Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Fantastic Foods: Featuring... Fruits and Fats!

Happy humpday! Can you believe we're already halfway through Cook Like a Chef?! Today was a whirlwind dayWe began the day first with a review of Monday's lesson - how do we taste? All five tastes - sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami - were set to make an appearance in today's recipes!  Jenny lead the discussion about the benefits of including a lot of colorful fruit in your diet... especially now (in the summer) when so many fruits from local farms and orchards are in-season and available! Everyone seems to have their favorite fruit and a favorite way to have it prepared. Once the PowerPoint was over, Chef gave a great demonstration of how to use a melon baller and how to cut different types of fruits - it was quite the display. Campers then were able to sample the different types of fruits, like sweet canary melon, mango, and kiwi, and also practiced making fancy melon balls to use in their fruit salads come cooking time.

Heather then lead the Fats discussion about the different types of fats and their characteristics, as well as the benefits of healthy fats, like Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. Next up -- Cooking time!

Now that we're into Day 3, campers have a better sense of where to find their ingredients and tools, are working with their partners as a team, and are overall becoming very efficient in the kitchen. This made for a fast cooking time for a lot of the kitchens, and many of them got to make one of the wildcard recipes too! Once 11:30 came around, all of the dishes were up front (with beautiful presentation, of course) and ready to be served. Some of the highlights from today include blueberry pie, raspberry marinated pork tenderloin, watermelon gazpacho, corn fritters, sesame chicken, roasted sweet potatoes, and potato doughnuts! 

Campers had a delicious lunch today and discovered that Fruits and Fats make some mighty tasty combinations, but can also be quite delicious on their own. Before we wrapped up the day, we had a few more fun things to go over. Once recipes were chosen for tomorrow, Chef demonstrated how to make homemade ricotta cheese. Her team of Sous Chefs Lilli, Lily, and Kaylyn, AKA "Team Cheese", assisted. Campers also watched a special dishwashing presentation. That's right Mom and Dad, your campers are now master dishwashers. Make sure you put their knowledge to the test! Michelle then led a fun presentation about MyPlate to close out the day.

 We have only two days left, and with Dairy and Protein being featured tomorrow... we're all wondering -- what will they make for us next?!

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