basic grilled cheese sandwich in our “Grill Off Competition!” Class…