For the past ten years I've been moving towards doing more with writing and cooking. I have several projects going now, but the most tangible and imminent work comes from my teaching job. I'm working on a really good curriculum that integrates language and culinary arts, and finally, after three years, feel I'm on the right track. This project is far from done, but if you're interested in seeing what my young students are learning and writing about in my "Locavore Eating and Foraging" class, beginning March 22nd or in my "Cooking Around the World" class, an intensive cooking class learning from a variety of cuisines, check out our new blog. The blog is in beginning phases, but will hopefully grow quickly, and will chronicle the growth of this curriculum. I'm posting some writing from last semester, which wasn't a cooking class, but we did have several food experiences to draw from in our writing assignments, including two outings to the Amano Chocolate Factory and a cheese tasting day.
Next week, so far, we're doing crepes, pots de creme, spinach crepes mornay, apple galette, japanese noodles and tamales. Any more suggestions for fun, basic recipes? Anyone want to teach a dish? Speak to my students? Host a tasting at their fabulous local restaurant (I'm talking to you Rooster, Pizzeria 712, and Communal)?
My ideal language arts classroom would be a kitchen. Class would meet every morning after breakfast in a comfortable sunny nook. We would read, write, cook, clean up and end with lunch.