Kids Cooking Camps

Summertime offers lots of different camps for kids, including camps that teach kids how to cook. Kids can sign up for a fun cooking class and learn basic skills, like following a recipe and using kitchen equipment safely. Some camps are held in gardens or farms, like the one in the picture above at Plumcot…

Kids cook with Leeks

Leeks are easy for kids to grow in their organic raised bed gardens. Kids in California can plant them in the fall for a late spring harvest. During the growing season, kids need to mound compost and mulch around the plant to create the long white portion that is good to eat, as the sun…

Kids Pickle the Beet Harvest

Kids can grow beets during the winter in California and harvest them in the late spring. During the winter, kids can begin to harvest the beet tops by cutting them with scissors and preparing them like spinach in salads, soups, and casseroles. Beets are an annual cool season crop that contain 5 to 10 percent…

Kids cook with Whole Grains

Most Americans eat white flour and white rice that are stripped of their bran and germ. This removes 50% to 90% of the nutrients and photochemicals in the grain. Once this protective layer is removed, the grains and flour ground from them remain shelf stable indefinitely, making them convenient for suppliers and grocers.  Instead kids…

Kids Ferment Foods

Living in this age of processed foods grown with poisons and filled with chemical additives, it is very easy for kids to have their systems thrown out of balance. Introducing fermented foods, with their beneficial living microorganisms, into kids diets can bring the immune and digestive systems back on tract. These healthy fermented foods have…

Kids Pie Dough Tips

Pie dough can be daunting to make, but patience and practice are rewarded with flaky tender crusts. Crusts are the reason everyone loves pies.  First, all the dough ingredients must be cold. Pie dough needs time to chill, relax, and get flaky. Assembly all the ingredients on the counter. Using organic whole wheat pastry flour…

Kids cook with Cauliflower

Cauliflower is an annual cool weather veggie in the cabbage family that kids can grow in their organic raised bed garden. Cauliflower is low in calories but filling as it is high in fiber, with abundant health benefits in its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, vitamin C, and potassium. When the cauliflower head is 6 –…

Kids cook with Root Veggies

Kids can grow root veggies in their organic raised bed garden and have a source for soups, sauces, casseroles, and side dishes. Kids can plant carrots, potatoes, and onions in the fall in Southern California as companion plants in one raised bed in rich organic soil. These popular root veggies can be blended together with…

Kids cook with Chocolate

Kids can eat one ounce of dark chocolate a day with a 70-87% cacao for good health! Ancient Mayan healers proclaimed chocolate as being essential for good health and a cure for many illnesses. Scientists today have proven they were correct about cacao, but not about chocolate candy or other chocolate confectionaries, as these are…

Kids cook with Big Flavors

Mass production, food processing, and microwave meals have removed much of the old fashioned flavors our great grandparents achieved by cooking from whole foods. When kids grow an organic raised bed veggie garden, they can rediscover the big flavors of cooking organic produce from scratch. Herbs: Kids can add health and flavor to every meal…