Well friends, this week will be one of my busiest…and favorite… weeks of the summer!! I will be enjoying my annual time as a teacher at JCC’s summer “Kid’s College”. As always, I expect to enjoy the experience with a terrific bunch of kids and a wonderful assistant in each of my three classes!
Allowing kids in the kitchen with you is such an amazing experience for not just the kids, but the grown up as well. Some of my fondest memories are of times spent with my Mom and Nana cooking everything from stuffing to taffy (Mom…!!). I learned by example and love. Disasters aside, there is nothing more fun than getting your hands dirty and eating the mess! As the saying goes, show me how to fish and I will eat for a day, TEACH me how to fish and I will eat for a lifetime.
During this week of “Kids College” I will be teaching three different classes. In my morning class, “A Tasty Way to Start the Day!” we will talk about breakfast, of course, but also learn about quick and easy snacks and meals. My second and third classes of the day will be what else? Why, all about cakes and cupcakes, of course! My students will strive to be the Next Cake Boss, and later have a Cupcake War! In looking over my class rosters, I was thrilled to see many familiar names of returning students, so I know this year will be the best yet!
As you all have read in my musings before, I just love to spend time in the kitchen with kids! As I always am, I expect I will be impressed by the interest and knowledge of cooking of some students, and the simple joy of experiencing something new in the others. Many of the kids seem to be as dedicated disciples of the Cooking Network as I am! They know the chefs, the shows and the jargon. We will be putting our on aprons and cooking up a storm! You can bet these classes will abound with laughter and yummy treats!
We will learn about measuring and mixing, wisking and washing…after all, if you use, you clean it! Each day will bring a new project, recipes, a treat or two to take home, and by the end of the week, we will have created a really great cookbook that will (hopefully) continue to be filled with future recipes and ideas they come up with.
The next time you have some free time, why not turn off the electronics and turn on the stove? Grab the kids and a cookbook, blow the dust off the cover, let it fall open and cook whatever recipe you see first! Add the ingredients listed, but don’t forget to add an extra heaping spoonful of love!! It will not only feed your body, but nourish your heart and soul!
Summer Veggie Impossible Quiche Muffins
- 2 eggs
- 2 C milk
- ½ t salt
- ¼ t pepper
- 1 c biscuit mix (like Bisquick)
- ½ red bell pepper, diced
- 1 small zucchini, diced
- 1 small tomato, diced
- 1 c shredded Cheddar cheese
Saute veggies and set aside.
Wisk together eggs and milk; add salt, pepper and biscuit mix and mix well. Sprinkle in veggies and cheese and stir.
Pour mixture into greased pie cupcake tin (DO NOT use cupcake papers!). Bake in preheated 350* oven for 30-40 minutes, until golden brown, puffy, and a knife inserted into middle of the cups comes out clean. Allow to cool 4-5 minutes, then carefully run a knife around the edge of each cup and remove from the tin.
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