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A food and restaurant review through the eyes of a 13 year old and his family.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Only 14 Days Until "School's Out For Summer!" - YAY!!!!!



In just 14 more days schools out and I plan to review some new restaurants. I think some kids that read my blog should maybe start cooking for their families. Kids should consider planting a garden at their house. Even if you don't have a lot of room, you can plant vegetables in containers or in wine barrels. We planted a few veggies at our place and I am really looking forward to the tomatoes! There is nothing better than homegrown tomatoes and all of your favorite vegetables grown fresh at home. There are also a ton cooking classes around Sonoma county. Here are a few:

College for Kids/SRJC June 13 -16 (Rincon Valley Middle School)

Mon. - Thurs. 9:00 AM till 12:00 PM The theme is "Cooking around the world"
1:00 Pm - 4:00 PM the theme is "Baking for fun".

Ramekins - Sonoma

Inspire your Young Chef with a Culinary Camp at Ramekins. Chef Lisa Lavagetto will take students on a culinary tour exploring regional cuisine and igniting culinary imaginations. Participants will learn hands-on cooking skills to take home and prepare healthy food for the entire family. Chef Lavagetto will teach the importance of fresh, local, seasonal ingredients, basic cooking terms, the importance of health and safety as well as many other skills and techniques necessary for the budding chef.
Summer 2011 Dates:
Monday, June 20 - Thursday, June 23
Monday, July 18 - Thursday, July 21
Monday, July 25 - Thursday, July 28
Monday, August 8 - Thursday, August 11
Curriculum Includes:
Culinary Terms
Calculating and Measuring Ingredients
Using and Understanding Measuring Devices
Making Handmade Pasta with Tomato Sausage Sauce
Cheese Ravioli with a Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese Sauce
Farmers Market Vegetable Salad and Fresh Ranch Dressing
Mini Whoopie Pies
Pans and Kitchen Tools
Knives and Basic Cutting Techniques
Fresh Vegetables with Creamy Onion Dip
Making Shepherd Pie with Mashed Potatoes, Meat and Vegetables
Seasonal Fruit Cobbler with Homemade Ice Cream

The Culinary Dude - Relish - Healdsburg

HEALDSBURG: June-13-2011
Teens Cooking Series: Cooking Independently (hands-on) with "The Culinary Dude" Scott Davis
WHERE: Relish Culinary Adventures 14 Matheson Street Healdsburg, CA 95448 707.431.9999

TIME: 9:30am-2pm This teen cooking series focuses on developing and/or improving independent cooking skills. Participants will cook a complete lunch each day from scratch with attention to knife skills, kitchen and food safety, professional kitchen behavior, measuring and food prep, and table etiquette, not to mention "cleaning as you go". Each day will be dedicated to a specific menu with recipes covering a wide variety of techniques, including grilling, seasoning, steaming, boiling, baking and much more. The last day will be a fun competition where participants will use their newly acquired skills to work together to create spontaneous dishes. Monday - Mexican Favorites Knife Skills. Mexican food is always a crowd-pleaser. Participants will get lots of practice working with chefs and paring knives as chop chicken, beef, vegetables and fruit (as opposed to themselves!) for this delicious lunch menu. Chicken & Beef Tacos Stuffed Sopas Tomato Salsa Guacamole Black Beans Oven Baked Spiced French Fries South-of-the-Border Fruit Salad Tuesday - American Classics Dry vs. Moist Heat Cooking. Today we're exploring the differences between foods cooked with and without liquid. For "Dry Heat", participants will grind, make and grill chicken and beef burgers. For "Moist Heat", the group will steam and braise vegetables and boil eggs for our salad. Hand-ground Grilled Hamburgers (Beef or Chicken) Homemade Buns Homemade BBQ Sauce Mixed Green Salad with Veggies, Hard Boiled Eggs and Housemade Ranch Dressing Fruit Kabobs Wednesday - Baking Sweet & Savory. Baking is not just cookies, cakes and pies. It's soufflés, roasts and tons of other delicious good stuff. Today we'll bake a variety of savory and sweet delectables for lunch. Spinach Soufflé Macaroni & Cheese Lamb Chops Vanilla Soufflé And, yes, Chocolate Chip Cookies Thursday - Iron Chef! On the final day of the series, participants will organize into teams to choose an appetizer, main courses, side dishes and dessert from a variety of available recipes. Each team will work together to create the recipes they choose, utilizing their newly acquired skills in the preparation of their creations. At the end, we’ll set up a buffet for all to enjoy the fruits of their labors and discuss and compare ideas among each other.

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HEALDSBURG: July-18-2011
Relish Kids in the Kitchen: Summer Cooking Camp with chef & "Culinary Dude" Scott Davis
WHERE: Relish Culinary Adventures 14 Matheson Street Healdsburg, CA 95448 707.431.9999
TIME: 9:30am-2pm Kids Cooking Camp features The Culinary Dude Scott Davis leading kids ages 6 - 12 as they create a delicious and seasonal lunch from scratch each day. This summer kids will cook up the food favorites of Pop Stars Katy Perry, Kesha, Bruno Mars and Miley Cyrus. Kids will have to guess which day goes with which singer. The menus are fun because they cover such a wide scope of cuisine, from Brazilian to Philippino to Mexican and lots in between. Along the way, we'll practice chopping & slicing, measuring & baking, grilling and roasting, and so much more. We'll also cover kitchen safety and hygiene, appropriate kitchen behavior, and we'll touch on etiquette as we set tables and serve and clear plates each day. The big finale is the final day when the kids will make and serve lunch to their parents, showing off their new-found skills. Monday - We're going global with this fun menu that moves between Spain and the Philippines which, of course, is heavily influenced by Spanish colonial influences. Kids do a lot of knife practice the first day of cooking camp as they learn how to work with a group in a kitchen. Ensaladang Pilipino (Philippine Salad) Chicken Adobo Spanish Rice Brazo Gitano (Coconut-Chocolate Cake Roll) Tuesday - Today we travel to South America for culinary inspiration as we make soup, salad and delicious Brazilian Chicken. We'll end with a sweet treat of Strawberry Ice, a fun recipe that works with almost any fresh fruit.. Brazilian Soup Vegetable Salad Brazilian Chicken Strawberry Italian Ice Wednesday - This menu is primarily American with a few exotic flavors thrown in for fun. We'll stuff mushrooms, grill chicken for a chopped salad (more chopping!), and learn how easy it is to make yummy fruit smoothies. Stuffed Mushrooms BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad Curry Coconut Balls Fruit Smoothies Thursday - Parent Day! On the final day of the series, kids will make enough of all the lunch items to serve their parents. They get really into making lunch for their parents but they also customize place settings, decorate tables and serve and clear plates, hopefully setting the stage for new responsibilities at home. Pot Stickers Spinach & Apple Salad Cheese Enchiladas Banana Cake Lunch for one parent is included in the registration fee. Up to 3 additional adults or other family members can join the Thursday lunch for $7 per person.

So get cooking!

Also....check out Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. He is working really hard at getting the food served in schools much improved, healthier and tastier. http://www.jamieoliver.com/. Maybe if we all get involved, we can make a change for the better.

GO GIANTS!!!!

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