Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wednesday: Fruits and Fats

Whew! Busy day with lots of excitement. Thanks to Jon, we were able to view the video of cooking methods and techniques--many that the campers will do while they are here for camp.Simmer, zest, blanch, saute--they all are terms we will cover this week. Next Katrina led the lively discussion about the benefits of including a lot of colorful fruit in your diet, especially in the summer when so many local fruits are available. It seems that everyone enjoys fruit in many ways and has a favorite. After the Powerpoint discussion chef showed how to use a melon baller to make fancy little melon balls for fruit salads or fruit kebabs, which many of the campers did later with Crystal and Meghan. The Fats discussion by Meghan was very technical about the benefits of healthy fast like those that contain Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, and it all made more sense with the olive oil tasting that followed. EVOO was a clear favorite. During the cooking time both Channel 6 and Channel 10 news teams interviewed several campers and chef to see what was going on. We couldn't convince them to stay for lunch, but Mike the Mailman--one of the most popular and famous people on campus showed up to help serve the delicious Watermelon Gazpacho before he ran back to the post office. Fruits and Fats make some mighty tasty combinations--and we will have the pies at the reception on Friday since they were too hot to slice. Enjoy blueberry season this summer!

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